About Vietnam

Do I need a visa to visit Vietnam?

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Vietnam visa is required for all nationalities except for ASEAN countries, Japan, Korea. And citizens of Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway visiting Vietnam for up to 15 days are exempted from Visas. Vietnam visa is valid for 30 days and is either issued by Vietnamese Embassies or General Consulate abroad, or upon arrival to Vietnam International airports. It is easy to arrange Visa on arrival to Vietnam. The entry visa will be stamped on your passport as you pass through our immigration checkpoint at the airport. To apply for Vietnam visa on arrival, please visit www.vietnamvisaprovider.com.

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Can I pay by credit card?

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Booking a tour with Vivutravel is easy as payment can be made by cash, telegraphic transfer or credit card. Except for cash payment, a service charge may apply. Any bank charges levied by the sending bank relating to transfers to Indochina Value must be paid by the Client. A surcharge of 3% will be applied to payment by credit cards.

What is your best recommended tour?

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Our recommended tour is customized tour as Vivutravel will design the tour to meet your personal needs, interests and budget. What you need is to send us your travel inquiry at info@vivutravel.com and your private travel consultant at Vivutravel will work out a perfect tour itinerary for you.

What does "Vivu" means?

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Vivu in Vietnamese is the sound of freedom, the feeling of happiness, the time of joyfulness when you are traveling. The only thing to care is how to enjoy life.

Do I need to have any vaccination to enter Vietnam?

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No need to take vaccination before entering Vietnam. However, for safety reason and for your health guarantee you should consult with your doctor before traveling. Some tourists may take malaria vaccination. Also, you should bring along insect repellent cream to avoid bitten by mosquitoes at some places.

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What is the climate like in Vietnam?

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Vietnam has a particularly complicated climate and, like elsewhere in the world, weather patterns have been changing over recent years. The situation described below is therefore only an indication of the type of weather you can expect.

Northern Vietnam Climate

Starting in the north, autumn (September to December) is undoubtedly the most pleasant season. At this time of year it's generally warm (average temps above 20°C), dry and sunny in the delta, though you'll need warm clothes up in the mountains and on the waters of Ha Long Bay. Winter (December to February) can be surprisingly bitter as cold air sweeps south from China bringing fine, persistent mists and temperatures as low as 10°C. Things begin to warm up again in March, which ushers in a period of good, spring weather before the summer heat begins in earnest in May, closely followed by the rainy season in June. This combination makes for hot, sticky weather which takes many people by surprise. Temperatures, which can occasionally reach 40°C, average 30°C, while humidity hovers around 70-75%. The rain comes in heavy downpours, causing frequent flooding in Hanoi and the delta. By mid September, however, the rains are petering out, and from October onwards it's perfect sightseeing weather.

Central Coast Vietnam Climate

The coastal region from Hanoi south to Hué lies in the typhoon belt. Around Hué, typhoons seem most prevalent in April and May, while further north the season generally lasts from July to November. However, typhoons are incredibly difficult to predict and it really is a matter of luck - or bad luck, rather - if you are caught. Flights are usually only disrupted for a matter of hours, but in recent years the main road and rail routes heading south have been cut by floods at least once during the typhoon season. The good news is that they usually get everything moving again incredibly quickly - within four or five days, depending on the severity of the damage.

The central region of Vietnam has a notoriously wet climate, particularly around Hué, where the annual average rainfall is a generous 3m. The so-called "dry" season lasts from February to May, though you'll need an umbrella even then. After this it gets wetter and hotter (av temps 30°C) until the rainy season begins in earnest in September, gradually easing off from November through January. Winter temperatures average a pleasant 20°C or above.

Southern Vietnam Climate

Southern Vietnam is blessed with a more equitable - and predictable - climate. Here the dry season lasts from December to late April/May, and the rains from May through November. Most of the rain falls in brief afternoon downpours, so you can still get out and about, though flooding can be a problem in the delta. Daytime temperatures rarely fall below 20°C, occasionally reaching 40°C in the hottest months (March to May). Once the rains start, humidity climbs to an enervating 80%.

Central Highland of Vietnam Climate

The central highlands follow roughly the same weather pattern as the southern delta. In the rainy season (May-November) roads are regularly washed out, but it can also be very beautiful at this time, with tumbling rivers, waterfalls and misty landscapes. You just have to build a bit more flexibility into your schedule.

