Calling to Vietnam
Making Calls while in Vietnam
Making Calls while in Vietnam
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Information About Vietnam’s Telephone System
Vietnam is actively modernizing and expanding its telecommunication system, though it has not yet reached the technological level of some of its wealthier neighbors. Within the country, all provincial exchanges are digitalized and connected to Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City through the use of fiber optic cable or microwave radio relay networks.
Main lines have increased, and the use of mobile telephones is growing rapidly. As of 2004, there were over 10 million main lines in use, and almost 5 million mobile phones in use.
Important Phone Numbers To Know if Traveling to Vietnam
Major international embassies are located in Ha Noi. The U.S. Embassy is located at 7 Lang Ha (tel. 04/772-1500). The address for Australia’s embassy is 8 Dao Tan (tel. 04/831-7755), and the United Kingdom’s embassy is at 31 Hai Ba Trung (tel. 04/936-0500). There is also a European Union embassy at 56 Ly Thai To (tel. 04/934-1300).
Other Important Information to Know About Vietnam
GMT + 7.00 hours. Current time in Hanoi.
One U.S. dollar is equivalent to 16,000 Vietnamese dong. Current exchange rates for Vietnamese dong.
As of July 2005, 85,238,000. 84% of the population is estimated to be ethnic Vietnamese. Minority population is comprised of over 50 ethnolinguistic groups.
Among Vietnam’s most widely celebrated holidays are Vietnamese New Year (also known as Tet, held in late January-early February), Liberation/Reunification Day (April 30th), and National Day (September 2nd). There are approximately 9 annual public holidays. If a holiday falls on a weekend day, public institutions are closed the following Monday.
In 2007, a new holiday was decreed: Hung Kings Day. This holiday commemorates Hung Vu’o’ng, the first emperor of what is now Vietnam, and his sons. Hung Vu’o’ng established the Hong Bang dynasty, which ruled Vietnam until 258 B.C.
Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam. Older residents, those who lived during the colonial period, speak and understand French. English speakers are difficult to find outside of Ha Noi and Saigon.
Though the climate can vary in Vietnam, the regional diversity guarantees that it is always pleasant somewhere in the country. More often than not, temperatures are hot and humid, in the high 80°Fs.
Further north and in coastal areas, the temperature cools a bit in the winter months. Vietnam experiences two monsoons each year.
A winter monsoon comes from the northeast between October and March bringing cool, wet winters to all areas north of Nha Trang, but dry and warm temperatures to the south. From late spring to early fall, the southwestern monsoon brings warmth and rain to all parts of the country not sheltered by mountains.
Fun Facts About Vietnam
- White rice is the basis of most everyday meals in Vietnam. It is usually served with vegetables, meat, or fish in an array of delicious sauces.
- With the exception of some clubs, Vietnamese bars are rarely open past midnight, and most restaurants take their last orders by 10 pm.
- Try learning some Vietnamese; people respond warmly and appreciate your effort.
- Take a trip to Cua Dai Beach. It offers 19 miles of gorgeous white sand.
- Ho Chi Minh is home to several excellent museums. You can get an education on war and revolution in the country, or the traditional practice of regional ethnic groups.
- Popular snacks in Vietnam include spring rolls, noodles, and soup. In fact, Vietnam’s national dish is pho, a soup made of broth, noodles, greens, and sprouts.
- Visit the Bac Ha Market where you can watch the sale of water buffalo, horses, and pigs.
- As a result of Vietnam’s colonization by the French, quality baguettes and pastries and easy to find.
- Lodging in Vietnam is exceptionally clean and hospitable, even for budget travelers.
- Vietnam is home to a number of endangered species, including tigers, saltwater crocodiles, and leopards.
- International driving licenses are not accepted in Vietnam so consider the affordable practice of hiring a driver and car for the day.
- Take advantage of Vietnam’s abundance of tropical fruits, among them pomelos, mangosteens, khakis, and water apples.
- Tour boats can be hired for as little as $20 a day. Make a point to get on one at least once to see the Mekong region, Halong Bay, Hue, or Nha Trang.
- Ba Be National Park has over 56,000 acres of tropical rainforest, waterfalls, and caves. The park is home to over 500 plant species.
- Try Vietnamese coffee. It is sweet, strong, and delicious.
- Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, and Taoism have all shaped spiritual life in Vietnam.