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Vietnam, useful information for tourists

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam

 Capital: Hanoi
Language: Vietnamese
Embassy of Vietnam in Ukraine: Kiev, st. Trading, 51A
tel. (044) 284-55-42, 284-57-38 (the Consular Section)
e-mail: vnemb.ua@mofa.gov.vn
web: www.mofa.gov.vn/vnemb.ua

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Time: Kiev, plus a 5:00
Phone code: 84
Web: .vn
Currency: Vietnam Dong (VND)
Course: $ 1 ~ 21,085 VND, 1 euro ~ 28,026 VND
Check-visa is necessary
Food: The cost of a "model" dinner: $ 05.10
Service: tip: 5%

Vietnam remains quite popular destination among our compatriots for the second year in a row. Local prices allow to combine a great beach holiday with a tour of the big cities - Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Lat - and the natural attractions of the country. Vietnam - it is also the center of world diving. The main beach resorts have large diving centers.
"Kharkiv Airlines" offer a direct flight from Ukraine to Vietnam in Nha Trang. Windrose airline launches direct flights to Ho Chi Minh City in the winter navigation from January 2, 2014 which will take place on Mondays and Thursdays. Option with a change in the optimal "MAU" - via Bangkok, and then - flights of local companies (Vietnam Airlines, Thai Airlines and others). The "Aeroflot" is the flight Kiev - Moscow - Hanoi. Airline Vietnam Airlines flying from Moscow to Nha Trang. International airports are located in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang and Da Nang.
The visa can be obtained either on arrival in the country or in the Vietnamese embassy in Kiev. In the first case, you need to have an invitation from the host; passport valid for at least 6 months after the beginning of the trip; 2 photos taken recently; form, which is issued on a plane or on arrival. Upon arrival can be issued as a single (valid for 1 month) and multivisa. The cost of a single entry visa - $ 25, multiple - $ 50.
To obtain a tourist visa at the Vietnamese embassy needed: passport and a copy thereof; 2 photos; air-ticket and a copy thereof; profile.
The documents should be submitted no earlier than 2 weeks before the departure date. Single-entry visa is issued within three working days and is valid for 2 weeks. Its cost is $ 45 (payable in US dollars).
Children under 16 years fit into the visa of parents and also pay for it. For children traveling without their parents require a notarized consent of the father and mother at the checkout. For children traveling with one parent - a notarized consent to travel from the second parent.
Feature: Upon arrival at Vietnam tourist fills an entry form in duplicate. The second copy is necessary to keep the rest of the trip and presented on departure.
The import of 1.5 liters of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22 degrees, 2 liters of beverages with up to 22 degrees, 3 liters of beer; 400 cigarettes, 100 cigars, 500 grams of tobacco (persons under 18 years of age); 5 kg of tea, 3 kg of coffee; other goods worth up to 5 million VND.
Drugs worth more than $ 30 must be declared.
Transportation prohibited drugs and narcotic medications without a prescription, as well as explosives, firearms, materials containing criticism of the communist regime, pornography.
Import of foreign convertible currency is not limited, but you must declare cash amounts in excess of $ 7 thousand. (Or equivalent in other currencies), more than 15 million VND.
Forbidden to take the rare species of animals and plants.
Export of antiques, works of art of artistic and historical value, as well as more than 300 grams of gold requires documenting.
Desired phone
Embassy of Ukraine in Vietnam in Hanoi: 84 (4) 373-444-92
Fire Service 114
Police 113
Ambulance 115
Currency can be exchanged at major banks, exchange offices. The course is the same everywhere, sometimes in hotels even more profitable. However, the US dollar has almost universal circulation.
Banks are open from 7: 30-8: 00 to 16:00, lunch from 11:30 to 13:00. Weekends - Saturday and Sunday.
In the capital and other major cities you can pay euro, yen, the yuan or baht.
Travellers checks are not accepted for payment, even in large supermarkets, cashing them in any large bank (your passport). For the operation of exchange of checks usually charged 2-5%.
