General Tips for travel to Vietnam
The currency of Vietnam is the dong (VND). All goods and services can and should be paid in dongs. Exceptions are made in hotels and when buying international air tickets. Shops and restaurants in the bigger cities will also accept US dollars, but you should be aware of the
fact that usually a lower exchange rate will be used. It is therefore advisable to change a certain amount of Vietnamese dong to cover your day-to-day expenses.
Travellers Cheques. Traveller’s cheques must be denominated in US dollars. You can change them to dong or to US dollar notes. They are also accepted at major tourist hotels, but not in most shops. Vietnam is still very much a cash economy.
Credit Cards, Visa, MasterCard accepted in virtually every hotel, souvenir shop in major cities throughout the country, as well as in upmarket restaurants in major cities like Hanoi, Hai Phong, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Phan Thiet and Saigon.
Electricity | 220V / 50V. However, electricity supply can be unreliable in smaller towns.
We strongly recommend having good health insurance and carrying a good first aid kit. In general there is a lack of international standard medical help and hospitals. Major cities like Hanoi and Saigon have international clinic’s which provide good services for minor ailments.
No vaccination is officially required by the Vietnamese authorities, but immunization against
cholera, hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus, polio, and Japanese encephalitis is advised. Rabies is present in Vietnam, so you are advised to avoid dogs and other animals that may bite as a precaution.
Malaria Malaria is present in Vietnam, especially in the Central Highlands and some parts of the Mekong Delta The best protection against malaria is to avoid being bitten in the first place. Check with your physician about taking a course of anti-malaria.
It is essential that you consult with your doctors prior to departure as these are general guidelines only.
Tour guides speaking English, French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and German are available.
When planning your trip abroad, take steps to protect yourself from crime or theft. Vietnam is
a relatively safe destination, with a low record of petty crime worldwide, but tourists are advised not wearing expensive jewellery while travelling.
Mines & Munitions
Although most of the land mines have been cleared, you should avoid walking through jungle or remote areas without a guide.
Visitors can travel to various provinces, cities, and towns by air, road, train, or boat.
Air - If you intend to visit only a few cities in Vietnam, flying is the most convenient way to travel. Domestic flights are available everyday. Vietnam Airlines flies to places like Phu Quoc Island and Rach Gia that are difficult to reach by other means.
Train - There is a regular train service between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and most cities in between. Tickets allow passengers to break their journey at the major regional cities like Hue, Danang and Nha Trang. The trip from Hanoi to Saigon takes between 36 and 48 hours non-stop, depending on which service is used. Passengers can book a sleeping compartment, soft seat, or economy class.