Steigt der Eurokurs, kann der Betrag nur mit Verlusten wieder in Euro getauscht werden. Hab mein Konto in D-land und mache sonst eine hoehere Überweisung nach Thailand damit nicht so viel Geld verloren geht. Alle 3 Produkte bietet die Bank mit kostenloser Kontoführung ohne Bedingungen an. The transfer by road from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes about 4 hours.
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Then you can pay the agreed amount and walk away, end of discussion. The cc motorbike is the preferred mode of transport for the Vietnamese masses, and the large cities swarm with them. There are an estimated 37 million motorcycles in Vietnam and it's common to see whole families of four cruising along on a single motorbike. In most places where tourists go, you can easily rent your own, with prices ranging from , to , dong per day. To convert your licence or International Driving Permit into a temporary Vietnamese licence you must hold a Vietnamese residence permit of at least three months' validity or a three-month tourist visa.
You should also be aware that if you ride unlicensed and have an accident in which a third party is injured or killed you could be subject to a term of imprisonment of years, as well as paying a large sum in compensation to the victim or the victim's family. Moreover, even if your travel insurance policy covers you for motorcycling check the small print as many don't , if you are injured when riding illegally the insurance company will not recompense you for medical attention, hospitalisation, evacuation to another country for hospitalisation or repatriation, the cost of which can run into tens of thousands of dollars.
Desk clerks at small hotels often run a side business renting motorbikes to guests, or have a friend or relative who does. Tour booths can usually do the same. In small towns and beach resorts where traffic is light, e.
Roads are usually decent, though it's advisable not to ride too fast and always keep an eye on the road for the occasional pothole. Riding in the big cities, especially Ho Chi Minh City, is a very different matter, and not advisable unless you are an experienced rider with a very cool head. Traffic is intense and chaotic, with a long list of unwritten rules that don't resemble traffic laws anywhere else.
Riding in HCMC is like finding yourself in the middle of a 3-D video game where anything can come at you from any direction, and you only have one life. Expats who brave the traffic at all typically have an apprenticeship of a few weeks or months riding on the back of others' motorbikes to learn the ways of the traffic, before attempting to ride themselves. Extreme caution is advised for short-term visitors. Riding long distance in the countryside can also be harrowing depending on the route you take.
Major roads between cities tend to be narrow despite being major, and full of tour buses hell-bent on speed, passing slow trucks where maybe they shouldn't have tried, and leaving not much room at the edge for motorbikes.
Two main categories of motorbike are available to rent: The ubiquitous Honda Super Cub is a common 4-speed bike that has a semi-automatic gearbox ie no clutch so is relatively easy to ride. Other models may be fully manual and therefore you must also operate the clutch using your left hand - this takes a lot of skill and it's all too easy to over-rev and pull a wheelie or stall the engine - if you end up with such a bike then practice releasing the clutch gently before hitting the roads!
Dirt bikes are becoming popular for rent in Hanoi, other cities are not yet ready for these beasts. Rental agents tend to steer foreigners toward scooters if available, on the plausible assumption that they don't know how to ride motorbikes that require shifting gears.
Motorcycles of cc and above are only legal to ride if you make a connection with a Vietnamese motorcycle club. They give out great advise to help you on your journey by motorbike. Most places you would want to stop have parking attendants who will issue you a numbered tag and watch over your bike.
Sometimes these parking operations are overseen by the establishment you are visiting, and sometimes they are free-lance operations set up in places where a lot of people go. You will usually see rows of bikes lined up parked.
Depending on circumstance, you might park the bike yourself, or just put it in neutral and let the staff position it. In all but rare cases you keep the key. Parking is sometimes free at restaurants and cafes look for "giu xe mien phi". Elsewhere, fees range from 2, to 5, dong. Traffic police in the cities pull over lots of locals often for reasons that are hard to discern , but conventional wisdom has it that they rarely bother foreigners due to the language barrier.
Obeying the traffic laws is nevertheless advisable, especially if you have failed to obtain a Vietnamese licence. Cities like Ho Chi Minh have several one way street, and it is too easy to just steer into them unknowingly as there are limited signs warning you. BE SURE that if you break law, the police who are sneaking just at the right spot, will ask you to pull over and will fine you.
