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Vietnam's Country Information

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Name : Vietnam
Official Name : Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Capital : Hanoi
Climate : Tropical in south; monsoonal in north with hot, rainy season (mid-May to mid-September) and warm, dry season (mid-October to mid-March)
Race : 85%-90% Vietnamese, 3% Chinese, Muong, Tai, Meo, Khmer, Man, Cham
Language : Vietnamese, Chinese, English, French, Khmer, tribal languages
Official Language : Vietnamese
Religion : Majority Buddhist, others include Taoist, Roman Catholic, indigenous beliefs, Islam, Protestant, Cao Dai, Hoa Hao.
Government : Communist State
Population (in mil) : 79.4
Literacy Rate : 91.9%
Visas : A 30-day Vietnamese visa costs US$40 from an agent in Bangkok.
Visa extension is difficult.
Immunisations : Dengue fever, hepatitis, malaria, rabies, typhoid, tuberculosis and a minor threat (especially to pregnant women) of dioxins found in the defoliant Agent Orange.
Time :
Electricity : 220V, 50 Hz
Weights & Measures : Metric with local variations.
Currency : Dong
Travellers Cheque : Travellers cheques in US$ and US dollars are widely accepted in the country.
4 ways to exchange currency : bank, hotels, authorised exchange bureaus and black market.
Dong is useful in rural areas as it is impossible to exchange foreign currency outside major cities
Credit Cards : Credit cards are accepted in major cities and towns.
Tipping : Tipping is not customary.
Bargaining : Bargaining is common in the country.