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Travelling to Vietnam

Your essential guide to Vietnam 

Discover Vietnam

The French colonial architecture of Hanoi to the Chinese streets of the well preserved 15th to 19th century trading port of Hoi An, Vietnam offers a unique blend of history and culture like no other.

 

Here’s our guide to everything you need to know.

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Explore the buzzing cities

Across South East Asia, you’ll find cities bursting with life from morning 'til night – and Vietnam is no exception. Whichever city you explore, you’re sure to find yourself immersed in a world of fast-paced action and buzzing life. Hanoi is packed with culture, whilst Ho Chi Minh City is a cosmopolitan hub. Hue is full of history, and Phan Thiet basks in sunshine.

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Discover the picturesque beaches of Vietnam

Beachy paradise probably doesn't spring to mind when you think of Vietnam, but the golden sands here are the country’s best kept secret. Quiet and undiscovered compared to neighbouring Thailand, the shoreline here is just as beautiful. Whether you’re looking for the modern resort charm of Nha Trang and Da Lat or the adrenaline-filled water sports of Mui Ne, there’s a Vietnamese beach to suit every taste.

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Experience Vietnamese cuisine 

You’ve probably tasted the signature Vietnamese dish of pho, a delicious noodle soup that’s quickly catching on around the world. And there’s plenty more where that came from, with fresh ingredients, delicate flavours and endless seafood making the basis of a classic Vietnamese cuisine. Vietnam is also home to a popular café culture – a throwback to its time as a French colony –  this means there’s plenty of opportunity to grab a quiet minute and enjoy some people watching.

Money 

 

The currency of Vietnam is the dong, which due to inflation is no longer broken down into its sub units of hào and xu.

One pound is currently worth 26895.70 Vietnamese dong.

Here’s a roundup of what you can expect to spend in Vietnam, with prices in British pounds:

Inexpensive meal for one – £1.20

Bottle of water – 20p

0.5 litre beer – 50p

Mid-range restaurant meal for one – £4.50

Cappuccino – £1.15

Local bus ticket – 20p

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Travelling around Vietnam

 

By plane

Vietnam is a long and thin country with many miles between the north and the south. Plane travel is a quick and relatively easy way to travel, with regular flights between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City lasting around two hours and costing around 1,600,000₫ (£50 GBP).

By bus

Vietnam is well connected with plenty of long distance bus routes. The open tour buses are very popular with tourists and travellers, allowing you to buy one ticket for as little as £12 from Ho Chi Minh City up to Hanoi. It is possible to stop off along your journey at any point, and get back on a bus of the same company any time later.

By train

The train is the least developed mode of transport across the country, but does provide lots of opportunity to see the stunning countryside of Vietnam on the long journeys between cities. The Vietnamese travel search engine Baolau is a great way to organise your train journey.  It is necessary to book tickets at least four days in advance as they book out fast.

Within cities

A classic sight in Vietnam, cyclo pedicabs are a cheap and scenic way to get around the streets of Vietnam’s cities. They cost you around 20,000₫ (60p GBP) for up to 2km. Another popular and much faster way to travel is  a motorbike taxi known as a xe ôm, costing you around 10,000₫ (30p GBP)  for a 10 minute trip.

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