Vietnam DMC - Vietnam although many westerners still imagine Vietnam through the lens of war, it is in reality a country filled with captivating natural beauty and tranquil village life. Its highlands and rainforest regions, far from being devastated, continue to yield new species and team with exotic wildlife. Its islands and beaches are among the finest in all of Southeast Asia, and its cuisine is very possibly the most delicious you will ever find. Over two decades have passed since Vietnam was officially united, and in that time it has done a remarkable job of healing its wounds. Today, this gracious and graceful country is an outstanding travel destination.
Hanoi – Capital of Vietnam
Imagine a city where the exotic chic of old Asia blends with the dynamic face of new Asia. Where the medieval and modern co-exist. A city with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace, an architectural museum piece evolving in harmony with its history, rather than bulldozing through like many of the region’s capitals. Hanoi is where imagination becomes reality.
Halong Bay – World Heritage recognized by UNESCO
Vietnam DMC - Gaining 2000 or more islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and you have a vision of breathtaking beauty. Halong translates as ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’, and legend claims the islands of Halong Bay were created by a great dragon from the mountains. As it charged towards the coast, its flailing tail gouged out valleys and crevasses. When it finally plunged into the sea, the area filled with water, leaving only the pinnacles visible.
Hochiminh City – Exciting and Charming City
Vietnam DMC - Fasten your seatbelts as Ho Chi Minh City is a metropolis on the move – and we’re not just talking about the motorbikes that throng the streets. Saigon, as it’s known to all but city officials, is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the whole country forward with its limitless energy. It is a living organism that breathes life and vitality into all who settle here, and visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride.
Cu Chi Tunnel – Underground Life
Vietnam DMC - The town of Cu Chi is a district of greater HCMC and has a population of about 200, 000 (it had about 80, 000 residents during the American War). At first glance there is little evidence here to indicate the intense fighting, bombing and destruction that occurred in Cu Chi during the war. To see what went on, you have to dig deeper – underground.
My Tho – Delta of Mekong River
Vietnam DMC - Gateway to the Mekong Delta, My Tho is the capital of Tien Giang province and an important market town – although for the famous floating markets, you’ll need to continue on to Can Tho.
My Tho’s proximity to HCMC means it’s a popular day-trip destination for a taste of river life – a flotilla of boats tour the local islands and their cottage industries daily. The riverfront makes for a pleasant stroll and the town is easily explored on foot.
Vietnam Travel Tips - Vietnam DMC
Electric power: Electric current in Vietnam is 220 Volts.
- Water supply: Tap water in urban areas in Vietnam is chlorinated, but it is recommended that it should be boiled before drinking.
- Money: The currency issued by the Vietnam State Bank is the dong (abbreviated “d” or VND) which is used informally throughout the country. Bank notes in denominations of 200d to 500,000d are presently in circulation. The exchange rate is approximately 21,200d = US$1. At present certain travelers’ cheques such as Amercian Express and credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are accepted in cities.
- Language: Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam. Foreign language learning, particularly English, is currently in vogue among young people in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Da Nang and other cities. Tourist guides can speak English, French, Russian, Chinese and Japanese.
- Climate: Regions located near the tropics and in the mountainous regions are endowed with a temperate climate. The monsoon climate also influences to the changes of the tropical humidity. In general, in Vietnam there are two seasons, the cold season occurs from November to April and the hot season from May to October.
- Postal service: A regular international post service is available. In addition there are some new, special services: Express Mail Service (EMS). The domestic EMS ensures that letters and small parcels are delivered within 24-48 hours. International EMS has relations with nearly 30 countries world-wide, with a delivery time ranging from 2 to 10 days. Air mail and small parcels must however be subject to additional charges. Express money transfer is also available; money is delivered to the receiver within 24 hours.
- Telecommunications: Long-distance and international direct-dial calling is available throughout the country. Fax machines are quickly proliferating in Vietnam; public and registered fax machines are available in hotels, business and public offices. Internet access is available at most hotels and Internet cafes.
- Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND). 1 USD/~22,000.00 VND
- Television and Radio: Vietnam Television (VTV) broadcasts three channels (VTV1, VTV2 and VTV3) throughout the country and VTV4 for overseas Vietnamese. VTV will have eight channels by 2010. International channels such as CNN are available in most hotels equiped with sattelite dishes or TV cables. Voice of Vietnam Radio broadcasts throughout the country; all provinces and cities have their own radio stations as well.
- Visa: It is easy to obtain visa to enter Vietnam by E-visa or the visa letter with the support letter from local travel agencies (if you request it, The approval letter could be arranged by Indochina Legend at 10 US$ fee/person for single visa letter, and 20 US$ fee/Person for multi one).
- Visa stamp fee: 25 $ (25 US dollars) for a single entry visa and 50 $ (50 US dollars) for a multiple visa. Note: The amount is paid in cash at the airport. Passport is required with at least 6 months of validity. 2 photos of size 4cmx6cm are needed as well.