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According to archaeological discoveries made at Do Mountain, it is believed that life in Vietnam began as far back as 300,000 years ago. Officially, the history of Vietnam stretches back 4,000 years when it was founded by the Hung Kings. It was then named Van Lang.

When speaking upon the history of Vietnam, it is important to note the large role played by the French in Vietnam. It began in 1858, when the French took over Danang in southern Vietnam. Over time, more and more territory was won over by the French. It wasn't until 1954, when the French surrendered to to the Viet Minh, ending the French Indochina War, that the French colonial control in Vietnam ended.

The immediate image in the minds of most people at the mention of Vietnam is that of the war fought against the United States some twenty years ago. Most people think of the country only in terms of the American conflict in Indochina. The war ended nearly twenty years ago, and today, despite lingering signs of past American involvement, the situation in Vietnam is markedly different. People have finally begun to look at the country from another perspective, now that travelers and tourists from the West are being welcomed into what was once a forbidden country. It may take a bit more effort and tenacity to plan an excursion into Vietnam than it would for another Southeast Asian country, but Vietnam has much to offer in terms of culture and sights.


The weather in the southern part of Vietnam is tropical. It is monsoonal in the north, bringing a hot, rainy season from mid-May to mid-September and a warm, dry season from mid-October to mid-March. Occasional typhoons from May to January bring extensive flooding to the middle regions of Vietnam.


The vast majority of the population is Vietnamese with minute percentages of Chinese. The Viet culture originated on the delta of the Red River and the Ma River where the Viet people cultivated paddy fields. They led a simple farming life in small villages, usually living around a communal house. Today the people living in the countryside follow this lifestyle. The Viet people are influenced by Confucianism, in particular the principle of respect for their elders.

In spite of the immense suffering of the Vietnamese and the somewhat ruined state of the country, they are generally warm and friendly, and surprisingly, the Vietnamese bear little if any resentment or bitterness toward Americans. Children in the streets will commonly greet visitors with the name Lien Xo, which means Russian, but they will easily be corrected if you respond, "Hello!" or "Good morning" and explain you are an American, European or Australian, etc.

Ethnic Groups: The country is predominantly 85-90% Vietnamese, 3% Chinese, ethnic minorities include Muong, Thai, Meo, Khmer, Man, Cham, and other mountain tribes.

Languages: Vietnamese is the official language; French, Chinese, English, Khmer and tribal dialects (Mon-Khmer and Malayo-Polynesian) are also spoken.

Religion: Buddhist, Confucian, Taoist, Roman Catholic, indigenous beliefs, Islamic and Protestant.


General: Be firm, yet diplomatic when dealing with officials who will often be very rigid. In the case of misunderstanding, patience is the best policy.
Small gifts such as cigarette lighters, pens, foreign cigarettes, liquor, perfume and even shampoo are greatly appreciated by anyone you wish to make friends with in Vietnam.
Out of politeness, always ask permission before taking photos of people. The same rule of thumb also applies to photos taken in places of worship. Permission will almost always be granted.
A gentle handshake is the most appropriate manner of greeting.
Be very discrete about giving anything to beggars frequently encountered in Ho Chi Minh City. If anyone is seen giving handouts to a beggar, he or she may end up being pursued by a mob of other beggars. This does not help create a good image for foreigners; it gives them instead the reputation of being easy to hit up for money.
Beware of pickpockets. Keep your ID and passport in a safe place and carry only photocopies of those items.
Remove your shoes before entering Buddhist pagodas. Small donations placed in the boxes found in temples are appreciated. It is acceptable to keep your shoes on within Chinese pagodas.
Never let the soles of your feet face other people or any sacred monument, such as a statue of Buddha.


The dong (D) is the official currency in Vietnam.
Bank notes currently in circulation are in denominations of 100d, 200d, 1,000d, 2,000d, 5,000d and 10,000d.
Notes under 200d have little value and are rarely used.
The U.S. dollar is more or less a second currency in Vietnam. Other foreign currencies are not readily accepted. A large supply of US$1, US$5 and US$10 are almost essential for tipping, for small expenses and for hotel bills. U.S. money is so common that change will frequently be given in dollars.
You may bring in an unlimited amount of foreign currency as long as it is declared on the forms provided by customs officers. Foreign currency can be exchanged for dong at your hotel or at the State Bank of Vietnam.


Population: 86,500,000
Capital: Hanoi
Flag: The flag of Vietman is red with a large yellow five-pointed star in the center.
Shop Hours: Shops run from 7 or 8am to 11 or 11:30pm. Some are open from 1 or 2pm to 4 or 5pm.
Bank Hours: Mos? banks are open from 7 or 8am to 11 or 11:30pm. Some are open from 1 or 2pm to 4 or 5pm.

* January 1 - Solar New Year's Day
* February 3 - Anniversary of the Foundation of the Communist Party of Vietnam.
* January/February - Tet (Tet Nguyen Dan). 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).
* April 30th - Liberation Day, the day on which Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) fell to Hanoi in 1975. This holiday is commemorated nationwide.
* May 1 - May Day
* May 19 - Birthday of President Ho Chi Minh
* September 2 - National Day of Vietnam

Time: Vietnam is 11 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and 14 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time.
Tipping: Tipping is not customary in Vietnam, but it is enormously appreciated. A 5-10% tip for a meal is a very small amount of money, but to the average Vietnamese, it could easily equal a day's wages. Avoid tipping too much, as it will set a precedent for others.
Restaurants: Government-run restaurants catering to tourists add a 10% service charge to the bill.
Porters: Porters, if they are available, can be tipped with American coins.
Hotel maids: Government-run hotels catering to tourists charge an automatic 10% service fee.
Taxis: Generous tips are not necessary. A small gratuity, however, is expected by cab drivers.