They will also threaten to confiscate your bike. The quoted price for the fine may be negotiable, and being apologetic and friendly can get you back on road quickly, with a few dollars less in your pockets.
Helmets have also been required by law since December , so if you don't have one already ask your rental agent to provide you with one. If buying a bike from a dealer, do not believe any "buy-back" guarantee. They are invariably a lie to encourage you to buy. While slowly being supplanted by motorbikes, cyclo pedicabs still roam the streets of Vietnam's cities and towns.
They are especially common in scenic smaller, less busy cities like Hue, where it's pleasant to cruise slowly along taking in the sights. Though the ride will be slow, hot and sometimes dangerous, you'll generally need to pay more than for a motorbike for the equivalent distance. On the plus side, some drivers particularly in the South are very friendly and happy to give you a running commentary on the sights.
Cyclo drivers are notoriously mercenary and will always ask for a high price to start with. Sometimes they will also demand more than the agreed price at the end. Japanese tourists, especially women, are most often targeted with this scam since they are more responsive to the threat that the driver will call the police and make trouble for them if they don't pay as demanded. A reasonable price is about 20, dong for up to 2 km 1.
You won't get far before that driver or another takes your offer. Prices for a sight-seeing circuit with intermediate stops are more complex to negotiate and more subject to conflict at the end. If you plan to stop somewhere for any length of time, it's best to settle up with the driver, make no promises, and start fresh later. Some drivers start with a very low rate to get you into their cycle and then if required to wait for you or otherwise vary the agreed price, bring out a typed up price list of their "standard rates" which are inflated beyond belief.
If even slightly unsure ask the driver show you his list of charges. Then negotiate from that point or walk away. To avoid trouble, it's also best to have exact change for the amount you agreed to pay, so if the driver tries to revise the deal, you can just lay your cash on the seat and leave. You will be missing a big part of Vietnamese life if you do not spend some time on a boat.
Do be careful though because many boats, although seaworthy, are not designed to first world standards. An example is the ferry from Phu Quoc to the mainland. This ferry has one tiny entrance for all passengers to board. When full, which it usually is, there are approximately people on board. In the event of an accident, the chance of everyone getting out of the boat fast enough would be very small. The idea of an emergency exit does not exist.
Make sure the boat is registered for carrying Tourists and has enough life jackets and other safety equipment on board. Ha Long Bay is a famous destination for day boat trips among its scenic limestone islands. Problem is that all the boats seem to visit the same places - and with high prices and poor quality boats and service real value is hard to come by!
If there is rain, mist or low cloud, you may not see much. Try to pick a clear day. Dozens of small family-operated boats ply the river in Hue taking visitors to the imperial tombs southwest of the city. This journey is long because the boats are slow, taking about 4 hours or so to make the journey in one direction. In Central Vietnam, the North East monsoon season limits many sea boat tours during the months Sep-Feb; other parts of Vietnam seem less affected. A minute hydrofoil boat operates from Saigon to the seaside resort of Vung Tau for about , dong each way -- the fastest way to reach the beach from the city.
River tours are perhaps the most interesting. A day-long boat trip forms the core of almost any tour of the Mekong region.
The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese. Like Thai and Mandarin, Vietnamese is a tonal language that uses a change in pitch to inflect different meanings, and this can make it difficult for Westerners to master. While it is very different from Western languages, a traveler may be surprised to learn that the basic grammar is pretty simple.
Verbs are static regardless of the past or future and parts of speech are pretty straightforward. The major difficulties lay on tones and certain sounds.
Vietnamese consists of 4 main dialects: While the Hanoi dialect is taken as the 'standard' and widely used in broadcasting, there is no de facto standard in the education system. Northerners naturally think that southern accent is for 'hai lua' countrymen and will always recommend you to be stick to the northern accent, but the choice of accents should depend on where you plan to live. If you are working in Ho Chi Minh City, the main economic centre of Vietnam, the southern accent is what you will hear every day.
For learners, the Latin alphabet is a relief. Unlike English, Vietnamese orthography reflects pronunciation closely, although using certain letters to represent different sounds and containing sounds not found in English. The Vietnamese lexicon has been heavily influenced by Chinese languages. Knowledge of the Chinese language will make it much easier to learn Vietnamese. Vietnamese is also full of loanwords from French and English from more recent times. Although the Vietnamese people do appreciate any effort to learn their language, most seldom experience foreign accents.
