Posted by Vietnam-Visa.Org.Vn on Jun 05, 2019

What should international visitors learn when they first arrive in Vietnam?

Vietnam is a country with wild natural landscapes, with a long coastline, from green terraced fields in Sapa to white-sand beaches in Phu Quoc ... has attracted millions of international visitors. Don't miss a great destination for your vacation. Before you start learning some basic information any foreign visitor should know.

The basics

  • Population: 92 million
  • Capital: Hanoi
  • Religion: Vietnam is a multi-religious state. The majority of Vietnamese identify with Buddhism, but Taoism, Confucianism, and Catholicism are also practiced.
  • Emergency numbers: 113 (police), 114 (fire), 115 (ambulance)
  • About 40 percent of all Vietnamese are with the Nguyen family.
  • The main means of transport in Vietnam is motorbikes.
  • The currency unit is VND
  • Instead of the bell, the traditional drum is used to call Vietnamese students to start the class.
  • Vietnamese cuisine is a blend of Chinese and Thai styles.
  • Traditional dress: Ao dai
  • The Vietnamese language has six different tones.
  • More than 90000 foreigners are living, working and traveling in Vietnam.

vietnam-currencyVND is Vietnam currency

Source: Internet

Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List


  • Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long - Hanoi (2010)
  • Citadel of the Ho Dynasty (2011)
  • A complex of Hué Monuments (1993)
  • Hoi An Ancient Town (1999)
  • My Son Sanctuary (1999)
  • Ha Long Bay (1994,2000)
  • Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (2003,2015)
  • Trang An Landscape Complex (2014)

Major cities:

  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hanoi City
  • Danang City
  • Hai Phong City
  • Can Tho City

Some journey ideas:

  • Mekong Delta: Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho - Cu Chi Tunnels - Ben Tre
  • Beach: Mui Ne - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Da Nang
  • North: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Sapa

Attention regarding safety and health:

  • Storms and heavy rains during the rainy season (June) can cause flooding and landslides.
  • Traffic accidents are very common. Remind your driver to keep safe.
  • Choose people who sell street food as wisely as possible.
  • Vietnam is one of the best security countries in the world but does not mean that there are no bad ingredients, keep in mind your personal belongings and wallet to avoid thieves.

Important question

Do I need a Vietnam visa?

Nationals of certain countries may visit Vietnam without a visa for a period of time (Vietnam visa exemption list). Citizens not on the above list need a Vietnam visa.

There are 2 ways to apply for a Vietnam visa:

  • Perform procedures at the Embassy of Vietnam in the host country. For details, contact Embassy support.
  • Apply for an online visa right at vietnam-visa.org.vn, just need to connect to the internet, you have a letter of approval to present for the customs officer and take a loose-leaf visa at the landing visa of the Vietnam international airport.

What to eat in Vietnam?


This national staple is made of flat rice noodles, warm broth and usually chicken or beef. The taste of this comfortable pho can vary greatly across the country, and many establishments load your table with sauces, herbs, and spices so you can season the pho exactly as you like.

pho-vietnamPho Vietnam

Bun cha

This dish is usually a combination of roasted pork, fresh noodles and fish sauce, as well as some sliced papaya, carrots, and herbs. Customers often cook part of their food by immersing fresh noodles in a bowl of steamed broth.


Bun cha


The bread is full of meat (or vegetarian eggs), fresh vegetables and sweeter sauces, crispy breads can be found in street stalls, restaurants and even the most remote areas.

banh-miBanh mi

Goi cuon

These fresh spring rolls are often packed with crispy salads, prawns, and pork with a sweet and spicy dip topped with peanuts.

Banh xeo

For those who prefer to dig into a savory pancake to a sweet one, banh xeo is a tasty pork-and-shrimp crepe, flavored by turmeric and packed with bean sprouts.

Banh cuon

This dish consists of seasoned pork and chopped ear fungus, wrapped in steamed flour, fermented rice batter, and dunked in a fish sauce dip.


Goi cuon - Banh xeo - banh cuon


Che has a variety of ingredients, both salty and sweet, but it can be best described as “sweet dessert soup”. The variation of the dish includes anything from kidney beans to jelly grass and cassava fruit to coconut cream.

che-vietnamChe Vietnam

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