Language: The official language is Vietnamese.
Some English is spoken by younger people and in tourist areas of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, but may not be understood elsewhere.
Currency: The local currency is the Vietnamese Dong.
Visa: Visas are required for South African passport holders.
Time: GMT +7.
Vietnam experiences a tropical climate that varies through the different regions. Daily temperatures average 30°C. The best time to travel is between December – April
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Although relatively modern, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) has still managed to hold onto its Asian character. It is a city of amazing contrasts: elegant new international hotels, exclusive restaurants and trendy bars side-by-side with roadside noodle stalls, street children and vociferous cyclo drivers. Golf courses, bowling alleys and shopping malls vie for space with fruit and vegetable markets, pagodas and karaoke rooms. This is a city that is almost indescribable and completely unforgettable.
Imagine a city where the exotic chic of old Asia blends with the dynamic face of new Asia. A city with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian charm, where more than anywhere else in Vietnam, the blend of past and present and foreign and traditional cultures co-exist...Hanoi is where imagination becomes reality.
The seaside city of Danang is a mixture of isolated beaches, picturesque mountains, rich ancient history, and one of the friendliest groups of people in Vietnam. The sandy beaches of the South China Sea, together with an abundance of restaurants, bars and shops, makes Danang a unique Vietnamese city, not to be missed.