Vietnam

Vietnam

Take a journey to the intoxicating land of Vietnam, a vibrant blend of natural scenery, idyllic coastlines, and cultural treasures. Experience the kaleidoscope of activities and sights Vietnam affords, from the traditional villages in the Mekong Delta to the limestone cliffs of Halong Bay. Catch a snapshot of the country’s colorful historical past in the lively streets of Ho Chi Minh City and uncover the allure of its French heritage in the Old Quarter of the nation’s capital, Hanoi.

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Discover the exoticism and the diversity that Asia offers with our exciting itineraries at an incredible value.
  • Comfort - Maximum group size of 40 people
  • Value - Luxury hotels chosen for their central location and excellent service
  • Inclusions - Knowledgeable sightseeing guides, and more:
  • Travel insurance with trip interruption coverage (if paid in full 60 days prior to departure)
  • Tour manager to accompany you throughout (except in Hong Kong) with groups of 10 or more

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Climate

Due to the shape of the country, there are several distinct climate zones:

The north experiences four distinct seasons with a hot and wet summer, a pleasant spring (March-April), mild autumn (October-December), and a chilly winter. However, in the Highlands, both extremes are amplified, with occasional snow in the winter and temperatures hitting 100°F in the summer.

In the central regions, summers are normally hot and dry. North East Monsoon conditions (September – February) bring strong winds and rain, making this a difficult time to travel through Central Vietnam.

The South has three seasons: Hot and dry (March - May/June), rainy (June/July – November), and cool and dry (December – February). April is the hottest month, with temperatures of 90°F or more on most days. During the rainy season, there are lots of mosquitoes and heavy afternoon rains can lead to street flooding. December to February is the most pleasant time to visit, with cool evenings down to around 68°F.

 
Language

Vietnamese is the official language, with four main dialects spoken in different regions. Young people study English and many older Vietnamese people speak French. There is a large ethnic Chinese community who, in addition to speaking Vietnamese, can also speak Cantonese. The language is written with the Roman alphabet, plus some accent marks.

 
National Holidays and Festivals

National Holidays:
Last day of the last lunar month (January/February) – Tet (Vietnamese New Year)
April 30 – Liberation Day/Reunification Day
May 1 – International Workers' Day
September 2 – National Day

National Festivals:
Full moon of the 1st lunar month – Lantern Day
5th day of the 4th lunar month – Mid-year Festival
15th day of the 7th lunar month (August) – Ghost Festival
15th day of the 8th lunar month (September) – Mid-Autumn Festival

 
Money

The official currency is the dong (VND). The exchange rate as of March 2010 is 18,680 dong to US$1.

US dollars are widely accepted at a lower exchange rate, so it is better to pay in the local currency. Notes of high denominations will give you better exchange rates than smaller denominations. Gold shops will exchange at a reasonable rate.

Bargaining is commonly practiced as prices are usually inflated for foreigners, especially with street vendors and tourist areas.

Tipping is not necessary but is highly appreciated; however, tipping to tour guides, tour bus drivers, and porters are customary.

 
Electrical Requirements

220V