Tuesday, 6/18/2019

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Tel: (848) 39650338 39650339  39650300
Fax: (848) 39623790
VAT: 030 2299883






Vietnam is 11 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and 14 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time.


The weather in the southern part of Vietnam is tropical. It is monsoonal in the north, bringing a hot, rainy season from mid-May to mid-September and a warm, dry season from mid-October to mid-March. Occasional typhoons from May to January bring extensive flooding to the middle regions of Vietnam.


220V and 50Hz, but 110V (also with 50Hz) may be encountered


Vietnamese is the official language; French, Chinese, English, Khmer and tribal dialects (Mon-Khmer and Malayo-Polynesian) are also spoken.

The currency issued by the Vietnam State Bank is the dong (abbreviated "d" or VND), which is used uniformly throughout the country. There are presently bank notes in circulation in dominations of:
100 dong, 200 dong, 500 dong, 1,000 dong, 2,000 dong
5,000 dong, 10,000 dong, 20,000 dong, 50,000 dong, 100,000 dong
Traveller's cheques and credit cards (American Express, Visa, Mastercard) are exchanged for Vietnamese dong at the banks. Cards can be used in travel agencies, hotels, and major restaurants. US currency is exchanged for Vietnamese dong and treasury notes in banks, exchange bureaus, hotels, and jeweler shops. The exchange rate always changes. When leaving the country, remaining Vietnamese currency can be exchanged for US dollars at the exchange bureau at the airport.

Airport Tax:

USD14 per pax at Ho Chi Minh Tan Son Nhat International Airport.


Tipping is not customary in Vietnam, but it is enormously appreciated. A 5-10% tip for a meal is a very small amount of money, but to the average Vietnamese, it could easily equal a day's wages. Avoid tipping too much, as it will set a precedent for others.

Shopping hours: 0800 AM- 1000PM

Customs & Immigration:

On arrival in Vietnam, you must complete white and blue duplicate arrival-departure forms. The blue copy is to be kept with your passport at all times. Hotels, guest houses and private hosts must register overnight guests with the local police and these blue forms are essential for this purpose.
Incoming visitors must also fill out duplicate yellow and white customs declaration forms. The yellow copy is to remain with your passport until departure. Do not lose it!
On the yellow and white Customs Forms you are expected to declare:
Cameras, camcorders and other electric equipments not for personal use
Currency: over US$3,000
Jeweler: not for personal use
Video tapes: (they may be kept for a few days and screened)
Duty free allowances are 200 cigarettes, two liters of alcohol, perfume and jeweler for personal use.
Banned Material: Vietnam has strict laws on bringing anti-government literature, pornography, firearms and weapons into the country. CDs and tapes are often retained for screening, but will be returned after a few days. It is illegal to remove antiques from Vietnam. When buying handicrafts, especially those that look old, ask the retailer for a receipt and declaration that the item may be exported.

Emergency Numbers:
Police: 03 Ho Chi Minh City Police Station 161 Nguyen Du, Quan 1 113, 99398 or 97107
Fire: 08
First Aid: 05

Health risks: Dengue fever, hepatitis, malaria, rabies (if in the country for a month or more), typhoid and tuberculosis (if staying with locals in a high risk area for a few months or more




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