Vietnam at a Glance: Located in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. With its stunning beaches, Buddhist shrines, lush mountains, sleepy rural villages, and bustling cities, Vietnam has everything for every type of traveler.

  • Hanoi: bustling city in the north of the country with lots of character

  • Sapa: small mountain town known for rice terraces and homestays

  • Halong Bay: take a boat cruise through these stunning rock formations

  • Hoi An: this beautiful UNESCO town is located in the middle of the country and has a charming architecture and a laidback vibe

  • Dalat: set in the mountains, this town is less hot and humid than the rest of the country and is known for adventure activities

  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon): modern and busy city in the south of the country

Currency in Vietnam: Vietnamese dong | 2018 Conversion Rate: 10000 VND = $0.43 USD

Tipping in Vietnam: In Vietnam, tipping is not customary but it is highly appreciated. The locals don’t have a habit of tipping unless you go to upscale restaurants or get a massage from spas. You could say that the tipping culture here is at its infancy.

However, most of the tourist cities including Hanoi, Saigon, Hoi An and others are becoming more familiar with tipping. Some high-end services may add a service fee to your bills from 5 percent to 15 percent.

Headed to Vietnam soon? Don’t forget to get a visa lined up before you go! Not sure if you need one? We’ll explain if you need one and how to get a Vietnam Visa On Arrival.

Language & Helpful Phrases: Vietnamese

  • Hello = xin chào

  • Thank you = Cám ơn

  • Beer = bia

  • Delicious = Thơm ngon

  • Bathroom =  Phòng tắm

  • How much? = Bao nhiêu?

  • Too expensive = Quá đắt

  • Don’t want = Không muốn

Religion and Culture: More than 70 percent of Vietnam’s population are Buddhists. Other official religions recognized by the government are Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism, Hoa Hao, and Cao Dai. Most of the religion in Vietnam has been greatly influenced by the Tam Giáo, also known as triple religion – Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism.

Transportation around Vietnam: When you’re in Vietnam, your transportation will depend on your budget, time, flexibility and love for adventure. The safest and best way to go around Vietnam is by car. Buses, on the other hand, can either be delighted or unpleased. It depends on your expectations. There are also trains running along Vietnam’s coast. Always book ahead if you are planning on traveling during the weekend.

Transportation Tip: is a great site is you want to book your transportation in advance or look at the time tables!