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Vietnam Travel


Vietnam is the latest Asian dragon to awake from its slumber’. Anon. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam, a Southeast Asian country, is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, and Cambodia to the southwest. Its population of 86 million lives on a total area of 331,688 sq km, as large as Germany but with a denser level of occupation. Its people are 85% Vietnamese (Kinh), 3% ethnic Chinese, also Khmer, Cham (a remnant of the once great Indianised Champa Kingdom) and members of some 55 ethno-linguistic groups. The languages spoken are Vietnamese, Chinese, English and a variety of local dialects. The main religion is Buddhism. Christians and Muslims find themselves in a minority.

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Post the mind-boggling war with the U.S. who ultimately had to concede defeat was a nation of determined optimists, who had weathered war after war and survived. The Vietnamese, who enjoyed special status in the Multi-fibre Apparel quota era and came out trumps, are now getting to grips with the fast moving world of capitalism. With massive WTO concessions in the bag and most favoured nation status worldwide, its trade is booming. Its output to input ratio is twice that of China and four times that of India, the other two emerging economies. Fiercely protective of their independence that cost them close to five million lives, and suzerainty, the Vietnamese graciously welcome foreigners who come as guests or partners.

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Vietnam is hilly, with densely forested mountains. Level land covers only 20% of the area, the hills and mountains accounting for the rest. The climate of Vietnam changes radically from region to region. The entire country lies geographically in the tropical and subtropical zones, but local conditions can vary from biting winters in the northern hills to equatorial warmth in the Mekong Delta throughout the year.

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Like many Asian countries, Vietnam has two monsoons. The first is the incoming rainy season from the Southeast between May and September. These come with warm winds from equatorial regions. When the monsoon recedes, it brings back cold winds from the Northeast right up to the Mekong Delta, where the temperature is just fine. Violent and unpredictable cyclones are not unknown in Vietnam, where they cause a lot of damage to a growing economy.

Hanoi Vietnam

Vietnam is hilly, with densely forested mountains. Level land covers only 20% of the area, the hills and mountains accounting for the rest. The climate of Vietnam changes radically from region to region. The entire country lies geographically in the tropical and subtropical zones, but local conditions can vary from biting winters in the northern hills to equatorial warmth in the Mekong Delta throughout the year. Like many Asian countries, Vietnam has two monsoons. The first is the incoming rainy season from the Southeast between May and September. These come with warm winds from equatorial regions. When the monsoon recedes, it brings back cold winds from the Northeast right up to the Mekong Delta, where the temperature is just fine. Violent and unpredictable cyclones are not unknown in Vietnam, where they cause a lot of damage to a growing economy.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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You can enter Vietnam by air, sea or land. Air travel is popular for short holidays in Vietnam, while the good old bus is used by those who intend to travel widely in the region. There are three international airports in Viet­nam: Tan Son Nhat, Noi Bai and Danang. The first-named serves Ho Chi Minh City and is the busiest. Noi Bai serves Hanoi, which is the base for the national carrier, Vietnam Airlines. Vietnam Airlines has a modern fleet of Airbuses and Boeings, but the level of service on its international flights needs to improve.

Visitors from China should take the memorable train ride from Kunming in China to Hanoi. If you plan to enter from Cambodia, the most convenient would be by boat, sailing down the Mekong River from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc. Road and rail transportation is below par, but coming up as priorities are shuffled. Water-borne travel remains popular.

Vietnamese cuisine is based on fresh products and is biased towards the vegetarian due to the Buddhist influence. Non- vegetarian food is also available, with a predilection for fish. Northern cuisine is traditional and austere, while Southerners prefer sweet flavours in many dishes; Central cuisine is spicy.

A visa remains essential before arrival in Vietnam. Accommodation must definitely be booked in advance. The currency in use is the dong and the exchange rate is 1US $=16,500 dong. Its time is at UTC + 7 hours.

Date posted: 1st August, 2018

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