Geographic location

The geographical location of Vietnam


Geographic location:

In Southeast Asia, surrounded by Cambodia, Laos and China, with 3 260 km of coastline. The ¾ of the country are covered with mountains and hills (highest point is Mount Fansipan : 3 143 m)

Country’s capital: Hanoi

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Currency: Vietnamese Dông
(1 USD = around 23 000 VND)

Official language: Vietnamese
(+ 54 dialects of ethnic minorities)

Time zone: Indochina time GMT +7 hours

Dialing code: +84

Climate: Vietnam is located in the monsoon zone. Weather is hot and humid from north to south (winter only exists in the north from November to April)


Passeport valid for 6 months upon arrival.

Visa: some nationalities need it in advance, some don’t. The standard length of stay for tourist visas is 30 days, for visa-exempt nationalities it is 15 days. If you are staying more than 15 days and from a Western country, you’ll still need a visa (or approval letter from an agent) in advance. We can arrange any type of visa for you upon request.

Best time to go:

  • North of Vietnam: from November to May
  • Center of Vietnam: from February to June
  • South of Vietnam: from December to April

Strengths of the country:

Cities and monuments (Hanoi, Huế, Hoi An, Hồ Chí Minh City, Ða Nẵng)

Landscapes (mountains, rice terraces, waterfalls and caves…)

Beaches (Vung Tau, Phan Tiet (Mui Ne), Nha Trang, Phu Quoc Island)

Big rivers (the Mekong in the South and its floating markets, the Red River in the North)

UNESCO world heritage sites: Halong Bay (1994), Phong Nha Ke Bang national park (2003), Hue complex of monuments including the imperial city and tombs of Hue(1993), Hoi An ancient town (1999), My Son sanctuary (1999), Thang Long imperial citadel (2010), Ho Dynasty citadel (2011)

Religons : Buddhists (75%), Catholics (8%), Caodaists (2%), Hoa Hao (2%), Protestants (0.75%), Muslims (0.1%).