Credit card payment is taken in large stores, hotels and restaurants Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. ATMs give only dongs.
Feature: In Vietnam problem to pay worn banknotes.
Flight - the fastest way to travel around the country.
Main Railway - Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City. Express overcomes the distance between the two cities for 29 hours. There are regular trains and high comfort.
Well-developed water transportation. Major ports are located in Haiphong, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Vung Tau. Between these cities ply passenger boats. Boat trip from Ho Chi Minh City Mekong Delta expedient than by bus or car.
By bus from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City can be reached at any point. Such a journey would not hit on the budget. There are also coaches high comfort. The fare in them is several times higher than conventional.
A taxi ride will cost $ 1-1.5 per landing plus $ 0,45-0,6 / km.
But the main means of transportation in the country - a motorcycle. Due to their dominance in the streets of the independent movement of the vehicle difficult. It is better to rent a car with driver ($ 30) or a motorcycle ($ 06.12 per day). In addition, there are many bicycle rental points (6 th. To 8 thousand. VND per day).
On the outskirts of the big cities and resorts are found pedicabs, the amount of payment to better coordinate with them in advance, you can bargain.
Feature: In Vietnam, greater restrictions on speed on the road. 200 km can be overcome for 6 hours.
In Vietnam, the whole range of hotels - from 1 * to 5 *. World classification system is used. Many experts believe that the class and budget hotels in Vietnam medium low.
The cost of the best rooms - about $ 300. In some very cheap hotel ($ 10) no hot water. Hotels in provincial cities on a core set of services often do not yield to the capital.
The shortage of hotel rooms in central cities felt during large events at the resorts - during the holidays.
Feature: In the budget hotels have rooms that window out into the corridor, and it shuttered. When you check it is necessary to clarify this point.
Mains voltage - 220 V (only in some areas - 110 V), frequency - 50 Hz. Plugs are essentially flat interface.
Vietnam is a country with a high level of security. According to the Interpol, the level of crime the country is one of the last places in the world. However, pickpocketing are common, especially in the south. In hotels values, documents and credit cards are best kept in a safe.
It is not necessary to drink water from the tap. In rural areas, it is not recommended to use drinks with ice, since it may be made of the river water.
For a trip to Vietnam vaccinations are optional, but it is better to make yellow fever. When you visit certain areas of malaria prophylaxis is recommended. Insurance will also be very helpful when traveling around the country.
For any moving around is recommended to write the name of the necessary points in Vietnamese and show this "guide" to local residents - help is usually no one denies.
A continuous stream of motorcycles on the roads may be confused tourists. But they are moving at low speed, and if you have a small lumen can cross the road.
At the entrance to a Buddhist temple shoes should be left outside. To visit the pagodas have to choose modest clothing (shorts and t-shirts are best left to the beach).
When photographing local people need to ask permission.
In Vietnam is not accepted publicly show their anger, frustration, it is impolite.
Locals love to touch foreigners, especially full. It is believed that it brings good luck.
The climate is sub-equatorial monsoon in Vietnam. Winter, when the acts northeast monsoon, hot and cool in the south to the north. In the central area has a tropical monsoon climate with high humidity.
Allocate two seasons - dry and wet. The dry season in the north and the south lasts from November to April, in the center - from February to July. The advantage of Vietnam, stretching from north to south, is that if one part of it raining, then the other - sunny and warm.
The average temperature in January - +15 ° C in the north and +26 ° C in the south. In the north, at an altitude of 1500 meters in the winter frosts.
Feature: In October and November in the central part of Vietnam is often typhoons sweep. In the north, they are less common in September and October.
Private shops are open from 8: 00-8: 30 and 21: 00-22: 00.
Shopping in Vietnam is incredibly rich and varied. Prices are low, quality is decent. The most popular and profitable places: in Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Thanh Market, Diamond Plaza (branding expensive stuff) and Saigon Tax Trade Centre (original and inexpensive local products of good quality), shopping streets of the Old City in Hanoi.
