Category: Vietnam Travel Guide

Local Transportation

Local Transportation

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The public transport system in Vietnam is still in its nascent stage, although it does vary from city to city. The most convenient and safest mode of transport for travelers is by metered taxis. The local bus net work is getting better, and in many cities has become a viable option for travelers, although probably […]

Getting Around Vietnam

Getting Around Vietnam

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With the rapid development of Vietnam’s infrastructure, the country’s internal transport system is improving at a fast pace, and becoming more convenient and affordable. Railway lines run from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, connecting several cities en route, before passing on into China. Reasona bly comfortable and inexpensive trains are the most efficient mode […]

Travel information

Travel information

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Most visitors fly to Vietnam. The country’s domestic air transport system is good and getting better. The safety record is admirable, while the flights are mostly on time, and well connected to the main tourist destinations. Visitors from the US and Europe usually arrive via Bangkok or Hong Kong. From Cambodia, traveling by boat along […]

Communication

Communication

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Once considered archaic and mostly unreliable, the communications network in Vietnam has improved dramatically over the years. It is now possible to make an international call or send an e-mail from all but the most remote of locations. Nearly everybody has a cell phone. Public phones, on the other hand, are quite limited. The country […]

Banking and Currency

Banking and Currency

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In all major Vietnamese cities, as well as towns of appreciable size, financial services are abundant. Traveler’s checks can be cashed at banks, and well-established hotels accept them as payment. Shopkeepers are also happy to accept US dollars. While currency exchanges and Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are common in most towns and cities, this is […]

Personal Security and Health

Personal Security and Health

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Vietnam is one of the safest places to travel in the world. In addition to a very author itarian government, the country boasts a generally law-abiding society. Visitors can go about their activities in relative safety, although commonsense rules do apply. Sadly, petty crime is on the increase in big cities. Although violent crime is […]

Practical information

Practical information

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Vietnam today is a popular tourist destination, drawing an ever increasing number of visitors each year. Although the country opened up to tourism during the mid-1990s, since then, infrastructure and related facilities have gradually improved for the millions of tourists visiting each year. All major cities offer accommodations ranging from budget guesthouses to five-star hotels. […]

Outdoor activities and special interests

Outdoor activities and special interests

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With its misty mountain tops, tropical forests, gushing rivers, and increasingly cosmopolitan cities, Vietnam today is a playground for a range of activities. The country’s relatively undeveloped coastline stretches for hundreds of miles, and is a water lover’s dream, with secluded beaches, pristine bays, and untrammeled surf. Trekkers and nature enthusiasts are drawn to the […]

Entertainment in Vietnam

Entertainment in Vietnam

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The cultural climate in Vietnam is more vibrant, exciting, and promis ing than ever. Traditional music and theater, first performed centuries ago, are being strongly promoted through cultural festivals held all around the country. Although the nation’s rich artistic heritage draws international audiences, major cities also offer night clubs and modern multiplexes. Stately concert halls […]

Shopping in Vietnam

Shopping in Vietnam

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Until a few decades ago, the most memorable thing about a Vietnamese store was the emptiness of its shelves. Today, the scene has changed dramatically, as shops all across the country are overflowing with a variety of products, including distinctive conical hats, fine silk, designer clothes, colorful lamps, delicate ceramic ware, and elegantly carved bamboo […]