VIETNAM

 

SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM

POPULATION

95,5 MILLONS

CAPITAL CITY

HANOI

CURRENCY

VIETNAMESE DONG (VND)

RELIGION

BUDDHIST

TIME ZONE

UTC+07 (SPAIN + 5H)

ELECTRICITY AND PLUGS
YOU DO NOT NEED ADAPTER

Most plugs are of the European type with two rounded pins
Voltage: 220 V
Frequency: 50 Hz

The food in Vietnam

People often know two things about Vietnam: that it suffered a long and painful war and that it has one of the richest and most varied cuisines in the world.

Indeed. Vietnamese food is a world in itself and, generally, it is very healthy and relatively low in fat. Vietnam is a very diverse country, with many landscapes that influence the culinary customs of each area so you better come and discover them for yourself!

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Nem (fried rolls)

Many who come to Vietnam fall in love with these fried rolls, similar to the spring rolls. They are called “Nem” or “Cha gio” (chopped pork rolls) and their filling is made of pork, crab or shrimp as well as shredded carrots and mushrooms, and cassava noodles. Tastes delicious and if we also cover it with a crunchy rice paper and golden brown paper, we are facing something unique.

Bun cha Hanoi (the typical feast of the capital)

We could say that the Bun cha is a recipe according to the western conception but here in Vietnam things are slightly different. And when you ask for the traditional dish of Hanoi they will put you on the table no more or less than a whole feast: pork fat meat, rice noodles, fish sauce with various flavours, vegetables, fruits and accompaniments such as pepper, lime, hot peppers or limes. From here everything is very simple: mix, test and enjoy.

Gastronomy of Hue

Hue was the ancient capital of Vietnam and you could say that it is still gastronomically speaking. Its cuisine is famous throughout the country. They are very typical sweetened porridge, which comes into play many ingredients to create a dish that formerly tasted the kings of Vietnam. However, in Hue you can taste much more: the ban bheo a very characteristic cake, the rice flan or the Vietnamese ravioli.

Cao Lau Hoi An

The Cao Lau is the dish par excellence of Hoi An. It is made with xa xiu, or raw fresh vegetables, ground nuts and cao lau noodles. The combination between sweetened and crunchy xi xiu and dry cakes create an incredible flavour.

Banh xeo

We could say that they are the Vietnamese version of pancakes  but if the tests you will end up remembering their name. The dough is made with rice flour, water and coconut milk (especially in the south, if not also turmeric is used) and can be filled with fried pork, prawns or bean sprouts. You can also bring mint and other herbs and it is accompanied with fish sauce.

Oc – Snail & seafood

If you go through Ho Chi Minh City (the ancient Saigon) you can not stop trying the c, or marine snails. They are served in soup, accompanied by noodles, alone and with all kinds of condiments. The hobbies will blow!

Vietnamese street food

Although Street Food is not a dish, it deserves a section in this mini-guide. In Vietnam it is very common to eat in street stalls and on the fly. There are some who specialise in a dish and become as well known as the most prestigious restaurants. Each city has its own, ask your guides or let yourself go!

Aunque el coste de vida aquí sube un 7% cada año, Vietnam sigue siendo un país barato para los visitantes europeos.

How much does a taxi cost in Vietnam?

The lowering of the flag of a small taxi costs 6,000 Vietnamese dongs, for a medium taxi it is at 8,000 VND and it will cost about 11,000 VND if you need a large taxi (7 seats).
From here, the trip usually costs around 10,000-12,000 VND per kilometre. A trip through the city, should never go up more than 100,000 / 150,000 VND (between 4.36 and 6.55 €). Check that they turn on the meter and if you see that it goes up at an abnormally fast pace, call the attention of the taxi driver.
Most taxi drivers are educated and honest, but, as in any part of the world, you should be cautious. In the same line, stop taxis of well-known companies whenever possible: ABC taxis (pink and white), MAI LINH (green) or TAXI GROUP (white with horizontal red stripe).

SOUVENIRS AND GIFTS

Some sports of acceptable quality (another thing is that they are fakes or not) cost a maximum of 500,000 VND and there are less economic brands for which it is not convenient to pay more than 300,000 VND. As a guide price, a cap should not go up to 25,000 VND and we should never buy a cotton shirt for more than 70,000 VND. But these are just references. Keep in mind that your negotiation skills come into play in Vietnam too!

Vietnam is a very tolerant country. You can go down the street without any problem with any type of clothing.

In pagodas, religious buildings, it is allowed to go in suspenders, as long as you show respect for the place and your behaviour is appropriate. Photographs inside the temples are not strictly forbidden, but we recommend consulting and asking for permission before taking them.

The most shocking custom for Europeans is that here you do not kiss a woman when you meet her, but you shake hands.

DO I NEED A VACCINE TO TRAVEL TO VIETNAM?

No. In Vietnam there is no mandatory vaccination for travellers from Spain.
Travellers who are coming from areas infected with Yellow Fever (not the case of Spain) are required to be vaccinated against this disease.

RECOMMENDED VACCINES

For cases of long stays, the WHO and the Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs recommend a series of vaccines, including Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus-Polio, Typhoid fever, Japanese Encephalitis and Influenza.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO VIETNAM?

 

First of all: any time of the year is good to visit a country as vibrant and as rich cultural, monumental and natural as Vietnam.

The most adverse weather feature of Vietnam is heavy rains, which often give way to considerable heat.

