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Country Facts

Rising from the ashes of war after war with stubborn optimism, right now, Vietnam is at the centre of tourism. Endless fields of lush green paddy, long stretches of powdery beach, thick forests and soaring mountains, basket boats and conical hats, water buffaloes and motorcycles, palaces and pagodas, Vietnam is as exotic as it gets. To get under Vietnamese skin, read Bao Ninh's 'The Sorrow of War', Watch Barry Levinson's 'Good morning Vietnam!', and listen to contemporary pop by Khanh Ly.

  • Capital: Hanoi
  • Official Languages: Vietnamese
  • Government: Socialist Republic
  • Currency: Dong
  • Time Zone: +7:00 GMT (1½ hrs ahead of India)
  • Telephone Calling Code: 0084

When To Go

Best time to visit: All year round. December to April is dry in the south, while May to October is dry around the central coast. Frost and occasional snow hit the mountains in the north, while temperatures can soar to 40°C in the south during the dry season. Winter monsoons between October and March, bring damp and chilly winters to the north while in April or May to October, the summer monsoon brings hot, humid weather everywhere except the mountains. July to November bring violent typhoons in central and northern Vietnam.

What To Do

What to eat and drink
  • Bun bo: Cold rice noodles with beef
  • Nouc mam: Fish sauce
  • Pho: Noodle soup
  • Banh cuon: Steamed rice rolls with minced pork
  • Bia Hoi: Draught beer
  • Ca phe: Coffee with condensed milk


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