Vietnam Tourist Information

Beneath all the chaos is hidden some natural and cultural treasures. Vietnam is a country in South East Asia and is neighbors on the west are Lao and Cambodia, and China to the North. In 2012 Vietnam has been visited by just less than seven million people. Vietnam would be a great place to start your South East Asian expedition. Above this all, with Webjet exclusives, you are bound to have the best time in Vietnam.

General Facts about Vietnam

Capital – Hanoi

Currency – Vietnamese Dong (VND)

Language – Vietnamese

Major International Airports – Tan Soh Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Da Nang International Airport.Search flights to Vietnam.

The National Flag of Vietnam

The National Flag of Vietnam

Where to Spend Your Time

Beaches – Phu Quoc Island, Nha Trang, Da Nang, Mui Ne, Doc Let

On the Hills – Sa Pa, Da Lat

Nature – Halong Bay, Tam Coc (near Ninh Binh), Phong Nha Ka Bang

History/Culture – Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Hue, Hoi An

Wildlife – Cat Tien National Park (Wild Gibbon Trek)

Urban Nightlife – Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Nha Trang, Da Nang

Fisherman at Phu Quoc Island

Phu Cuoc Island

Getting A Vietnam Tourist Visa

A Vietnam visa approval letter can be obtained online from reputable company such as Vietnam-Visa. For more information on applying a Vietnam Visa visit our page Getting a Vietnam Visa.

Getting in and around

The best way to arrive in Vietnam is through Tan Son Nhat International Airport which has many international connections. It’s the biggest airport in Vietnam. If your tour starts from Hanoi then arrive at Noi Bai Airport and if you want to start in Central Vietnam, choose the Da Nang International Airport.

Vietnam has around 24 airports which are domestically well-connected.

The national carrier is Vietnam Airlines.

Vietnam Airlines

Aircraft belonging to Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam have land border crossing with Laos, Cambodia and China. The major crossing and which is most preferred by the tourists is Bavet / Moc Bai which connects HCMC to Phnom Penh. More information on land border crossings to Vietnam.

Train – The only major train line which connects the North to South is from Hanoi to HCMC. Major destinations can be reached easily by train from either sides. There are different classes and seating options available like – air con sleeper hard or soft berth, sleeper hard or soft berth and sitting seats.

Open Tour Buses – Open tour buses are very popular among tourists. What is open tour bus? For example, you buy a ticket from HCMC to Hanoi and there are other tourist attractions in between like Nha Trang, Da Lat, Hoi An, Hue, etc.. then you can get off  at these destinations at your will and board the bus again after 2 or 3 days depending on your choice. They are cheap and the most popular open tour bus route is HCMC – Mui Ne – Da Lat – Nha Trang – Hoi An – Hue – Hanoi which could cost anywhere from 25 USD to 50 USD or more depending on the company.

Buses – The major tourist destinations are well-connected by inter city buses which are run privately. Most of them are comfortable and offer seating or sleeping seats. Locals buses connect local destinations and are available in plenty.

Phuong Trang bus at De Tham street

Intercity bus

Taxis – The major reliable taxi operators are Mai Linh and Vinasun. Other local companies are available but you have to be cautious with faulty meters running in some taxis. The average cost is 15,000 VND a kilometer within the city and for long distance the cost is 10,000 VND a kilometer.

Motor Bikes – Motor bikes are available for rent in major tourist destinations. But they might not be safe to drive in cities because there are 33.4 million motorbikes running on the roads in Vietnam and for a foreigner it is a very difficult to drive on the traffic clogged streets. Motorbike taxis known as Xe Om are available where is sit on the back of a motorbike and the driver sits in the front. It is a very efficient way to travel within the city and very cheap.


Vietnam is a Wi-Fi friendly country. Most of the restaurants, coffee shops, shopping malls and hotels offer free Wi-Fi and the internet speeds are average. SIM cards are sold everywhere on the streets for about 5 USD. Major telecommunications operators are Mobifone, Viettel and Vinaphone. There is 3G coverage almost everywhere. Alternately  you can VOIP services like Eva Phone or Local Phone to make calls.

Food in Vietnam

A lot of posts have been written about food in Vietnam. Just make a search or go to the page discover the food of Vietnam.

