Vietnam Openarms!

WE WANT TO EMBRACE THE WORLD FROM VIETNAM !


WELCOME TO VIETNAM OPENARMS!

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Area           329,560sqkm

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Capital City     Hanoi

Population      85,262,356

Language         Vietnamese (official), Chinese, English, and French.

Religion            Buddhism, Taoism, and Catholic.

Climate             North Vietnam has Southern Mediterranean type climate. South Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate.

Local Time      GMT +7

Currency      Vietnamese Dong (VND) in denominations of 500,000; 200,000; 100,000; 50,000; 20,000; 10,000 banknotes. Coins include VND 5,000; 2,000; 1,000; 500 and 200. These values have paper note equivalences.

Exchange       Travellers cheques are accepted at most banks. Hotels sometimes charge a commission. Cash dollars in good condition are accepted in many places, so small denominations are useful to carry. The exchange rate can fluctuate considerably. Remaining

Vietnamese currency can be exchanged for US dollars at the exchange bureau at the airport.

Credit Cards Most major hotels and big restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi accept Visa and MasterCard.

Business Hours Most shops, banks and businesses open from 8am to 4 or 5pm with a 1-2 hour lunch break

Tipping Tipping is not customary in Vietnam, but is appreciated. A 5-10% tip for a meal in a good restaurant may equal a day’s wages.

Nightlife There are numerous discos and karaoke bars. As in most places, it is preferable to explore in the company of a long-term resident, to avoid the traditional rip-offs.

Electricity supply 220V, 50Hz / 110V, 50Hz

Photography Print film is widely sold, but risks having been badly stored, so best buy from reputable photo dealers rather than street vendors. Slide film is available only in large cities. Photo-processing shops are everywhere with one hour processing facilities.

We are waiting for your pictures. You can send them to theopenarms@ymail.com

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