Learners may find it frustrating that no one can understand what they try to say. Staff in hotel and kids tend to have a more tolerant ear for foreign accents and it is not unheard of for a kid to effectively help translate your 'Vietnamese' into authentic Vietnamese for adults.
Google translate now supports Vietnamese and this can be downloaded to supported devices to work in "off-line" mode. The Vietnamese certainly appreciate the attempt to communicate, albeit non-verbally, in their own language.
Be aware that not all can read though. The more remote parts of the country are also home to many ethnic minorities who speak various languages belonging to the Mon-Khmer, Tai-Kadai and Austronesian language families. Most Vietnamese youths learn English in school, so many young people have a basic grasp of English, but proficiency is generally poor.
However, most hotel and airline staff will know enough English to communicate. Directional signs are generally bilingual in both Vietnamese and English. Despite Indochina's colonial history in which French was the medium of education, French is no longer widely taught in Vietnamese schools and aside from a few educated elite among the elderly, is much less useful than English when trying to communicate with locals.
However in recent years, there has been a revival of the language in both the government and educated elite. In the big cities, some of the big international luxury hotel chains will have staff who are able to speak French and other foreign languages such as Mandarin, Japanese or Korean.
Download google translate to your phone or tablet. You can download a language pack so that it works offline. Note, whilst the majority albeit not all - many cannot read Vietnamese will understand what you type in, they often can't type a reply that Google understands Motorbiking is popular with locals and tourists alike.
Given that motorbikes are the main mode of transport in Vietnam, they can give a particularly authentic view of travelling through the country. Renting or buying a bike is possible in many cities. Also consider Motorbike adventure tours , which involve being guided on multi-day drives to remote regions of the country. Most tours include accommodation, petrol, helmets, drivers and entry tickets to local places of interest.
Guides usually speak good English or French and offer customised tours if desired. Motorbike Sightseeing Tours are similar but have a more local range specific to one city or area and can focus on food, shopping or sightseeing.
As mentioned in the work section below, many travelers like to spend some time working with the local community as a volunteer. Most of these programs require the volunteer to pay fees which cover meals, accommodation and which also allow the local organisations to fund social programs. These fees can vary from a hundred dollars a week to several thousand so it is a good idea to research thoroughly.
Take a cruise trip to visit Halong Bay. You can spend 1 day of Hanoi - Halong Bay cruise - Hanoi, or 2 days with 1 night over on cruise, or 3 days with 2 nights over on cruise. The transfer by road from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes about 4 hours.
You may select seat in coach bus, or private transfer. Also, you may choose joining cruise, or private charter. There are hundreds of cruises in Halong Bay with wide range of standard from budget to luxury. Take a trip to Sapa.
There are two ways: Sapa by train, and Sapa by road. For Sapa by train, take overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai, you will arrive Sapa in early morning, then ideally spend 2 days in Sapa, and take overnight train back to Hanoi when you will reach Hanoi in early morning in the following day.
Please note that there is not day train between Hanoi and Lao Cai. For Sapa by road, it takes about 4 hours to transfer between Hanoi and Sapa town. Take a cooking class.
Vietnamese cuisine is diverse and tasty and one of the many highlights of a visit to the country. You may take half day or full day cooking class. However, please select the class with market-visit arrangement so that you can experience the local market.
Take a river cruise trip in Mekong. Just relax and chill out wonderful beachside in Vietnam. Crawling through the Cu Chi Tunnels is a unique experience of your Vietnam trip. It's an off-the-beaten-track when you take a home-stay trip.
Continuing inflation and a series of devaluations continues to steadily push down the value of the dong, with USD1 worth over 23, dong in October Banknotes are available in denominations of , , , , 10,, 20,, 50,, ,, , and , dong.
In , coins were also introduced in denominations of , , , and dong, although they have been discontinued since and are currently no longer accepted in transactions.
Exchanging dong According to Vietnamese laws, foreign currency can be easily changed into dong but not vice versa. Exchanging dong is quite a complicated procedure requiring some time and patience.