Banh Mi

Banh Mi is a popular eat

Accommodation in Vietnam

Vietnam has every kind of accommodation ranging from few dollars to few hundred dollars. Discover the hotels in Vietnam.

Money in Vietnam

The currency of Vietnam is Vietnamese Dong. Approximately 1 USD = 20, 000 VND. Most of the upscale restaurants and hotels accept credit cards. ATM’s are found in plenty in major cities and few in smaller towns. Currency exchange facilities are available and will exchange USD, Euro and Pounds.

Bank notes come in 500, 1000, 2000, 5000,10000,20000,50000,100000,200000 and 500000 VND. Coins come in 500, 1000 and 5000 VND but they might not be accepted everywhere.

We advise you to buy a travel insurance when traveling in Vietnam. Violent attacks have been reported on tourists in places like Nha Trang and tourists are targets of robbery. Unexploded mines still exists in the Ho Chi Minh Trail and it is advisable not to travel on your own in these areas.

Finally, if you are scared of traveling alone in Vietnam, you can find Vietnam holiday deals online and travel in this beautiful country with an agency.

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Sai Karthik Reddy Mekala

Karthik Reddy has been traveling around the world since completing his M.B.A in 2012. He is passionate about photography, trying out new food, meeting new people, experiencing different cultures and explore places solo.

4 Responses

  1. Kavi says:

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  2. Shelke Travels says:

    Vietnam is such a beautiful and diverse country, and having access to reliable tourist information is a game-changer for travelers. From the bustling streets of Hanoi to the serene landscapes of Halong Bay and the historic sites in Ho Chi Minh City, there’s so much to explore. Having comprehensive Vietnam Tourist Information makes planning your trip a breeze and ensures you get the most out of your visit. Whether you’re looking for cultural insights, travel tips, or recommendations for local cuisine, this resource is your gateway to an unforgettable Vietnamese adventure. Happy travels thank you for sharig this info.

  3. Ma buu chinh viet nam says:

    Thank you for sharing this comprehensive and informative guide on traveling to Vietnam. It’s an excellent resource for anyone planning a trip to this beautiful Southeast Asian country. Here are a few highlights and additional thoughts based on the information you provided:

    Natural and Cultural Treasures: Vietnam’s rich cultural heritage and stunning natural landscapes make it an ideal destination for a diverse range of travelers. From bustling cities to tranquil beaches and hills, there’s something for everyone.

    General Facts: Knowing the basics like the capital city (Hanoi), currency (Vietnamese Dong), and language (Vietnamese) is crucial for any traveler. Also, being aware of the major international airports can help in planning the arrival and departure.

    Diverse Attractions: The variety of attractions from beaches like Phu Quoc Island to historical sites in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as natural wonders like Halong Bay, showcases Vietnam’s diverse appeal.

    Vietnam Tourist Visa: The process of obtaining a visa approval letter online simplifies the visa process, making it more convenient for international visitors.

    Transportation: The overview of transportation options, including flights, trains, buses, and taxis, is incredibly useful. It highlights how well-connected Vietnam is, both internationally and domestically.

    Communication: Knowing that Vietnam is Wi-Fi friendly and has good telecommunications infrastructure can reassure travelers, especially those who need to stay connected for work or personal reasons.

    Cuisine: Vietnamese cuisine is world-renowned, and dishes like Banh Mi are a must-try. Exploring local food is often a highlight for many travelers.

    Accommodation: The wide range of accommodation options caters to all budgets, from economical to luxury, enhancing the appeal for a broad spectrum of tourists.

    Currency and Money Tips: Understanding the currency and having tips on money management, including the use of ATMs and credit cards, is very helpful for financial planning.

    Safety and Travel Insurance: The advice on safety, awareness of unexploded mines in certain areas, and the recommendation to get travel insurance are important for ensuring a safe trip.

    Travel Options: For those who prefer organized trips, the option to find holiday deals online for guided tours in Vietnam is a great tip.

    Your guide covers all the essential aspects of traveling to Vietnam, providing a valuable resource for anyone planning a visit. Whether exploring independently or through an agency, this information lays a solid foundation for a memorable and enjoyable trip.

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