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Vietnam is located on the eastern Indochina Peninsula and has justifiably grown in popularity as a tourist destination over the last few years and it is destined to become a real star. This is a country overflowing with natural beauty including a wonderful long coastline with idyllic islands and superb beaches that are amongst the finest in South-East Asia, serene and picturesque highlands, rainforests and mountains, fascinating river deltas, lush paddy fields and tranquil village life. Then you have frenetic cities with vibrant markets and where thousands of street vendors sell their wares on pavements towered over by modern high-rise buildings, and exquisite temples are surrounded by roads literally teeming with thousands of scooters and motorbikes. Throw in the colourful and interesting history, superb ancient monuments, palaces, temples and the rich cultural experiences and you have a destination that deserves to be explored and discovered.
The main tourist hot spots in Vietnam include: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Halong Bay, the northern mountain region, Hoi An, the Mekong Delta and the beaches on the coast and outlying islands.

Flight Time: Approx. 11½ hours to Hanoi (Vietnam Airlines provide direct scheduled flights from the UK)

Time Difference: GMT +7 hours

Language:  Vietnamese

Currency: Vietnamese đồng

Area: 128,500 sq miles

Total Coastline: Approx. 2000 miles

Population: Approx. 93 million

Capital: Hanoi

Because of the size and geography of Vietnam, the climate varies greatly from north to south and the country effectively has three distinct climatic zones. Tropical monsoons occur from October to April in the centre and from May to September in the north and south. It is almost totally dry throughout the rest of the year. The temperature is generally hot all year round, but in the north it can be a bit cooler between October and April. Between May to September temperatures around the country can reach up to 40°C, but again in the the northern highlands and Hanoi it can often be colder and a bit damp.

Due to the variations in climate across the country it means that there is no one ideal time to visit. However, as a rule there will be sunshine somewhere! The peak season is between September to March but adverse weather can still disrupt travel in the middle of the country during this period, particularly between September and December. For the beaches around Danang, Hoi An and Nha Trang then the best time to visit is between May and August, whilst Halong Bay is best in the Autumn when there are clear blue skies.

Health & Vaccinations

We recommend that you are up to date with the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. Certain parts also require Malaria prophylaxis. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.

Passport & Visa

British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. British passport holders also need a visa for Vietnam to stay up to 30 days. The Embassy of Vietnam in London is the sole authority responsible for issuing Vietnamese visas in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Visas must be obtained prior to travel. We do not recommend visa-on-arrival and online visa services as these types of visa are issued by unrecognised companies with no connection with the embassy.

For information and details go to the following website: Vietnam Visa



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Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel to get ideas for your holiday or honeymoon to Vietnam. Call us on 01778 382764.