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Travel Tips and Transportation
Main mode of transportation at Vietnam is motorbikes, buses, bicycles, taxis and cars.
- Big cities of Vietnam like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh have efficient bus services and the tourists can easily reach the center of the city by bus coming after every 10 minutes.
- Taxis are easily available in Vietnam and are ones of the major and safe means of transportation in Vietnam for visitors.
- Cars, bicycles and motorbikes are also available on rental basis to travel around Vietnam.
What to wear:
Appropriate dress differs from North to South. Southern Vietnam is tropical year round and people dress comfortably and casually. Lightweight cotton and wool fabrics will be comfortable at any time of year. While they may resist wrinkles, synthetics and are blends miserably hot. Generally, short pants are inappropriate unless at a beach resort area. Loose trousers or jeans are almost always fashionable except for business occasions.
Remember that Vietnam is a tropical country. Most of the year it is warm and humid. If you are not used to tropical weather, be prepared to shower and change your clothes two or three times a day. During rainy season in Saigon the rain is often short (20-30 minutes) and some times quite sudden. Practically every hotel in Vietnam has laundry service, which is usually quite inexpensive.
Winter (November through April)
Can be cool in Hanoi, and a coat may be necessary. Dress here is a bit more formal and somber than the fashionable South. If traveling on business, jackets and ties are usually appropriate, regardless of the weather. Saigon’s business community is very image oriented.
Arriving in Vietnam, all visitors must fill in Declaration Forms and show their luggage to Customs Officials upon request. There is no limit to the amounts of cash, precious metals and gems people can bring in, but amounts of over US$ 7,000 must be declared. Tourists are authorized to bring in the following items duty-free: Cigarettes: 400 pieces; Cigars: 50-100; Tobacco: 500 gram; Liquor: 1.5l. Small gift items valued at not more than US$ 500.
The currency of Vietnam is "Dong" (abbreviated "d" or VND). Bank notes are 1,000d; 2,000d; 5,000d; 10,000d; 20,000d; 50,000d, 100,000d, 200,000d and 500,000d. Until recently, unlike many of Vietnam's neighboring countries, the US Dollar was widely accepted, this is only the case now in International Hotels or for currency exchange. Credit Cards and Travelers' Cheques are accepted at most of hotels in major cities only. Visitors are recommended to carry cash only in small amounts. Travelers can change their money for Vietnamese Dong (VND) at banks and most hotels throughout the country.
Bottled water and mineral water are obtainable at any shops in most cities. It is advisable to drink only bottled or boiled water and not to drink ice and tap water. The most reliable local brand is La Vie and Aquafina also available at many shops.
Tea and coffee are one of the most common drinks in Vietnam. Coffee is usually strong, thick and served complete with drip filter, so you know it’s fresh! If you ask for milk it will usually be sweet condensed milk. Popular beers are: local brand: 333, Hanoi beer, Saigon beer and international brands: Carlsberg, Heineken, Tiger and Fosters are freely available.
Taxis with meters are available in big cities. The current price is around US$ 0.6 per kilometer. Most metered taxi drivers can speak a little English. Reliable taxi brands: Mai Linh and Vinasun (white and green color).
110-220 volts A.C.
Free Wi-Fi is available in almost coffee shops in Vietnam.
Bargaining is a way of life in much of South East Asia. In Vietnam shops don't have fixed prices so the shops keeper will start with a high prices which you are then expected to bargain down until you reach a fair price. Bargaining should always be relaxed and can be a lot of fun but you should remember that it is considered disrespectful to agree a price but then walk away.
Useful phrases in Vietnamese:
As Vietnamese is a tonal language (with six different tones), the particular tone used determines the meaning of a word. As the same word can mean many different things depending on the tone it is a difficult language to grasp but the locals will certainly appreciate your efforts!
The following words and phrases are spelled phonetically to help you with pronunciation.
>>roi(in the south)
Numbers in Vietnamese: