Vietnamese is the official and most widely spoken language. Many older Vietnamese are familiar with French or English.
Vietnamese life revolves around the family and they have high regard for their elders, treating them with utmost respect. As with many other Asian nations, the concept of face is extremely important to the Vietnamese. Someone can be given face by complimenting them for their hospitality or business acumen. Accusing someone of poor performance or public reprimanding will lead to a loss of face.
The standard electrical supply in Vietnam runs at 220V. Guests are advised to bring their own universal adaptor or request for one from the hotel (subject to availability).
The unit of currency is the Vietnam Dong (VND).
Tipping is discretionary and not always expected, especially at local restaurants, but guests have grown into the practice of giving more or less 10%, depending on the quality of service rendered.
10% value-added government tax is automatically added to all goods and services.
5% service charge is applied in the hotel.
The city has a tropical climate with four seasons. December to February are the coolest months with an average temperature of 17°C, while May to August are the hottest. Be prepared for downpours or intermittent showers during the rainy season from January to September.
Only citizens of most ASEAN countries can visit Vietnam without a Visa for a maximum of 30 days. Visitors are advised to check with the Embassy before travelling.