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What language is spoken in Vietnam?

The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese.

Is English spoken throughout Vietnam? 

English is not spoken by many residents of Vietnam. However, in tourist areas, English will be understood in hotels and restaurants.

What currency is used in Vietnam?

The currency used throughout Vietnam is the Vietnamese dong. Mastercard and Visa are accepted in many hotels, restaurants and attractions in tourist areas. ATMs are readily available in most major centres. 

Do I need a visa to travel to Vietnam?

A visa is required prior to arrival when travelling as a tourist from both Canada and The United States. 

Is WiFi readily available?

Internet access and Wifi are easily accessible in city centres but connections may be spotty or limited in remote areas. 

Can I use my cell phone in Vietnam?

It is possible to purchase a SIM card once in Vietnam but phone usage may be limited in mountainous or rural areas. 

Is it safe to drink tap water?

It is strongly advised NOT to drink tap water in Vietnam. It’s best to stick to boiled, treated or bottled water. 

What are the public bathroom facilities like?

While western-style facilities will be found in large hotels and some tourist areas, the standard facility will be the squat toilet. Tissue is not always provided so it is best to bring some with you, as well as a hand sanitizer.  

When is the best time to travel to Vietnam?

The best time to travel to Vietnam is between February through April as well as August to October as rainfall is lighter and temperatures are moderate. 

What are transportation options in Vietnam?

There are many ways to get around in Vietnam. Domestic flights within the country can allow quick and convenient travel between the north and south parts of the country. Trains or hired drivers are also available to visit smaller towns or villages. Bicycle rentals are also available to get around city and town areas. 

Is Vietnam a family-friendly destination?

There are many activities and places to visit in Vietnam that the whole family can enjoy! Some of these are exploring Ho Chi Minh City, venturing through the Cu Chi Tunnels or cruising along the floating markets of Cai Rang and Cai Be in the Mekong Delta.  

How welcoming is Vietnam to LGBTQ travellers?

Vietnam is welcoming to all LGBTQ travelers. However, the country is conservative so public displays of affection are frowned upon regardless of sexual orientation

Should I travel to North, Central or South Vietnam?

The best time to visit North Vietnam is between August and December when the temperature is not too humid and not yet cold. Northern Vietnam is where the popular signature dish Pho originates from and where you will find the county’s capital city, Hanoi. Other areas that are worth visiting are Halong Bay and Sapa.

 Central Vietnam has some amazing beaches which can be found in Da Nang. Hue, which used to be the capital of Vietnam, and Hoi An are rich in history.

The best time to visit South Vietnam is between December and April to avoid the rainy season. Cuisine in this area is influenced by Cambodia and Thailand. The south part of the country is also more open-minded, friendly and energetic than central or north Vietnam. Some noteworthy places to visit in the south are Ho Chi Minh City, Da Lat and Nha Trang.


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