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Asia Travel Information: Where is Vietnam?

Vietnam is the origin of Pho, ao dai, conical hat (non la), and where you can learn about one of the critical world events in late 20th-century history, the Vietnam War. This travel guide will help you answer the question “Where is Vietnam?” and other helpful travel tips, such as when to visit, and what places are there to tour in Vietnam.

Vietnam’s Geography

Vietnam is in Southeast Asia and stretches along the coast of the Indochina Peninsula. Vietnam borders China to the North, Laos in the Northwest, Cambodia in the Southwest, and the Eastern Sea (South China Sea) in the East and Southeast. With almost half of its mainland bordering the sea, the country has an advantageous location for trading and tourism.

Vietnam’s area is 331,210 square km, including 310,070 square km of mainland and 21,140 square km of ocean. The country has a long S-shaped with a 1,650 km gap between the northernmost and southernmost points. The narrowest part is in Quang Binh province, about 50 km in width, and the widest is in the north, 600 km in diameter.

Vietnam has 2,800 islands and reefs, including the Spratly Islands and the Paracel Islands. There are also a lot of mountains, hills, highlands, and forests on the mainland. The land level only accounts for a small part of the area. The Red River Delta and the Mekong Delta are among them. They are considered the “rice bowl” areas because they are the primary rice producers in the country.

Vietnam’s Climate

Vietnam’s weather is frequently affected by the monsoon wind. The area from Bach Ma Mountain to the north is affected by the cold, dry northeast monsoon in the winter, the dry, hot southwest monsoon, and the humid southeast monsoon in the summer. In the south, there is the northeast monsoon in the dry season and southwest wind in the rainy season. The climate is also affected by the Eastern Sea, which brings a lot of humidity during winter and dry season. The average humidity is 84% all year round. The rainy season starts from April to November, with light rain to heavy rain due to the effects of the typhoon. There are about 5 – 10 typhoons each year, from April to November. The Central Vietnam and North Coast provinces are severely affected because they are usually in or near the path of typhoons. The amount of rainfall is about 1,200 – 1,300 mm.

In Vietnam, there are 1,500 – 3,000 hours of sunlight, and temperature varies from 5 degrees Celsius to 37 degrees Celsius depending on many factors such as seasons and your location (a high place or low-level place, in the North, the Central, or the South of Vietnam). In the 50 years from 1964 to 2014, the temperature has increased by about 0.5 degrees Celsius each year.

The distinction between the four seasons is more significant in the north, while the south has only dry and wet seasons. Snowfall is rare in Vietnam. The event happens for a short period of winter and every few decades. Sa Pa is the most famous place in Vietnam to see snow. However, in recent years, due to climate changes, people have witnessed this rare event in other mountainous areas like Ba Vi in Hanoi.

Is it Safe to Travel in Vietnam?

There are no epidemics, warfare, threats of terror, or civil wars at the moment, so it is pretty safe. However, you should pay attention to theft, scams, and health risks. Robbery and pickpocketing are common, especially in touristy areas.

Another common annoyance is the scam, even from taxi drivers and sellers. You need to ask for the price before buying or using a service. And don’t take anything from strangers as they might try to frame you into purchasing something extremely expensive. When making your trip to Vietnam with reliable agencies, you will be able to avoid the danger of sitting on cheap fare private bus tours, which usually end up very dangerous as the drivers drive faster than the speed limit, in an exhausted state, and carry more than the bus passenger capacity.

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Your concern with health risks could include water and sanitation issues. Remember to drink only bottled or boiled water because Vietnam’s water supply and treatment still have many problems. Electrical safety is also what you may want to check out. The electricity voltage in Vietnam is 220V, and there are uncovered or poorly covered electrical wires on the street. So, be aware of electric shock, especially in the rainy season.

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Vietnam’s Currency

The main currency in the country is the Vietnam Dong (VND). Learn more about the Vietnamese Currency.

Best Time to Visit Vietnam

The best time to visit Vietnam is from November to March because there is less rain and less hot. Plus, this is the time for many festivals because it is almost the Tet holiday nationwide. The peak of tourism is around the year’s end and on summer school break (from June to September). Many people return to their hometowns to celebrate the holiday or travel with their families in the summer, so finding cheap flights and train tickets won’t be easy.

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How to Travel to Vietnam

There are ten international airports in Vietnam so you can fly directly to the destinations on your Vietnam trip.

  • In the North: Noi Bai, Cat Bi, and Vinh.
  • In the Central: Phu Bai, Da Nang, Chu Lai, and Cam Ranh.
  • In the South: Tan Son Nhat, Can Tho, and Phu Quoc.

