Vietnam usefull information

VISA: Normally, visa is requested to enter Vietnam for foreigners and Vietnamese holding foreign passport. However, the following countries are exempt from visa requirement and are allowed to stay in Vietnam not more than 30 days (available for ordinary passports, valid at least 06 months): Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia. Philippines citizen is allowed to stay for not more than 21 days, Brunei and Myanmar don’t stay for more than 14 days.

  • From 01 July 2015 to 30 June 2016: Citizens of England, France, Germany, Spain and Italia don’t need visa to enter Vietnam. However they are allowed to stay in Vietnam not more than 15 days.
  • From 01 July 2015 to 30 June 2020: Citizens of Belarut are allowed to enter Vietnam without visa, but stay not more than 15 days.
  • Citizens of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Japan and South Korea who hold different kinds of passports are exempt from visa requirement and are allowed to stay in Vietnam not more than 15 days.

Our company can help you to get visa entry to Vietnam easily, just inform us the following information: Fullname, gender, nationality, passport number and expiry of date (valid at least 06 months), date of birth, date of immigration and embarkation. There are two ways to get visa entry to Vietnam:

  • Stamp visa (on arrival) at international airports: Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat international airport in Saigon city. Visa application must include an application form which is filled completely and correctly, two colour photos 4 x 6 cm, a passport. And visa fee should be directly paid in cash to the custom officers at the airport.
  • Stamp visa at Vietnamese Embassies at your own country before your departure.

TRAVEL TIME: the best time to travel to Vietnam is from October till April in the north and around the year in the south. During this period, the weather is not too cold, no heavy raining and storm.

CURRENCY: the currency of Vietnam is Vietnamese dong with denominations: 5.000 VND, 10.000 VND, 20.000 VND, 50.000 VND, 100.000 VND, 200.000 VND and 500.000 VND. The popular method of payment in Vietnam is using cash. However, the credit card is also available at hotels, shops, big restaurants, bars, clubs, local travel agents, airlines offices, super markets, trading centers. Besides Vietnamese dong, American dollars are widely accepted. You can exchange American dollar or other foreign currencies into Vietnamese dong at local reputated banks such as Vietcombank, Techcombank, VP bank, ..etc,.., at hotels and at a free market.

PUBLIC HOLIDAY: the working day in Vietnam is from Monday to Friday every week. There are the following public holidays in a year in Vietnam:

  • 01 January: New Year’s Day (one day off)
  • 28 April: Anniversary of the King Hung (one day off)
  • 30 April: Saigon Liberation Day (one day off)
  • 01 May: International Labour Day (one day off)
  • 02 Sep: National Independant Day (one day off)
  • Lunar New Year (TET holiday): with around 5-9 days off, depending on the government’s regulation

TRANSPORT: Motorbike is the most popular kind of transport inside Vietnam. Renting a motorbike is very easy in many cities and towns in Vietnam like Hanoi, Halong, Sapa, Hue, Danang, Hoian, Nha Trang, Saigon, Phan Thiet, Phu Quoc,..etc…Besides motorbike, cycle and local taxi are also popular. Reputated local taxies are Mai Linh Taxi, Hanoi Taxi, Morning Taxi.

THEATRE & PUPPETRY:

  • Classical theatre is known as Hat Tuong in the north and Hat Boi in the south
  • Popular theatre (Hat Cheo): the singing and declamation of Hat cheo are in everyday language and include many proverbs and saying.
  • Modern theatre (Cai Luong): originated in the south in the early 20th century.
  • Water puppetry (Roi nuoc): draw their plots from the same legendary and historical sources as other forms of traditional theatre.

FOOD: One of the delights of visiting Vietnam is the amazing cuisine, nearly 500 different traditional Vietnamese dishes which are superbly prepared and very reasonably priced. The staple of Vietnamese cuisine is plain white rice dressed up with a plethora of vegetables, meat, fish and spices.

  • Pho is very popular for Vietnamese people, which is eaten at all hours of the day but is a special favourite for breakfast. It is prepared by quickly boiling noodles and placing them into a bowl along with greens (shallots, parsley), and shredded beef or chicken. It is often used with chilli sauce and lemon.
  • Bun Thang is rice noodles and shredded chicken with fried egg and prawns on top.
  • Cha Ca is filleted fish slices broiled over charcoal. It is often served with rice noodles, green salad, roasted peanuts and fish sauce with lemon
  • Vietnamese spring rolls are called cha gio in the south and nem ran in the north. They are made of rice paper filled with pork, crab, vermicelli, moc nhi (a kind of edible fungus), onion, mushroom and eggs, and then fried until the rice paper turns a crispy brown.
  • Banh Cuon is a steamed rice pancake into which minced pork and moc nhi is rolled. It is served with a special sauce made from fish sauce, vinegar, sugar, pepper, clove and garlic.
  • Giois lean pork seasoned and then pounded into paste before being packed into banana leaves and boiled.
  • Chais pork paste fried in fat or broiled over hot coals.