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Vietnam, or the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is one of the most visited destinations in South East Asia. The country covers 330 000 square kilometers with a 3200 km coastline.
There are 54 ethic groups in Vietnam, with the biggest group being the Kinh. The other minority groups each have their own fascinating unique traditions and customs.
As Vietnam shares land borders with China, Laos, and Cambodia, it’s easy for travelers to travel by land to other countries.
In the main cities, such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Da Nang, many younger people speak English, although you may have to speak more slowly than your used to.
However, if you explore the small towns or go off-the-beaten-path, you may find yourself having to use a bit of body language to get what you need!
Thus, knowing some basic Vietnamese phrases and words will be very useful for activities such as: booking a hotel room, ordering food, and haggling for souvenirs!
Being able to speak even some simple Vietnamese phrases is very much appreciated by the locals.
Google translate and pictures on your phone are also useful occasionally.
Check out our post here to prepare yourself before traveling to Vietnam.
Electricity supply in Vietnam is 220 Volts. The plug is similar with European or American type.
The official currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND) and it is used in all places. Nowadays, most restaurants, supermarkets and malls in big cities accept credit card.
Since Cash is King in Vietnam, you should bring dollars and exchange for VND here because it's way cheaper. Don't get VND at home.
It's recommended to check the visa rules regularly as it changes often.
Vietnam Travel Guide
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