Can I get cash on my credit card in Vietnam?

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Yes, cash advances on credit cards are available at the central Vietcombank in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and other major cities, for which you will be charged around 4%.

What is the best time to visit Vietnam?

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There is not really a good or bad time to visit Vietnam as during most months of the year you will experience both sunshine and rain in varying quantities.

In southern Vietnam the dry season lasts from December to late April or May, and the rains from May through to November. Since most rain falls in brief afternoon downpours, this need not be off-putting, though flooding at this time of year can cause problems in the Mekong Delta. Daytime temperatures in the region rarely drop below 20°C, occasionally hitting 40°C during the hottest months (March, April and May). The climate of the central highlands generally follows the same pattern, though temperatures are cooler, especially at night. Again, the monsoon rains of May to October can make transport more complicated, sometimes washing out roads and cutting off remoter villages.

Along the central coast the rainfall pattern reverses under the influence of the northeast monsoon. Around Nha Trang the wet season starts with a flourish in November and continues through December. Further north, around Hué and Da Nang, the rains last a bit longer, from September to February, so it pays to visit these two cities in the spring (Feb–May). Temperatures reach their maximum (often in the upper 30s) from June to August, when it’s pleasant to escape into the hills. The northern stretches of this coastal region experience a more extreme climate, with a shorter rainy season (peaking in Sept and Oct) and a hot dry summer. The coast of central Vietnam is the zone most likely to be hit by typhoons, bringing torrential rain and hurricane-force winds. Though notoriously difficult to predict, in general the typhoon season lasts from August to November.

Northern Vietnam is generally warm and sunny from October to December, after which cold winter weather sets in, accompanied by fine persistent mists which can last for several days. Temperatures begin to rise again in March, building to summer maximums that occasionally reach 40°C between May and August, though average temperatures in Hanoi hover around a more reasonable 30°C. However, summer is also the rainy season, when heavy downpours render the low-lying delta area almost unbearably hot and sticky, and flooding is a regular hazard. The northern mountains share the same basic regime, though temperatures are considerably cooler and higher regions see ground frosts, or even a rare snowfall, during the winter (Dec–Feb).

With such a complicated weather picture, there’s no one particular season to recommend as the best time for visiting Vietnam. Overall, autumn (Sept–Dec) and spring (March and April) are probably the most favourable seasons if you’re covering the whole country.

Current exchange rates for Vietnamese money?

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When traveling in Vietnam, you can easy find a bank to exchange the money. However, the rates can be slightly different. We advise you to check the rates here: http://vietcombank.com.vn/

Can tourists drive a car in Vietnam?

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Yes, but you must have proper driving license. However, driving a car in Vietnam is difficult due to bad traffic. We advise you to rent a car and a driver if you want to go somewhere.

Can tourists travel freely in Vietnam?

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Yes, you can, but there are some restricted areas (near the border) like Dong Van, Meo Vac in Ha Giang, Ban Gioc waterfall,... you need to apply for permission before visiting. It is best to book a tour package at www.vivutravel.com.

What is the attitude towards drugs in Vietnam?

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The law is strict in Vietnam. The use of illegal narcotics is strictly forbidden, and dealers and persons caught trafficking, whether Vietnamese or foreigner, face execution. Don't risk it under any circumstances!

I am an American. Will I face any hostility because of the war?

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Vietnamese warmly welcome people from all countries and races. War is the past. What Vietnamese care is how to live in peace and have a better life at present and in the future.

Are there Internet facilities in Vietnam?

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Yes, a lot! Vietnam has seen a surge in Internet use in recent years. It now has more users than any other country in Southeast Asia. Internet facilities are available at all hotels during your Vietnam holiday.

Can I buy antiques in Vietnam?

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Yes, but should be a qualified one because exporting an artifact with cultural significance requires an official license. Without a license, anything old is liable to be confiscated at the airport.

Can I bargain when buying something in Vietnam?

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Bargaining is a must at local markets, open shops, but not at supermarkets. However, bargaining or not depends on what you are going to buy so we advise you to ask your tour guide if convenient.

What happens if I am a vegetarian?

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Not a problem but please advise us before so that we can order vegetarian meals during your Vietnam holiday. Vietnam is famous for good foods and it is easy to serve you vegetarian foods at your taste.

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