Vietnam's rich, cultural heritage can be seen in Hue, the My Son Sanctuary and the ancient town of Hoi An, among others. Wherever you go, the Vietnamese will have tales to tell. Villas, pagodas, temples...they're all imbibed with local culture and traditional beliefs.
If you head off the beaten track in Vietnam, you'll have some wonderful experiences. You can use local agencies to organise amazing tours or venture out by yourself to villages where the welcoming Vietnamese will give you a taste of their everyday life.
Whether you want to revisit your youth or try a scooter for the first time, Vietnam is the place to do so. A great way to explore Vietnam is on two wheels. Whether you're touring the Central Coast of Vietnam or on a northern mountain road trip, going by motorbike will plunge you into Vietnamese life.
Vietnamese cuisine is varied, healthy and delicious! You'll have all the time you need to eat - meal times in Vietnamese culture are important and convivial. Each region in Vietnam has its local delicacies so don't be afraid to try them all. Hue is one place where you'll eat really well. And, before you know it, you'll be an expert chopstick user.
The Vietnamese are a friendly people and you'll notice how much they smile. Smiling is part and parcel of their culture and one of the reasons why they make you feel so at home. They give off a real feel-good factor.
From Ha Long Bay to Mekong, Sapa's peaks to Phu Quoc's sandy beaches, the scenery is unspoiled and contrasting. Vietnam's landscape is so diverse you may think you're moving through different countries.
Culture shock, an awakening of the senses, absolute escapism, and varied and breathtaking landscapes await during a trip to Vietnam. A word of warning however to those who are searching for hidden paradises: Vietnam attracts a lot of tourists.
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Here's some useful information for your trip to Vietnam. Whether it's tips or addresses, you'll find many of your questions answered here.
You'll need a current passport that is valid for six months after your visa expiry date. You don't need a visa if visiting for less than 15 days. Longer stays in Vietnam require a visa.
Vaccinations are not obligatory but Hepatitis A is highly recommended. You may also want to get innoculated against Hepatitis B, Rabies, Typhoid and Japanese Encephalitis. Doctors also advise taking an anti-malaria treatment.
Once there, make sure you use an insect repellent and avoid drinking tap water.
The Vietnamese Emergency Services are on 115.
The Vietnamese language is a tricky one as pronunciation varies between the north and south of Vietnam. However, it's the only South East Asian country to use a Latin-based alphabet! Learning to pronounce words and use different tones is, to put it mildly, a 'learning curve' for Brits hoping to master the language!
Vietnam has 35 ethnic minorities, each with its own dialect.
You'll find internet cafes everywhere during your trip to Vietnam. Wi-Fi is widely available.
To call abroad from Vietnam you need to dial 00 followed by the country code - 44 for the UK, after which you leave out the first '0' and dial the remaining numbers.
Voltage is 220 volts so compatible with the UK. You'll need an adapter for 2-pin plugs but many modern, hotels and hostels use British standard 3-pin plugs.
The Embassy of Vietnam's UK address is: 12-14 Victoria Rd, London W8 5RD Telephone: +44 20 7937 1912, website: http://www.vietnamembassy.org.uk
The British Embassy in Vietnam's address is: British Embassy Hanoi, Central Building, 4th floor, 31 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi. Telephone +84 4 3936 0500. There's also a Consul in Ho Chi Minh City.