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Vietnam Practical Info
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Vietnam Practical Info

Vietnam Information

Vietnam Practical Info

The information about traveling in Vietnam, public holidays, money, health and safety, so on.
 
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Internet access
Internet and wi-fi is widely available throughout Vietnam. Most hotels, restaurants, cafes offer wi-fi for free. In remote areas, however the connection is quite bad.

Telephone & post office
You can make international phone calls in Vietnam but the prices are not cheap. Vietnamese SIM cards are an affordable way of calling to other countries.

The postal service in Vietnam is reliable and there are courier services widely available. Do not put postcards into letter boxes, give them to your hotel or post or go to a post office.

Business hour
Opening hours vary very little throughout the year.

Restaurants: 11.30am–9pm

Banks: 8am–3pm weekdays, 8am–11.30am Saturday

Offices and museums: 7am or 8am to 5pm or 6pm. Museums generally close on Monday.

Temples and pagodas: 5am–9pm

Shops: 8am–6pm

Public holiday

If a holiday falls during the weekend, it is observed on the following days.
Jan 1 – New Year
Jan or Feb – Tet holiday
10th day of the third lunar month – Hung Kings Commemoration
April 30 – Reunification Day
May 1 – May Day (International Workers’ Day)
Sep 2 – National Day

Traveling with children
The Vietnamese people love children as they always become big attractions and everybody wants to play with them. Big cities have lots of things to keep kids interested and vice versa in small town and rural areas. There have amazing beach but pay attention to any playtime in the sea as there are some big riptides along the main coastline. Some popular beaches have warning flags and lifeguards, but at quieter beaches parents should test the current first. Seas around Phu Quoc Island are more sheltered.

Baby supplies are available in the most cities and town, but dry up quickly in the remote areas. You’ll find cots in most midrange and top-end hotels, but not elsewhere. There are no safety seats in rented cars or taxis, but some restaurants can find a high chair.

Breastfeeding in public is quite common in Vietnam, but there are few facilities for changing nappies (diapers) other than using toilets and bathrooms. For kids who are too young to handle chopsticks, most restaurants also have cutlery.

The main worry throughout Vietnam is keeping an eye on what strange things infants are putting into their mouths. Their natural curiosity can be a lot more costly in a country where dysentery, typhoid and hepatitis are commonplace. Anti-bacterial hand gel (bring from home) is a great idea. Also remember to keep their hydration levels up and slap on the sunscreen.

Women travelers
Vietnam is relatively a peaceful and safe country so women travelers do not have to face any particular safety issues. That said, there are certain things female travelers should keep in mind when visiting Vietnam. Beside some obvious points like don’t walk alone in late night or in remote areas or being seriously drunk, following are some advices you should take into consideration to ensure a perfect trip in this Asian country:

• When it comes to clothing, it is advisable to follow the local style of dressing.
• Female solo travelers are likely to become victims for pick pockets, bag snatchers and frauds. It is necessary to pay attention to your luggage and valuable items at all times.
• If traveling alone, you are likely to be bombarded with question about your marital status, home, family and personal life. It might be a bit annoying at first, but take it easy as it is just part of Eastern culture.
• Friends in Vietnam do not hug or kiss each other as greetings. So not to make any misunderstanding for your local male friends. Be sure to leave a copy of your itinerary with friends or family at your hometown and keep in touch with them regularly.

Money & cost
The Vietnam’s official currency is the Dong (VND or d). US dollars are widely accepted in tourist attractions or big shopping malls. Visa and master card are accepted in many hotels, restaurants and large stores, particularly in big cities. ATMs are popular throughout the country. You can find a number of international banks in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Health and safety
Health care in Vietnam varies in quantity and quality. Big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh have a good health care system while in remote areas are not.

Pharmacies can be found in almost town.

Recommended vaccinations

The only vaccination required by international regulation is yellow fever.

Before you go:
- Pack any medications in clearly labeled box
- Bring a letter from your doctor describing your medical conditions and medications
- If you have a heart condition, bring a copy of a recent ECG

Insurance
Don’t travel without health insurance.
Vietnam is generally a safe country to visit.
Emergency contact number: 113 (Police), 114 (Fire), 115 (Ambulance)
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