From paddy fields to sleepy shores; Vietnam boasts fascinating history, diverse culture and delightful cuisine that make for an unforgettable holiday of a lifetime.
It’s a landscape that offers complete contrast; from the unspoilt beaches in Danang, Mui Ne and Phu Quoc, to the authentic stilt-houses and floating markets on the Mekong Delta. Everywhere you turn, you’ll be faced with a stunning new vista, with tranquil villages, buzzing markets and green terrain making Vietnam the charming destination it is. We recommend walking down Hoi An’s narrow streets, adorned with colourful Chinese lanterns, for a vibrant wander like no other.
With Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar on its doorstep, it’s well worth combining your stay in Vietnam with any one of these fascinating and deeply beautiful countries. See even more of this part of the world with a multi centre experience or tour for a truly authentic Far Eastern adventure.
There are a number of carriers offering flights to Vietnam from the UK.
Direct Carriers: Vietnam Airlines offer a direct service from the UK to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Indirect Carriers: Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and Air France offer indirect services to Vietnam.
Tipping isn't expected in Vietnam, but it is becoming common in tourist areas. Salaries being low, it is also much appreciated. Restaurants and hotels may add a five to 10 percent service charge to the bill, but this may not make it into staff pockets. You should also consider tipping hotel cleaning staff, drivers and guides. Remember to make a small donation after visiting a pagoda.
Hepatitis A, B, Polio, Typhoid and Malaria immunisation are recommended. All travellers should be up to date on routine immunizations. If arriving from an infected country Yellow Fever is recommended. Please contact your GP for further information.
As of 01 July 2016, the Vietnamese government have officially extended visa exemption for all British passport holders until 30th June 2017 for tourist stays of up to 15 days only. This visa waiver is only valid for one year and expires on the 30 June 2017. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after your intended stay in Vietnam.
Please contact the Embassy of Vietnam if you require additional country and/or visa information on 0207 937 1912.
The official currency is the Vietnamese Dong. You can buy them before you leave the UK but you can only take 15,000,000 Vietnamese Dong in and out of Vietnam. Most major currencies, including the UK Pound, can be exchanged at banks and currency exchanges in the main tourist areas, but in other places you will need to use US Dollars to buy Vietnamese Dong.
Many places accept and quote prices in US Dollars, although you will need to use Vietnamese Dong in more remote areas. MasterCard and Visa cards are now widely accepted in cities and tourist areas, but a three percent commission charge is common so it's worth checking first. You will find plenty of cash machines in major towns and cities, and traveller's cheques are accepted in banks, currency exchanges and some hotels. You will need cash outside the main tourist areas, especially smaller notes as it can be hard to get change.
VND - Vietnamese Dong