Driven from Vietnam Bamboo, pearl, red and black wood, as well as clothing and accessories made from natural silk, linen and cotton. Nice souvenir will be embroidered and batik. In Ho Chi Minh City, you can find quality and beautiful gold products. Pearl is most advantageous to buy on the coast, near the places of its extraction or cultivation.
On departure from Vietnam (in the international airports in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City), you can reclaim the VAT (10%) if the goods were bought in certain stores in the amount of not less than 2 million VND.
Feature: In some private shops and stores price tags - just a starting point for further bargaining.
Vietnamese cuisine - a kind of mixture of Chinese and European (and more specifically - French). Fresh seafood, meat, vegetables and rice is subjected to prolonged heat treatment, fats are used to a minimum. So the food is light and, despite the exotic, healthy. Local dishes are not as sweet as the Chinese, and less sharp than Thai.
Traditional Vietnamese dishes - "com" (rice), "soi" (glutinous rice), "pho" (noodle soup), "cha ka" (fried fish), "Mien" (cassava vermicelli), "bankhoay" ( stuffed omelette), "nem Saigon" (cabbage rolls in rice shell), "chazho" (meat and vegetable strudel), "banchyng" (pie of glutinous rice, pork and green beans wrapped in the leaves of the tree dong). Lovers of exotic worth paying attention to skewers of crocodile. The most common drinks are strong Vietnamese coffee with a touch of chocolate, green tea, sugarcane juice, milk, young coconut. Of alcohol is very popular rice wine "la mine."
There are restaurants to suit every taste and budget - Chinese, Thai, Indian, Korean, European and, of course, the Vietnamese. Prices range from $ 2.5 to $ 25.
Often huge portions at restaurants, so it will be correct to clarify how many people calculated dish.
Tipping in restaurants and cafes are usually already included in the bill (5-10% of the total order). It is recommended to leave the fee guide, drivers at the end of the tour, hotel staff, taxi drivers.
Vietnam is famous for its beaches with white and yellow-brown sand. Entering the water in most cases flat.
The most famous beaches in the central part - China Beach (Danang), beach kya Dai (Hoi district) in the south - Nha Trang Beach and Bay on the island of Phu Quoc Dai.
Nudist beaches in Vietnam is not.
The effectiveness of Vietnamese traditional medicine (including acupuncture and herbal therapy) attracts tourists to the country, who want to be healed. The oldest gosbolnitsa - Center of Traditional Medicine in Vietnam - is located in Hanoi.
Also, the country is rich in thermal springs. In some of them, along with proposed balneotherapy and mud. Among the famous thermal spas - Binchau, Thap Ba, V-resort.
And on the coast in the center and south of Vietnam has many excellent spa facilities.
Feature: Many hotels offer a Vietnamese massage. Especially recommended foot massage.
Hanoi, Halong Bay, the ancient city-open-air museum of Hoi An, Nha Trang, waterfalls Bajo, the delta of the Mekong River, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi tunnels.
Diving in Vietnam is considered the cheapest and one of the best in the world. You can carry out a dive in Nha Trang, on the island of Phu Quoc. Excellent American schools are on the island of Con Dao and in Nha Trang.
Novice cavers must get into the cave on the river Nha, to the northwest of Dong Hoi. You can also go kite and windsurfing, rafting, golf.
Traditional bullfights in Haiphong "Do Son" held in September-October. In addition to the festivals dedicated to religious holidays, Vietnam hosts many sporting events: the end of November - Boat Festival "Ok Om Bok Boc» in Shoktrange in January - wrestling festival "Singh" and the festival fishermen "Cau Ngu", cockfights and more more. Colorful and authentic holiday - Tet Nguyen Zan, Vietnamese New Year of the lunar calendar.
Feature: For diving on Con Dao necessary to issue a permit authorities to dive.