Vietnam is stunningly beautiful. From the working beauty of harbours such as Ha Long Bay to the twenty four hour city life of Ho Chi Minh City to the rolling green hills and the inviting street food. There is a lot to see, a lot to do, a lot to taste and if you want to, a lot of people to meet. We have no doubt you’ll enjoy your time here, what is there not to enjoy!?
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Vietnam is located in South East Asia and Hanoi is 10,000km / 6,200 miles from the UK, the shortest direct flight time is 11 hours. Vietnam stretches 1,650km from the south where it meets the Gulf of Thailand to the far north and Ha Giang where the boarder meets China. Vietnam also boarders Cambodia and Laos. At its widest point Vietnam is 50km across, you could walk across…maybe. The coast of 2,000km sweeps around the South China Sea and of course is spectacular. We could write pages and pages about the beaches but we think it’s better you see and feel for yourself. If you’re feeling adventurous of spirit you may veer off the well worn track and find your own paradise.
There is never a ‘bad’ time to visit Vietnam (is there anywhere?) but it is worth giving you a quick overview of the general weather patterns. The first thing to mention is that Vietnam has three distinct weather patterns, one for The North, one for Central and one for The South.
The North is warmest and driest between May and October with the cooler and wetter months between November and April. December and January can be a tad chilly so take a jumper.
Central Vietnam is dry and warm for two third of the year from January to the end of August. Between September and December though the rainfall volume can be high although humidity remains.
South Vietnam is hottest between November and April with May – October being a little cooler.
So, as you can read, the weather really depends upon where you are and at what time of year. Regardless you’re likely to experience some sun and maybe some rain at any point.
Currency: The VND also known as The Dong.
At the time of writing £1GBP is worth approximately 27,000VND. Here are some guide prices:
3 Course meal for 2 at a mid priced restaurant = 400,000 VND or £151 Pint of local beer = 18,000 VND or £0.75p
Posh coffee = 30,000 VND or £1.10
Pint of Milk = 30,000 VND or £1.10
1 kg bananas = 20,000 VND or £0.70p
1.5 litre bottle of water = 11,000 VND or £0.40p
Taxi Start rate = 11,000 VND or £0.40p
Taxi Rate per KM = 12,000 VND or £0.45p
Of course, these prices are a guide and there will be variations pending where you are and when. The exchange rate can also move but at the time of writing it was roughly 27,000 VND to £1GBP.
Some tips while you’re away:
- Pass all items with two (2) hands
- Remove shoes when entering places of religious importance
- Dress respectively
- Wait to be seated at a restaurant whoever is the oldest in your party should be the first to sit
- Place chopsticks ont he table or bowl between eating
- If eating from a bowl bring to your face (watch local behaviour for tips!)
- Tipping – Not common but very appreciated
- Get to affectionate in public with your loved one
- Touch someones head – we don’t think you would but we mention as the Head is sacred in Asian cultures and also
- Don’t pass items over anyones head
- Don’t point with fingers, use the hand
- Haggle in restaurants
Electricity: 220 V / 50Hz (two point pin plug)
Until 30 June 2017 ‘British Citizen’ passport holders travelling for tourism or business can enter Vietnam for up to a maximum of 15 days without a visa. If you have a different type of British nationality – for example ‘British national (overseas)’- you’ll need to get a visa or an e-visa before entering Vietnam.
For visits of up to 30 days, you can get an e-visa online before you travel. Use of the e-visa is limited to certain entry/exit points which you must select at the time of application. If you don’t have fixed travel plans, consider applying for a regular single entry visa from the nearest Vietnamese Embassy, which allows more flexibility.
For visits of longer than 30 days you must get a visa from the nearest Vietnamese embassy before travelling to Vietnam.
It’s always worth checking the FCO for any travel advice. Here is the link to the UK FCO.