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.

Public holidays

* January 1 - Western New Year\'s Day * January or February - Tet; Vietnamese and Chinese New Year celebration; this most important Vietnamese festivity of the whole year is celebrated an entire week from the first to the seventh day of the new year according to the traditional moon calendar; as...

Passport and Visa

Visa is required by all nationalities. Visa is usually delivered by Vietnamese Embassies who require the original passport and 2 photos for two full working days in order to stamp the visa. If Visa approval is arranged by WAYTOVIETNAM.COM upon the client request, the personal data (full name,...

Telecommunications

International phone charges are steep in Vietnam and many hotels, especially upmarket ones, add extra fees, Check the rates before dialing. One long-distance service offers a flat fee of around US$0.75 per minute to 50 countries; dial 171 followed by the country code and number. Public phones...

Safety

While Vietnam is one of the safest countries in Asia, you should take care with your possessions. Secure your valuables, documents and credit cards in your hotel\'s safe. Beware of pickpockets, purse-snatchers and mobile phone thieves, especially in HCM City. If you choose to drive a motorbike or...

Registration

There is a wide range of accommodation available, at least in Vietnam\'s major cities. Hanoi and HCM City feature a choice of five-star hotels, while guesthouses and minihotels offer no-frills rooms for under US$10. As hotels and private hosts must register your presence with the police, you\'ll be...

Electricity

Vietnam uses 220V electricity nationwide. In the south, outlets are often US-style flat pins. In the north, many out-lets fit round pins. As the electrical current varies, use a surge protector when running sensitive electronic equipment like laptops.

Currency in Vietnam

The currency in Vietnam, the Dong (VND) which can not be purchased outside Vietnam, has coins. The current exchange rate is around VND23.150 to the US dollar. US dollars remain widely accepted at hotels, but you should have local currency tor use in taxis and shops. For exchanging into VND, go to...

Business hours

Government offices and museums open early, around 8am, and close between 4pm and 5pm. Avoid doing business from 11.30am to 2pm, when people are either at lunch or napping.