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  • Background info
  • Festivals Vietnam
    Although the Vietnamese calendar is the same as our Gregorian calendar, some Vietnamese holidays are based on the lunar calendar. The exact dates are different every year, depending on the position of the moon. Tet ...
  • Culture Vietnam
    Europeans behave differently from the Vietnamese in many ways. The following tips should help you avoid the biggest misunderstandings. Etiquette: The Vietnamese are very friendly people. They are very open to contact with the outside world, ...
  • Food and drinks Vietnam
    Food: Vietnamese cuisine is very varied. There are around 500 different traditional meals, varying from exotic meats like cobra or bat flesh, to fantastic vegetarian dishes. The basis of a typical Vietnamese dish is steamed ...
  • Landscape Vietnam
    The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is in South-East Asia and borders China to the North, Laos and Cambodia to the West and has a 2025-mile coastline along the Tonkin Gulf, the South China Sea and ...
  • Background Info Vietnam
    Architecture: The most impressive examples of Vietnamese architecture are the Imperial palaces and the tombs, temples and pagodas. Constructed from wood and stone, they are often beautifully decorated with sculptures. Due to the tropical climate, ...
  • Population Vietnam
    Vietnam has around 80 million inhabitants and is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Just 20% of the population live in the city. Around 3 million people live in the capital ...
  • Religion Vietnam
    In the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (founded on Marxist principles), atheism plays a significant role. The government does not encourage religion of any denomination, although the population is free to practise any religion as long ...
  • Tipping Vietnam
    Tips are greatly appreciated everywhere in Asia, and Vietnam is no exception. Tips are an important top up to the wages of waiters, porters, room service attendants, taxi drivers etc, whose basic pay is meagre ...
  • Weather and climate Vietnam
    Climate: In the North of the country the winters are ‘cool’ at temperatures between, 12-20 Celsius, and the summers are hot and humid. The temperature can drop to zero in the mountains during the winter, ...
  • Practical info
  • Arrival information Vietnam
    Take it easy on your first day in Vietnam. Take the time to recover from the flight and, get used to the different climate, culture and country. Let it slowly work its magic on you. ...
  • Other info Vietnam
    Shoestring do not arrange the visa but can provide the following link for more information: http://www.vietnamembassy.org.uk/ Please also contact the Vietnamese embassy in your home country. *From 1st July 2015, nationals of UK, France, Germany, Italy and ...
  • Electricity Vietnam
    Vietnam has mostly 220 volt, 50-hertz alternating current, although here and there it is 110 volts. Plug in only if you know the voltage of the equipment you wish to use. Not everyone in the ...
  • Health Vietnam
    The following health information is a general text that applies to all our travellers in Asia. Those who pay some attention to hygiene and skincare don’t usually run into health problems. Food and drink: Tap water ...
  • Information for people at home Vietnam
    Ensure that those at home know in which country you are and how long you are planning to stay away. You may fix a date when you will contact them again. Making telephone calls from ...
  • Luggage and clothing Vietnam
    Do not bring excessive luggage. Many necessities, especially clothes, can be bought cheaply in Vietnam. All the footwear you need is a good (worn-in if possible) pair of hiking boots for the hiking tour’s, a ...
  • Money Vietnam
    The amount of spending money suggested is the minimum required to pay for your meals, drinks, optional excursions, entrance fees, airport taxes and tips. The amount you actually need of course depends on your own ...
  • Photographs Vietnam
    Vietnam is an extremely photogenic country with beautiful landscapes, diverse mountain cultures and many historical sites. You can photograph almost anything in Vietnam except military sites (bridges, docks, airports or government buildings). Taking photos of ...
  • Safety Vietnam
    Theft occurs in Vietnam as in any country. Pay good attention to valuables. Money and important documents are best not stored in handbags or wallets, but worn on the body in a money belt or ...
  • Time differences Vietnam
    The time in Vietnam is GMT + 7 hours. As they do not have daylight saving time, they are +6 hours in front of GMT during the summer. ...