Passports and visas are required for entry into Vietnam. The best place to obtain a visa for Vietnam is Bangkok. The visa will specify where you will be arriving and where you will be leaving, in addition to how long you can stay.
Formerly, tours had to be booked to obtain a visa, but this is no longer the situation. Potential visitors to Vietnam must fill out three applications for entry and exit visas, accompanied by three passport photos 4cm x 6cm. One of the applications must be sent to the most convenient diplomatic or consular mission of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The other two applications/photos are carried with you and handed in at the first point of entry. Passports and visas are required for entry into Vietnam. The best place to obtain a visa for Vietnam is Bangkok. The visa will specify where you will be arriving and where you will be leaving, in addition to how long you can stay.Passports and visas are required for entry into Vietnam. The best place to obtain a visa for Vietnam is Bangkok. The visa will specify where you will be arriving and where you will be leaving, in addition to how long you can stay.
Formerly, tours had to be booked to obtain a visa, but this is no longer the situation. Potential visitors to Vietnam must fill out three applications for entry and exit visas, accompanied by three passport photos 4cm x 6cm. One of the applications must be sent to the most convenient diplomatic or consular mission of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The other two applications/photos are carried with you and handed in at the first point of entry. Passports and visas are required for entry into Vietnam. The best place to obtain a visa for Vietnam is Bangkok. The visa will specify where you will be arriving and where you will be leaving, in addition to how long you can stay.
Formerly, tours had to be booked to obtain a visa, but this is no longer the situation. Potential visitors to Vietnam must fill out three applications for entry and exit visas, accompanied by three passport photos 4cm x 6cm. One of the applications must be sent to the most convenient diplomatic or consular mission of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The other two applications/photos are carried with you a?d handed in at the first point of entry.
You must also provide the following information to Vinatour, via fax or telephone:

Surname and first name Date and place of birth Nationality Present place of residence Profession Time and point of entry and exit

Some Embassies of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam:

6 Timbarra Crescent
ACT 2603
Tel (062) 866059

62, rue Boileau
75016 Paris
Tel 4524-5063 or 4527-6255

Sierra Ventana 255
11000 Mexico, DF
Tel 540-1612

83/1 Wireless Road
Tel (02) 251-7201

United Kingdom
12-14 Victoria Road
London W8 5RD
Tel 937-1912


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.

The Customs Service Headquarters
21 Ton Duc Thang St.
Ho Chi Minh City

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1. Rental Accommodation

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Tel: 84.4 2758178 - Fax: 84.4 2758179
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2. Emergency

3. Bars

A Little Saigon
65 Ngo Hue. Tel: 9760633

Bamboo Bar
Hanoi Softel Metropole 15 Ngo Quyen St Tel: 8266919 ext 8042

Cyclo Bar
Restaurant & Garden 38 Duong Thanh St Tel: 8286844

Emerald Pub
53 Hang Luoc St Tel: 8259285

Ho Tay Club
10 Tay Ho St Tel: 7184076

K's Bamboo Bar
Top Floor Hoa Ma St Tel: 9712138

Lake View Members Club
Daewoo Hotel 360 Kim Ma St Tel. 8315000 ext 3400

Le Club Bar
Hanoi Sofiel Metropole 15 Ngo Quyen St Tel: 8266919 ext: 8029 Nha Trang Terrace
Hanoi Horison Hotel 40 Cat Linh St Tel: 7330808 Fax: 7330888

Palm Court
Hanoi Daewoo Hotel 360 Kim Ma St Tel: 8315000 ext. 3031

Pear Tree
78 Tho Nhuom St Tel: 8257812

Polite Pub
5 Bao Khanh St; Tel: 8250959

Purple Rain
44 Giang Vo St Tel: 8516602

Stone Elephant Bar
2 Cua Dong St Tel: 8284545

Talk The Town Pub
Capital Garden Hotel 48A Lang Ha St Tel: 8350383

40 Hang Da St Tel: 8243075 Fax: 8253187

The Chimney Bistro Pub
Horison Hotel 40 Cat Linh S Tel: 7330808 Fax: 7330888

The Library Bar
3/F The Press Club 59A Ly Thai To Tel: 9340888 Fax: 9340899

The Met Pub
Hanoi Sofitel Metropole Ly Thai To St Te 3266919 ext: 8857

The Pub
52 Ly Thuong Kiet St Tel: 8243504

The Ship Inn
125A Lo Duc Tel: 8214138 Fax: 9712458

The Terrace Bar
3/F The Press Club 59A Ly Thai To Tel: 9340888 Fax: 9340899

4. Taxi

Airport Taxi
Tel: 8254250

City Taxi
Tel: 8222222

Duong Sat Taxi
Tel: 8645645

Five Star Taxi
Tel: 8555555

Hanoi Taxi
Tel: 8533171

Red Taxi
Tel: 8568686

Taxi CP
Tel: 8241999

Taxi 25
Tel: 8252525

Taxi 52
Tel: 8525252

Taxi Tai
Tel: 8731313

Thu Do Taxi
Tel: 8316316

5. Airline

* Aeroflot
4 Trang Thi St Tel: 8256742; Fax: 8249411

* Air France
1 Ba Trieu St Tel: 8253484; Fax: 8266694

* Cathay Pacific Airways
49 Hai Ba Trung St Tel: 8267298; Fax: 8267709

* China Airlines
18 Tran Hung Dao St Tel: 8242688; Fax: 8242588

* China Southern Airlines
27 Ly Thai To St Tel: 8269233; Fax: 8269232

* Czech Airlines
Block A2 Room 103 Van Phuc Compound Kim Ma St Tel: 8456512; Fax: 8464000

* Japan Airlines
1 Ba Trieu St.Tel: 8266693; Fax: 8266698

* Lao Aviation
41 Quang Tnung St Tel/Fax: 8229951

* Malaysia Airlines
Hanoi Sofitel Metropole 15 Ngo Quyen St Tel: 8268820; Fax: 8242388

* Scandinavian Airlines System
Hanoi Tower 49 Hai Ba Trung St Tel: 9342626 - 9342628 Fax: 9342627

* Singapore Airlines
Unit 2 Ground Floor international Centre 17 Ngo Quyen St Tel: 8268888; Fax: 8268666

* Thai Airways international
44B Ly Thuong Kiet St Tel: ?266893; Fax: 8267394

* Vietnam Airlines
1 Quang Trung St Tel: 8216666; Fax: 8248989

6. Embassies

* Algeria
12 Phan Chu Trinh; Tel: 8253865 Fax: 8260830

* Argentina
8th Floor, Daeha Business Center 360 Kim Ma Str., Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi.
Tel.: (84-4) 8315262/8315263. Fax: (84-4) 8315577/8315288.
Off hours: (84) 90416819. E-mail: embarg@hn.vnn.vn.
Workday: Monday to Friday. Working time: 08h30-12h00 13h00-16h00.
Public Atention: 09h00-12h00. Ambassador: H.E. Mr. Tom?s Ferrari.

