This Vietnam travel guide is the result of extensive travelling in Indochina by the authors. It provides useful information about all the major destinations based on our experiences in the region. As travel professionals in Europe we were well aware of the potential pitfalls of journeys to unknown lands so we were well prepared for our visit to Vietnam. This Vietnam guide is a summary of what we learned on our travels in this magnificent country which we hope will prove to be a useful resource in preparing your trip.
“Sixty percent of Lao people are practicing Buddhists, and that fact colors every facet of life. Temples and stupas dominate the architecture of even the smallest village, and you're sure to spot groups of monks in colorful robes -- best on their early morning pintabat, or alms rounds, especially in Luang Prabang.
Visas are required by all nationalities (subject to exceptions for local neighboring people and ASEAN countries) Visas can be obtained either from Lao Embassies and Consulates abroad or upon arrival at following immigration checkpoints:
You can travel by Lao Aviation, Thai Airways International, Vietnam Airline, The Southern China Airline, Silk Air, Malaysian Airline and Regular flights are available to Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Chiang Mai, Kunming, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Laos has 2 international airports.
Like other coutries in Southeast Asia, Laos is under the influence of tropical monsoon (wet-dry) climate, though the mountains provide some variations in temperature. This is vividly reflected through Laos’ two distinct seasons: wet (rainy) and dry.
Vietnam is shaped in a long "S" stretching for 1000 miles from China in the north to the Gulf of Thailand in the south. The country's land area including water is about 127,000 square miles which makes it slightly larger than Italy or a bit smaller than Japan. The territory alo includes thousands of islands and islets scattered along the coast.
You can enter Vietnam by air through 3 international airpors: Noi bai airport in Hanoi, Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho chi minh city and Danang airport in Danang city.
Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries located in the South East Asia. In the North, Vietnam has common border with China. In the East, Vietnam is bordered by the Gulf of Tonkin, in the East and South by the South China Sea, in the South West by the Gulf of Thailand, and in the West by Cambodia and Laos. Hanoi is the Capital and Ho chi minh city is the largest city.
Viet Nam Embassies & Consulates in the world
The US Dollar is the most favoured foreign currency. Australian, British, Japanese, Singaporean and Thai currency, as well as the Euro, can usually be changed in the larger cities; great difficulty may be encountered in trying to exchange any other currencies. There is a commission charge for changing money in banks.
Travellers tend to worry about contracting infectious diseases when in the tropics, but infections are a rare cause of serious illness or death in travellers. Becoming ill in some way, however, is a relatively common thing. No actual vaccinations are officially required. Visitors are advised to check with their doctor or travel immunization clinic regarding the advisability of inoculation against typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A & malaria, cholera, polio and Japanese encephalitis
In theory there are three main religions in Vietnam: Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism; but in fact there is “tripple religion”, which is an amalgamation of these three doctrines, each of which represents a particular aspect of the whole. And now Buddhism still is main religion in Vietnam.
Domestic flights in Vietnam are operated mostly by Vietnam airline, the state-owned flag carrier with modern fleet of Airbuses and Boeings. Vietnam airline offers a lot of daily flights and give many options for air travel throughout the country. Beside on it, Pacific Airlines (airline code: BL www.pacificairlines.com.vn) also offers flights for the routes between the big cities. Both issues the e ticket.