· Land & History
Vietnam land`s has the S -shaped and the area are 329,600
Km2. Vietnam has common borders in the North with China, East and
Southeast with Laos and Cambodia. The West of Vietnam facing the
Eastern sea (South China Sea). Vietnam`s coastline is more than 3,260
kms in length. Vietnam land is very diverse with mountain, highland,
deltas, rivers and forest. Hanoi is the capital and Hochiminh city is
Vietnamese biggest city. More Vietnam history...
Vietnam has tropical climate, which is characterized by
lots of sunshine, high rainfall, humidity with two distinguished
seasons in general: the cold and dry one from November to April and the
other hot and wet from May to October. The annual average temperature
is from 22ºC to 27ºC. But weather usually different between North and
South, between land and mountains.
The currency is Dong (VND). Foreign currencies can be
exchanged at the bank, exchange bureau or hotel reception desk.
Travelers` cheque and most of Credit cards are accepted in the major
cities. We are recommend you bring with you some cash. Check online
currency exchange at Vietcombank:
Time zone: GMT/UTC + 7 (the same zone with Thailand, Laos, Cambodia)
Working days from Monday to Friday.
Office hour: Morning: 07h30 - 12h00; Afternoon: 13h00 - 16h30.
Museums are usually closed on Monday but you can visit
temples and pagodas every day. Opening hour for most restaurants and
shops is at about 08h00 till 22h00.
· Public Holidays
01 January: New Year`s Day
Late January to mid-February: Vietnamese Lunar New Year ( 04 days off ).
30 April: Re-unification Day and 01 May: International Workers` Day.
02 September: National Day
Internet ans Mobile Phone:
· Email & Internet:
E-mail and Internet services are available in most hotels
and posts in Vietnam. In major cities, there are also a number of
internet cafes available.
· Mobile phone:
In Vietnam you will be able to use your mobile phone as
long as it is programmed for roaming internationally. You may also rent
a mobile phone, which may be easier, or buy a pre-paid phone card.
(This service is available at your hotel or at a Mobile Phone Service
Center on the street.)
Entry visas for most nationalities are obtainable from a
Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate. Processing usually takes 4-10 working
days. The validity of tourist visas is one month and is extendable.
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· Food and Drinks
There is a wide range of dishes in Vietnam, included the
very popular nem (spring rolls) and pho (Vietnamese noodle soup). They
are eaten together with rice or noodles. Not all foods are spicy.
Vegetarian foods, dietary dishes & western menus are also available
at some restaurants. A rich variety of tropical fruits is on hand year
round, however, it will vary depending upon the season.
Imported beers and alcohols are available in hotels,
restaurants and shops. There are many Vietnamese brands or country
wines made from rice. If you prefer to drink water, please use bottled
mineral water, which has an unbroken seal. Do not ingest tap water,
which has not been boiled.
Some Things To Do Whilst Staying In Hanoi
· Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex
To the West of The Old Quarter it is a traffic free area of parks, monuments, memorials and pagodas.
· Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum
The final resting place of Ho Chi Minh is a glass
sarcophagus set deep in the bowels of a monumental edifice this is
Vietnam’s number one place of pilgrimage, a place to view Ho Chi Minh in
his embalmed state.
· Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House and Presidential Palace
The stilt house is where Ho Chi Minh lived on and off from 1958 to 1969.
The Presidental Palace is a beautifully restored colonial
building constructed in 1906 as the Palace of the Governor General of
· Ho Chi Minh Museum
A wonderful place that relates to the past and the future, it is very well presented.
· Memorial House
A delightfully restored traditional Chinese style dwelling situated at 87 Pho Ma May Street in the Old Quarter.
· Water Puppets
Held at the Municipal Water Puppet Theatre it is a
fantastic ancient art form for both adults and children it is
entertaining as well as amusing and graceful.
· Temple of Literature
The Temple of Literature is situated at Quoc Tuc Giam
Street it is a rare example of well-preserved Vietnamese architecture
and is well worth a visit. It is a place that honours scholars and men
of literary accomplishments. The gardens are well worth walking around
as they have lots of bonsai and topiary trees. Visitors to Hanoi could
walk if they are fit, other than that it is a short distance in a taxi.
· St Joseph’s Cathedral
Within walking distance from Hanoi Charming hotel, the
cathedral is worthy of a visit. The cathedral was inaugurated in 1886.
The first Catholic mission in Hanoi was founded in 1679. The Cathedral
faces the western end of Pho Nha Tho Street where there are lots of
restaurants, café’s and fashionable boutiques.
· Hanoi Opera House
A magnificent 900- seat venue .The Opera House was built
in 1911. It has had a lot of renovation done to restore it to its
former glory. Performances of classical music are periodically held
here in the evening and the atmosphere is incredible. It is about a 20
minute walk from Hanoi Charming Hotel.
· Museum of Ethnology
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 to 12.30 am & 1.30 to 4.30 pm
The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a convergence of
cultures and a scientific ethnological center. It has actively
contributed to the conservation and development of the national culture,
as well as the cultural traditions and identities of the Vietnamese
There are lots of very good eating places close to Camellia 4 Hotels with Vietnamese food, Western food, children’s menu.
Vietnam is renowned for it’s gourmet delights so make sure you try
everything you can whilst visiting this interesting place