* Australia
Van Phuc QuarterTel: 8317755 Fax: 8317711

* Bangladesh
Apt 101 - 108A1 Van Phuc Diplomatic Quarter Tel: 8231625 Fax: 8231628

* Belgium
48 Nguyen Thai Hoc Tel: 8452263 Fax: 8457165

* Brazil
14 Thuy Khue StTel: 8432544 Fax: 8432542

* Bulgaria
Van Phuc Quarter Tel: 8252908 Fax: 8460856

* Cambodia
71A Tran Hung Dao St Tel: 8253788 - 8253789 Fax: 8265225

* Canada
31 Hung Vuong St Tel: 8235500 Fax: 8235333

* China
46 Hoang Dieu St Tel: 8453736 Fax: 8252826

* Cuba
65 Ly Thuong Kiet St Tel/Fax: 8252426

* Czech Republic
13 Chu Van An St Tel: 8454131 Fax: 8233996

* Denmark
19 Dien Bien Phu Tel: 8231888 Fax: 8231999

* Egypt
Villa 6 Van Phuc Tel: 8460219 Fax: 8460218

* European Union (EU)
56 Ly Thai To St Tel: 9341300 Fax: 9341361

* Finland
31 Hal Ba Trung St Tel: 8266788 Fax: 8266766

* France
57 Tran Hung Dao St Tel: 8252719 Fax: 8264236

* Germany
29 Tran Phu St Tel: 8453836/37 Fax: 8453838 - 8439969

* Great Britain
Central Building 31 Hal Ba Trung St Tel: 8252510 - 8267556 Fax: 8265762 - 8252349

* Hungary
43-47 Dien Bien Phu St Tel: 8452858 Fax: 8233049

* India
58-60 Tran Hung Dao Tel: 8244989 Fax: 8244998

* Indonesia
50 Ngo Quyen St Tel: 8257969 Fax: 8259274

* Iran
54 Tran Phu St Tel: 8234057 Fax: 8232120

* Iraq
66 Tran Hung Dao St Tel: 8254141 Fax: 8254055

* Israel
68 Nguyen Thai Hoc Tel: 8430514 Fax: 8266920

* Italy
9 Le Phung Hieu St Tel: 8256246 Fax: 8267602

* Japan
61 Truong Chinh St Tel: 8692600 Fax: 8692595

* North Korea
25 Cao Ba Quat St Tel: 8453008 - 8453213

* Laos
40 Quang Trung St Tel: 8254576 Fax: 8228414

* Libya
A3 Van Phuc Quarter Tel: 8453379 Fax: 8454977

* Malaysia
16th Floor Fortune Tower
16B Lang Ha Street Hanoi
Tel: 8 313400/ 8313404 Fax: 8 313402

