Going on the road, you should have a package with documents in your hands: a voucher, an insurance policy, an air ticket and a passport. It is necessary to arrive at the airport two hours before departure in order to have time to go through customs control.
Vietnam Location. According to thesciencetutor, the official name is the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, a state in Southeast Asia located on the Indochina peninsula. Area of the country: 332 thousand square meters Most of the territory is occupied by mountains, up to 3143 m high. In the west it borders with Laos and Cambodia, in the north with China, from the east and south it is washed by the South China Sea.
Vietnam Capital. Hanoi.
Vietnam Language. Vietnamese language.
Vietnam Visa. For citizens of Ukraine it is necessary to issue an entry visa. A visa to Vietnam is issued directly at the border on the basis of a pre-arranged invitation.
Required documents: a photograph, a completed application form, a foreign passport, the validity of which expires no earlier than three months on the day the trip ends;
Vietnam Features of customs control.The import of foreign convertible currency is not limited, but amounts over 3000 USD must be declared, because. the export of currency from the country is allowed only within the amount declared upon entry. The export of the national currency is prohibited. You can import duty-free 400 cigarettes, 100 cigars or 500 g of tobacco, 1.5 liters of strong alcoholic beverages or 2 liters of alcoholic beverages with a strength of up to 22 °, two 100-gram cans of black or red caviar, 5 kg of tea, 3 kg of coffee, as well as other goods with a total value not exceeding VND 5,000,000. The import of household and computer equipment is subject to mandatory declaration: all undeclared equipment will be allowed to be exported only if customs duties are paid or there is a receipt for its purchase in the country. It is strictly forbidden to import drugs and narcotic medicines without a medical prescription for their use (punishment – up to the death penalty), explosives, firearms, materials that offend local culture (printed materials, CDs, audio and video recordings), as well as pornography. It is forbidden to export art and antiques, jewelry and handicrafts without proper documentation.
Vietnam Time. Difference with Kiev time: +5.
Vietnam climate. Tropical, hot and humid. The average January temperature in the north of the country is 23 ° C, in the south 35 ° C. Vietnam is located in the region of the subequatorial monsoon climate, but due to the large length of the country from north to south, the climatic conditions on its territory are somewhat different.
North of Vietnam: winter lasts from November to April, the average temperature is + 12… + 20C. In February and March, there is sometimes fog and drizzling rain. Summer starts in April and lasts until October. In summer, the temperature rises to + 30C, sometimes it rains in the evening or at night.
Center: transitional climate with long rains in November and December and dry and hot summer months.
South: the temperature during the year practically does not change and stays within + 25… + 30C. The season depends on the rains: the dry season lasts from November to May, the rainy season – from late May to October. Between July and November, typhoons are likely on the coast.
Mountainous areas: in the resorts of Dalat (1500 m), Buon MA, Phuot and Sapa, it is quite cool at night throughout the year, and in winter from October to March, the temperature drops to + 4C. Even in the hottest months of March and April, the temperature rarely exceeds +26C.
Vietnam Main resorts. The main resorts of Vietnam are located on the East coast and stretch from north to south, washed by the South China Sea. The most visited resorts:
Nha Trang (Nha Trang) – Located 450 km. from Saigon. Coconut palms provide protection from the sun, both for bathers and strollers along the almost 6 km of Nha Trang beach. The clear turquoise water offers many diving opportunities. In addition to the city beach, there are many secluded places on the islands of Nyachang Bay. After exciting excursions and boat trips, you can take healing baths from natural mud and water sources, feel the incredible smell of the eucalyptus grove. The rainy season is in October and November. Visiting time is all year round.
Phan Thiet – 200 km. from Ho Chi Minh. Phan Thiet has all the conditions for a relaxing family holiday and holidays with children – comfortable hotels, convenient beaches and shops selling original handicrafts. Phan Thiet is known for its huge sand dunes (shimmering gold in the light of the setting sun), pristine beaches, and beautiful scenery. Visiting time is all year round.
