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The best time to visit Vietnam is spring (February to April) and autumn (August to October). During these seasons the temperatures are milder, and rainfall is much lighter.
Overall, Vietnam is a safe country to visit and there are hardly reports of muggings or robberies.
The official currency of Vietnam is the Vietnam dong and because the dong is tied to the US dollar, you can use dollars at most hotels.
If you are visiting temples or religious sites, you should wear conservative clothing, otherwise there are no cultural concerns when it comes to inappropriate clothing.
The tap water is not safe to drink in Vietnam and you should only drink bottled, filtered or boiled water.
Everything about the trip was thought through, fine-tuned , and marvelous. From Ant Horribin helping us arrange the trip, to rep Waled Ali, and our guide Big Mo, we could not have asked for a better team. Our sincere thanks to them.
Encounters Travel did such a superb job in organizing this tour. I had never heard of them before going on the Maldives Magic tour, however now I will recommend them to friends/family and use them for my future planned trips.
Our tour is what made the trip that much more memorable. Rather than being plopped at a westernized resort, we were able to get a taste of how the locals live, eat and entertain themselves. We stayed in quaint guesthouses on the islands amongst the locals, ate authentic Maldivian cuisine (one day even with a Maldivian family who made us breakfast), and viewed a traditional dance/singing performance which was absolutely delightful. This was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.
I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
Everything was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and liked that we were interested in what he was telling us. We were lucky to be in a group with like minded people who also wanted to stay in places longer of which our guide accommodated. Only negative thing was the sitting train. Best to just take the flying option. Train was not bad but has no services, no alcohol, and breakfast was all carbs and an egg. Egypt really seems to like their breads and pastries....
Anthony has been amazing throughout my planning of my tour. He has been very quick in replying to my emails and always answering with everything I wanted to know.
I look forward to hopefully planning my next trip through him next year!
My experience with Encounters was excellent from start to finish. The Tour Guide, Sheriff, was the most passionate, enthusiastic and professional guide I have ever had on a tour and his love for Egypt really made me enjoy my time so much more.
I was cautious about arriving in Egypt given the current circumstances about the country, but felt safer that I did living in London as soon as I arrived. All of the Encounters staff are very professional.
Dial Code: +84
Area: 331,210 kmÂ²
Elevation: The lowest point in Vietnam is the South China Sea 0m | The highest point in Vietnam is Fansipan 3,144m (10315 ft.)
Population: 96,491,146 (2018)
Governemnt: Unitary state, Communist state, One-party state, Socialist state
Vietnam, officially known as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula. It is the 15th-most populous country in the world and the ninth-most populous Asian country. Vietnam is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, Thailand across the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest and Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines across the South China Sea to the east and southeast.
The capital city of Vietnam is Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh is the most populous city. From 111 BC to 939, AD the northern part of Vietnam was part of Imperial China. It was only in 939 AD that Vietnam became an independent state. Vietnam's landscape is mostly mountainous and woodland. In the northern part of the country, the land is mainly highlands and the highest mountain in Vietnam, Phan Xi P?ng, is found in the Lào Cai Province.
Two World Natural Heritage Sites are in Vietnam including Ha Long Bay and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The high level of biodiversity in Vietnam is seen as unique and it is ranked 16th worldwide in biological diversity, being home to approximately 16% of the world's species.
The official language spoken in Vietnam is Vietnamese, which is a tonal Mon-Khmer language spoken by most of the population. It has been noted that in its early history, Vietnamese was written using Chinese characters and only in the 13th century did the Vietnamese develop their own set of characters.
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