1. Vietnam General Informationhttp://www.vietnam-immigration.org.vn/Vietnam now open and welcome all travellers and business people to Vietnam. Thanks to that,getting visa to Vietnam now very easy and simple. There is a new way to get visa to Vietnamvery simple and easy but rarely one know about it. That is getting "Visa approval letter" withcode for picking up visa upon arrival Vietnam at international airport (Tan Son Nhat intlairport in Ho Chi Minh City, Noibai intl airport in Hanoi Capital city and Danang intl airport inDanang city).With simple and easy way for getting Vietnamese visa, why you dont take a trip to Vietnamfor discovering the hidden charm of Vietnam, a beautiful country and friendly people.1.At the Airport - VietnamThe Taxi price from the airport to city very depend on the distance from Airport to center ofcity. City - Airport to City (km) Taxi to City Airport Tax Ha Noi - Noi Bai airport 35 US$ 12 US$ 14 Ho Chi Minh - Tan Son Nhat airport 05 US$ 10 US$ 14 Danang - Danang airport 02 US$ 5 US$ 7 Hue - Phu Bai airport 10 US$ 8 US$ 12 Nha Trang - Cam Ranh airport 30 US$ 12 US$ 122.Vietnam Language and CountryVietnam is not a war country, but a peaceful and nice country. After the liberalization and re-unification "Doi Moi" from 1986, Vietnam has become an attractive spot for tourism andbusiness. From North to South of Vietnam, you can feel and see many beautiful differences intopography, history, cultures, and people as well as sightseeing.Looking at a map, Vietnam is located in the center of the Southeast Asia and is shaped likethe letter S. it lies on the Indochina Peninsula - the country borders on China, Laos,Cambodia, the East Sea and Pacific Ocean to the east and south with a long coastline of 3,260km, land area of 330,991 sq. kilometers and the countrys total length is 1650 km from thenorthernmost point to the southernmost.Some great philosophies and religions have shaped the spiritual life of the Vietnamese people.Vietnam natural resources offers unspoiled landscapes, virgin beaches, soaring hills andmountains, peaceful rivers and springs. On the other hand, its long history and distinctiveculture serve as additional magnets for first-time and returning visitors alike.Population of Socialist Republic of Viet Nam is more than 80 millions with urban populationconsisted of about 19.7. There are 54 ethic minority groups inhabiting in Vietnam. The "Kinh"people (or Viet) account for nearly 90% of the population. Major ethic minority groups includethe Tay, Thai, Muong, Hmong, Dao and Khmer.Vietnamese language is the main language but English, French, German and Russian can becommunicated in major cities. Vietnamese language uses the Latin alphabet!E.g.: Xin chào (hello, good morning)3.Vietnam Climate & WeatherVietnam has tropical climate, which is characterized by lots of sunshine, high rainfall, humiditywith two distinguished seasons in general: the cold and dry one from November to April andthe other hot and wet from May to October. The annual average temperature is from 22ºC to
2. 27ºC. But weather usually different between North and South, between land and mountains.4.Vietnam entry visasOnly citizens of certain countries can visit Vietnam without Vietnam entry visa. Thosecountries include : most citizens of ASEAN countries are no need Vietnam visa for visitVietnam within 30 days, except Myanmar, Cambodia & Timor Leste; citizens of Korea, Japan &Scandinavians (citizens of Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland) are no need Vietnam visafor visiting Vietnam within 15 days if having return tickets. All other citizens are required toget Vietnamese entry visa to Vietnam.From 1 Jan 2009, Russian passport holders are not required visa to Vietnam for 15days ifhaving return tickets.Hereafter Vietnam Visa exemption information you should know:  No Vietnamese entry visa required for travelers less than 30 days: Citizens of Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Brunei and Laos. Please note that citizens of Myanmar, Cambodia & Timor Leste are required visa to Vietnam.  No Vietnam entry visa required for travelers less than 15 days: Citizens of Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. From 1 Jan 2009, Russian passport holders are not required visa to Vietnam for 15days if having return tickets.  No visa required for travelers less than 90 days or several visits within 6 months: Citizens of France holding valid diplomatic or official passports.  No Vietnam entry visa required for travel less than 60 days: Citizens of Chile holding valid diplomatic or official passports.  No Vietnam entry visa required for travel less than 60 days: APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) Holders from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economie.  No Vietnam entry visa for traveling to Phu Quoc Island – Vietnam : Foreigners and Vietnamese nationals bearing foreign passports who enter Vietnam through an international border gate and then travel to Phu Quoc Island and stay in Phu Quoc less than 15 days will also be exempt from Vietnam visa application. Passports must be valid for at least 45 days. After arriving in Phu Quoc Island, if visitors want to travel other localities or stay in the island for more than 15 days, the immigration department will be responsible for issuing visas right on the spot.  No visa required for Vietnamese overseas less than 90days staying if holding Vietnam visa exemption certificate.That’s some information on Vietnam exemption we would inform you know.5.Vietnam TimeTime zone: GMT/UTC +7 (the same zone with Thailand, Laos, Cambodia) Working days fromMonday to Friday.Office hours
