Travel Facts
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Travel Facts

Local Time: GMT + 7 hours

Security: Vietnam is generally very safe(recently claimed the safest country in Asia! ). Women and independent travelers have found it hassle-free and easy to travel in Vietnam. Visitors just have to be aware of the surroundings when walking. And in HochiMinh city, be careful with pickpockets and drive-by bag snatchers.
Do make use of hotel safe deposit facilities. Do not carry, your passport, visa, large amount of cash, or valuables with you.

International S.O.S
Ha Noi : 31 Hai Ba Trung str., Tel: (04) 934 0555
Ho Chi Minh city : 65 Nguyen Du, Dst1., Tel:(08) 8298520

What to bring: Bring as little as possible. You can buy almost everything in Vietnam! Following is the recommended checklist:

  • Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets.
  • Money: travelers cheques/cash/credit card
  • Money pouch
  • Medical kit
  • Small padlock for your backpack/bag
  • Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Alarm clock and torch/flashlight
  • Camera and spare batteries
  • Hat, sun cream, insect repellant
  • Earplugs & eye mask for train
  • Light raincoat/poncho
  • Tampons
  • Long pants, short pants, long sleeved shirt, T shirt, swimming costume, warm clothes for the winter months in the North( Nov-Mar).
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush
  • Shoes, sandals, slip-off thongs
  • For those on trekking tours: degradable soap, towel, toiletry, hiking shoes.

Electrical current in Vietnam is 220-250 volts, 50 cycles alternating current (AC). Wall outlets take plugs with two round-tipped prongs, some take three round/flat-tipped prongs. Most hotels have adapters/converters to lend to their in-house guests. Converters/adapters can be acquired from local electrical equipment shops for less than USD 1/unit.

Public holidays in Vietnam which may affect touring and/or incur extra charges

  • 01 International New Year's Day
  • 2012 Tet: 23 January 2012 (2012 Tet Holidays: 22, 23, 24, 25 of January, 2012)


  • 12 Death Anniversary of Kings Hung Vuong (10th of the 3 third Lunar Calendar)
  • 30 Reunification Day


  • 01 Labor Day


  • 02 National Day