* Mongolia
39 T ran Phu St Tel: 8452292

* Myanmar
A3 Van Phuc Quarter! Tel: 8453369Fax: 8452404

* Netherlands
D1 Van Phuc Quarter Tel: 8430605 Fax: 8431013

* New Zealand 32 Hang Bai Tel: 8241481 Fax: 8241480

* Norway
56 Ly Thai To St Tel: 8262111 Fax: 8260222

* Palestine
E4B Trung Tu Diplomatic Living QuarterTel: 8524013

* Philippines
27B Tran Hung Dao St Tel: 8257873Fax: 8265760

* Poland
3 Chua Mot Cot St Tel: 8452027 Fax: 8236914

* Romania
5 Le Hong Phong Tel: 8452014 Fax: 8430922

* Russia
58 Tran Phu StTel: 8454632 Fax: 8456177

* Singapore
41-43 Tran Phu Tel: 8233966 Fax: 8233992

* South Korea
Daeha Business Center 360 Kim Ma Tel: 8315111- 6 Fax: 8315117

* Slovakia
6 Le Hong Phong Tel: 8454334-5 Fax: 8454145

* Sweden
Van Phuc Quarter Tel: 8454824 Fax: 8232195

* Switzerland
77 Kim Ma St Tel: 8232019 Fax: 8232045

* Turkey
4 Da Tuong St Tel: 8222460 Fax: 8222458

* Thailand
63-65 Hoang Dieu St Tel: 8235092 Fax: 8235088

* United States
7 Lang Ha St Tel: 8431500 Fax: 8431510

* Yugoslavia
47 Tran Phu St Tel: 8452343 Fax: 8456173

7. Hotels

Asean Hotel
41 Chua Boc St Tel: 8529108; Fax: 8529122

Capital Garden Hotel
48A Lang Ha St Tel: 8350373; Fax: 8350363

Galaxy Hotel
1 Phan Dinh Phung St Tel: 8282888; Fax: 8282466

Green Park Hotel
48 Tran Nhan Tong St Tel: 8227725; Fax: 8225977

Guoman Hanoi Hotel
83A Ly Thuong Kiet St Tel: 8222800 Fax: 8222822

Hanoi Hotel
D8 Giang Vo St Tel: 8452270; Fax: 8459209

Hanoi Daewoo Hotel
360 Kim Ma St Tel: 8315000; Fax: 8315010

Hanoi Horison Hotel
40 Cat Linh St Tel: 7330808 Fax: 7330888

Hanoi Sofitel Metropole
15 Ngo Quyen St Tel: 8266919 Fax: 8266920

Heritage Hotel
80 Giang Vo St Tel: 8344727 Fax 8343882

Lake Side Hotel
6A Ngoc Khanh St Tel: 8350111 Fax: 8350121

Meritus Westlake Hanoi
1 Thanh Nien Road Tel: 8238888 Fax: 8293888

Planet Hotel
120 Quan Thanh St Tel: 8435888; Fax: 8435088

Queen Hotel
189 Giai Phong Tel: 8641238/9 Fax: 8641237

Regency West Lake
254D Thuy Khue St Tel: 8430031/2; Fax: 8236916

Sunway Hotel Hanoi
19 Pham Dinh Ho St Tel: 9713888 Fax: 9713555

8. Restaurants


Thuy Quynh 2
41B Ly Thai To St. Hoan Kiem Dist. Hanoi

Cha Ca La Vong
14 Cha Ca St Tel: 8253929

Country Side
9 Nguyen Cong Tru St Tel: 8219487

Dinh Lang Thuy Ta
1 Le Thai To St Tel: 8286290

Hoa Quynh Restaurant
41 B Ly Thai To St Tel: 8241166

16 Nam Ngu St Tel; 8246097

Nam Phuong Restaurant
19 Phan Chu Trinh St Tel: 8240926

Nang Tam (Com Chay)
79A Tran Hung Dao Tel: 8266140

Quan Gio Moi
63 Le Duan St Lenin Park Tel: 8229839

Seasons of Hanoi
95B Quan Thanh St Tel: 8435444

Van Xuan
15A Hang Cot St Tel: 9272888. Fax: 9272999


Cherry Blossom Inn
16 Le Thai To St; Tel: 8266377

Hanoi Daewoo Hotel 360 Kim Ma St Tel: 831500C ext 3044

322 Ba Trieu St Tel: 8216033

Quan Sake
13 Le Van Huu St Tel: 8241525

17 Trang Thi St Tel: 8257565

244 Ba Trieu St Tel: 8215701


Al Fresco's
23L Hai Ba Trung St Tel: 8267782

Allante Restaurant
Sunway Hotel Hanoi 19 Pham Dinh Ho St Tel: 9713888 e?t 400

Cafe Promenade
Hanoi Daewoo Hotel 360 Kim Ma St Tel: 8315000 ext: 3039

Cafe Rendezvous
Capital Garden Hotel 48A Lang Ha St Tel: 8350383

Galleon Steak House
50 Tran Quoc Toan St Tel/Fax: 8228611

Ho Tay Club
10 Tay Ho St Tel: 7184076 Fax: 7180931

Hot Rock Cafe
11 A1 Giang Vo St Tel: 8445661

Le Mayeur Coffee Gallery
Hanoi Horison Hotel 40 Cat Linh St Tel: 7330808 Fax: 7330888

3 Nguyen Khac Can St Tel: 8269080

Moca Cafe
14 - 16 Nha Tho St Tel: 8256334

My Wife's Place
Asean Hotel 41 Chua Boc St Tel: 8529108 Fax: 852912

Richard's Court
82 Ly Thuong Kiet Tel: 8240607

125A Lo Due St Tel: 8214138

Soho Cafe/Deli
57 Ba Trieu St Tel/Fax: 8266555

40 Hang Da St Tel: 8243075 Fax. 8253187

The Plaza Grill
14C Tang Bat Ho St Tel: 8210927

The Pub
52 Ly Thuong Kiet St Tel: 8243504

The Restaurant
3/F The Press Club 59A Ly Thai To. Tel: 9340888 Fax: 9340899

The Spices Garden
Sofitel Metropole Hotel 15 Ngo Quyen Tel: 8266919 ext 58;

Verandah Cafe
9 Nguyen Khac Can St Tel: 8257220 Fax: 8227923

9. Night clubs

Apocalypse Now
5C Hoa Ma St; Tel: 9712783

Club Q. Daewoo Hotel
360 Kim Ma St Tel: 8315000 ext 3216

Club XO
88 Quan Thanh St Tel: 7330944 Fax: 8432612

Dai Dong Centropell
46 Hang Cot St Tel: 8257773

Dong Da Magic
3 Thai Thinh St Tel: 5630257

Green Lake Night Club
Lake Side Hotel 6A Ngoc Khanh St Tel: 8350111

Mai La Club
23 Quang Trung St Tel: 8257799

57 Cua Nam St Tel: 8241975

Paradise Club
19 Han Thuyen St Tel: 8247697

Queen Bee
42 Lang Ha St Tel: 8350938

Royal Palace
20 Hang Tre St Tel: 8244233

88 Lo Due St Tel: 8257207

336 Ba Trieu St Tel: 9780121

Daewoo Beauty Salon & Barber
Daewoo Hotel. 360 Kim Ma St Tel: 8315000 ext 3313 & 3310

Le Salon
Softel Metropole Hotel 15 Ngo Quyen Tel: 8266919 ext 8040

Ho?n My - Complete Beauty Center
26 Nguyen Thuong Hien St Tel: 8221022.

Philip Trent Salon
Hanoi Hotel D8 Giang Vo St Tel: 8452270

QT Hair 8 Beauty International
48A Mai Hac De St Tel: 8263823

Tam Hairdressing - Washing Salon
83A Tran Quoc Toan Tel: 8222363

12. Dry Cleaners & Laundries

Daewoo Hotel Laundry and Valet
Hanoi Daewoo Hotel 360 Kim Ma St Tel: 8315000

Hanoi Horison Hotel Laundry & Valet
40 Cat Linh Tel: 7330808 Fax: 7330888

La Blanchisserie
Sofitel Metropole 15 Ngo Quyen St Tel: 8266919 ext 8860

Leather Boutique
23 Hal Ba Tnung St Tel: 8252141

13. Fashion

83 Hang Gal St Tel: 8287190

Daewoo Fashion Boutique
Daewoo Hotel 360 Kim Ma St Tel: 8315000 ext 3401

30B Nguyen Huu Huan St Tel: 9340876 Fax: 9340877

Khai Silk
121 Nguyen Thai Hoc St Tel: 8233508 ; 96 Hang Gal St Tel: 8254237

Khai Silk
Hanoi Sofitel Metropole 15 Ngo Quyen Tel: 8263968

14. Cinemas & Swimming pools

Swimming Pools Daewoo Hotel
360 Kim Ma St Tei: 8315000

Hanoi Sofitel Metropole Hotel
15 Ngo Quyen St Tel: 8266919

Ho Tay Villas
Quang An Tu Liem Tel: 8258241

15. Music, Photograph & Art Galleries

Minilab Nguyen Cau (New)
The first morden digital camera in Vietnam
Shop-owner: Mr. Nguyen Cau. Address: 19 Ba Trieu - Hanoi
Tel/fax: (84-4)8.261 258

