Shopping in VN: DOs and DON’Ts – Markets

Posted: July 31, 2012 by hotelnikkosaigon in Vietnam

Shopping in VN: DOs and DON’Ts

– Markets & Minimarts: DON’T miss the markets: among the most atmospheric in Southeast Asia and still the hub of commercial activity everywhere in Vietnam. Read more:

– Bargain, bargain, and bargain: he idea of a fixed pricing system is still quite novel in most commercial contexts, which means that a little good natured haggling is an important habit to develop. Anywhere outside of supermarkets, restaurants and anything controlled by the state, bargaining is possible and usually essential. Read more:


Shopping in Vietnam Shopping in Vietnam

Posted: July 30, 2012 by hotelnikkosaigon in Vietnam

Shopping in Vietnam

Shopping in Vietnam is a fun and interesting experience, and guarantees good bargains to those who know what to look for. It is true to say that you can find nearly anything in Vietnam. Markets vary from high class shopping malls, supermarkets to bustling open market, galleries, boutiques and street stalls.

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Tips for Vietnam Domestic Flights & Int’

Posted: July 27, 2012 by hotelnikkosaigon in Vietnam

Tips for Vietnam Domestic Flights & Int’l Flights

– Domestic flights: coverage is fairly good in Vietnam with frequent flights to lots of cities at reasonable price, and airfare can be easily altered. Read more:

– Flights from Vietnam: The main carrier, Vietnam Airlines operates both direct and non-direct flights to the following destinations: Read more:

Important Vietnam Phrases Pronunciations

Posted: July 26, 2012 by hotelnikkosaigon in Vietnam

Important Vietnam Phrases

Pronunciations can vary within Vietnam (particularly northern vs southern). Following is the list of important and/or frequently used Vietnamese Phrases that one should remember before traveling to Vietnam

Hello/Hi/Good morning/Good afternoon/Good evening/How do you do —> Xin chào

Tips and Things to remember Before You G

Posted: July 25, 2012 by hotelnikkosaigon in Vietnam

Tips and Things to remember Before You Go

– 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 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). Read more:

– Luggage Packing tips:

– Health equipment and Medical Items: No actual vaccinations are officially required. Malaria prophylaxis is no longer recommended but visitors are advised to check with their doctors or travel immunization clinics regarding the advisability of inoculation against typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A & B. Read more:

Vietnam Money/Currency and Banks – Money

Posted: July 24, 2012 by hotelnikkosaigon in Vietnam

Vietnam Money/Currency and Banks

– Money/Currency: Vietnam’s currency issued by the Vietnam State Bank is the Dong (VND), which is non-convertible. Read more

– Exchange rates: Exchange rate can be referred to at In general, 1 USD is approximately 16,514VND, and 1 EUR approximates 24,059VND around the current writing time. Read more:

– Banking: There are a number of international banks operating in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with 24-hour cash withdrawal facilities, particularly ANZ Bank in Hanoi and the HSBC in Ho Chi Minh City. Read more:

Vietnam Entry Visa – Vietnam Entry Visa

Posted: July 23, 2012 by hotelnikkosaigon in Vietnam

Vietnam Entry Visa

– Vietnam Entry Visa Info: Tourist visas allow visitors to enter and exit Vietnam at Hanoi, Hochiminh City and Danang airports, or at any of its twelve land borders, of which three with Cambodia and China, and six with Laos. Read more

– Visa Exemption: Only citizens of certain countries can visit Vietnam without Vietnam entry visa. Those countries include: most citizens of ASEAN countries are no need Vietnam visa for visit Vietnam within 30 days; Read more

– How to apply for a visa to Vietnam?: You can either apply by yourself at Vietnamese embassies or consulates in your country or have a local travel agent (your sponsor) do part or all the procedures. Read more:

– Visa to Vietnam: DOs & DON’Ts: DO ensure that you apply for a visa well in advance. If you do so from outside Asia, it may take even longer. Ask for a multiple entry visa (same price, but not always granted) or at least a double entry visa. Read more: