Vietnam: all you need to know

In this section you will find useful information in order to undertake a trouble-free trip to Vietnam.

How to obtain a visa for Vietnam?

Fforeigners who decide to visit Vietnam need a tourist visa. The request must be made c/o the Embassy of Vietnam, but it is also possible to ask a letter to get the visa at the airport on arrival; to this end, you need to have previously submitted a letter of provisional authorization which usually provides your travel agent. In Vietnam there are two different types of entry visa, the single entry visa, that is valid for one entry into Vietnam and the multiple-entry visa, valid in the event that your stay planned to cross the border more than once. The expiry date of the passport should not be less than 6 months.

What’s the best time to visit to Vietnam ?

As all the Southeast Asian country also Vietnam is’subject to the influence of the monsoon. In Cambodia and Laos, the climate is very similar to that of South Vietnam with moderate temperatures during almost the whole year. In contrast, the North and the central part of Vietnam have climatic conditions that vary during the monsoon season, but ‘good immediately point out that only in the North we are witnessing a period of winter, where tempreature possibly extending to 10 ° during the night.

Paddies VietnamIn general Vietnam has a rather warm climate throughout the year, rather humid in the period of the south west monsoon that goes’ from May to September (rainy season). Vietnam is ‘long and narrow and with its shape reminiscent of a dragon stretching from north to south for about 1660 km. Its about 3000 km of coastline are bathed by the South China Sea.

In particular, the South is hot almost all year while winter and ‘present only in northern Vietnam where temperatures can drop to 10 °. These periods “fresh” depending on the current of cold air coming down from the north of China, but generally never last more than a fortnight, often related with Christmas. In North Vietnam, where the capital Hanoi, the rainy season lasts five months and goes’ from May to September. In the central part of Vietnam after the rainy season begins, but can last until November. Vietnam is on the list of countries of South east Asia that can ‘be subject to “cyclones and floods”, these phenomena affecting mainly the centre and north of the country in the months of August and September.

Markets VietnamHowever, given the extent of the country from north to south, we can say that there is no absolute bad time to visit Vietnam, and in fact the weather might be bad in an area or region, while in other places’ can be beautiful.

From December to February is the best time to visit the south of the country, because the temperatures are not high and the weather is really nice. From March to June and from October to November are the best times to visit the North of Vietnam, in recent months the climate is dry, no rain and a beautiful sun usually shines.

What to pack for a trip to Vietnam ?

The best thing to make sure you do not forget anything is to make a list of everything you might need during our trip in Vietnam including for example: the linen, shoes more ‘fit for travel, passport, car camera, phone, some medicines … and also a good book to read during the trip !

Viet-136_resizeThe first tip and ‘to pack what you can’ serve as a function of the season and the places you will visit. Whatever you do not forget to bring a wind breaker and a pair of sneakers, fresh and light clothes (t-shirts, jeans, shorts, sandals for the sea etc.). As for shoes it could serve three pairs: one pair for walking or hiking, one for the beach, and one for the evening in the city ‘.

Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia are countries where you can contract the common diseases of the traveller, we recommend that you consult your doctor for intestinal problems ( diarrhea, re-hydrating and disinfectant gastro-intestinal) and you prescribe broad-spectrum antibiotics in case you need it.

A good rule for all travellers is to have the cash with you, currently the Euro and US dollars are accepted almost everywhere.

Practical tips:

Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia are countries rather humid, then close tightly all that is sensitive to moisture, such as paper, medicines, photographic equipment and electronics, or get yourself salts silicon to put in the suitcase.

VIETNAM – The mountain ethnicities

Vietnam consists of about sixty ethnic groups or minorities and the government has officially recognized 54. The North of Vietnam, cultural cradle of the country, is the area where these ethnic minorities live mainly from South China. These ethnic groups are very tied to their freedom, traditions, culture and coexist peacefully.

Northwest of Vietnam

Ethnic groups in the North of Vietnam - SapaNorth-western part of Vietnam is a real show, not only for its beautiful mountain landscapes, but also for its unique and colourful ethnic groups. This area of ​​Vietnam, with its mountains, its typical rice terraces, with the many agricultural activities marked by the succession of the monsoon and its typical markets multi-ethnic colourful is the land of the H’mong, that populate his beautiful mountains, the Dao skilled hunters from glittering costumes, women Lu and Muong.

North-east Vietnam

Halong Bay - VietnamThe Northwest amazes travellers with its mountains, the North-east enchants with its particular limestone peaks. These features geological formations extending from Yangshui – Guilin, China, up to Cao Bang and then dive into the waters of Ha Long Bay and then to re-emerge in the area of ​​Ninh Binh and Tam Coc. In these areas live ethnic groups of Tay, Nung and the Pathen.

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