Shop Music CD135 - 135 HangBong street, Hanoi (New)
Discount 15% with International music CD from Sep 1, 2000 to Oct 1, 2000
Tel: (84-4)8.258 556

Bui Thanh Phuong - Paintings
Studio: 87 Thuoc Bac Str Hanoi Vietnam
Tel: (84-4) 8269451
Email: artistphuong@hn.vnn.vn

Codo Gallery
Paintings and Ceramics
46 Hang Bong Strr Tel/Fax: (84-4) 8258573
E-mail: codogallery@hn.vnn.vn

Hanoi Gallery
101 Hang Gai Str Tel: (84-4) 8286048 Fax: (84-4) 8286048
E-mail: tranthuha@fpt.vn

Art Gallery
7 Hang Khay Str Tel: 8252294

16. Funiture Interior Design

AA Decor
32D Ly Nam De St Tel: 8231211 /8237292

10 Yen The St Tel: 8436036

Home Decor
38 Phan Dinh Phung St Tel: 7330841 Fax: 7330840

Sofa No 1
118 Nguyen Thai Hoc St Tel: 8438252

TCT Construction 8 Furniture
15A Hang Cot St Tel: 9272777/211

TT Interiors 93B Thuy Khue St Tel: 8236426

17. Golf

Daewoo Golf Driving Range
Hanoi Daewoo Hotel 360 Kim Ma St Tel: 8315000

King's island Golf
35B Nguyen Binh Khiem St Tel: 8260342 Fax: 8260330

Lang Ha Golf Driving Range
16A Lang Ha St Tel: 8350908

18.Sport Clubs

Clark Hatch Fitness Centre
Hotel Metropole 15 Ngo Quyen St Tel: 8266919 ext 8881

Fitness Centre
Daewoo Hotel 360 Kim Ma St Tel: 8315000

Hanoi Club
76 Yen Phu St Tel: 8238115 Fax: 8235390

Hanoi Private Club
Asian International Hotel 41 Chua Boc St Tel: 8529108

Hanoi Super Karting Centre
Thanh Nhan Youth Park Tel: 9712873 Fax: 8269370

Planet Hotel
120 Quan Thanh St Tel :8435888

Heritage Hotel (5th Floor) 80 Giang Vo St Tel: 8312587- 8344727

Famous tourist spots of Vietnam

Famous tourist spots of VietnamVietnam diverse natural environment, geography, history, and culture have created a great potential for the tourism industry. Vietnam environment includes long coastlines, forests, and mountainous areas with beautiful caves. As well, Vietnam has a history and culture of ancient architectures, religions and cults, and traditional festivals.

Vietnam has a long coastline that extends along the eastern boundary of the country and wraps around the southern tip for 3,260 km, a distance geographically longer than the length of the country. Traveling from north to south or from south to north, tourists will find many beautiful beaches where, all year round, they can stay and enjoy the excitement of the seaside. There are more than 20 beautiful beaches along the coastline, such as Tra Co, Halong, Do Son, and Sam Son in the north and China Beach (Danang), Nha Trang, Vung Tau, and Ha Tien in the south. In particular, tourists can visit Halong Bay, which is a world natural heritage site, a creation of Mother Nature, with thousands of islands and rocks of different sizes and shapes, such as a dragon, a frog, a turtle, and a fighting chicken. Inside the big islands, there are huge and wonderful caves and grottoes.

Vietnam is a tropical country in the northern hemisphere. With its geographical diversity, the country has inherited many famous natural resorts such as Sapa, Tam Dao, Bach Ma, and Dalat. These resorts are usually located 1,000 meters above sea level; therefore, they have climates that are similar to those of the temperate zones.

Dalat City is not only an ideal tourist resort, but it is also a city of pine forests, waterfalls and many kinds of beautiful flowers. Coming to Dalat, tourists are diverted by the strong and tender melodies of the Trung and Gong, two typical musical instruments of the highlanders commonly played at evening parties.

Vietnam has many famous national parks, which are great collections of precious plant and animal species of the tropical zone. The most famous national forests include Cuc Phuong in Ninh Binh province, Cat Ba on Cat Ba Island, Con Dao on Con Dao Island, etc. There are several regions in Vietnam that have been reserved as g?rdens and bird sanctuaries. At Minh Hai Sanctuary, there are more than 80 species of birds. At Tam Nong Sanctuary, there is a garden conservatory for redhead cranes, established as an information center for cranes funded by the International Fund for Bird Protection in Bergheim, Germany.

Vietnam has abundant mineral water sources found throughout the country, such as Quang Hanh hot stream in Quang Ninh province, Hoi Van mineral spring in Binh Dinh province, Vinh Hao mineral spring in Binh Thuan province, Duc My stream in Nha Trang, and Kim Boi mineral spring in Hoa Binh province. These areas have become resorts for health rehabilitation and relaxation attracting numerous visitors every year.

Vietnam has a long 4,000-year history, over which many valuable architectural heritages of rich oriental culture have been built. Many of these vestiges maintain their ancient appearances, such as the One Pillar Pagoda and Kim Kien Pagoda in Hanoi, Pho Minh Tower in Nam Ha province, Binh Son Tower in Vinh Phuc province, Tay Dang Temple, Chu Quyen Temple and Tay Phuong Pagoda in Ha Tay province, Keo Pagoda in Thai Binh province, and But Thap Pagoda and Dinh Bang Temple in Bac Ninh province. In the villages of the Central Coast of Vietnam, Cham Towers are the remarkable vestiges of this lost civilization. In particular, the royal architectures of Hue Ancient Citadel were recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Ha Long Bay

Image of Halong Bay, VietnamHalong Bay lies in the middle of the coastal area of Quang Ninh province, 180 km east of Hanoi. It is the edge of the Asian Continent, which has been dipped into the ocean with the deepest point of less than 200 metres. The water surface of the Bay is 1500 square km large with thousand of rocky islets and caves arranged by the miraculous hands of Nature.