Danang is located 1010 km from Saigon (70 minutes by plane). One of the most popular seaside resorts in Vietnam. This is the fourth largest city in Vietnam, attracting tourists with clean beaches and luxurious hotels. Rainy season in November and December.
Da Lat – healing mountain air (the city is located at an altitude of 1500 m above sea level) and the absence of the exhausting heat of the valley immediately made this city a favorite vacation spot for tourists from different countries. Dalat has many natural and artificially created lakes separated by rows of coniferous trees, which are the main feature of this area.
o.Phu Quoc (Phu Quoс) – is located 65 km. off the Southwest coast of Vietnam and is the largest among its islands. The area is equal to Singapore – about 600 sq. km. The fabulous nature of Phu Quoc is striking in its splendor – the island has 99 mountains and hills covered with relict forests with lush vegetation, as well as many charming waterfalls and raging rivers, and, of course, amazing sandy beaches with crystal clear sea water.
Vietnam main religion. The main religion in Vietnam is Buddhism, other religions are not prohibited.
Vietnam Cuisine. Vietnamese cuisine is famous for its unusual and refined taste. It doesn’t look like Chinese or Korean or Japanese. Traditional favorites of Vietnamese cuisine among the locals are fish, chicken and pork dishes along with cooked vegetables and rice or noodles. The national cuisine is quite different in different regions of Vietnam: in the North, Central and South. Each of them has its own unique Vietnamese cuisine recipes and cooking traditions. In Vietnam, tourists can enjoy national cuisine both in gourmet restaurants and in democratic street cafes – food everywhere is quite cheap and of high quality.
Vietnam Souvenirs. From Vietnam, masks and water dolls are usually brought as souvenirs; it is best to buy them in Hanoi. Hoi An is famous for silk fabrics and silk products. And don’t forget: you have to bargain everywhere!
Vietnam Transport.Vietnam has a developed land transport system. The transport network of national and regional roads is just as good as the local roads connecting provinces, metropolitan areas and cities in the country. Foreigners are advised to rent cars with a local driver. Every province has bus stations with good service. Large cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh have daily bus services on main lines. In many big cities and provinces you can use taxi services. In a taxi, in most cases, you should agree on the price of the trip in advance, before getting into the car. The basis of public transport is made up of taxis and a variety of motorcycle and cycle rickshaws (“cyclo” or “cyclo”). The fare in them should be agreed in advance and bargaining in this case is simply necessary. Air transport in the country is developing quite intensively. 19 airports of the country and all external lines are served by Vietnam Airlines. Due to the small size of the country, flights in all directions are short, the level of service is quite high.
Vietnam currency.The monetary unit officially used in Vietnam is the dong (d or VND). This currency can neither be brought into the country nor taken out of the country. New dong (VND or D), nominally equal to 10 hao and 100 sous. In circulation there are banknotes in denominations of 500,000, 100,000, 50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 1,000, 500, 200 and 100 dong, as well as coins in 5,000, 2,000, 1,000, 500 and 200 dong (coins are gradually withdrawn from circulation). All banknotes are issued in several versions, only banknotes issued after 2003 have a high degree of protection against counterfeiting. Banks are open from 07:30-08:00 to 15:30-16:30. Day off – Saturday and Sunday. Currency can be exchanged at large banks and specialized exchange offices (1 US dollar = 18,000 dong), as well as in the market, where the exchange rate is usually somewhat more profitable, but the risk of encountering scammers is higher. The US dollar has almost universal circulation, but only new banknotes are usually accepted for payment – it is almost impossible to pay with old banknotes. In the capital and other major cities, you can pay in euros, yen, yuan or baht. Traveler’s checks in US dollars or euros can be cashed at any major bank. Credit cards are becoming more common – they are accepted in large shops, hotels and restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi (the most widely used are “Master Card” and “Visa”, the commission is usually about 3%). ATMs (located in the buildings of banks, large shops and hotels) issue only dongs. In the capital and other major cities, you can pay in euros, yen, yuan or baht. Traveler’s checks in US dollars or euros can be cashed at any major bank. Credit cards are becoming more common – they are accepted in large shops, hotels and restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi (the most widely used are “Master Card” and “Visa”, the commission is usually about 3%). ATMs (located in the buildings of banks, large shops and hotels) issue only dongs. In the capital and other major cities, you can pay in euros, yen, yuan or baht. Traveler’s checks in US dollars or euros can be cashed at any major bank. Credit cards are becoming more common – they are accepted in large shops, hotels and restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi (the most widely used are “Master Card” and “Visa”, the commission is usually about 3%). ATMs (located in the buildings of banks, large shops and hotels) issue only dongs. The commission is usually around 3%. ATMs (located in the buildings of banks, large shops and hotels) issue only dongs. The commission is usually around 3%. ATMs (located in the buildings of banks, large shops and hotels) issue only dongs.