If you want to avoid them, keep in mind that the rainy season takes place from May to October. In the central zone of the country, the rains are more intense in September to November and in the south (Ho Chi Minh City), the rains are concentrated in July and August and tend to disperse quickly.

The whole country is warm in general and the north of the country can be a bit colder between December and March.

IS A VISA NECESSARY TO VISIT VIETNAM?

It depends on the length of stay and the number of times you are going to enter Vietnamese territory.

For Spanish citizens, as long as the stay does not exceed 15 days and they make only one entry into Vietnamese territory, no visa is necessary.

However, if you want to make more than one entry in Vietnam in less than 30 days, you will need a visa. This is a very frequent case, for example in the itineraries that include other countries such as Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, or Myanmar, since you will have to enter Vietnam again every time you return from these destinations. In these case, we will manage the appropriate visa procedures that it gives you the possibility of multiple entries.

What documentation should I provide to travel to Vietnam?

 

If you are going to be less than 15 days with a single entrance to Vietnam

At the airports of Ha Noi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh, upon arrival in the country, you must present the following documentation:

Valid passport with expiration date, at least, 6 months from the day of entry to Vietnam.
Documentation of the international departure flight from Vietnam.
You will not have to pay any tax or duty

If you combine your trip to Vietnam with another country, you will have to make more than one entrance to Vietnam

In your first entry you will have to present:
Valid passport with expiration date, at least, of 6 months from the day of entry to Vietnam.
Documentation of the international departure flight from Vietnam.
The VISA INVITATION LETTER document that we have previously sent you. We will send you this document in advance by email so you can print it and have it handy to present it at the entrance to Vietnam.
The visa application that we will provide you.
A passport-sized photograph.
You will have to pay $ 25 per person for the Vietnamese visa stamp, provided that the two entries to Vietnam are within 15 days. In case the term is greater than 15 days, the cost of the seal will be 45 $.

You can also pay in euros or in Vietnamese Dongs.

In your second entry you will have to present:
Valid passport with expiration date, at least, 6 months from the day of entry to Vietnam.
Documentation of the international departure flight from Vietnam.
The stamp that you have put on your passport in the first entry will certify that you have already paid for the visa, so in this second entry you do not have to pay anything.

Travellers who need a visa

If you are going to be more than 15 days in Vietnam or have a non-visa-free nationality, you will have to go to the window that says “VISA ON ARRIVAL” and present the following documentation:
Valid passport with expiration date, at least, 6 months from the day of entry to Vietnam.
Documentation of the international departure flight from Vietnam.
The VISA INVITATION LETTER document that we have previously sent you. We will send you this document in advance by email so you can print it and have it handy to present it at the entrance to Vietnam.
The visa application that we will provide you.
A passport-sized photograph.
You will have to pay $ 25 per person for the Vietnamese visa stamp. You can also pay in euros or in Vietnamese Dongs.

If there is something that the Vietnamese appreciate, it is that foreigners try to speak their language. For them it means appreciation of their history and their culture, and it is a tool that allows us to integrate much more. Make an effort and dare!If there is something that the Vietnamese appreciate, it is that foreigners try to speak their language. For them, it means appreciation of their history and culture, and it is a tool that allows us to integrate much more. Make an effort and dare!

The grammar of the Vietnamese language is not very complicated because the sentences or phrases are usually composed according to the order subject-verb-object and the verbs are not conjugated but are added qualifiers to indicate their modes, times, numbers and people; the same with nouns and adjectives to determine their genres and numbers.

The most notable feature of Vietnamese is the use of tones to distinguish meanings between different words. There are 6 different tones: Ngang (without symbol in writing), Sắc, Huyền, Hỏi, Ngã and Nặng. This phonetic diversity gives the Vietnamese language musical value and is an advantage so that its speakers can pronounce almost all the words of other languages. Pronunciation is what most complicates the learning of Vietnamese but it’s all a matter of time and effort!

Vietnamese [/ one_half]
Spanish
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Hello [/ one_half]
Xin chao (no chao) [/ one_half_last]

Please [/ one_half]
Lam on [/ one_half_last]

Thanks [/ one_half]
Cam on [/ one_half_last]

Yes [/ one_half]
Da (za) [/ one_half_last]

Sorry [/ one_half] [ one_half_last] Xin loi (without loi) [/ one_half_last]

My name is … [/ one_half]
Toy have the … [/ one_half_last]

Where is [the museum]? [/ one_half]
[Bao tang] or dau? [/ One_half_last]

How much is this worth?
(pointing to the object) “[/ one_half]
Bao nhieu tien? [/ one_half_last]

Two beers please! [/ one_half]
Cho Hai beer! [/ one_half_last]

I do not want to! [/ one_half]
Khong can (it reads like “Kjong can”) [ / one_half_last]

Drinking [/ one_half]
Uong [/ one_half_last]

Eating [/ one_half]
An [/ one_half_last]

A sugar cane juice (found in any post street) [/ one_half]
Nuoc mia [/ one_half_last]

No problem [/ one_half]
Khong sao (it reads “kjom sao”) [/ one_half_last]

How are you? [/ one_half]
Khoe khong?
(kjue jkom) [/ one_half_last]

Ok [/ one_half]
Khoe [/ one_half_last]

I want a cold coffee with milk [/ one_half]
[Mot coffee sua da] or [cho mot nau da] [/ one_half_last]

See you soon [/ one_half]
Hen gap lai [ / one_half_last]

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