"The Worlds Wonders" (les Merveiller du Monde) published by the Hachette in Paris in 1950 regards Vietnam Halong Bay one of the worlds wonders.

Boats are always available to help tourists with Bay sightseeing. By passing numerous islets, each with different shape of animal you will enjoy a feeling of entering a world of fossil animals millions of years old. Halong has 1000 named islets (the number of islets unnamed has not been determined yet). Such names as the Dragon, Monkey, Toad, Turtle, Fighting Cock, Pot and Cup... . are called after their shapes. You can visit the Bay within one day, or it is possible to spend the whole month sailing and exploring hidden mysteries of every single cave.


Image of Sapa, VietnamSapa is a holiday-resort town lying at the altitude of 1600 metres. Built in 1922, Sapa is 38 km from the provincial town of Lao Cai. Its climate is moderate with average temperatures from 18oC to 23oC degrees. There are a lot of rains from May to August. In winter, it is often foggy and cold with tempetatures below freezing point and occasional snowfall.

In summer, Sapa is an ideal holiday resort. Around the town are gardens of temperate vegetables such as cabbage, kohlrabi, chayote... of precious medicinal plants and of fruit trees like peach, plum, pear, ...

Two kilometres away from the town are the Silvery Fall and Cane Bridge. The bridge over the Muong Hoa River is made of cane. It is extremely interesting to venture on it for the first time.

The Hoang Lien Son Mountain range lies 9 kilometres away from Sapa, with its highest peak, Fansipan, of 3143 metres.

Sam Son Beach

Sam Son Beach is 16 km from the city of Thanh Hoa. This is a wonderful seaside resort which the French began exploiting in 1906. It soon became a famous spot of the then-Indochine. A number of decades ago, many holiday villas were sonstructed ?ere. Sam Son has a lot of beauty spot such as : the "Trong Mai" Mountain, the \"Doc Cuo\c" Temple, and "Co Tien" Moutain...

Bich Dong (Blue Cave)

Bich Dong is situated at the Dam hamlet, Minh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province. A small boat will take visitors in a winding voyage around the mystic caves. In the 18th century, on a trip to Bich Dong, King Tu Duc, stunned by the great beauty of the rivers, mountains, caves and pagodas nestling on mountain sides, awarded the place with the title "The Second Best Cave" under the Southern Heaven.

Cuc Phuong national park

Cuc Phuong national parkCuc Phuong is 100 km southwest of Hanoi. It lies at the border of 3 provinces of Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa, and is 60 km from the sea. The forest is 25000 ha in area, of which one-third is limestone mountains from 300 to 600 metres high against the sea level.

The virgin forest was discovered in 1960 and hac been recognised as a national park. It has Dan Dan grotto, Ancient Men cave, hot springs with a temperature of 38 Celsius degrees, barashrea -htellata, dracontomelum... of nearly 1000 years old and from 50 to 70 metres high. Cuc Phuong has up to 2000 species of plants. Orchid alone has 50 species, some giving flowers and sweet smell all year round. Cuc Phuong has 262 species of vertebrates and many precious birds and animals such as: bear, horse, wild pig, tiger, panther, weasel, squirrel, monkey, ect. There are semi nature reserves with deer, samba deer, yellow monkey, underpants parrot, flying squirrel, flying lizard, etc... . Cuc Phuong is also home to hundreds of rare birds.

The Ancient Town of Hoi An

The Ancient Town of Hoi An -an old-time commercial port- was built between the 8th and 17th centuries. About 80% the residential structures of the town still remain intact. The infrastructure system - roads, lanes, bridges - still exists. Hoi An is a valuable and special tourist attraction both in Vietnam and in Southeast Asia. Hoi An looks like a traditional painting. Its houses are so close to each other. Their roofs are of uneven heights and moss-green. The towns residential houses are small, they look like toys made of baked clay and attached to the rock-garden. Its scenery bears a false and true feature of old paintings.

Hue - the ancient royal

Hue has more than one thousand years of history. When Hue was the capital of Vietnam (1802-1945), hundreds of valuable cultural architectures were constructed by the Nguyen Dynasty. Many relics of the former capital still lay their shadow over the Huong (Perfume) River. As time goes by, some of the city relics have been destroyed and abandoned. However, because of its historical values, Hue has been recognised by UNESCO as a cultural heritage of the world.


   Traditional foods    Com (boiled rice)    Banh Chung (Sticky Rice Cake)    Gio Lua (Lean Pork Pie)    Pho - Noodles    Cha Ca (grilled minced fish)    Com (Grilled rice)    Banh Cuon (Rice Flour Steamed Rolls)   Bun (rice vermicelli)    Mien (vermicelli made of cassava)    Banh Tom (crispy shrimp pastry)    Nem Ran or Cha Gio (fried spring roll)    Faifo Dainty (Danang)    Tom Chua (Hue Sour Shrimp)    Com Hen (Hue Mussel Rice)    Hue Beef Noodle Soup   Cau Mong Beef    Hu Tieu (My?Tho Noodle Soup)    Canh Chua (Fish Sour Soup)   Canh Chua (Fish Sour Soup)

2. Com (boiled rice)

In Vietnam, com is eaten at the main meals of the day (lunch and dinner). Rice is eaten together with a variety of different dishes and is made from different kinds of rice. Typically fragrant rice is used, such as Tam Thom and Nang Huong. An ordinary meal may consist of boiled rice and the following:
Mon an kho (meal without soup) consists of dishes of pork, fish, shrimp, and vegetable cooked in oil, as well as vegetables, pickles, etc.
Mon canh (meal with soup) consists of a soup made with pork or spare-ribs, crab meat, and fish.
In the past several years, people in urban centers have begun to go out for lunch at the food stalls on the street. Consequently, there has been a proliferation of temporary food stalls along many sidewalks and public spaces in the cities. Some stalls are open until early in the morning to cater to regular customers. Around noon, owners can be seen arranging tables and benches along the pavement to form makeshift shop floors. After two or three hours, when there are no more customers, they begin to remove all of their wooden furniture, so that the place resumes its former appearance. A well served lunch for one is very inexpensive

