What to take with you
are a few things you should not
Photocopies of your passport and
Cash in US$ 20’s and $ 100’s.
A folding umbrella if you plan to
visit during the rainy season.
wettest months are July and August.
Zip lock bags. They are cheap,
disposable, and keep all kinds of
things fresh and dry.
Hotel cards: You should keep your
hotel cards or brochures to show
people to get guidance in case of
missing way back home.
Business Cards. You will discover
that practically everyone in Vietnam
has a calling card of some kinds.
The proper way to offer your card is
to hold it by the corners with both
The currency of Vietnam is "Dong"
(abbreviated "d" or VND). Bank notes
are 500d; 1,000d; 2,000d; 5,000d;
10,000d; 20,000d; 50,000d and
100,000d. Unlike most of Vietnam's
neighbouring countries, the US
Dollar is widely accepted. At this
the official rate of exchange is
approximately VND 15,920 to USD 01.
Cards and Travellers' Cheques are
accepted at most of hotels,
restaurants and souvenir shops but
in major cities only. Visitors are
recommended to carry US Dollar in
small notes. Travelers can change
their money for Vietnamese Dong
(VND) at banks, hotels and jewelry
shops throughout the country.
Vietnamese is the official
language of Vietnam but there are
various dialects spoken by hill
tribe people in remote areas.
Learning foreign languages,
particularly English and
French, is currently in vogue
among young people in Hanoi, Saigon,
Hue, Da Nang and other cities.
Guides and interpreters speaking
English, French, Japanese, German,
Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Russian
etc. are available from us.