ABOUT VIETNAM

One of South-East Asia’s fasting growing economies and an increasingly popular destination for backpackers and tourists of all kind – Vietnam is a country going places. Rich with beautiful landscapes, an incredible history, and boasting some of the most delicious food in the world – when visiting this wonderful country, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience.

Bordered by Cambodia, Laos and China, it’s clear to see why so many people visit and travel around this extraordinary part of the world – it really is a place like no other. Located in the Northern region, Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi, is a thriving metropolis, acting as the country’s political base and second largest city. With a population of over 6 million, it’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly named Saigon) is located in the South-Eastern region of the country and really is the cultural and economic hub of the country.

THE WEATHER

Vietnam’s climate is tropical and monsoonal, with annual temperatures varying between 5°C and 37°C. Depending on the region, the climate can change significantly, for example, there’s been times when there’s been snow in the mountainous in the north, while down on the beaches in the southern region, temperatures have reached highs of 32°C – so it’s important to take into account the region and the time of the year when planning your trip. Typically, the hot, rainy season runs from mid-May to mid-September and the warm, dry season runs from mid-October to mid-March.

THE CULTURE  

Like many other Asian countries, the concept of face is extremely important to the Vietnamese – although somewhat difficult to explain, it can be described as a way of reflecting one’s reputation and dignity. Respect is very important.

SOME VIETNAMESE ETIQUETTE

Pass items with both hands.

Do not touch someone’s head.

 Do not point with your finger – use your hand.

 Do not stand with your hands on your hips.

 Do not cross your arms on your chest.

 Do not pass anything over someone’s head.

 Do not touch anyone on the shoulder.

 Avoid public displays of affection with a member of the opposite sex.

THINGS TO DO

There’s certainly plenty to see and do here – whether it’s visiting the world famous Halong Bay, exploring deep inside Paradise Cave, learning about the country’s heritage in one of its war museums, discovering some of its breathtaking beauty in one of its National Parks, or travelling down the 3260km stretch of coastline, offering glistening sandy beaches, coves, lagoons, and tropical islands. Hike, bike or kayak your way round the country, experiencing big cities and small towns, sandy beaches and crystal clear lagoons, impossible boulder formations and incredible caves – Vietnam won’t disappoint.

DID YOU KNOW? 

  • Vietnam is the largest exporter of cashews in the world, and the second largest exporter of rice (after Thailand).
  • It has the lowest unemployment rate among developing countries.
  • A Vietnamese speciality of rice wine (Ruou ran) is made with a pickled snake inside – supposedly said to cure any sickness.
  • Using a long bamboo fishing pole, hook and bait, locals go ‘lizard fishing’ in the foothills of mountainous regions of the south-central coast.