3. Banh Chung (Sticky Rice Cake)

Sticky rice cakes are a Vietnamese traditional dish that must be part of Tet meals. As a matter of fact, every Vietnamese family must have sticky rice cakes among the offerings placed on the altar to their ancestors. Bang chung is made of glutinous rice, pork meat, and green beans paste wrapped in a square of bamboo leaves, giving the rice a green colour after boiling.
According to the legend, under the reign of the Hung Kings, Prince Lang Lieu created sticky rice cakes and presented them to his father. Bang chung won high acclaims from the King who awarded the prince his throne.
Making sticky rice cakes is a very meticulous job. To obtain the best cakes, rice has to soak in water for an entire day. The pork meat must include skin and fat, the green beans must be of the same size, and the bamboo leaves must be fresh. Squaring off and tying cakes with bamboo strings requires skilful hands.
Sticky rice cakes are available at any time of the year, although one is sure to enjoy them with relatives and friends during Tet. During Tet, rice cakes are served with gio lua and hanh muoi? lean meat pie and salted sour onions.

5. Pho - Noodles

Pho is the most popular food among the Vietnamese population. Pho is commonly eaten for breakfast, although many people will have it for their lunch or dinner. Anyone feeling hungry in the small hours of the morning can also enjoy a bowl of hot and spicy pho to fill their empty stomachs.
Like hot green tea which has its particular fragrance, pho also has its special taste and smell. Preparations may vary, but when the dish is served, its smell and taste is indispensable. The grated rice noodle is made of the best variety of fragrant rice called Gao Te. The broth for Pho Bo (Pho with beef) is made by stewing the bones of cows and pigs in a large pot for a long time. Pieces of fillet mignon together with several slices of ginger are reserved for Pho Bo Tai (rare fillet). Slices of well done meat are offered to those less keen on eating rare fillets.
The soup for Pho Ga (pho with chicken meat) is made by stewing chicken and pig bones together. The white chicken meat that is usually served with Pho Ga is boneless and cut into thin slices. You could consider Pho Bo and Pho Ga Vietnam's special soups. Pho also has the added advantage of being convenient to prepare and healthy to eat.

6. Cha Ca (grilled minced fish)

Grilled minced fish has been served in Vietnam for more than 100 years. The Doan family of Cha Ca Street in Hanoi first invented this dish.
A wide variety of fish can be used in this dish including sturgeon and tuna. Tuna is low in fat, has an exquisite flavour, and few bones. The bones are separated from the meat and put into saffron water to be later used in a sauce. The fish is marinated in salt before being grilled.
What is interesting about this dish is that people can add their favourite condiments: coriander, mint, dill, shallots, and more.

7. Com (Grilled rice)

Grilled rice is mostly served in the fall. After collecting the rice from the fields, several steps have to be performed to obtain excellent com. After removing the grains from their hulks, the rice is wrapped in lotus leaves to keep it from drying and to allow it to absorb the lotus flavor.
Grilled rice can be found everywhere in Vietnam, but the best com is found in Vong village, 5 km from Hanoi. People in this village still use traditional secret recipes. People eat grilled rice with eggs, bananas, or sapodillas.

8. Banh Cuon (Rice Flour Steamed Rolls)

Eating banh cuon for breakfast is a great favorite among many Vietnamese.
Banh cuon is made of rice flour. Thoroughly selected rice is soaked overnight, then ground with a stone mortar. Food preservatives are put into the flour to make t?e rice sheets softer and smoother. A screen of cloth used to mold the rice sheets is fitted over the opening of a pot of boiling water. Flour is spread on the screen and covered with a lid. After a few minutes, a bamboo stick is used to strip the thin layer of flour off the screen. Then it is rolled up and sprinkled with fried onions.
A small village in a suburb of Hanoi is famous for its banh cuon. People there serve it with a dressing comprised of lean meat, shrimps, mushrooms, dried onions, fish sauce, and pepper.
All the ingredients are stir-fried and rolled into a banh cuon.
Banh cuon is delicious when it is very thin, white, and sticky. It is even tastier when dipped in a sweet, sour, and spicy sauce.

9. Bun (rice vermicelli)

Vietnamese vermicelli is a luxurious as well as a popular dish. There are different varieties of vermicelli depending on their shape: bun roi or stirred vermicelli, bun mam or twisted vermicelli, bun la or vermicelli paper, and bun dem tram or shreded vermicelli.
Different ingredients can be served with vermicelli: grilled pork meat, fried rice cakes, snails, fried eggs, lean meat pie, chicken, and crab soup, to name a few.
Each region and locality, even each restaurant, has its own vermicelli dishes with their own recipes.

10. Mien (vermicelli made of cassava)

Mien threads are very long and tough, made from a kind of tuber plant called cassava. When served, the long tiny flour threads are cut into smaller pieces. Like rice vermicelli, this kind of cassava vermicelli is used to make several different dishes, the most popular being Mien Ga (chicken cassava vermicelli), Mien Bo (beef cassava vermicelli), and Mien Luon (eel cassava vermicelli).
Cassava vermicelli is also used for different dishes which are stirred in oil, such as Mien Xao Thit (vermicelli and pork stirred in fat), Mien Xao Long Ga (vermicelli and chicken tripe stirred in fat), and Mien Xao Cua Be (vermicelli and sea crab meat stirred in fat).

11. Banh Tom (crispy shrimp pastry)

Although Banh Tom is available almost everywhere in the country, it is best at the Nha Hang Ho Tay (Ho Tay Restaurant) on the banks of Truc Bach Lake, close to Ho Tay (West Lake) in Hanoi. While diners await the arrival of the hot fried shrimp pastry, they can enjoy the picturesque lake and landscapes offered by the vast expanse of water from West Lake and the tree-lined Thanh Nien Road.
The dish should be eaten as soon as it arrives at the table. The fried pastry is topped with red shrimps and is eaten together with dishes of spicy vegetables mixed with sweet and sour sauce.
To remind you of the local shrimping business, waiters will often tell you that the shrimps that you have ordered for your meal have just been netted in nearby West Lake. This will be a memorable meal that will ensure that you remember your stay in Hanoi.

