Essential info for Vietnam


Population: About 91.5 million

Major religion: Buddhism

Capital city: Hanoi

Largest city: Ho Chi Minh City

Legal system: Single-party communist

Main language: Vietnamese (official), Chinese (north), some English and French (tourist areas and cities)

Time: GMT +7

Electricity: 220 volts, 50 Hz. Plugs in Vietnam are generally the two flat-pin or two round-pin types, however some rectangular three-pin plugs are also supported.

Currency: Vietnamese Dông (VND), divided into 10 hao. The US Dollar (USD) is often used for large amounts.

Tipping: A 5 to 10 precent service charge is added to most restaurant and hotel bills in Vietnam’s major cities. However tipping at smaller establishments is left to your discretion. Expats should tip porters at hotels, and round up taxi fares. Xe om (motorbike taxi) drivers do not require a tip for their services.

International dialling code: +84. Areas and cities in Vietnam have their own access codes, such as (0)4 for Hanoi or (0)8 for Ho Chi Minh City.

Emergency numbers: 113 (police), 115 (ambulance), 114 (fire)

Internet TLD: .vn

Drives on the: Right

The American School of Vietnam


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