The currency of Vietnam is "Dong" (abbreviated "d" or VND). Bank notes are: 100d , 200d and 500d (too small value - rarely used); 1,000d; 2,000d; 5,000d; 10,000d, 20,000d, 50,000d and 100,000d
Vietnam custom regulations
Vietnam custom regulations
Arriving in Vietnam, all visitors must fill in declaration forms and show their luggage to Customs Officials upon request. There are no limited amounts of foreign currency, objects made of gold, silver, precious metals and gemstones or plated with silver or gold but visitors must declare these in detail on the customs forms.
Luggage of Prohibited and Restricted carriage
- Following materials are prohibited accompanying baggage: corrosive, gas, explosive, toxic, oxygen, radioactive, flammable...
- Following materials are not permitted accompanying baggage: knife, scissors, gun, cartridge, wheelchair with battery;
- Passenger should not put money, jewel, document, important samples... in your baggage. Baggage should be covered and locked carefully;
- Passenger should not put breakable materials such as china, electronic, bottle, jar... inside your baggage;
- Following goods are prohibited carrying in flight: fish sauce, durian...
- Tourists are authorized to bring in the following items duty-free: Cigarettes: 400 pieces; Cigars: 50-100; Tobacco: 100 gram; Liquor: 1.5l.
- Personal effects of a reasonable quantity
- Small gift items valued at not more than US$500.
You are expected to declare:
- Cameras, camcorders and other electric equipments not for personal use
Jewelry not for personal use;
- Currency over US$7,000 (There is no limit to the amounts of cash, precious metals and gems people can bring in, but amounts of over US$7,000 must be declared);
- Video tapes (they may be kept few days and screened).
- Goods of commercial nature and articles of high value require export permits issued by the Customs Office.
- Antiques, some precious stones and animals listed in Vietnam's red-book may not be brought out of the country.
- Money: below US$3,000 of cash.
The climate of Vietnam varies considerably from region to region. Although the entire country lies in the tropics and subtropics, local condition varies from frosty winters in the far northern hill to year-round, subequatorial warmth in the Mekong Delta.
A normal working day in Vietnam starts from 7am to 8.30am and finish between 4pm to 6pm, from Monday to Friday and until noon on Saturday, leave the afternoon (most) and Sunday off.
Passengers have to pay US$14 per person for leaving Vietnam at Noi Bai airport (Hanoi) or Danang airport (Danang), US$12 per person for leaving Vietnam at Tan Son Nhat airport (Ho Chi Minh City).
This is the most convenient way to enter Vietnam. Formalities at Vietnam’s international airports are generally smoother than at land borders, as volume of traffic is greater.
If you are looking for a nice foot massage in Saigon, please check out the Saigon Heritage Foot Massage in the city central. 69 Hai Ba Trung Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Saigon. it is easy to find from anywhere you are around District 1.
Below are some advices for women travellers we have collected on the Internet.
No matter which way of access you choose, a Vietnamese entry visa is required for all foreigners, except for citizens of countries having bilateral agreements on visa exemption with Vietnam.
Tipping is not expected in Vietnam but it is enormously appreciated. You should consider tipping guides, drivers, and staffs at hotels or restaurants if they have done good jobs.
Vietnam communication network
Don’t travel without health insurance, even if you’re fit and healthy – accidents do happen.
Vietnam has some fantastic shopping opportunities, so it’s well worth setting aside half a day or so to properly peruse. Hotspots include Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City, each of which has a temping selection of everything from avant-garde art to sumptuous silk suits.
Post Office ("Buu Dien" in Vietnamese) appears in every city, town, village and rural sub-district, opens from 6.30am to 9pm, including weekends and public holidays. International postal rates are similar to those in European countries.
Colour print films are widely available. A roll of 36 print film costs about US$2.5. Slide film can be bought in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Back-and-white films are rapidly disappearing, so bring your own.