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The socialist republic of Vietnam

Mainland Territory: 330,966.9 sq. km
Population: more than 90 million 
National Capital: Ha Noi
Lying on the eastern part of the Indochinese peninsula, Viet Nam is a strip of land shaped like the letter “S” and borders with China to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west, the East Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the east and south.
The country’s total length from north to south is 1,650km with the coastline is 3,260km long and the inland border is 4,510km bring to Vietnam a divesified landscape with mountain, sea and delta. Vietnam is also a transport junction from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

Local Times & Working Hours

Local time is GMT + 7 hours.
Governmental offices work Monday to Friday from 7.30 am to 4.30 pm (excluding a one-hour lunch) and are closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Banks are open from 7.30 am or 8.00 am to 11.30 am and from 1.00 pm to 4:30 pm. Some banks are opened on Saturday morning from 8.00 am to 11.30 pm and are closed Sunday.
Private shops, restaurants are open from 8.00 am or 8:30 am to 9.00 pm or 11.00 pm. During the Lunar New Year shops/restaurants may be closed for several days before and after as well as during the festive holidays, depending on recommendations made by a fortune teller.


In Vietnam electric current is mostly 220V in main cities, although you can still find 110V in rural areas. Sockets are both round and flat types.


Internet service providers are currently operating in most of the cities. You can access the internet through hotels, cyber cafés and restaurants


There are five international airports in Vietnam: Noi Bai in Hanoi located 45 minutes from the town centre, Cat Bi in Hai Phong, Danang’s airport at 4 km from the heart of the town, Cam Ranh located 40 mn driver from Nha Trang and Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City located 20 minutes from the town centre. 
In Vietnam, we drive on the right side. An international Driving license is not valid. Only owners of a Vietnamese driving license are allowed to drive a car or a motorcycle. Without talking about insurance matters, renting a motorbike is possible although not recommended due to the dense traffic in main cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The road network has improved but still needs to be upgraded in some areas. To cover a distance, it is reasonable to count an average speed of 50 km / hour.

Safety and Securities

Vietnam is generally a safe country, however some simple common sense precautions with possessions lessen the chances of becoming a victim to petty theft. 
Carry your handbag or rucksack to the front of you and be particularly aware that handbag snatches / thefts from motorbikes occur especially in the bigger cities and crowds. It is advised to keep luggage locked while travelling, whether it is stored in the hold of a car or bus, during flights or train journeys. Virtually all hotels have safety boxes to keep your valuable belongings while on tour. 

Useful Telephone Numbers

0: National Domestic Direct Dialing Access Code
00: International Direct Dialing Access Code
100117: Time Inquiries
1080: Information directory & English service
112: Rescue emergency
113: Police
114: Fire Brigade
115: Ambulance
116: Local Call Assistance


 Tipping is widely practised and expected; however it should only be given for good service. Suggested tips:
  • Porters - VND 10,000 - 20,000 per bag / ~ USD 1/ bag
  • Waiters in restaurants - 5-10% of total bill
  • Tour guides - VND 100,000 - 150,000 per person/per day/ ~ 5-7 USD/person/day
  • Drivers - VND 50,000 - 100,000 per person/per day/ ~ 2-5 USD/person/day
  • Doorman/Bellboy at hotels - VND 20,000 - 40,000 per person/per day/ ~USD2/person
  • Cyclo ride - VND 50,000 - 100,000 per person/per trip/ ~ 2-5 USD/person/trip
  • Boat trip in Mekong Delta, Tam Coc, Hue - VND 50,000 - 100,000 per person/per trip/ ~ 2-5 USD/person/trip
  • Halong Cruise/Mekong Cruise - VND 50,000 - 100,000 per person/per trip/ ~ 2-5 USD/person/trip


General Information

General Information
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  • Akasdeep Banerjee - India

    ...The moment I decided to explore this country, I knew I had to rely on a very very reliable and locally experienced tour agency. I am happy to say that VietSense Travel has topped in all my checkboxes of expectation. All I had to do was to have a couple of round of discussions with their highly experienced person and finalize the tailor made trip for us. One doesn't need to think beyond that. They arrange everything so scrupulously with a superb time management that you can't but have to praise them...

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  • Debbie Bokelman - South Africa
    All I can say is - WOW!! From the welcome lunch to the farewell dinner - everything was amazing. Drivers and guides were always punctual - without fail. Knowledge of the guides was exceptional. Their willingness to advise on things to do with free time was amazing and they did not fail. Everything they recommended was good. Thuy Pham (tour organizer) was available 24/7 and was flexible and made a plan when my Mom got flu and we needed to change our plans. Thank you thank you thank you Thuy for an amazing trip. Will definitely tell all my friends about it.
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  • June Monrad USA

    ...Overall the trip went very smoothly. Our guides and drivers were always on time. They were very responsible, friendly, and always had our best interests in mind. They taught us a lot about the sites, its history and the people of Vietnam. We liked all of them, especially Star in Hanoi. They really made the trip for us! We highly recommend VietSense Travel if you plan to visit Vietnam...

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  • Debby Copeland - New Zealand

    ...Tours were arranged by Thuy before and after the cruise and the guides provided an excellent service and were extremely well informed about the history of the countries and the sites we visited. Similarly the guides provided for the tours from the cruise had a wealth of knowledge and kept us interested - and amused at times ! The Jahan cruise was excellent and the staff could not have been more welcoming and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff on the ship...

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