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▸  Country Facts

▸  Airport Codes for Vietnam

▸  Best Time to Visit Vietnam

▸  Top 10 Things to Do in Vietnam

▸  The Current Covid-19 & Visa Policy in Vietnam

▸  Vietnam Highlights

▸  Vietnam Travel FAQ

▸  Destinations & Attractions in Vietnam 

▸  Vietnam Public Holidays

▸  Best Vietnam Tours

▸  Best Southeast Asia Tours

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Capital of Vietnam:                                          •    Hanoi

The largest city in Vietnam:                             •     Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Currency:                                                         •     Vietnamese

International Dial Code:                                   •    + 84 

  Airport Codes for Vietnam

The Regions of Vietnam

The Regions of Vietnam

Vietnam is divided into three regions:                         North


                                                                         •   South

The North of Vietnam: With Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, includes the busiest Noi Bai international airport 

It is easy to catch flights to/ from Hanoi from cities in Asian countries and other regions of the world. 

Some popular flight times are to/from Hanoi:        Siem Reap, Cambodia                     1hr 45min

                                                                                              •    Bangkok, Thailand                          1hr 50min

                                                                                              •   Yangon, Myanmar                           1hr 55min

                                                                                              •     Singapore                                      3hrs 45min

                                                                                              •    Luang Prabang, Laos                      1hr 45min

Central Vietnam: With Hue, includes the busiest Noi Bai International Airport & Danang, includes the busiest Danang international airport.

It is accessible to catch flights to/ from Hue from cities within Vietnam and some Asian countries.

Some popular flight times are to/from Hue & Danang:        Ho Chi Minh City (domestic flight)   1hr

                                                                                                               •   Hanoi (domestic flight)                   1hr

                                                                                                               •   Bangkok, Thailand                         1hr 40min

                                                                                                               •   Hong Kong                                    2hrs

                                                                                                               •   Singapore                                     2hrs 45min

The South of Vietnam: With Ho Chi Minh City, is Vietnam’s largest city, including the country’s busiest Tan Son Nhat international airport.

It is easy to catch flights to/ from Ho Chi Minh City from cities in Asian countries and other regions of the world.

Some popular flight times are to/from Ho Chi Minh City   Siem Reap, Cambodia                 1hr 15min

                                                                                                                •   Bangkok, Thailand                      1hr

                                                                                                                •   Yangon, Myanmar                       2hrs

                                                                                                                •   Singapore                                  2hrs

The major international airport in Vietnam

The North:                             Hanoi                      •    Noi Bai Airport (HAN)

The Central:                           Danang                   •    Danang Airport (DAD)

                                                             Hue                        •    Phu Bai Airport (HUI)

                                                             Nha Trang               •    Cam Ranh Airport (CXR)

                                                             Da Lat                    •    Lien Khuong Airport (DLI)

The South:                             Ho Chi Minh City       •    Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN)

                                                            Phu Quoc                    Phu Quoc Airport (PQC)

Domestic flights within Vietnam take between 1 and 2 hours, depending on the departure and arrival airports.

   Best Time to Visit Vietnam

•   The Best Time to visit Vietnam is the dry season from October to April when the temperature ranges from 15-25 degrees Celsius. 

•   The Rainy Season lasts from early May to September, but will not affect your trip, as it doesn’t rain for long periods of time. The temperatures in these months range from 25-35 degrees Celsius.

The Current Covid-19 & Visa Policy in Vietnam

The current Covid-19 updates in Vietnam

Covid-19 travel updates may change, so please check prior to travel. Currently, these are the guidelines to follow.

For Adults

•   Travelers entering Vietnam by air must present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test within 72 hours of departure.

•   Or a negative rapid antigen test administered by a medical professional within 24 hours of departure.

•   Travelers entering by land, rail, or sea must present a negative test result as described in the preceding section.

•   Entrants are required to undergo a SARS-CoV-2 test at the border gate before entry

•   If they do not present proof of a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 as specified above (using RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method or rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2).

•   They are permitted to enter and participate in tour activities after receiving a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result.

•   If the RT – PCR test results are positive, they must strictly adhere to the health authority’s regulations.

For Children

•   SARS-CoV-2 testing is not required for children under the age of two.

•   They are allowed to enter and participate in outdoor activities with their parents and relatives if they have not been immunized against COVID-19

•   Or have never been infected with SARS-CoV-2.

