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Vietnam Travel Advice

Things to remember in your Vietnam visit:

A valid passport with six months validity and visa is necessary to enter Vietnam. Vietnamese visas are usually valid for only one entry. If you plan to leave Vietnam and re-enter from another country make sure you obtain a visa allowing multiple entries.

There is a low threat from terrorism. Petty crime is not confined to the backpacker districts but also occurs in the main tourist shopping areas. Do not walk in secluded locations alone, or with people you do not know. Keep your passport and important valuable in a hotel or any other secured place and keep a photocopy of the passport while roaming. Be on your guard against pickpockets and avoid carrying handbags or expensive items.

Local laws and customs are very strong here. Crimes such as sex offence, illegal drug possession, etc. may result in long imprisonment or even the death penalty. Foreign visitors are not allowed to invite Vietnamese nationals into their hotel rooms. Dress modestly while visiting local places and religious sites. Never take video cameras to the ethnic minority villages, as it is highly intrusive to the locals

Monitor the weather reports and plan your travel accordingly. The climate of Vietnam varies considerably from region to region. Monsoon, typhoon, cyclone and flooding are common here. For the best balance, try months of April, May or October.

Health care in rural areas are extremely basic. Make sure you have arranged comprehensive medical and travel insurance before the trip. Beware of street food and water while traveling.

Vietnam Dong (VND) is the country's official currency, but US dollar is widely accepted. While transactions, mind your change - the 500,000 and 50,000 notes look similar as does the 100,000 and 10,000 notes.

Vietnam's main mode of transport is by motorbike. But tourists require a Vietnamese driving license. Though taxi and bus services are quite common, rail travel in Vietnam is generally considered safe. Coastal travellers should be vigilant as piracy is common.

Noi Bai (35km northwest of Hanoi), Tan Son Nhat (in Ho Chi Minh City), Danang (in Danang city) airports offer both international and domestic flights. If you missed out your direct flight to Vietnam, the best way is taking a flight to Bangkok or Hong Kong and gets a connecting flight on arrival.

By keeping in mind the above tips, you can have a safe and joyful Vietnam travel.


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