3. Morning: 08h00 - 12h00Afternoon: 13h30 - 17h30.Opening hour for most restaurants and shops is at about 08:00 till 23:00 in 7 days/week6.Vietnam CurrencyThe currency is Dong (VND). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the bank, exchangebureau or hotel reception desk. Traveler cheques and most of credit cards are accepted in themost of hotels and in the major cities. But we recommend you to bring with you some cash.Small bank notes and coins: 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 VN Dong.Bank notes: 10.000, 20.000, 50.000, 100.000, 500.000 VN Dong.7.Internet and Phone in VietnamEmail & Internet in Vietnam:E-mail and Internet services are available in most hotels and posts as well as the internetcafes in Vietnam. And nowadays, the technology ADSL (high speed internet) is used in somehotels in major cities. But we recommend you should not use public internet for your bankaccount because of many virus and spywares!Phone in Vietnam:In Vietnam, currently GMS only works partially, so your mobile phone could be used here byroaming service. Another easy way is to rent a mobile phone and buy a pre-paid card (1 cardfrom. VND 50.000 = USD 3). (This service is available at your hotel or at a Mobile PhoneService Center in the street.)8.Vietnam ElectricityStandard 220 Volts AC (at 50Hz cycles).9.Weights & Measures in VietnamUsing the international metric system. In addition, there are two weight measurements: thetael and the catty.10.Vietnam SpecialitiesVietnam has abundant food supply and elaborate food preparation techniques. As foodpreparation has become an art of the Vietnamese people, some Vietnamese dishes are worldfamous. People can find countless restaurants throughout the country.In Vietnam, you will have an opportunity to enjoy some surprisingly good dishes, some ofwhich can be found nowhere else in the world. On the table of a traditional banquet, you canfind dozens of such specialty dishes pleasingly and elaborately presented. Some dishes areprepared from sea foods such as lobsters, fish, crabs and squids... which are relatively rareand expensive in some Western countries but abundant and cheap in Vietnam. Besidesenjoying traditional foods such as beef noodle soups (Pho), pork sausages (Gio lua), springrolls (Nem ran), fish balls (Cha ca), etc..., Vietnamese also adopt a number of dishes fromcountries that are well-known for their food preparation and cooking techniques.11.Health & Hospital in VietnamNo vaccinations are required except for yellow fever if you are coming from an area where thedisease is present. However visitors should be inoculated against typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A& B, tetanus and polio. Malaria is present in most of the region and it is advisable to takeprecautions especially if traveling off the beaten track. Medical facilities are rather limited in allcountries and it is essential to take out a good medical insurance policy before traveling incase evacuation is needed.HANOI-VIETNAM CAPITAL CITY
4. International SOS: 24 hour alarm center & medical emergency teams.31 Hai Ba Trung St., Hanoi, VietnamTel: (04) 3934 0555 - Fax: (04) 3934 0556French Hospital: 24 hour emergency clinic1 Phuong Mai road, Hanoi, VietnamTel: (04) 3577 1100, emergency: 3574 1111Vietnam Korea Friendship Hospital: 24 hour emergency12 Chu Van An, Hanoi, VietnamTel: (04) 843 7231Medex: 24 hour emergency (090401919)A1 Van Phuc, Suite 109-112, Kim Ma St, Hanoi, VietnamTel: (04) 3843 0748 - Fax: (04) 3846 1750HO CHI MINH CITY - VIETNAM International SOS: 24 hour emergency 65 Nguyen Du St., Dist.1., Ho chi Minh city, Vietnam Tel: (08) 3829 8424 / 3829 8520 - Fax: (08) 3829 8551. Alain Carpentier Foundation- IMC-Heart Institute: 24 hour emergency 520 Nguyen Tri Phuong St, Dist.10, Ho chi Minh city, Vietnam Tel: (08) 3865 4025 Colombia Asia Saigon: 24 hour emergency 08 Alexandere de Rhodes, Dist.1, Ho chi Minh city, Vietnam Tel: (08) 3823 888812.Vietnam custom regulationsDuty-Free* Cigarettes: 400, cigars: 100, tobacco: 100 gr* Liquor: 1.5 litres* Perfume and jewellery for personal use* Small gift items valued at not more than US$ 300* Personal effects of a reasonable quantityMaterials Under Declaration* Foreign currency: in excess of US$ 7,000* Gold and jewellery not for personal use* Video tapes,CDs,...* CDs and tapes are often retained for screening, and will be returned after a few days.Banned Materials* Weapon, firearms, explosives and inflammable objects* Opium and other narcotics* Anti-government literature* Pornographic literatureArticles of high valuesGoods of commercial nature and articles of high value require export permits issued by thecustoms authorities. Therefore, to these group of articles, ask the retailer when you buy themfor a receipt and declaration that the item may be exported. Antiques, some precious stonesand animals listed in Vietnams red-book may not be brought out of the country.NotesSince customs regulations are subject to change at any time, our brief summary above is usedfor reference only. We can not be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or otherdetrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your localembassy or consulate.
5. For more detail about Vietnam custom regulations, please click herehttp://www.vietnam-immigration.org.vn/