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Vietnam, or Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is one of the most visited destinations in South East Asia. The country comprises of 330 000 square kilometers with 3260 km coastline.
There are 54 ethic groups in Vietnam with the biggest group is Kinh and 53 minorities.
Vietnam is famous for its beautiful nature with karst mountains, caves, and stunning beaches.
As Vietnam shares land borders with China, Laos, and Cambodia, it’s easy for travelers to travel by land from Vietnam to other countries.
You can find several people, especially the young Vietnamese, can speak English in main cities such as Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh.
However, if you explore the small towns or go off-the-beaten-path, you may find it's difficult as not many people can understand or speak English.
Thus, knowing some basic Vietnamese phrases and words such as hotel, restaurant or numbers will be extremely useful for your Vietnam trip.
Check out our post here to prepare 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 Vietnam Dong (VND) and it is used in most places. At the airport, you can use USD at the restaurants.
Since Cash is King in Vietnam, you should exchange money and carry cash (especially if you're into street food). Nowadays, most restaurants, supermarkets and malls accept credit card.
It's recommended to check the visa rules regularly as it changes often.
Vietnam Travel Guide
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