Vietnam

Explore One of the world best
tourist attraction.

An S-shaped, elongated country, Vietnam has been influenced by the Chinese, Japanese, French, and Americans throughout its long history. This has resulted in a cacophony of customs and traditions that are both bewildering and charming.

A land of staggering natural beauty and cultural complexities, of dynamic megacities and hill-tribe villages,
Vietnam is both exotic and compelling.

Destination Information

Airline connectivity

  • Singapore Airlines
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Thai Airways

Must-visit places

  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon
  • Danang

Best time to visit

  • Northern Region (Hanoi) – March to May and September to November
  • Central Region (Danang) – January to August
  • Southern Region (Ho Chi Minh City) – December to April

TRAVEL TIPS

  • Vietnam’s long exposure to foreigners means that many local residents aren’t as overtly curious about visitors as some of their counterparts in Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos. Also, because most Vietnamese are not confident with spoken English despite learning it in school, people tend to ignore lost-looking foreigners unless you actually ask for help. But be assured that the Vietnamese really are friendly people. If you ask someone a question with a smile and in slow, clear English, you’ll almost certainly have it answered and the smile returned. Simple phrases such as xin chào (‘hello’, pronounced ‘seen chow’) and cám ơn (‘thank you’, pronounced ‘kaam uhn’) go a long way.
  • The Vietnamese dong is the currency of Vietnam and comes in denominations ranging from 200 to 500,000. While it’s thrilling to become a Vietnamese millionaire, dealing with that many zeros can become frustrating, especially since some of the currency is very similar in colour. For example, the 10,000d note and the 200,000d note are both tan while the 20,000d and 500,000d notes are both blue. It’s very easy to hand over the wrong bill to a taxi driver while in a rush. Spend a minute in your room before going out to sort your bills to avoid overpaying.
  • Traffic in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City can seem terrifying at first glance. Just walking across the street during rush hour can feel like an impossible task! But there is method to the madness and, like a school of fish, the traffic will inevitably glide around you as long as you keep moving at a slow and steady pace. If unsure, do as the locals do and raise one hand high to be seen above the sea of helmets.
  • Rice, noodles, fresh vegetable and herbs all play big roles in Vietnamese food, making it one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. In Vietnam you’ll discover one unmistakable fact: Vietnamese people love noodles. They eat them every day, sometimes for every meal. Vietnamese noodles are made from a few basic ingredients, the most common being rice, wheat and mung beans, but a whole sub-cuisine is built on these basics. Try Banh Mi Thit (a submarine that includes ham, cheese, canned sardines, Vietnamese bologna, and pickled carrot), Pho (A noodle soup, usually served with beef or chicken), and Goi Cuon (summer rolls, with shrimp or pork). The two most popular local beers are Saigon Export and Saigon Lager, but imported beers are available, at roughly double the price. Vietnam produces several varieties of rice wine – known as Ruou.

THE BEST THINGS TO BUY

  • Vietnamese Coffee
  • Conical Hats
  • Silk Products
  • Traditional Pottery and Ceremics
  • Wooden Puppets

VISA INFORMATION

  • Duly filled application form
  • 1 Passport-sized photograph
  • Passport copy
  • Confirmed air ticket
  • Confirmed hotel reservation

For more information

Sri Lankan Mission
Embassy of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka – Hanoi, Vietnam/b>
No. 55B, Tran Phu Street, Dien Bien Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
TEL – +84 24 3734 1894 – 6 E-mail – slembvn@fpt.vn Website – https://www.mfa.gov.lk/ta/449-embassy-of-the-democratic-socialist-republic-of-sri-lanka-hanoi-vietnam/

Map

Vietnam’s capital races to make up for time lost to the ravages of
war and a government that as recently as the 1990s kept the outside world at bay.