12. Nem Ran or Cha Gio (fried spring roll)

This dish is called Nem Ran by northerners and Cha Gio by southerners. In Hanoi, the introduction of Nem Ran dates back to a time when Cha Ca had not existed. Although it ranks among Vietnam's specialty dishes, Nem Ran is very easy to prepare. Consequently, it has long been a preferred food on special occasions such as Tet and other family festivities. Ingredients used for Nem Ran comprise of lean minced pork, sea crabs or unshelled shrimps, two kinds of edible mushroom (Nam Huong and Moc Nhi), dried onion, duck eggs, pepper, salt and different kinds of seasoning. All are mixed thoroughly before being wrapped with transparent rice paper into small rolls. These rolls are then fried in boiling oil.

13. Faifo Dainty (Danang)

Faifo dainty is a fairly unknown Vietnamese dish named after an old street in Hoi An.
Dainty fiber is carefully made by putting rice in water containing ashes from wood found in Cu Lao Cham. Then, the rice is ground and quickly boiled to make a fibrous mixture. Dainty can be preserved only one day, which is why it is boiled and dried. Dainty fibers have a dark-yellow colour.
The filling for dainty consists of lean pork and other condiments that are stir-fried. Then, the dainty is cut into finger-long pieces that are dried and grilled. Finally, the filling is put into the dainty. For a saltier taste, one can add fish sauce. Chicken meat cut in squares combined with small shrimps can also be added to the recipe.
Although dainty is not a popular meal in Vietnam, it is still served in certain restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City.

14. Tom Chua (Hue Sour Shrimp)

When Hue natives living outside the city return to their homeland, they usually have sour shrimp. Tourists also make sure to buy some jars of sour shrimp before leaving Hue.
Because of the national reputation of this dish, some cooks and merchants specialize in making sour shrimp. In the past, people made this dish at home, but now it is easier to buy it at the market.
This dish can be prepared with any kind of shrimp. The recipe includes a number of steps that must be performed in a specific order. First, the fresh, clean, and dry shrimp of approximately the same size are put in wine along with dry bamboo shoots, garlic, and chili. The ingredients are kept in a closed container at room temperature for three days. Then the container is put in a cool, dry place. After five or seven days, the sour shrimp are ready.

15. Com Hen (Hue Mussel Rice)

Hot white rice is part of every meal in Vietnam, but only Hue mussel rice is served cool. Hue people, after deciding that no food should be wasted, have designed this dish using leftover rice.
This dish includes Chinese vermicelli? bamboo shoots, lean pork meat, and an assortment of green vegetables (banana leaves, mint, star fruit, etc.).
The broth obtained after boiling the mussels is used to flavour the rice. Ginger, sesame, and chili are also added to the broth. This dish is very spicy and it is not rare to see people with watery eyes and sweaty faces while eating it; nevertheless, everyone congratulates the cook for such a delicious meal.

16. Hue Beef Noodle Soup

One must have years of experience to cook excellent Hue beef noodle soup. This recipe mainly consists of shredded meat and rice noodles. Most restaurants and merchants in Hue do not make the rice noodles themselves; they buy them in Van Cu and Bao Vinh, two villages located near Hue.
Learning how to make a clear broth from bone and meat is also a difficult task, but cooks have the satisfaction of seeing customers enjoying a good meal. The secret of this recipe resides in the meat?this is why it must be bought directly from the slaughterhouse early in the morning. The meat is then shredded, boiled, and taken out of the water to obtain a delicious clear broth.
The amount of salt put in the recipe varies depending on the season; during summer, Hue beef noodle soup is served with soy bean, mint, and different kinds of lettuce; in the winter, the recipe is saltier and lemongrass and fish sauce are added.

17. Cau Mong Beef

Cau Mong beef is a specialty of Cau Mong, located 15 km from Danang, Dien Ban district, where nearly ten restaurants serve the dish. Cau Mong beef has been served for a long time and is found in many places outside Danang, such as Hoi An, Tam Ky, Vinh Dien, and Ho Chi Minh City.
The meat along with its skin is cut in thin slices, half cooked, and eaten with nem, which consists of fish sauce mixed with soy sauce, sugar, chili, garlic, lemon, star fruit, vervain, and green banana.

18. Hu Tieu

My Tho seafood noodle soup is different from Chinese noodle soup, nam vang soup, and Hue beef noodle soup, because it contains soy bean, lemon, chili, and soy sauce instead of herbs and lettuce.
Back in the 1960s, a shop in My Tho, 70 km from Ho Chi Minh City, started serving this dish using a secret recipe for the rice noodles. Ever since then, its reputation has grown to become a very well known meal in Vietnam.
It is said that the most delicious noodle soup is made with Co Cat rice, from the most famous rice growing area of My Phong village, a suburb of My Tho.
The sweet aroma of the broth comes from the meat, dried squid, and special condiments.
My Tho noodle soup is a traditional dish specific to the south.

19. Canh Chua (Fish Sour Soup)

Trang Bang, located 40 km from Ho Chi Minh City, is where one can find the best rice paper and rice cakes. Both can be found everywhere, but nowhere are they better than in Trang Bang where they are made from local rice. The rice flour is roasted for four or five hours and made into thick cakes. Once the cakes are dried, they are placed into nylon bags.
These cakes can be eaten with shrimp, meat, salad, and coriander. During Tet, the cakes are served with roasted meat, eggs, and sour mustard.

20. Canh Chua (Fish Sour Soup)

Trang Bang, located 40 km from Ho Chi Minh City, is where one can find the best rice paper and rice cakes. Both can be found everywhere, but nowhere are they better than in Trang Bang where they are made from local rice. The rice flour is roasted for four or five hours and made into thick cakes. Once the cakes are dried, they are placed into nylon bags.
These cakes can be eaten with shrimp, meat, salad, and coriander. During Tet, the cakes are served with roasted meat, eggs, and sour mustard.


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