For Medical Expenses, Including COVID-19 Treatment

•   You’ll need a valid health insurance policy with a minimum coverage of $US 10,000.

•   This usually costs around USD 40. The policy must cover you for the duration of your stay in Vietnam.

•   Visitors to Vietnam are advised to take reasonable precautions against COVID-19.

•   PC-Covid mobile app (Apple/Google Play) downloaded, which must be presented to enter all VN establishments.

Visa policy in Vietnam

To begin, travelers’ passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Vietnam.

Visa Exemption

With an ordinary passport of the below countries, you can travel to Vietnam without a visa up to:  

14 Days Visa exemption for Brunei, Myanmar

15 Days Visa exemption for Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and The United Kingdom.

 21 DaysVisa exemption for The Philippines

30 Days Visa exemption for Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand

To stay beyond this number of days, you may apply for a visa extension upon your arrival in Vietnam.

Visa Required 

If you are not exempt, you must apply for a Vietnam visa by one of the methods listed below:

•  You can apply for a Vietnam visa at your nearest Vietnam Embassy.

•  You can also request that your travel agent or the person organizing your trip to Vietnam obtain a Letter of Visa Approval on your behalf, this service also takes only about 2-3 working days. Then, you present this visa letter, along with your original passport and the visa fee (approximately $25-30 USD), to get a Vietnam Visa on your arrival date at one of three international airports in Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, or Hanoi.

•  Simply click here to apply online for your tourist E-Visa, valid for 30 days.

E-visa fee is USD 25 and this fee is paid via the electronic payment gateway owned by the Vietnamese Immigration Department, processing time is 2-3 working days.

You will receive your code by email to print your visa.

Travelers with an e-Visa can go directly to immigration counters at their point of entry and do not need to queue at Visa on Arrival counters.

With Vietnam E-visa, you do not need to wait for a visa approval letter or pay a stamp fee at the airport.

Click here for a list of 80 countries (nations) that are eligible for Vietnam E-Visa (Single Entry, Valid 30 Days)

Vietnam Highlights: things to do & travel guide

Vietnam Highlights

Vietnam Highlights

HA NOI            Vietnam’s capital, ancient pagodas, top museums, street food.
SA PA               Magnificent mountain trekking, ethnic homestays, top views.
HALONG BAY   UNESCO-listed site with about more than 2000 islands & islets.
NINH BINH      UNESCO-listed Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex.
PHONG NHA    UNESCO-listed natural site, caves & junk eco-tours.
HUE                  UNESCO-listed site, Vietnam’s ancient capital, local food.
DA NANG         A city worth living in with beautiful beaches and spa retreats. 
HOI AN            UNESCO-listed Hoi An Old Town site, beaches, and local foods.
NHA TRANG    The beautiful beaches, islands, resorts, spa & sea seafood.
HO CHI MINH CITY  Vietnam’s largest city, coffee, food, ancient architecture.
Canal boat trips, floating villages & mangrove forests.

Top 10 Things to Do in Vietnam

1. Take an eco-tour, including a cooking class in Hoi An

Eco-tour in Hoi An is a unique tour that is just available in the countryside of Hoi An, Vietnam’s central region. Despite being only a half-day, the trip offers authentic sightseeing experiences like cycling through palm groves, water buffalo fields, and over bridges, along the Thu Bon River – home to local fishing villages. While admiring the scenery, maybe you will see farmers working in their rice fields using centuries-old farming techniques.

Best things to do in Hoi An

Experience the basket boat in Eco-tour in Hoi An

The tour also includes visits to local families in Cam Thanh and Tra Que Villages, two unique Hoi An villages. Daily traditional activities such as growing a wide variety of vegetables, sailing the basket boat, or catching fish in their small canals are still practiced. By visiting here, tourists will have the chance to also learn about environmentally sustainable practices that local villagers have used for centuries, still widely used today.

Hoi An Cycling

Cycling in the countryside

Cooking and tasting traditional Vietnamese dishes is also specially included in this eco-tour. This is a trip that is appropriate for all ages, with children enjoying it as well.

