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Official name: The Socialist Republic of Vietnam
 
Flag: The flag of Vietman is red with a large yellow five-pointed star in the center.
 
Capital city: Hanoi
 
Government: Socialist Republic
 
President: Mr. Truong Tan Sang
 
Prime Minister: Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung
 
Population: 90,493,000 (2014)
 
Local time: UTC + 7
 
Area: 332,210 km2/ 128,565 sq miles
 
Drives on the: Right
 
Religions: Buddhism: 85%; Christianity: 8%, Caodaism: 3%; Other: 4%
 
Ethnics: Viet: 86%; Other: 54 minority tribes, including H'mong, Dao, Tay, Thai, and Nung
 
Official Languages: Vietnamese
 
Other Languages: Tay, Muong, Khmer, Chinese, Nung, and H'Mong, and others.
 
Calling code: 84
 
Voltage: 220V AC 50 HZ
 
Independence day: September 2nd 1945 from France
 
Internet Code: .vn
 
Business hour: 08h00 AM - 05h00 PM with 1-2 hour lunch break
 
Currency: Dong (VND)
Notes: 500, 1.000, 2.000, 5.000, 10.000, 20.000, 50.000, 100.000, 200.000, 500.000
 
Geography: Vietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and the East Sea to the east.
 
Shop Hours: Shops run from 07h00 or 08h00 am to 11h00 or 11h30 pm. Some are open from 01h00 or 02h00 pm to 04h00 or 05h00 pm.
 
Bank Hours: Most banks are opened from 07h00 am or 08h00 am to 11h00 am or 11h30 am. Some are open from 01h00 pm or 02h00 pm to 04h00 pm or 05h00 pm.
 
Exchange: 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 card: Most major hotels and big restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi accept Visa and Master Card.
 
Holidays and important days
 
January 01st Solar Calendar New Year's Day
 
Tet Nguyen Dan (Tet holidays) according to Lunar Calendar of Vietnam and China. The most important Vietnamese annual festival. This marks the new lunar year and the advent of spring. This is a three-day holiday, usually at the end of January or the beginning of February (according to the solar calendar).
 
March 10th (Lunar calendar) normaly on April is the Death anniversary of Vietnam’s ancestor Hùng Vương.
 
April 30th Liberation Day, the day on which Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh City) fell to Hanoi in 1975. This holiday is commemorated nationwide.
 
May 01st Labour Day
 
 
September 02nd National Day of Vietnam
 
Weather

Vietnam is essentially tropical country with a humid monsoon climate. The annual mean temperature is over 20 degrees Celsius throughout the country ( Hanoi 23.4 C,. Hue 25.1 C,. Ho Chi Minh City 26.9 C).
 
In July, the average temperature in Hanoi is 28.6 C. in Hue it is 28.9 C and in Ho Chi Minh City, 27.6 C. Lowland areas receive around 1,500mm of rain per year, while mountainous areas receive 2,000mm to 3,000mm. Humidity can reach 90 percent in the rainy season.
 
Vietnam has also two seasons: cool and dry from November to April and hot and rainy from May to October. The difference between summer and winter temperatures is dramatic in the north (varying up to 20 degrees Celsius), the south is hot all year round, with seasonal variations in temperature averaging just three degrees Celsius.
 

Vietnam weather chart

Month

Hanoi (North)

Da Nang (Central)

Sai Gon (South)

Av.Temp ©

 

Av.rainfall (mm)

 

Av.Temp ©

 

Av.rainfall (mm)

 

Av.Temp ©

 

Av.rainfall (mm)

 

January

17

18

22

101

27

15

Febuary

18

28

22

31

28

4

March

20

38

24

12

29

13

April

24

81

27

18

30

42

May

28

197

29

47

29

221

June

30

238

30

42

29

331

July

30

322

30

99

28

314

August

29

343

28

117

28

268

September

28

252

26

447

27

334

October

26

98

24

530

27

268

November

22

42

22

221

27

114

December

19

21

21

208

27

56

 
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