FAQ’S about Vietnam
1. Is this safe to travel in Vietnam?
Vietnam is one of the safest countries for traveling. Women and independent travelers have found it relatively hassle-free and easy to travel throughout the country. Petty theft, such as pickpockets and drive-by bag snatchers, is more rampant in HCMC than elsewhere in the country. Visitors are advised to avoid wearing extravagant jewelry or carrying large amounts of money when walking in the streets. If you do choose to drive a motorbike or ride a bicycle, always wear a helmet.
No vaccination is required to enter Vietnam. However visitors are advised to have up-to-date inoculations for Cholera, Hepatitis A and B, Malaria, Typhoid and Tuberculosis. Malaria is prevalent in the remote mountainous regions. Please ask your doctor regarding immunizations and for the best preventative measures.
2. Do I need to take vaccination before travelling to Vietnam?
3. Custom Regulation?
Entering Vietnam, passengers are expected to declare:
- Cameras, camcorders and other electronic equipment not for personal use
- Jewelry not for personal use.
- Currency over USD 3,000
- Video tapes (they may be kept for a few days and screened).
Upon completion of this process, the Customs Declaration forms will be stamped with one retained by the Custom Declaration and a yellow copy returned to the visitor to be submitted upon departure. Don’t lose it!
4. Currency & Exchange rate
In Vietnam the local currency is the Vietnamese Dong (VND), which has a variety of notes ranging from 200 all the way to the 500,000 note. However the main notes are the 10,000 – 20,000 – 50,000 – 100,000, 200,000 and the 500,000. Please take care with 20,000 and 500,000 notes since they are both blue and can cause some confusion (and not everyone is honest enough to give you the right change).We recommend that you keep your 500,000 notes separate from your 20,000 and other VND notes to avoid confusion and loss of money. The US Dollar is widely accepted at major shops and restaurants throughout Vietnam, though the exchange rate chosen may often vary from the official one, making it more costly than VND. It is, however, very easy to exchange at banks, hotels and other exchanges throughout the country. The British Pound, the Euro and various other major currencies are also easily exchanged for VND. When exchanging your home currency for VND, ensure that your notes are undamaged, banks and exchanges wont accept notes which are torn, very crumpled, or have writing on them. Similarly, also make sure the VND that you receive is not damaged. The exchange rates fluctuate a lot, however the approximate rates can be viewed at:http://www.xe.com/currency/vnd-vietnamese-dong. ATM machines are now readily available throughout most cities and resorts. However, its still highly recommended that you always have some local currency with you. Visa and Master card are now becoming more accepted in many of the larger hotels and restaurants, especially in the bigger cities, the surcharge is usually around 3%.
Firearms, narcotics and other internationally prohibited goods are banned and those found in possession of such will be liable to prosecution.
Duty-Free Items: Visitors may import 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco, 1 liter of wine, 1 liter of liquor and an unlimited amount of film. Commercial goods and items of high value being taken out of Vietnam require export permits from the Customs Service. Antiques may be confiscated permanently. No local currency may be taken out of the country.
5. What are the banned materials?
Vietnam has strict laws on bringing in anti-government literature, pornography, firearmsand weapons. CDs and tapes are often retained for screening, but will be returned after a few days. It is illegal to remove antiques from Vietnam. When buying handicrafts, especially those that look old, ask the retailer for a receipt and a declaration that the item may be exported.
FAQ’S about Cambodia
1. Is this safe to travel in Cambodia?
Cambodia is basically a very safe destination. As in every part of the world, it is important to never leave your belongings unattended. Atsomeplaces you might meet some annoying souvenir sellers. A friendly “no” however, is mostly sufficient here.
2. Do I need to take vaccination before travelling to Cambodia?
We recommend however to vaccinate the following: Typhus, Cholera, Hepatitis A&B, Tetanus, Rabies and Polio.
Malaria and Dengue fever can still be found in parts of Southeast Asia
3. How to apply Cambodia entry visa?
Approval is not required for visas to Cambodia (except for citizens from Afghanistan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan Sri Lanka, Sudan and Nigeria). Foreign tourists are generally admitted into Cambodia for 30 days with a visa on arrival without prior authorization or for 30 days with a visa issued at a Cambodian embassy.
This costs USD 35 USD and requires the filling in of an application form and one passport photo. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your expected departure date. Please contact your local Cambodian embassy for the most accurate information.
4. What is the best time to travel in Cambodia?
The dry season lasts from November to May with the cooler period in December and January
5. Currency & Exchange rate?
The national currency of Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel. It is available in 100, 500, 1’000, 2’000, 5’000, 10’000, 20’000 and 100’000 notes. Since the Riel is linked with the exchange rate of the US Dollar, the US Dollar became the main cash.
Rielare mostly given back as change (1 USD = 4000 Riel). Both currencies are accepted equally.