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First time to Vietnam

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Travel insurance: As still a developing country, Vietnam has several diseases, so besides bringing medicines, it’s better to buy insurance for yourself before you go, because all the medical safety advice in the world isn’t going to cover your medical bills if something does go wrong. You may refer to World Nomads for buying online.
First Aid kit. Now that you've gone to the trouble of getting yourself a whiz-bang first-aid kit, remember to actually take it with you. There's no point coming off that mountain bike at the top of the hill and realizing the bandages are all the way at the bottom. 


Tips and Things to remember Before You Go

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Packing tips for traveling to Vietnam:
Bring as little as possible, Vietnam has pretty much anything you can find back home.
Necessary documents: your  passport and  Vietnam visa (with their copies); 2 photos (3cmx4cm), tour dossier (tour itinerary, address of travel agent or travel company operator, contact number… ) and others (if needed).
Cash in US$5’s, US$10’s, US$20’s and US$100’s (US dollars are commonly acceptable)
All the soaps and smellies are cheap and plentiful, and clothing, shoes and backpacks are all manufactured in Vietnam and available at a fraction of the price in the West. Tampons are available in all major towns and cities, but not in more remote areas.
A Swiss-army knife or equivalent come in handy, but you don’t need 27 separate functions, just one blade and an opener. A torch (flashlight) and compass are also useful.
Other handy things to bring are: name cards, as Vietnamese deal them out like a deck of cards; ear plugs to block the ever-present noise; a universal plug adaptor; a rain cover for the backpack; a sweater for the highlands and air-con bus trips; mosquito repellent to keep the bugs at bay; and a folding umbrella if you plan to visit during the rainy season (July and August are the wettest months).
The secret of successful packing:  plastic bags – not only do they keep things separate and clean, but also dry. That means a lot at the end of a long, wet day.

Vietnam overview

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Vietnam overview
Time zone and Business hours
Vietnam Climate/Weather
Historical features
Vietnam Culture
Population & People of Vietnam
Languages in Vietnam
Vietnam recommended readings
Vietnamese Religion
Main National festivals
Public Holidays
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Geographical Location

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country that features the total area of 329,560 square kilometers. Lying on the eastern part of the Indochina peninsula, Vietnam is a strip of land shaped like the letter “S”. China borders it to the north, Laos, and Cambodia to the west, the East Sea to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the east and south.

The country’s total length from north to south is more than 1,650km. Its width, stretching from east to west, is over 600km at the widest point in the north, 400km in the south, and 50km at the narrowest part in Quang Binh province (in the Middle). The coastline is 3,260km long and the inland border is 4,510km. Also, Vietnam is a transport junction from the Indian to the Pacific Ocean. The current capital is Hanoi city, located in the north, or the upper part of the “S”.

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