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Vietnam

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Bursting with history and culture, Vietnam will leave you awestruck. From the bustling Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon), to the mysterious Vietnam War relic, the underground Cu Chi Tunnel system, to the beautiful beaches of Mui Ne and the lofty heights of Sapa's insane rice paddies, this country is one of extremes: extreme landscapes, extreme culture, and extreme colour.

We leave you with just one warning: one visit to Vietnam won't seen like enough - you'll want to return again and again!

Vietnam Fast Facts

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Languages Spoken

The official language is Vietnamese, but English is widely spoken.

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Currency

Vietnamese dong (VND)
$1 = 22725.00VND. You'll be rich when you hit this country!

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Time Zone

UTC + 7:00, making Vietnam Vietnam 10 hours ahead of Los Angeles and 13 hours ahead of NYC.

Top places to visit in Vietnam

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Hanoi

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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

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Sapa & Northern Vietnam

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Hoi An

How much does it cost to travel Vietnam?

Beers

A bottle of local beer from a bar or restaurant should cost you under 30,000 VND ($1.50). Or if that isn’t enough of a bargain, you can head to Hanoi's bustling Bia Hoi stalls, where a pint of locally brewed stuff can cost as little as 10 cents. Yes – 10 cents!

Meals

A meal from a cheap or local restaurant or café will normally set you back 60,000 VND ($2.60). Something a bit fancier, for example, table service in a sit-down restaurant will cost around $6.50 per head. However, if you search, you'll find street food such as pho and Vietnamese spring rolls for under $1.

Taxi Ride

A thirty minute taxi ride will cost you around $7 - the same amount as hiring a scooter for the day, (so basically if you have confidence, a drivers license and a helmet, getting a scooter is money better spent).

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Transport

Long-haul luxury coaches from one city to the next are usually $20 or under. You can usually buy a multi-stop pass for around $60. The biggest transport expense you will be faced with will probably be a boat trip around Ha Long Bay. These cruises can cost anywhere between $80 and $170 depending on the grade of the boat - you get what you pay for, but any trip to Ha Long is mind-blowing, and well worth the dollar.

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Hostels

A dorm bed in a hostel can cost anything between 115,150 VND ($5) and 400,000 VND ($16) depending on the level of luxury, size or if it is a party hostel. A single room will set you back about the same, whereas a double room can cost around $13-20.

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Hotels

You can often find rooms in midrange hotels and family run guesthouses for very reasonable prices. Expect to pay under $26, sometimes even under $13 a night!

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Ha Long Bay

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Vietnam adventure tours

Vietnam on a Shoestring | 12 days
From the buzzing streets of Ho Chi Minh City to charming Hoi An, the imperial capital of Hue, chaotic Hanoi and the stunning natural beauty of Ha Long Bay, this trip is perfect for everyone. Travel up the beautiful coast and you will be sure not to miss a single highlight this country has to offer. Party through the night and explore through the day.
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Vietnam Experience | 12 days
Vietnam is a cultural explosion of color, with golden temples, jade green waters, yellow rice paddy fields and colored silks. Explore coconut palms, sugar plantations & the smiling locals in their conical hats floating amongst the Mekong. Cruise the river delta, cycle through Hoi An, soak up some rays on the beach Nha Trang & relax on the waters of Ha Long Bay. This is truly a country where East meets West and this tour is the ultimate way to experience Vietnam.
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Cycle Vietnam's Backroads | 14 days
This is an adventure and a challenge combined in one trip. Ride from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City over a 14-day cycling trip. This journey will give you a unique viewpoint of the countryside. Cross thousands of Kilometres of stunning beaches and beautiful coastal roads, as well you will get to feast on some of the freshest seafood around. Prepare to have your cycling legs challenged.
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What's the best way of getting around Vietnam?

Vietnam is a long, thin country, so we recommend you start in either Hanoi (in the north, near China and Laos) or Ho Chi Minh City (in the south, near Cambodia and the Mekong Delta) and traverse the length of it from north to south or vice versa, stopping at highlights such as Hue and Hoi an along the way. Highway 1 runs the length of Vietnam making air-conditioned coaches the best option for most budget travelers. Long distance ones are fitted with sleeper berths, and prices are reasonable.

There is also a railway that runs the length of Vietnam. The trains tend to be comfortable and offer great views. Fares from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City start from $40 for a seat and go up to $60 for a comfortably air-conditioned sleeper.

If you're short on time in the country and want to cover large distances, we can help you book domestic flights when you plan your trip, or you can check out one of our tours!

How long do I need to travel Vietnam?

There's no easy answer to how long you should spend in Vietnam. Your visa will allow you a month in the country and you should try to use as many days as possible of it, to soak the amazing culture and history up. Most travellers spend two to three weeks in the country, with three weeks being the optimum amount of time to get from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh or vice versa, stopping a few days in places like Sapa, Ha Long Bay, Ninh Binh, Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Dalat, Mui Ne and the Mekong Delta. 

Getting your Vietnamese travel visa

As a citizen of United States, you are required Visa to visit Vietnam. This will allow you to stay in the country for one month. Since 1996 all US citizens coming to Vietnam can pick up a visa at selected international airports. You must submit an application form via the Vietnam embassy and once you have received an approval letter you will be able to get a visa stamp when arriving into Vietnam via one of t following airports; Ha Noi/ Da Nang/ Ho Chi Minh city/ Nha Trang.

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