Most business and government offices are open from 8.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, often closing for lunch (roughly 12.00pm to 1.00pm). Banks usually close at 4.30pm. Shops tend to be open until 8.00pm, including on Saturday and Sunday.
January 1 – New Year's Day
Lunar New Year – Tet holidays (four to six days)
10th day of 3rd lunar month – Hung King’s Anniversary
April 30 – Reunification Day
May 1 – International Labour Day
September 2 – Vietnamese National Day
Four seasons are experienced in the north of Vietnam: a humid spring, a rainy and hot summer, a sunny autumn and a winter in which night temperatures can fall to 5°C. Temperatures in the tropical south are fairly constant throughout the year (25ºC to 30ºC).
The dry season lasts from November to April, except in the central coast area from June to October. The highlands are significantly cooler and typhoons mostly affect the north and centre between June and December.
For weather details in Vietnam, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.
Oanda currency converter
The official currency is the Vietnamese Dong (VND).
ANZ and the Commonwealth Bank are both present with branches and ATMs in the big cities.
Traveller’s cheques and foreign currency can be exchanged at most major hotels. Credit cards are not accepted as widely as elsewhere, but can be used to withdraw money from most banks’ ATMs, of which there are plenty, especially in cities.
Time zones and time differences
Vietnam is three hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).
To find out the current time in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, visit the World Clock.
Vietnam’s country code is +84
For calls to Vietnam from Australia dial: 00+ 84 + area code + telephone number.
For calls from Vietnam to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.
For further information (e.g. area codes) please visit the White Pages - international dialling codes.
Electricity and water
Vietnam’s power supply is 220/240 volts, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are most common.
Tap water is not safe to drink and bottled water is widely available.
Links and resources
Travel and tourism
Way to Vietnam
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