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"I was determined to experience as much of Vietnam as possible during my 1 month of travel through the country. My journey started in Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam, and over the course of my 4 weeks there, I slowly worked my way north to Hanoi via buses and trains.  Covering a total of 7 destinations, this was definitely one of my busiest months of travel in Southeast Asia, however, I also feel that this pace allowed me to thoroughly experience Vietnam as a whole." -That Backpacker-

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Official language: Vietnamese // Vietnam capital city: Hanoi // Approx population: 94 million // Government type: Socialist Republic // Currency: Vietnamese Dong // Ambulance Tel: 115, Fire Tel: 114, Police Tel: 113, International operator 110 // Standard tourist Visa is 15 to 30 days

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​In Vietnam the power sockets used are of type A / C / G. 

Many of the new 4 and 5 star hotels use the British standard 3-pin plug  (Electrical Plugs Type C and G)




Are accessible for your unlocked cell phone.  Cell companies: Viettel, Mobifone, Vinaphone and Vietnamobile. Source:  - Too Many Adapters -​

​Public Transport:  Buses, Taxis, UBER and more...  

Honestly, with Taxi's and UBER it makes traveling around Vietnam affordable as it is so cheap, to use the bus system with a language barrier, it cold make it such a hassle.  There is also bicycle rickshaws and Xe Om (motorbike taxi) available so it is clear that with minimal negotiation skills, you can land yourself cheap transport.

Deluxe Buses: 

Mai Linh Express: Cross and Inter-Country.

​Here is a great source for Transport in Vietnam:  Link to Vietnam Online


Vietnam Railway:  Vietnam from the North to the South, train could be a perfect choice. Many parts of the railways system in Vietnam go along or even through mountains, forests, plain and sea, so you would certainly enjoy a fascinating scenery.  

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  • Vietnamese greet each other shaking hands, using both hands.  When greeting also a light bow forward with the head is respectful.  Woman are more inclined to only bow, without shaking hands.

  • Try not to point your finger as this motion is done by authority figures and or Bosses.  If you require service, for instance from a waiter, extend your arm, with your palm face down and move your fingers in a scratching motion.  Use this for people that have a lesser social status than yourself.
  • Do not touch children's heads.
  • ​When passing object to another, use both hands.
  • Hold your rice bowl up when eating, do not leave it on the table and eat.
  • When you take a break from eating, or are done, place the chopsticks across your food bowl. Never stick them vertically into the food bowl, it will look like you are burning incense, a ritual that is deeply associated with funerals and death. 
  • Do not refuse tea when offered.
  • ​Vietnamese dress well, so should you.  For business, casual to well dressed is expected (suit and tie preferred ).
  • ​Gift giving is common in Vietnam, and colors have a lot of meaning too.  Wrap your gifts and be sure to use colors. 


  1. ​​Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum:  A large memorial in Hanoi, which is the place where Vietminh leader Ho Chi Minh, Chairman of the Communist Party of Vietnam from 1951 until his death in 1969, read the Declaration of Independence on 2 September 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. - Google Maps

  2. Vietnam Fine Arts Museum:  The museum focus on themes of martyrdom, patriotism, military strategy and overcoming enemy incursion.  Located in Hanoi - Google Maps
  3. ​​Imperial City:  A walled fortress and palace in the city of Huế, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. - Google Maps
  4. ​​Independence Palace:  Also known as Reunification Palace, built on the site of the former Norodom Palace, is a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City.  - Google Maps
  5. Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica:   A cathedral located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City.  Following the French conquest of Cochinchina and Saigon, the Roman Catholic Church established a community and religious services for French colonialists. - Google Maps 
  6. ​Tomb of Khải Định:  The tomb is home to an imperial audience court, featuring a reinforced concrete stele monument, as well as twelve stone statues representing bodyguards. Close to the top floor is the Khai Thanh Palace, featuring intricately designed glass and porcelain decorations on the walls.  Located in Chau Chu mountain near Huế.  - Google Maps


Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) 

  1. Chill Skybar:  Rooftop, Dining, Cocktail Bar, Lounge, Club -  Google Maps
  2. Lush:  Night Club, Tuesday's ladies Nights, House Music, Deep House -  Google Maps
  3. ​Phatty's Sports Bar and Grill:  Sports Bar and Grill -  Google Maps


  1. O'Learys Ba Trieu:  Restaurant -  Google Maps


​​1: Tan Son Nhat International Airport - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - SGN - Google Maps

(Within a 20 KM radius)


Family Medical Practice (Saigon):  26 Min 7.4 KM - Google Maps - Tel: +84 8 3822 7848

CoWorking Space IN SAIGON:
  1. ​​DreamPlex - 30 Min 8.5 KM - Google Maps - Tel: +84 93 715 7612

  2. ​​Saigon Coworking - 20 Min 6.5 KM - Google Maps - Tel: +84 96 776 5541

  1. Vy Khanh Hostel:  31 Min 8.7 KM - Google Maps - Tel: +84 90 834 3012

  2. The Town House 50:  28 Min 7.9 KM - Google Maps - Tel: +84 8 3925 0210
  3. Vietnam Inn Saigon:  30 Min 8.5 KM ​- Google Maps - Tel: +87 8 3925 4348

2: Noi Bai International Airport - Hanoi - HAN - Google Maps

(Within a 20 KM radius)

  1. ​FAMILY MEDICAL PRACTICE HANOI:  35 Min 26 KM - Google Maps - Tel: +84 4 3843 0748

  2. International SOS Medical and Dental Clinic:  30 Min 22 KM - Google Maps -Tel: +84 4 3934 0666

CoWorking Space IN HANOI:
  1. ​​Hatch Program:  51 Min 30 KM​ - Google Maps - Tel: +844 6275 7406

  2. ​​HanoiHub Coworking Space:  40 Min 29 KM - Google Maps - Tel: +84 4 6329 3802

  1. New Vision Hostel:   44 Min 27 Min - Google Maps - Tel: +84 4 3923 4132

  2. Hanoi Rocks Hostel:  43 Min 27 KM - Google Maps - Tel: +84 91 782 5001
  3. Little Hanoi Hostel:  42 Min 26 KM - Google Maps - Tel: +84 4 3828 4461

Welcome to Vietnam, Motorbike city
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