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Vietnam Overview


  • Vietnam's diverse natural environment and culture have created a great potential for the tourism industry. Vietnam consists of long coastlines and mountainous regions with many magnificent landscapes. Vietnam has a long history and diversified culture with a variety of ancient architecture and wonderful legends.

  • Vietnamese is a tonal language with distinctive accents in three regions, North, Central and South. Much of the language is Sino/Vietnamese in origin, although influences from minority languages, French and English are also apparent. English is now the second language taught in the school system and is beginning to be spoken and understood throughout the country.
  • Vietnam is home to both Western and Eastern religions and philosophies, including Catholicism, Protestantism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Hinduism and Caodaism. Ancestral worship, the belief that the soul lives on after death and protects its descendants, is practiced throughout Viet Nam. Buddhism is the main religion of Vietnam (about 70%), Catholicism is the second largest of the country (about 10%).
  • Option # 1 – Regular visa (Visa stamp at Embassy or Consulate in USA)

    Required:

    1. Valid US passport valid for at least 6 months based on return date.
    2. Two Passport photos
    3. Email or fax a copy of passport photo page.
    4. Ten business days to process the visa. (not including weekends & holidays)
    5. We will provide visa with your travel documents

     

    Fees:

    $95.00 Single entry 30 days maximum

    $140.00 Multiple entry 30 days maximum

     

     

    Option # 2 – Landing visa (Receive upon arrival in Vietnam)

    Required:

    1. Valid US passport valid for at least 6 months past your return date.
    2. Email or fax a copy of passport photo page.
    3. International Flight schedule (arrival/departure).
    4. 2 passport photos to provide immigration when you arrive at the airport in Vietnam.
    5. It takes approximately three working days to process visa for approval (not including weekends & holidays).

     

    Fees:

    $75.00 Single entry 30 days maximum

    $95.00 Multiple entry 30 days maximum

     

    Note:

    • If customer arrive in airport after 9pm will be surcharge $10.00
    • Expedite within 72 hours will be surcharge $20.00
    • Customer arrive Danang airport, we don’t have representative meeting you at immigration counter.  We recommend apply regular visa (option 1)

     

     

    Once your visa is approved

    • We will provide you with the approval letter and introduction letter to present to the airline in order to board the aircraft as you depart the USA.  Be certain to take the approval letter and introduction letter as well as the Required Documents listed above with you on the plane, you will need these on arrival in Vietnam.

     

     

    Upon arrival in Hanoi or Hochiminh City (Saigon) International Airports:

    You will be given a VIP service upon arrival that will allow your party to be guided to the sitting area to relax while waiting for one of our representatives to  process your visa.

    • Our (Pink Lotus) representative will meet you before the Immigration counter holding a sign with your party's name at Noi Bai airport (Hanoi ) & Tan Son Nhat  airport (Hochiminh City).
    • They will guide you to the sitting/waiting area while they take your passport, photos and the approval letter to the immigration counter to stamp your visas.
    • When they return, the visa will be stamped in your passport and you are free to go through customs.  Our tour guide will be waiting for you at the exit door.

     

     

    Emergency Numbers should you need them:

    • Emergency call 84-98-8888-5552 Ms. Thuy or  84-9-4981-4818 Mr. Tuan
    • V’Explore Tours office business hours 9 AM – 5:30 PM    84-8-3832-9868
    • Nghia Nguyen – General Manager, cell 84-9-036-9157.

     

  • The most widely celebrated public holiday is the Tet, the Lunar New Year, which is the most important festival of the year to all Vietnamese. The weeklong holiday is usually celebrated in late January or early February. It is an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions. During Tet, Vietnamese visit their relatives and temples, forgetting about the troubles of the past year and hoping for a better upcoming year. They consider Tet to be the first day of spring and the festival is often called Hoi Xuan (spring festival).
  • One of the most popular Vietnamese traditional garments is the Ao Dai worn often for special occasions such as weddings or festivals. White Ao Dai is the required uniform for girls in many high schools across Vietnam. It was once worn by both genders but today it is worn mainly by females, except for certain important traditional culture-related occasions where some men do wear it. In recent years young Vietnamese have enthusiastically embraced Western fashions and culture but away from the beach revealing clothes are still considered quite shocking and disrespectful. Modest dress is recommended in Vietnam – avoid short skirts, shorts and sleeveless clothing. Dress even more respectfully when visiting temples and churches ensuring that shoulders and legs are covered.
  • The majority of the population (87%) is comprised of the Viet, or Kinh. The balance of the population is made up of over 50 minority groups, living mainly in the mountainous areas of the country. The best known minority hill tribes are the Tay (the most populous), Hmong, Dzao, White Thai and Black Thai (both mainly from the north), and the Hoa. Each hill tribe has its unique customs and dialect making them fascinating to visit.

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Cuisine

Cuisine (Phở)

 

Rice is a staple food throughout the country. However, traditional Vietnamese cuisine also boasts specialties that differ according to the region. Oven-baked French baguette, seasonal fruits (including tropical fruits such as durian, mangosteen, dragon fruit, rambutans, and longans), fresh vegetables, and local seafood are readily available. Vietnamese restaurants offer a broad selection of tempting international fare as well, including French, Italian, American, Indian, Chinese and Japanese. All fruits and vegetables should be cooked or peeled.

Climate

Climate

 

The climate in Ho Chi Minh City and elsewhere in the south is hottest and most humid in late March and April. The dry season from November to April and the rainy season from May to October. In the north, the wet season is from May to September; December to March are the driest months.

Currency

Currency (Vietnamese dong)

 

The Vietnamese currency is the Dong. US dollars, preferably new & clean bills, are accepted almost everywhere. We recommend exchanging only a small amount at a time since Vietnamese bank notes are issued only in small denominations. American-issued VISA, Mastercard and American Express cards are accepted in major hotels, restaurants, and shops in the urban areas. While traveler’s checks are also accepted, exchanging them for Dong can be quite inconvenient. ATM machines are available in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and other major cities.