We can issue you only one warning: one visit never seems enough to see it all. So pull on a helmet, hop on your motorbike and speed down the Ho Chi Minh Trail - you're in for one hell of a ride!
The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese. English is widely spoken by people who work in large cities such as Hanoi and in the travel industry.
Vietnamese dong (VND). $1 = 17,312 VND (that's 60 cent for 10,000 VND!)
Indochina Time Zone - UTC + 07:00
A bottle of local beer from a bar or restaurant should cost you under 30,000 VND ($1.70). Head to Hanoi's bustling Bia Hoi stalls, where a pint of locally brewed stuff can cost as little as 20 cent. Yes - 20 cent!
A meal from a cheap restaurant or café will normally set you back about $3 or $4, whilst a dinner in a mid-range restaurant might cost between $10-$15. If you're on a budget, be adventurous and grab lunch from a street food stall for a lot less.
A half-hour taxi ride will cost you under $10 - the same amount as for a scooter per day, for the free spirited.
Coaches from one city to the next are usually $30 or under - they're comfy and many have beds and TV. The biggest transport expense you'll find yourself paying in Vietnam will probably be a boat trip around Ha Long Bay. These cruises can cost anywhere between $100 and $250 depending on the grade of boat. Make sure you haggle!
A dorm bed in a hostel will cost between $6 and $12, whereas a single room can range up to $20 per night. Doubles are upwards of $30 a night.
A room in a midrange hotel would be somewhere between $40 and $60, but there are some amazing family-run guest houses where you can find a double room for the same price as a hostel, if not less!
Highway 1 runs the length of the country, so air-conditioned coaches (usually costing under $50 even for journeys of up to 20 hours) are your best bet - alongside our adventure tours. You could also hop on the train, which covers all major cities, and we can even help you book domestic flights if you're super short on time and want to cover long distances in an hour.