Vietnam Tipping. Tipping is optional, but it is recommended to tip tour guides, drivers at the end of the tour, in hotels in Vietnam and at train stations.
Vietnam Public holidays and non-working days. Banks and institutions are closed throughout the country on the dates below, but most shops remain open. The exception is the tet holiday, when even private restaurants are closed.
January 1 (New Year);
February 3 (Communist Party Establishment Day 1930);
Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year, celebrated for four days between mid-January and mid-February, there are no exact dates, as the dates shift every year);
April 30 (unification day);
May 1 (International Workers’ Day);
May 19 (Ho Chi Minh’s birthday, 1890);
September 2 (Independence Day, 1945);
September 3 (Ho Chi Minh Death Day).
Vietnam Shops, markets.Vietnam has an incredibly rich and varied selection of shopping and the lowest prices. The opportunity to spend money here is endless. In the local souvenir markets and bazaars, you will find handicrafts made of silk and wool, clothing, cosmetics, medicinal herbs and traditional oriental spices, gold and silver jewelry, wicker furniture and much, much more. In Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, there are many modern shopping centers with European goods. In private shops and shops you can buy good products made of natural silk and rare wood, mother-of-pearl and silver, stone, bone and metal. There are specialized boutiques with goods made from natural silk, art galleries, souvenir and gold shops. Shops are open almost every day, seven days a week from 7:30 to 17:30 – officially, and unofficially – until late in the evening.
Vietnam Recommendations. According to the recommendations of the World Health Organization, mandatory vaccinations for a trip to Vietnam are not required. But it is recommended to follow a number of important rules:
1. Never drink raw water. Always buy water in plastic bottles – it is sold almost everywhere. Before buying, carefully inspect the bottle – check the safety of the plastic cork and the protective shell around it.
2. Do not eat unwashed vegetables and fruits. Wash them with boiled or disinfected water.
3. Do not drink drinks and freshly squeezed fruit juices with ice – ice can contain disease-causing bacteria.
4. Don’t buy food from street stalls, try to dine at restaurants and cafes that are obviously popular with locals and other tourists.
5. Avoid excessive sun exposure, bring sunscreen and UV-absorbing glasses.
6. If you are going to travel through the jungle in the Mekong Delta, then you should take prophylactic against malaria. Lariam is considered the safest remedy. Reception should be started one week before the trip, during the trip and within four weeks after returning, one tablet per week.
Vietnam Emergency phones. Police 113, Traffic police 114, Ambulance 115.
Embassy of Ukraine in Hanoi: Address: 25-D-25-E Lang Ha St., Hanoi, Viet Nam
Tel.: +10-84 (4) 943-27-64 Fax: +10-84 (4) 943-27-66 E-mail: [email protected] City
codes: 8 – dial tone – 10 – 84 – <city code> – <called subscriber number>
Vietnam Electrical network: In cities – 220 V. But in some regions – 110 V. It makes sense to take a universal adapter with you. Because sockets come in different shapes. There are almost no power outages.
How to call Kyiv from Vietnam. Dial country code, area code, and subscriber number: 0038+044+….