Vietnamese Embassy in France
62 rue Boileau 75016 Paris, France
Tel (+33) 1 44 14 64 00
French Embassy in Vietnam (Hanoi)
57 Tran Hung Dao, Hanoi
Tel (+84-4) 3944 57 00
Fax (+84-4) 3944 57 17
French Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City
27 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Q.1
Tel (+84-8) 3520 68 00
Fax (+84-8) 3520 68 19
Family 4 in Da Nang
K 242 Nguyen Cong Tru
An Hai Don Son Tra
Da Nang, Vietnam
U.S. Embassy in Hanoi
7 Lang Ha Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
British Embassy in Vietnam
Central Building, 4th floor, 31 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel +84 (0)4 3936 0500
Bargaining with local traders and drivers is important if you don’t want to pay excessive amounts. This being said, Vietnam isn’t infamous for ripping off foreigners.
As will be mentioned the climate in Vietnam can get really hot and wet! Be sure to bring cool clothing as well as rain gear.
The first impression that you’ll probably get is of how manic the traffic is. Crossing busy streets can seem really daunting. But if you wait until traffic has subsided a bit and cross the road slowly and steadily, the motorbikes will avoid you.
While crime, especially violent crime, isn’t a serious issue be careful of carrying a handbag or using your cellphone on the street. Occasionally those items are snatched by thieves who then speed away on a motorbike. Rather carry your things in a backpack and when on the pavement or street avoid using your phone.
Because climates vary across Vietnam, there isn’t a bad time to visit: when one region is wet and humid, another will be experiencing a sunny and pleasant temperate climate.
North Vietnam has 2 distinct seasons. Summer lasts from May to October when it is warm and humid. This is also when the region experiences its highest rainfall. Winters are cool and misty, and last from November to April. During the coldest months (January – March) temperatures may fall as low 10°C.
In Central Vietnam the weather can swing dramatically on any given day. The hot and dry season starts in January and lasts until August. During the winter season, between September and December, rainfall increases. In October and November, Central Vietnam is the most likely zone to be hit by typhoons.
Southern Vietnam is warm all year-round, however the climate is split into the wet and dry seasons. The wet season starts in November and ends in April. The months from June to August receive tropical monsoons causing some serious flooding, especially in the Mekong delta. The wet season lasts from May to October.
Vietnam offers accommodation for every budget and taste, from basic hostels to luxury resorts. Remember your passport. All accommodation will ask for yours and some may keep it until you check out.
The local currency is the Vietnam Dong (VND). Since currencies remain volatile, it is difficult to attach a value to the Dong. However one thing is certain. In Vietnam, everyone can be a millionaire! One million dong is about €40 ($45).
ATMs and currency exchange offices are available all over the country. In big cities and touristy areas, you can settle some bills in USD.
Tip: do not accept damaged or partially destroyed banknotes, you may find it difficult to spend them.
Vietnam disting itself by the diversity of its means of transport. But the most surprising must be the cities’ traffic, the number of motorbikes is impressive !
Vietnam allows nationals of 23 countries to enter Vietnam without a visa for varying time periods. French people for example benefit from a 15 day visa exemption. However, all visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months after the return date.
Travelers visiting Vietnam can either submit an application at a Vietnamese embassy or apply for a visa online and collect it at the airport on arrival in Vietnam.