2. Never miss a boat cruise in Halong Bay

Halong Bay would be a magical stop on your trip through Vietnam. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has its own distinct beauty. The many tall limestone karst pillars are surrounded by the bay’s beautiful green waters, making for an excellent photo opportunity.

things to do in Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

This vast and unique landscape will appeal to all ages. You can choose to relax on the cruise ship or participate in other activities such as cave exploration, kayaking, and possibly spotting fishermen near their floating village.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay, a must-see site in Vietnam

The cruise ships are extremely comfortable, with large bay windows in the cabins, wonderful meals, and service. You will feel fortunate to have included a boat cruise on Halong Bay in your trip to Vietnam, an experience you will never forget.

3. “Pho” is a must-try food in Vietnam

Pho, a world-famous dish, is one of Vietnam’s most important breakfast dishes but can be eaten anytime. Tourists can easily find a local Pho restaurant in Vietnam because it is available in almost every corner of the country, with very popular places to try this specialty in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital.

Vietnam food

“Pho” is a world-famous dish

Pho is made with simple ingredients such as clear stock, rice noodles, herbs, or green onions, usually with boiled beef or chicken. It is suitable for people of all ages. There are many Vietnamese restaurants that serve Pho, but the most well-known are Pho Thin and Pho Ly Quoc Su, both of which have their own distinct flavor.

Pho (noodle) in Vietnam

Pho (noodle) in Vietnam

It is also not expensive to have a special bowl of Pho at any location in Vietnam, ranging from 30.000VND to 60.000VND (1.5usd – 2usd), so you should not miss out on this economic meal during your trip to Vietnam.

4. Have a rooftop coffee in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) 

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are the largest and best two cities in Vietnam, with world-famous rooftop restaurants for those who want to learn about the bustling life of Vietnamese locals from the rooftops.

a rooftop coffee in Vietnam

A rooftop coffee in Vietnam

From these rooftop restaurants, you can not only enjoy the special food and drinks, but you can also see thousands of different motorbikes and cars on the roads below. Sometimes, however, you may see some collisions in front of you, because the roads are so very congested in Vietnam.

A rooftop coffee in Vietnam

A rooftop coffee in Hanoi or Saigon is great

In Hanoi, you can have a rooftop coffee or some special food and drinks at the “Ham Ca Map” building, which is located at No. 7 Dinh Tien Hoang Street (nearby Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart of Hanoi). The rooftop of this restaurant offers an incredible view of the bustling streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. Or, if you’re in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), don’t miss the Lounge on level 50 of the Bitexco Financial Tower for a bird’s-eye view of Vietnam’s largest city.

5. Light a lantern at the lantern festival in Hoi An 

The Lantern Festival is a must-see for visitors to Hoi An, also known as the “Old Town of Hoi An,” one of the world’s UNESCO cultural heritage sites. This one-of-a-kind festival will take place this year on February 1st, 2022, and in 2023,  on February 10th, 2023, lasting 7 days during Tet Festival (Vietnamese New Year) and only a day during every full moon in Vietnamese.

Light a lantern at the traditional lantern festival in Hoi An

Light a lantern in Hoi An

With thousands of lanterns floating on the river at the same time, visitors will have the opportunity to see Hoi An as a colorful festival. If you want to immerse yourself in this special lantern party, you can rent a basket boat rowed by a local who will take you around the river to get a better view, or you can buy a lantern to float on the river with the locals.

Light a lantern at the traditional lantern festival in Hoi An

The Lantern Festival is a must-see for visitors to Hoi An

Take part in this unique festival, and don’t forget to eat plenty of the local cuisine served along the walking streets of Hoi An’s old town. With over 50 workshops, most of the locals take part in this special festival by creating beautiful traditional lanterns to display. Visitors will enjoy this unique Hoi An experience, one not to miss.

6. Cruise the Mekong River Delta 

A boat trip down the Mekong River is another exciting tour to take in Southern Vietnam. Visitors can observe the way the locals live by their basic houses and ordinary wooden boats. The cruise trip also includes a visit to the fruits garden, where you can try a variety of fresh fruits. A small wooden boat rowed by locals will take you through the small water canals where you can also see green coconuts and many unique houses on stilts.

Mekong River Delta. Vietnam

The floating markets in the Mekong River Delta of Vietnam

With boats being the primary mode of transportation in the Mekong River Delta, locals and even children can easily control their boats, even in the most tucked-away corners of the canals.

