Are you bored of the monotonous life? Do you need a break from the bustling cities and busy roads? Do you need a place to visit for a lower budget? Then head over to Vietnam. If you are seeking for ravishing panoramas, astonishing cuisine, comfortable country lifestyle, surprising history, and most importantly, tranquillity from the city life; then Vietnam should be your next destination.
Tourism in Vietnam takes you on an enthralling ride over its skyscrapers, alluring landscapes, dynamic cities, and the traditional tribal villages. The specialty of Vietnam is that it is both compelling and exotic, that will make sure you get one of the most unforgettable experiences. The Vietnamese culture is one of the most diverse and complex cultures that will remind us of our history lessons. It has historical streets with French colonials and graceful architecture that will leave you in awe. The food in Vietnam is also one of the best things you will come across.
The flavours are beautifully subtle with an outstanding diversity in their choice of spices. Apart from these, you can also go on a joy ride over the mountains and water bodies of Vietnam with some of the best adventurous activities like trekking, snorkelling, and tubing. From outstanding spa services to the marble temples, Vietnam tourism is a wild ride for all the backpackers.
Currency: Vietnamese Dong
Population: 92.7 million
Time Zone: UTC+07:00
Area: 331,210 square km.
Official Language: Vietnamese
Capital's calling code: +84
Hoin Chi Minh is the most popular city in Vietnam followed by the Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Bien Hoa, and Da Nang. Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the center for most of the international tourists.
The existence of human form in Vietnam dates as back as the Paleolithic age. Later, Vietnam was occupied by the Hông Bàng Dynasty which is the basis for the first Vietnamese state, Van Lang. After a series of wars, the Hung king was defeated by the Chinese general, thus bringing Vietnam under the Chinese rule. However, in AD 938, the Vietnamese Lord Ngô Quyen defeated the Chinese ruler and achieved independence for Vietnam after a whole century of the Chinese domination. This was later, however, captured by the French colonials, followed by an Indochina war later on; after which Vietnam got its independence.
The population of Vietnam is pretty high for the area of the land. It is 92.7 million as per the recent census and is expected to rise further in the future. The government has been taking steps and implementing the family planning policies which have reduced the birth rate to a greater extent.
According to the recent analysis, more than 45 percent of the people residing in Vietnam belongs to the indigenous religion followed by 16 percent of Buddhists and minority of Christians and other faiths.
Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam. It is a tonal Mon-Khmer language, spoken by a majority of the Vietnam people. Other than this, the minority groups in Vietnam speak different languages like Tay Muong, Khmer, Cham, Chinese, H'Mong, and Nung. Also due to the colonial occupations, French is taken up as the second language in most of the parts of Vietnam. Apart from French, there are also traces of people who speak Czech, Polish, German, and Russian. Nevertheless, English is also a well-known language in Vietnam, and it will be quite easy for the tourist to communicate.
The value of one Indian Rupee equals to 384 Vietnamese Dong.
The accommodation in Vietnam has something for both the luxury seekers and the economic travelers. However, one of the best ways to explore Vietnam is by staying at the homestays which are built according to the Chinese architecture and the French colonial systems. In the homestays, it will cost you INR 700-900 per night along with food. Well-known restaurants are bound to accept credit and debit cards. However, make sure you carry some cash along with you to avoid any awkward situations.
There are ATMs available almost everywhere along with currency converters that convert your money for a better rate. The currency converters at the airports are the best ones to utilize. With tourism in Vietnam booming day-by-day, the Vietnam Tourism department is making constant efforts to make it more accessible to the tourists. The Vietnam tourism guides available at most of the famous tourist locations, airports, railway stations and bus stations will make it easy for you to explore the country in a better way.