Currency: Vietnamese Dong VND
Climate: Vietnam is located in both tropical and temperate zone. It has strong monsoon influences, but also considerable amount of sun, high rate of rainfall, and high humidity.
A bustling port city on the Gulf of Tonkin, Haiphong is Vietnam's third-largest city. Despite its heavy industrial economy, the city does have several points of interest, including temples and pagodas (the Du Hang pagoda is especially nice), the Hang Kenh Communal House (intricate wood sculptures and stone carvings) and a colorful flower market.
Situated in a valley surrounded by mountains, this town has historical significance: It's where the French fought the last, losing battle that marked the end of colonialism in Vietnam. At the battlefield, you can visit a small museum, a monument to Viet Minh casualties and a memorial to the French troops buried there.
Located in the central highlands at an elevation of 4,840 ft/1,475 m, dalat was founded as a french hill resort. Dalat’s cool climate, lakes, waterfalls and forests make it a popular destination. Stroll around the picturesque lake in the centre of town and visit the nearby flower gardens (home to more than 10,000 types of orchids). Take a break and relax in a cafe or stop by the lively central market, overflowing with colourful fruits, vegetables and cut flowers. Visit the Cam Ly falls, which are 50 ft/15 m high, and the summer palace of Bao Dai, Vietnam's last emperor. The town also has a number of beautiful pagodas.
The tunnels of Cu Chi are a haunting memory of past conflicts. Used by the Viet Cong, the extensive underground system housed tactical quarters, storage rooms, kitchens and even an underground surgical centre. Most entrances were so well disguised that only a small portion of the system was ever discovered during the war, despite the fact that some 125 mi/200 km ran under US military bases. There are actually two sets of tunnels open to visitors – the Ben Dinh tunnels were actually used during the war, though they have been slightly widened and cleaned up since; the Ben Duoc tunnels are "reconstructions" built for tourism.
The Phan Thiet (pronounded "fun-theet") resort strip is a short drive out of town along some fine stretches of white-sand beach that compare favourably with the best in Phuket and the Philippines. The air is laid-back and unhurried to the extreme. The food, as everywhere in Vietnam is cheap and mouth watering. This is where the fabled round wicker-basket boats originate. How fishermen manage to get to sea - and back - in these contraptions with a single paddle is amazing.
The colourful market town of Hoi An was a major port in the past centuries with ships arriving from all over the world to obtain silk and other fabrics, sugar, tea and ceramics. Its traditional Vietnamese architecture has been preserved, and there are many historic temples and pagodas in the area. Hoi An is also known for its silk lanterns. (The flexible bamboo frames are designed to collapse, so they're easily transported home as a souvenir.) After dusk, you'll see the streets beautifully lit with these lanterns.
One of the world's largest delta, the Delta Region is formed by the various tributaries of the mighty Mekong River which begins its journey to the sea in Tibet and winds its way for 4500 km through China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Southern Vietnam. The Vietnamese name for the Mekong is Cuu Long which means ‘nine dragons’ and this is represented by the nine exit points of the Mekong River as it flows into the sea. The land of the Mekong Delta is renowned for its richness. Known as Vietnam's breadbasket, it produces enough rice to feed the entire country with a sizeable surplus leftover.
Phnom Penh is the vibrant bustling capital city of Cambodia. Situated at the
confluence of three rivers, the Bassac, the great
Tonle Sap and the world renowned Mekong.. It exudes a historical and provincial charm with a sense of tranquillity running through its many French colonial mansions
and tree-lined boulevards amidst monumental Angkor architecture.
Phnom Penh is an oasis compared to the modernity of other Asian
capital cities. Cambodian hospitality
awaits the visitors to the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Siem Reap is a province located in northwest
region of Cambodia and acts as a major tourist location as it is the closest city to
the world famous temples of Angkor (the Angkor temple complex is north of the
city). Boasting sceneary including the shores of Tonle Sap Lake, the greatest sweet
water reserve in whole Southeast Asia. The name of the city literally translated means
"Siamese defeated", relating to the victory of the Khmer Empire over the army of
the Thai kingdom in the 17th century.
Take the tourist bus: It is cheaper to take the tourist bus around the country than taking local transportation because of the special price tourists get at the bus station.
Safeand cheap taxis: Metered taxis in Vietnam are affordable and safe. If you are moving around the town at night, taxis are a safe option. The best taxi providers are Mai Linh and Vinasun.
Bargain hard: Tourists tend to be charged more than locals for everything from clothes to food. Tourists are advised to bargain harder than they generally do.
Avail the Wi-Fi facility: The country is highly connected to Wi-Fi. You can hook into Wi-Fi in just about every hotel, shop, restaurant, and convenience store for free, unless you need to have connectivity during bus rides or rural areas.
Visa requirements: Visiting Vietnam comes with a much higher visa fees than the surrounding Southeast Asian countries. Look up the visa requirements and fees before you arrive.