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Vietnam : When and where to go?
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Vietnam: Climate & Weather
The climate of the country is subject to two monsoons per year, but the very different altitudes and latitudes cause extreme differences around the country. In the north, the mountains experience harsh winters; cold and snowy.
16°C - 61°F
Hanoi, updated 02:00 GMT
What to do in Vietnam
With a rich and unique culture and unforgettable scenery, Vietnam will surprise you in many different ways.
Halong Bay is not the least of her attractions; this site fully justifies its reputation with its 3,000 islands spread over 1,500 square kilometres of beautifully coloured waters on which the junks sail aganst the dark red canvas.
Hanoi, the capital, is built on the shores of the Red River and will seduce you with its charming colonial houses, its shady parks, its lakes, the narrow streets of the old city and its Temple of Literature which dates from the 11th century.
Discover also the Mekong Delta, one of the largest in the world, which provides rice for the whole country.
Another site to explore, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon and the largest city of the country, is a paradox between modernity and tradition, vivacious and secular, where you can visit Chinatown, Giac Lam Pagoda and the War Memorial Museum.
Another city rich in history, Hué, is a cultural and religious centre, where you will find the extravagant tombs of thirteen Nguyen Dynasty emperors, and the remains of the citadel.
Vietnam : The basics
Regular flights will take you from Europe to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.
A visa is required.
The currency in circulation is the dong.
The required budget for a stay in Vietnam is fairly low except for flight tickets: For around €25 per day per person, you can eat very well and sleep in comfortable hotels. An average meal costs you less than €5, and for that price you can enjoy fine and varied cuisine, with low fat and natural (normally delicious) ingredients!
Bargaining is part of the local custom so feel free to discuss prices.
From a health viewpoint, the two main precautions to be taken are protection against insects and drinking water, which should be disinfected or filtered. Also avoid raw vegetables and shellfish, as well as milk and undercooked meats.
For transport within the country, the train is fairly convenient, although rather slow. You can easily rent a motorcycle or bicycle, or you can use the rickshaws.
Souvenirs to take home include lacquered objects, embroidery, boxes of cinnamon, hats, pottery and porcelain, silk paintings and wicker baskets.