Need to know

All information help you before coming to Vietnam, on arrival and during your travel in Vietnam. Show you what you must know when travelling here.

Loss of foreign passports

Legal basis - Ordinance on Foreigners’ Entry Into, Exit and Residence in Vietnam dated May 12, 2000. - Decree 21/CP dated May 28, 2001 by the Government guiding the implementation of the ordinance. - Inter-ministerial Circular No.04/2002/TTLT/BCA-BNG dated January 29, 2002, by the...

Guidelines for Application for Marriage to a Foreigner

(According to Government Decree 68/2002/ND-CP dated July 10, 1992)   For foreigners 1-A marriage registration application, as per the form stipulated by the Ministry of Justice, with certification for the applicant’s single status. The certification must be within six months of the...

ATM Location Guide

Customers can use ATM services at the following locations 24 hours 7 days a week including public holidays: ATM Locations Hanoi ANZ branch - 14, Le Thai To St. * Hanoi Music...

Tipping

Tipping is not expected in Vietnam, but it is anyway, highly appreciated. A 5-10% tip for a meal is a very small amount of money. Avoid tipping too much, as it will set a precedent for others. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of a tour. Hotel and...

Credit Card or Travellers’ Cheques in Vietnam

You can easily use Credit cards in big cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city. Visa and MasterCard are accepted in almost hotels, restaurants and shops. ANZ and Vietcombank have automated teller machines (ATM) for cash advance (in VND). Do not accept old, faded or ripped bills (dong or dollars), as...

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is COMPULSORY for any TRAVELLERS. Although there are several international medical clinics in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, generally the country still lacks adequate medical care for serious illnesses and injuries, especially in other smaller areas. It is advised that all travelers...

Time difference in Vietnam

Vietnam is fifteen hours ahead of Los Angeles, twelve hours ahead of New York and seven hours ahead of London, one hour behind Perth and three hours behind Sydney.

How to Travel safely in Vietnam ?

Vietnam is one of the safest countries in South East Asia for traveling, even more than many big European and American cities. Women and independent travelers have found it relatively hassle-free and easy to travel throughout the country. Some safe tips: - Petty theft, such as pickpockets and...

What is the best time to travel Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia ?

Vietnam is especially hot and humid (highs of 35 – 38 degrees) between June and September. HANOI and the NORTH tends to be cool (15 – 20 degrees) and often misty in December, January and February. The wet season (May to October) does not usually obstruct travel as rain is normally...

Toilets in Ho Chi Minh city

In Ho Chi Minh city most places serving travellers have Western-style toilets. However, you may fìnd the occasional squat toilet in local or low-budget restaurants. As in the rest of Vietnam, dispose of toilet paper in the wastebasket provided, as it will choke most plumbing systems.