Because Vietnam borders Laos, Cambodia, and China, you can travel through the border. Customs in Cambodia and Laos are now more accessible for Vietnam travel – during Southeast Asia or Asia exploration. You can bring up to 400 cigarettes, 1.5 liters of spirits and USD $5000 – any amount greater than US$ 5,000 must be declared at the customs checkpoints.

Visa applications may hinder you from traveling to places. Note that you cannot have multi-entry and visa extensions when you visit Vietnam on visa exemption, so make sure the exemption days suffice for your exploration. There are many ways you can apply for a Vietnam visa: through the Vietnam Embassy and Consulate in your country, apply e-visa online at https://immigration.gov.vn/, or apply through visa/travel agencies.

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Where to Go in Vietnam

When traveling to Vietnam, you can visit different places with different attractions, beautiful landscapes, and cultures.

Sa Pa

You can do many things here, such as trekking, exploring the forest, and enjoying magnificent views of terraced paddy fields. You may need to prepare your trekking gear because the highest peak in Vietnam, Fansipan, the Heavenly Gate (Cong Troi), and many other challenging mountains are in Sa Pa.

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Hanoi

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, with the two highest skyscrapers in Vietnam and an Old Quarter coexisting in one city. You will get to see many lakes, especially Hoan Kiem Lake – an icon of the capital, or see ancient temples and pagodas like the One Pillar Pagoda, one of the symbols of Vietnam printed on the VND 1,000 bill.

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Ha Long Bay

This beautiful bay has calm tortoise water, peaceful islands, and a breathtaking landscape. Ha Long Bay was one of the shooting locations of the Hollywood blockbuster Kong: Skull Island.

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Hue

Hue was the old capital of Vietnam. It is famous for many traditions and ancient architecture, like palaces and shrines, before the 20th century. Besides that, you will also enjoy the foods that are significantly different from the north and the south, sometimes a little spicier.

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Da Nang

Da Nang is an exciting city with many places to explore, like the Marble Mountains, Son Tra Mountain, Non-Nuoc Beach, Ba Na Hills, and Dragon Bridge. This booming city is famous and developed thanks to its urban planning and tourism services.

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Hoi An

Hoi An is Vietnam’s most famous ancient town, where many old architects combine Western and Asian styles. You can also visit traditional craft villages or try a particular service, ao dai tailor “express,” where you can make an order, design, and pick up your ao dai in only a few hours.

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Da Lat

Da Lat is a favorite location for a vacation to many Vietnamese because of its cool year-round weather and spooky stories. But it would be exciting to visit many attractions like King Bao Dai’s Palace, Truc Lam Monastery, Xuan Huong Lake, and Langbiang Peak.

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Nha Trang

A beautiful beach city in Vietnam known to have one of the most gorgeous beaches in the country is Nha Trang. You can go to Vinpearl Island by cable car and enjoy many activities in its theme park or visit Hon Tam Island, Hon Ba Mountain, and Long Son Pagoda, where a big white statue of Buddha is built.

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Mui Ne

Mui Ne has beautiful resorts where you can relax after a day enjoying the glorious sun and sand on the beach. There are also many activities to choose from, such as visiting and admiring the Poh Sah Inu Cham Tower, an ancient architect of the Chams, watching people in the fishing village in their daily routines, or riding motors on the white dunes.

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Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh is one of the most developed cities in Vietnam, with famous historical landmarks, such as the Reunification Palace, the Ben Thanh Market, and the War Remnants Museum. Besides, you will join in the diverse nightlife and entertainment activities of this one Pearl in the Far East.

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Vung Tau

Vung Tau is where you can make a nice day trip from Ho Chi Minh City to try seafood, bathing in the sun and beach, hike a mountain, or just enjoy a nice day at the hot spring resort.

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Con Dao

Con Dao Islands is where you can study wildlife and marine in the Con Dao National Park. This is also the place where many people were captured and tortured during the Vietnam War in the inhumane tiger cages in Con Dao Prison.

Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is another remote destination for island exploration lovers. Besides enjoying the beautiful clear water and delicious seafood and seeing the fishermen doing their daily work, you can also go to places that manufacture delightful fish sauce.

Summary of Where is Vietnam

Vietnam is an Eastern country, more specifically, a Southeast Asian country with a tropical climate in most parts. It would help if you visited Vietnam after the rainy season and during the festival season. Traveling to Vietnam has been made easier thanks to the international airports and a few customs visa waivers. There are many places to visit from North to South with different spectacular views and cultures to learn.

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