Practical Tips

-       What’s the average weather in Vietnam

Hanoi

Month

Rainfall (mm)

Temperature (Celsius)

Average monthly

Ave no of days with 1mm

Average daily

Lowest recorded

Highest recorded

min

max

Jan

19

8

12

20

6

33

Feb

27

13

13

21

7

35

Mar

39

14

18

24

11

37

Apr

80

15

21

29

10

38

May

198

16

22

32

15

42

Jun

240

14

25

33

20

39

Jul

322

16

26

32

23

40

Aug

345

17

25

32

21

39

Sep

250

13

24

31

18

37

Oct

99

9

23

28

14

37

Nov

44

8

19

25

8

36

Dec

21

7

16

21

7

37


 

Ho Chi Minh

Month

Rainfall (mm)

Temperature (Celsius)

Average monthly

Ave no of days with 1mm

Average daily

Lowest recorded

Highest recorded

min

max

Jan

14

3

21

32

13

37

Feb

4

2

22

33

15

38

Mar

12

2

23

34

19

39

Apr

42

5

24

34

20

40

May

220

15

25

33

21

39

Jun

331

22

24

32

22

38

Jul

313

23

25

31

20

35

Aug

267

20

24

32

19

34

Sep

334

21

23

31

21

35

Oct

268

20

23

31

20

34

Nov

115

12

22

30

18

35

Dec

56

8

22

31

15

36

* Clothing:

- North: In the highlands Nov-Mar, it is very cold, especially mornings. Jacket necessary.
- South: T-shirts are enough all year around, except in the highlands, where it can be cooler. Apr-May is very hot. Hats are essential to avoid sun stroke.

Can I use credit card

- Most of the shops in Vietnam do not accept international business credit cards or they will charge fees for using credit card. However, if the card has Visa/Master logo, one can easily withdraw money from ATMs. Many banks such as Vietcombank, Techcombank, BIDV, HSBC… provide ATM facility for international cards.

* Tips for exchange money

Money Exchange and Financial Transactions in Vietnam are quite easy. One can exchange money into Vietnam Dong at various banks in Vietnam. Starting from airports to the hotels, you would get money exchange facility at various places.

The banks only accept some note: USD, EUR, AUD, THB, JPY, SGD. Other currency you can change at Ha Trung street (Hanoi)

All exchange places have ‘buy’ and ‘sell’ rates. It implies that one can either sell his currency or buy the local currency. However, there’s always an undisclosed commission. Always ask them about their commission rate before changing your currency. Moreover, there is a different rate for Travelers’ Cheques/Checks (T/C).

Vietnamese Denomination:

 

Transportation

- Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) is the largest and busiest airport of Vietnam, serving the city of Ho Chi Minh. Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) in Hanoi and Da Nang International Airport (DAD) in Da Nang are other important airports.

- Noi Bai Airport is 35km from Hanoi, about 1 hour drive. A taxi from the airport to the city costs 300,000 VND (taxi Noi Bai – 04 62 666 000). For a minibus into the city, wait outside the terminal building, it costs 40,000 (04 38320320) from Noi Bai to No1, Quang Trung, Hanoi. Tan Son Nhat International Airport is 8km from District 1, a taxi from the airport to Ben Thanh Market cost 150,000VND.

Vietnamese foods

Hanoi has rich food traditions and many of Vietnam’s most famous dishes

Perhaps most widely known is “Pho”, a simple rice noodle soup often eaten as a breakfast dish in the home or at street side cafes, but also served in restaurants as a meal. “Cha Ca” also a good choice for tasting Vietnamese food.

* Here are some culinary address for your reference

  • Pho Ly Quoc Su (move to 33 Nha Chung)
  • Bat Dan Pho 49 Bat Đan
  • Chicken Pho Phu Doan
  • Thin Pho Lo Đuc
  • Cha ca 14 pho Cha Ca – Tel: 8 253 929
  • Cha ca 107 Nguyen Truong To – Tel: 8 239 875