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Vietnam - tourist guide for holidays

Vietnam is a country which is worth your visit. It is full of natural wonders and historical monuments so you can surely spend here a nice time. Vietnam is a country you can visit on your own - or you can choose one of organized trips with a travel agency as well.

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Vietnam - the best places to see

Vietnam If you compare Vietnam with other countries of the world, you will see it is rather small country. Nevertheless there is a lot of interesting places. We have chosen a few of them.
  • Hanoi (Hoan Kiem Lake + Ngoc Son Temple + Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum + One-Pillar Pagoda + National Museum of Vietnamese History)
  • Halong Bay (trip to the bay on a ship)
  • Hoi An - a beautiful historic town (UNESCO; Old Town + Japanese Covered Bridge)
  • Ho Chi Minh City - the largest city in Vietnam (Reunification Palace + War Remnants Museum + tunnels of Cu Chi - one day trip)
  • Nha Trang - seaside resort with Vinpearl land (Amusement park - use cable car)
  • Dalat - town in mountains - good for trips
  • Sapa - a beautiful town in mountains - good for treks
  • Vinh Long - city on Mekong river (Mekong Boat Tours)
  • Ninh Binh - countryside (Tam Coc waterways + Trang An Grottoes + Cuc Phuong National Park)

Vietnam - useful information

Religion:
~ Buddhist: 9.3 %
~ Roman Catholic: 6.7 %
~ no religion: 81 %
~ other: 3 %
Religion - Vietnam
Vietnam: flagCapital: Hanoi
Area: 331,210 km2
Number of inhabitants: 90,550,000
Currency: dong, VND
Language: Vietnamese
Time zone: GMT+7 (GMT = London)
International telephone dial code: +84
Mobile phones system: GSM 900/1800, WCDMA, UMTS
System of measurement: metric
Common languages: English in tourist places
Serious travel risk: malaria in some areas
Voltage in electric network: 220 V
Electric plug:
Electric plug - Vietnam

Vietnam - Travellers Forum

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  Be careful at Halong Bay
Be careful at Halong Bay - there are some printed guides with obsolete maps and it may be complicated to find the port for travels to Halong Bay. It is a little bit out of the city now. If you buy the trip in the city you will probably get it for a very high price - ten times more than at the port.
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Vietnam - the map and typical itinerary

Vietnam - map
Itinerary 1: Hanoi (Hoan Kiem Lake + Ngoc Son Temple + Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum + One-Pillar Pagoda + National Museum of Vietnamese History) - days: 2, Halong Bay (trip to the bay on a ship) - days: 2, Dalat - town in mountains - good for trips - trekking - days: 4, Ninh Binh - countryside (Tam Coc waterways + Trang An Grottoes + Cuc Phuong National Park) - trekking - days: 3, Hoi An - a beautiful historic town (UNESCO; Old Town + Japanese Covered Bridge) - historical landmarks - days: 2, Hanoi (Hoan Kiem Lake + Ngoc Son Temple + Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum + One-Pillar Pagoda + National Museum of Vietnamese History) - days: 1
Itinerary 2: Ho Chi Minh City - the largest city in Vietnam (Reunification Palace + War Remnants Museum + tunnels of Cu Chi - one day trip) - days: 2, Vinh Long - city on Mekong river (Mekong Boat Tours) - days: 2, Dalat - town in mountains - good for trips - trekking - days: 3, Nha Trang - seaside resort with Vinpearl land (Amusement park - use cable car) - relaxation at sea - days: 3, Hoi An - a beautiful historic town (UNESCO; Old Town + Japanese Covered Bridge) - historical landmarks - days: 2
Itinerary 3: any combination of the previous itineraries

Prices of rooms and meals

Prices symbolVietnam offers a very low level of prices. Both - accommodation and meals - are very cheap here, so you can spend here a really cheap holidays - if you want to. In some places and in some times the prices may be slightly higher. And you can usually pay more money for better services.
  • Cheap accommodation: $5
  • Medium accommodation: $22
  • Expensive accommodation: $85
  • Cheap meal: $2
  • Medium meal: $4
  • Expensive meal: $20
The prices are per 1 person (and 1 meal or 1 night) and are in US Dollars.
It is often possible to buy cheap meal on streets or in fast-food restaurants. Medium priced meal is usually available in standard restaurants, expensive meal in expensive restaurants. We do not include extreme prices of accommodation and food (for example luxurious apartments in high quality hotels). (Prices are usually very different in different places and in different seasons. In the main season may be in touristic destinations the cheapest rooms unavailable.)

Vietnam on the Internet

Are you looking for more information? On the Internet there are a lot of information. Here are some advices: Vietnam may have different names in different languages. For example Vietnam, Vietnam, Viêt Nam, Vietnam. Use these names in search engines. It is good idea to precisely specify what are you looking for. If you need information about a place, use the name in a search engine. You may use other names of the place as well. If you need - for example - an information about history of the place, add the word history to the search engine.

What Others say

Vietnam (i /ˌviː.ɛtˈnɑːm/ VEE-et-NAHM; Vietnamese: Việt Nam), officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnamese: Cộng hòa xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam), is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is bordered by People's Republic of China (PRC) to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea, referred to as East Sea (Vietnamese: Biển Đông), to the east. With a population of over 89 million, Vietnam is the 13th most populous country in the world. Vietnam became independent from China in AD 938 after their victory at the battle of Bạch Đằng River. Successive dynasties flourished along with geographic and political expansion deeper into Southeast Asia, until it was colonized by the French in the mid-19th century. Efforts to resist the French eventually led to their expulsion from the country in the mid-20th century, leaving a nation divided politically into two countries. Fighting between the two sides continued during the Vietnam War, ending with a North Vietnamese victory in 1975. Emerging from this prolonged military engagement, the war-ravaged nation was politically isolated. In 1986, the government instituted economic and political reforms and began a path towards international reintegration. By 2000, it had established diplomatic relations with most nations. Its economic growth has been among the highest in the world in the past decade. According to Citigroup the high growth will be continued and based on Global Growth Generators countries Index, Vietnam get the highest Index among 11 countries. These efforts resulted in Vietnam joining the World Trade Organization in 2007. These economic reforms also introduced inequality in many spheres of life in Vietnam such as income distribution and women's rights.
Wikipedia

The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Vietnam declared independence after World War II, but France continued to rule until its 1954 defeat by Communist forces under Ho Chi MINH. Under the Geneva Accords of 1954, Vietnam was divided into the Communist North and anti-Communist South. US economic and military aid to South Vietnam grew through the 1960s in an attempt to bolster the government, but US armed forces were withdrawn following a cease-fire agreement in 1973. Two years later, North Vietnamese forces overran the South reuniting the country under Communist rule. Despite the return of peace, for over a decade the country experienced little economic growth because of conservative leadership policies, the persecution and mass exodus of individuals - many of them successful South Vietnamese merchants - and growing international isolation. However, since the enactment of Vietnam's "doi moi" (renovation) policy in 1986, Vietnamese authorities have committed to increased economic liberalization and enacted structural reforms needed to modernize the economy and to produce more competitive, export-driven industries.
CIA The World Factbook
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