We’re on hand to settle your nerves and answer those all-consuming worries that may be building a barrier between you and your trip to Vietnam.
Vietnam is as breathtakingly beautiful as it is extraordinarily exotic. Whether basking in the sunshine on serene beaches, or embarking on cultural adventures, Aussies are beginning to see Vietnam as an ideal holiday destination, and it’s not hard to understand why.
Whether you’re drawn in by the remote and hidden delights, the cultural experiences or the opportunities to trek through nature, it’s undeniable that Vietnam has some seriously magnetic qualities.
What to know before you go
Is Vietnam a country?
Yes, Vietnam is a country. It became a member of the United Nations in 1977.
Is Vietnam a developing country?
At present, Vietnam is still classed as a developing country, but is propelling towards becoming a developed country. The Vietnamese government are aiming to become a developed country by the year 2020. If Vietnam continues to develop at the same rate as they are currently, their target may be achieved.
Is Vietnam communist?
Yes. The Communist Party of Vietnam is the founding and ruling political party of Vietnam. Although it does exist alongside the Vietnamese Fatherland Front, it preserves a unitary government and centrally controls the state, military and media.
Does Vietnam have states?
Vietnam is split into 58 provinces and 5 municipalities. Municipalities are centrally controlled and thus they are the highest-ranked cities in Vietnam.
Does Vietnam require a visa? Does Vietnam have visa on arrival?
Every Australian passport holder must apply for a visa prior to their travel in order to enter Vietnam. Getting a Vietnam visa for Aussies has been made easier as there are two different ways to go about this matter. Travellers can apply for a visa at the Embassy of Vietnam, on arrival withVietnam-Visa.com.
In order to obtain a visa to Vietnam, you can choose either of the two options. Bear in mind that the two options are very different in terms of application procedure and applicable applicants.
Aussie travellers should note that while visa on arrival is more convenient and less time consuming, it is only applicable for those flying to Vietnam. So, if you’re planning to travel by land border or sea, you will need to apply for a visa at the nearest Vietnamese embassy.
There are two offices of Vietnam embassy in Australia – one in Canberra and one in New South Wales.
With visa on arrival, the Vietnam Immigration Department will issue a visa approval letter with your name on it stating that you are allowed to enter Vietnam on a specified date. Then, the visa will be stamped onto your passport at the arrival airport. If you apply for visa at Vietnam embassies, the visa stamp will be on your passport when they send it back to you.
Health and safety
Is Vietnam safe?
Vietnam is considered to be very safe for travellers and holidaymakers. Reports of muggings are incredibly low, and crime against tourists is rare. That said, there are a number of things you should be on the lookout for to avoid any issues while there.
- Sealife. If you plan to spend your time swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving in the waters be aware of dangerous sea creatures. These include jellyfish, stonefish, scorpion fish and stingrays. As some of these can be spotted in shallow water, it would be a good idea to wear plastic shoes when paddling or wading.
- Landmines and explosives. Cities, cultivated areas and well-travelled rural roads and paths are safe for travel. We would advise against straying from these areas as you could end up in danger. Don’t touch rockets, artillery shells, mortars, mines or other relics of war you encounter.
Does Vietnam have earthquakes or tornadoes?
Natural hazards in Vietnam include rare earthquakes and occasional typhoons from May through to January. Extensive flooding, especially in the Mekong Delta river can and does lead to fatalities. Freak tornadoes have been known to hit Vietnam with devastating effect too, however these are relatively rare in occurrence.
Culture and lifestyle
Do Vietnamese people celebrate Christmas?
Although Vietnam is predominantly a Buddhist country, Christmas is still one of the four main annual religious festivals. Christmas in Vietnam is an important event and Christmas Eve, which the Vietnamese regard with higher importance than Christmas Day, is one long party.
Children in Vietnam believe in the magic of Santa Claus. They put their shoes in front of their doors before they go to bed on Christmas Eve, as they await them being brimming with treats when they awake on Christmas morning.
Does Vietnam have Uber?
Uber is present in some parts of Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City. Uber options on offer in Vietnam include uberMOTO, uberX, UberSUV, and UberBLACK. Uber is one of the safest and easiest ways to get around areas in which it operates.