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Vietnam at a Glance:

Situated in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. With its stunning beaches, Buddhist temples, lush green mountains, sleepy rural villages and bustling cities, Vietnam has everything for every type of traveler.

Hanoi: bustling city in the north of the country with lots of character

Sapa: Small hill town known for its rice terraces and houses

Halong Bay: Take a boat cruise through these stunning rock formations

Hoi An: This beautiful UNESCO city is situated in the middle of the country and has an attractive architecture and an attractive skirting.

Dalat: Located in the mountains, the city is less hot and humid than the rest of the country and is known for adventure activities.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon): a modern and busy city in the south of the country

Currency in Vietnam:

Vietnamese Dong | 2018 conversion rate: 10000 VND = $ 0.43 USD

Tipping in Vietnam:

In Vietnam, tipping is not customary, but is greatly appreciated. Local people are not used to carrying unless you go to an upscale restaurant or get a massage from the spa. You can say that the culture here is changing.

However, most tourists, including Hanoi, Saigon, Hoi An, and others, are more familiar with tipping cities. Some high-end services may add a service fee of 5 percent to 15 percent to your bill.

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Religion and Culture:

More than 70 percent of Vietnam's population are Buddhists. Other official religions recognized by the government are Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism, Hoa Hao and Cao Dai. Most of the religions in Vietnam have been heavily influenced by Tam Gyeo, also known as the Triple Religion - Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism.

Transportation around Vietnam: When you are in Vietnam, your transportation will depend on your budget, time, flexibility and love for adventure. The safest and best way to get around Vietnam is by car. On the other hand, buses can either be pleased or unregistered. It depends on your expectations. There are also trains running along the coast of Vietnam, always book ahead if you plan to travel on weekends.

Transportation Tip: 12go.asia is a great site that you want to book your transportation in advance of or look at the time table!

If you want to know more about the history of Vietnam, read our article on FAQs about Vietnam.

Best time to visit vietnam

Climate in vietnam
The weather in Vietnam varies between each region, so it can be a bit difficult to plan if you are not careful.

Hanoi and the northern part of Vietnam:

Hot and rainy season: May to October

Cool season: December and January

Dry season: November to April

Central Vietnam:

Hot and dry season: January to August

Rainy season: September to November

South Vietnam:

Hot and dry season: November to April

Rainy season: June to August

The peak season for tourists is during the summer around June and July. However, this time it is also the monsoon season, so much rain is expected.

Lampignons at Hoi An
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Major Festivals in Vietnam
If you want to experience Vietnam at its best, you should definitely check out the major festivals in the country. Here you will get up close and personal with the myths and culture of Vietnam.

Tet Nguyen Dan, around late January or early February: Tet Nguyen Dan is one of the major festivals in Vietnam. It marks the arrival of spring according to the Lunar calendar but most importantly, it is the Vietnamese New Year.

Hoi An Lantern Festival, every month: The Hoi An Lantern Festival is celebrated every month during the full moon. The lanterns are its biggest feature. At around 8 pm, you will witness the beauty of the floating lanterns.

Mid-Autumn Festival, September 15: Mid-Autumn Festival is unlike any other. It originates to around 20,000 years ago. Here, family relationships are celebrated and mooncakes are eaten.