From Vietnam: practice, seeing, organization, accommodation, transport ...


Vietnam attracts more and more visitors each year, the reason for this success: a traditional and authentic culture, as well as sites to cut breath as the Ha Long Bay and Phong National Park Nha-Ke Bang.

The host infrastructure still leaves something to be desired but this will soon change given the increasing number of tourists.

Vietnam Must have:.
-The Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay Bay is the tourist destination more popular in Vietnam and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is located in Quang Ninh Province and consists of approximately 1960 islands, most of which are uninhabited.
-Hanoi, the capital.
The capital of Vietnam a good starting point for most circuits, namely Sapa and Halong Bay. Sapa is accessible by overnight train, Halong Bay is closer, take about 5 hours by bus.
In Hanoi you can visit the old quarter and Tran Quoc Pagoda located on an island in the middle of a lake.
Other sites of interest include: the Citadel, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Temple of Literature. .
HO Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon)
The main attractions in Ho Chi Minh City are: Ben Thanh Market, the Cathedral Notre Dame (French heritage), the Quoc Tu pagoda, the temple Mariaman (the last Hindu temple in the city), and the Museum of History and War.
-The city of Hoi An .
This city in central Vietnam is famous for its wooden houses and rooms built congregation to pray and meet friends. The Congregation Hall in Fujian is the best example.
-The Mekong Delta.
Do not forget to visit the floating market (open mornings only), you can also take a tour on the canals or visit the city center of Can Tho.

-Île Phu Quoc.
The island of Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam, she is known for its many resorts and beautiful white sand beaches.
-The Cham Temples.
-NHA Trang famous for its beaches and its bay.

-The National Park Phong Nha-Ke Bang
Hue , southern big city .

Vietnam Climate

In the south the weather is hot and dry from March to June, July to November wet and cool and dry from December to February.
The North has four distinct seasons, with a relatively cold winter, hot and humid summer and spring and pleasant autumns.

The main events in Vietnam

By far the most important holiday of the year is Tet, the New Year celebration, which takes place between late January and March on the Western calendar. The country was then in turmoil, in large cities, the streets are decorated with lights and public festivities are organized.
A visit to Vietnam this time is a good idea, but attention of many hotels are full
Other celebrations are.
February 3: Day of the foundation of the Vietnamese Communist Party.

  • April 30: Day of the Liberation of South Vietnam .
  • May 1: Labor Day
  • 19 May: Anniversary of Ho Chi Minh City
  • September 2: National Day
  • September 3: Day of Commemoration of the death of Ho Chi Minh in 1969

    Vietnam Hotels

    Accommodation is still very cheap in Vietnam, in Hanoi you will find that is cheap to stay in very good welcome for rates between 15 and 30 euros for a bed dorm hostel costs around 5 euros.
    Note that the hostels in Vietnam offer much better benefits than in neighboring countries.
    In Ho Chi Minh City hotels are even cheaper, by against the D'Halong Bay rates are slightly higher.
    As for the high-end hotels, they offer a multitude of amenities, such as elaborate buffets, spa, sightseeing etc ...

    Tips for travelers who travel in Vietnam

    The crimes against foreigners remain low but exist, there is a lot of snatching a motorcycle for example, especially in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Nha Trang.
    On the popular beaches, never leave your bag unattended.
    Please note also in nightclubs and karaoke bars. It is better to be accompanied by someone you trust who lives in Vietnam to avoid traditional scams.

    Visa and formalities to go to Vietnam

    A tourist visa obtained in advance is mandatory. This one is valid for 30 days and costs just over 80 euros, if you want to stay longer a 3 month visa is available for about 160 euros.
    If you're planning to leave Vietnam by way land and return to make sure you get a multiple entry visa.
    You can get your visa at Vietnam Embassy in Paris or in any embassy and consulate of Vietnam in the world. If you arrive in Vietnam by land, you can get a visa to Vietnam Consulate in Battambang, Cambodia, the Vietnamese embassy in Phnom Penh, the Vietnamese consulate in Sihanoukville, the consulate in Vientiane, Laos, or much to the Vietnam Embassy in Bangkok, do not all apply the same rate for a tourist visa.

    Go in Vietnam

    The three main international airports in Vietnam are: International Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, the international airport of Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City and International airport Da Nang.
    These airports are served from Bangkok, Singapore, Paris, Hong Kong, Seoul, Sydney, Berlin, Jakarta, Manila, Taipei, Guangzhou, Vientiane, Amsterdam, Moscow, Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Dubai Osaka, Kaohsiung and Phnom Penh.
    Know that when you fly out of the country you have to pay a departure tax of $ 12.
    Train < br /> There are direct rail links between Nanning and Beijing in China to Hanoi. Nanning express (T871 / MR2) crosses the border every day.
    But most trains require a border change of train in Pingxiang / Dong Dang.

    Moving in Vietnam

    In the cities, you can use buses and taxis, the price for taxis is km or package, do not hesitate to haggle.
    To make the long trip you can choose between taking the train or plane, prices are often similar.
    The trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh takes about 2 hours, there are many flights connecting the two cities.
    major domestic airlines are Vietnam airlines, Jetstar Pacific, VietJet Air Mekong.
    As for the train, although more expensive than the bus, it is undoubtedly the most comfortable way to travel overland in Vietnam.
    The main train line runs between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, on which the Reunification Express runs, count more than 1700km to go for more than 30 hours of travel. Always try to buy your tickets at least 3 days in advance, especially during the holidays.
    The buses in Vietnam, are slow, crowded, uncomfortable and of course cheap. We will prefer the train or plane, but to go in certain places underserved bus will probably be your only option (the other option is more expensive to rent a car with a driver).
    Be aware that if you take a bus that goes beyond your destination, the bus will drop you at the crossroads of the most convenient ways for the driver and not, as one might expect, the terminal bus to your destination.
    Once again this intersection can be several kilometers from the city center.

    Practical information for staying in Vietnam

    Most banks are open 7:00 to 11:00 and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (it's the same for stores). Note that in general only banks accept Traveler checks
    Few, make sure you have all the time cash with you especially outside major cities. The dollars are widely accepted and most of the major hotels and big restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express
    Useful numbers.
    -Police: 03
    -Hospital and emergencies: 05
    -Pompiers 08
    the vaccines are not required to enter Vietnam, take all the same with you anti-malaria and anti-diarrhea tablets.