Hanoi, located on the banks of the Red River, is one of the most ancient capitals in the world, where travellers can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city centre. A great place to explore on foot, this French-colonial city is also known for its delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, silks and handicrafts, as well as a multi-cultural community that’s made up of Chinese, French and Russian influences. Meanwhile, its tranquil countryside is a short drive away, featuring lush parks, verdant mountains, and traditional villages, and not forgetting, the iconic Ha Long Bay.
Representing the typical weather of tropical monsoon type in Northern Vietnam, Hanoi has the hot summer with high rainfall and the dry cold winter. The city also receives a large amount of sunlight and a relatively high humidity all throughout the year. Although the weather is divided into two main seasons: rainy season (from January to September), and dry season (from October to April).
The cold weather of Hanoi will start from December and may last until late February, with the average temperature of 17.2 degree. However, sometimes it may drop to below 10 degree, and the high humidity will lend a hand in making the weather bitter cold. Bring some warm clothes is necessary.
The International dial code for Vietnam is: +84. Area code for Hanoi is 24.
Electricity in Vietnam is 220V, with a frequency of 50hz, the following plugs are used:
Vietnamese is the national language, but English is generally spoken.
The national monetary unit is Vietnam Dong (VND). Currently, EUR1.00 is approximately VND26,679.00. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport, local banks and hotels.
Passport & Visa
Visitors to Vietnam must be in possession of passports valid for at least six (6) months with proof of onward passage, either return or through tickets. Please check with your travel agent or the Vietnamese Embassy on regulations relating to immigration/visa before your departure.
Casual/smart clothing is recommended. The workshop atmosphere is informal.