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Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. With an estimated 90.3 million inhabitants as of 2012, it is the worlds 13th-most-populous country, and the eighth-most-populous Asian country. The name Vietnam translates as "South Viet", and was officially adopted in 1945. The country is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea to the east. Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976.

When to go:
The south is hot year round and has two seasons. The wet season lasts from May to October, with brief, daily showers and the dry season from November to April is generally sunny and humid. In the north, the summer months (May to October) are hot and there is the occasional burst of heavy rain. In the winter (December to February) temperatures drop in the north and it can be damp and overcast. The coastal region of central Vietnam is blessed with long months of sunshine, although there is rainfall in November and December.

Average monthly temperature (°C)

Timezone (GMT):
+7 hours (Vietnam).


Vietnamese dong (VND).

Tourist/Visa/health information:
Most nationalities including British passport holders require a tourist visa to visit Vietnam. Travellers can apply for a 30 day tourist visa (single or multiple entry) from the nearest Vietnamese Embassy or via the more convenient method of applying online. The cost is approximately USD 20. After submitting an application you will receive a confirmation number, then upon arriving to Vietnam you would receive the actual visa and additionally pay a stamping fee of USD 45. Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid and malaria tablets are recommended for protection against disease. Yellow Fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Flight information:
The average flight time to Vietnam from the UK is 11 hours and 55 minutes and it is approximately 5,730 miles.

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