Rowing a boat in Mekong River

Rowing a boat in the Mekong River

Tourists, in particular, will be able to listen to folk and traditional songs performed by locals while visiting the Mekong River Delta’s water river villages. A boat trip to the Mekong River Delta is a must-do on any trip to the southern part of Vietnam, especially if you want to understand what life is like there.

7. Explore Hoi An, a UNESCO world heritage site

A visit to a UNESCO World Heritage Site is eye-opening on any trip. Having HOI AN as a destination option in Vietnam makes it very easy to incorporate those special sites into your itinerary. Hoi An is a sensory-overloading experience. The first things you notice are the ancient-tiled rooftops and a variety of colorful flowers. You’ll realize why Hoi An is known as the “City of Lights”. At dusk, hundreds of elegant silk lanterns are illuminated on the river of the old town near the Japanese Covered Bridge. The reflection of the lantern light on the buildings is magnificent.

The old town of Hoi An

The old town of Hoi An, a UNESCO-listed site

Pedestrian-friendly streets are home to a variety of tailor-made clothing stores, art galleries, bars, cafes, street food, and restaurants, serving regional specialties. Over 800 historic structures, including temples, Buddhist shrines, and French colonial houses are also found in Hoi An.

Hoi An Old Quarter

The old town of Hoi An is a world-famous unique cultural site

Aside from admiring the old town’s architecture, it’s also fun to ride in a basket boat for the first time and take a cooking class in a nearby village. You can also ride a bike through the surrounding countryside of Hoi An, where you can see farm animals, ancient cemeteries, and some of central Vietnam’s best beaches. An Bang Beach, named one of the Top 100 Best Beaches in the World by CNN in 2016, allows you to walk along the long sandy shore, join a yoga class, or relax on a hammock, happy that you chose Hoi An as your destination.

8. Trekking through fields and ethnic villages in Sapa

Sapa is located in northern Vietnam and is home to a variety of ethnic groups including the H’Mong, Dao, and Tay people. These ethnic minorities are dispersed throughout Sapa’s villages. When visiting Sapa, tourists will be able to see some of the most magnificent mountainous landscapes in northern Vietnam, as well as trek along with the rice terraced rice fields, which are located in a unique mix of ethnic villages.

Sapa, Vietnam

The local villages in Sapa, northern Vietnam

Sapa is also a place where tourists can learn about the local cultures and stay the night at a homestay. Then, they can learn more about these distinct cultures while also enjoying the regional cuisine.

Sapa in the ripe rice season

Sapa in the ripe rice season

Sapa is also well-known for Fansipan Mountain “the Roof of Indochina” which is the highest mountain in Vietnam and the Indochina Peninsula.

9. Take a Vespa tour – Guided by Vietnamese Ao Dai girls

Vespa Tour

Vespa Tour

Vietnam is known for its world-famous local food and various cultures throughout the country. To learn more about Vietnamese food and culture, take a Vespa tour, which is ridden and guided by girls dressed in the Vietnamese traditional long dress known as “Ao Dai”.

10. Take a cooking class in Vietnam

Vietnam is still known for its world-famous food, with various street foods available in all of the country’s major cities, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, and Hue. There are a variety of cooking classes available in tourist cities throughout Vietnam so it is an excellent opportunity for tourists to participate in short-term cooking classes. These include going to local markets with guides to select the ingredients for a dish that you will learn to cook. Depending on the dish, it usually takes 3-4 hours to prepare and cook it. 

Vietnamese Cooking Class

Cooking Class is a must-try activity in Vietnam

Although Vietnamese food is delicious, its ingredients are also simple to find and prepare, so you’ll be sure to remember to cook at home once you’ve returned from your trip to Vietnam.

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All Public Holidays in Vietnam

  •    International New Year’s Eve                                    1st January

  •    Tet holiday (Vietnamese Lunar New Year)                  Last day of the year + first 3 days of the first lunar month

  •    Hung King’s Memorial Day                                        10th day of the third lunar month

  •    Liberation Day                                                         30th April

  •    Labor Day                                                               1st May

  •    Independence Day                                                   2nd September

Destinations & Attractions in Vietnam: things to do & travel guide

The Regions of Vietnam

The Regions of Vietnam

Vietnam map with the largest two cities

Hanoi (North) is Vietnam’s capital & Ho Chi Minh City (South) is the largest city in Vietnam, where almost of international flights land & take off