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    Shopping & Dining

    Vietnam is renowned for its various styles of lacquer ware (mother of pearl inlay and duck shell) and its growing silk industry.

    Post & Communications

    Postcards to Europe or the USA cost about US$0.50. Items mailed from anywhere other than large towns and cities are likely to take over a month to arrive at their destination.

    Money

    The official currency is the Dong (VND). Throughout the country, American dollars are widely accepted. However, the bills must be relatively new with no markings or tears.

    Security and Emergency

    Vietnam is widely acknowledged to be one of the safest destinations in the world. In almost all cases the Vietnamese people regard tourists with the highest level of respect as guests in their country.

    Health and Safety

    No vaccinations are required. However, visitors are advised to have up-to-date inoculations for Cholera, Hepatitis A and B, Malaria, Typhoid, Tetanus, Tuberculosis and Japanese Encephalitis.

    Customs

    The basic principle of customs policy in Vietnam is that visitors should enter and exit with the same goods and personal possessions.

    Travel Formalities

    As soon as you arrive at the airport in Vietnam, you are required to complete an entry and exit form. This form is also used for Customs declaration.

    Culture and Tradition

    Tet has become so familiar, so sacred to the Vietnamese that when spring arrives, the Vietnamese, wherever they may be, are all thrilled and excited with the advent of Tet, and they feel an immense nostalgia, wishing to come back to their homeland for a family reunion and a taste of the particular flavors of the Vietnamese festivities.

    Facts and History

    Vietnam’s history is one of conquest and struggle going back more than two thousand years. At various times the region has been occupied by the feudal emperors of neighboring China and French colonialism.