In order to change dong into another currency one should show one's ticket as a confirmation of leaving Vietnam and one's ID. These documents will be photocopied by the bank employees.
Then, one fills out a special form stating the sum, purpose of the exchange and destination country. Not all Vietnamese banks perform exchange of dong, but Vietcombank is one that does. However, it is easy and fast to change dongs to major foreign currencies with reasonable rates at Vietnam's main international airports such as Tan Son Nhat at the international airside.
Prices are widely advertised in US dollars , namely because of the unstable currency valuation of the dong, but unlike neighbouring Cambodia, for instance, payment is often expected in dong only , especially outside major tourist destinations.
Travel-related establishments guesthouses, travel agencies, etc. Dollar bills in less than perfect condition may be rejected. Most visitors opt to keep the bulk of their cash in US dollars and exchange or withdraw dong as needed. In addition to banks and official exchange counters, you can exchange most hard currencies Sterling, Yen, Swiss Francs, Euro etc. This is technically illegal, but enforcement is minimal. Hotels and travel agencies can also exchange money with differing exchange rates so look for the best rate.
Traveller cheques of well known companies are widely accepted, but usually a small fee is charged. Fees might also be the only thing that would keep you from getting cash advances on Visa- or MasterCard at most banks.
Through both ways you can also get hold of US dollars, though there will be even higher fees. There are mentions in some popular travel books about Vietcombank not charging any commission fees to cash AMEX travellers cheques. However, this is not true any more. ATMs are becoming more and more common and can be found in most bigger cities and every tourist destination. They will accept a selection of credit and bank-cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or Cirrus and several other systems.
Typically withdrawals are limited to 2,, dong per transaction, and will incur a 20, dong service fee. There are branches of money transfer companies like Western Union, but this is always one of the more expensive ways to get money. On most land borders connecting to Cambodia, China, and Laos there are freelance moneychangers to take care of your financial leftovers, but be assured they'll get the better of you if you don't know the going rate.
Note for travellers departing from Hanoi airport: There are no money exchange establishments once you finish your immigration, so exchange your dong before you enter the departure hall unless you plan to shop. Overcharging has long been an issue in Vietnam tourism. It can happen anywhere on anything from an hotel room, a ride on taxi, coffee, meal, clothing, basic grocery stuff. A friendly local who spent 30 minutes talking with you may also feel like overcharging you on anything.
In many places overcharging happens through non-obvious means. A typical example would be to negotiate a room price in US dollars, but upon checkout a payment is demanded in dongs, using a very unfavorable conversion rate.
Don't discuss payment in currency other than dong without confirming first that this currency would be accepted. Note that in almost every case it is cheaper to negotiate in dong and then change your hard currency into dong. Vietnamese hold a diverse view on overcharging but in general it is more common in Vietnam than other neighboring countries to see it socially acceptable to overcharge foreigners.
They may argue inflated prices are still cheap and they may blame on the cheap cost of living which attracts a lot of backpackers with barebone budgets. According to this school of thought, if tourists complain about it, it's because they're stingy.
Rich tourists should not have a problem being overcharged. It is the same mindset as "stealing a little from wealthy is okay" and is even seen as a form of social justice. Keep in mind that in Vietnam "wealthy" is defined as "has more money than me", and is not limited to tourists, or to whites - for example, the people in Northern Vietnam routinely overcharge Vietnamese visiting from Southern Vietnam. The good news is that standard price is much more common than early 90s.
You will absolutely spoil your travel if you assume that everyone is cheating you, just try to be smart. In a restaurant, learn some common dish names in Vietnamese, insist that you need to read Vietnamese menu, and compare it. If owners argue that the portion of dishes in the English menu is different, it's definitely a scam and move to other places.
Learn some Vietnamese numbers and try to see how much a local pays a vendor. Also try basic bargaining tactics: Think how much it is back home, ask for big discount and walk away, pretending that the price isn't right.
Many products tend to be standardized and compare more. Try to be as clear as possible on the agreed price. You may agree 20, dong with a "Xe Om" driver for a specific trip, but at the end he may claim you are due 40, dong. Then you pay 20, dong, smile and say goodbye, because you have a good memory. Vietnam is still cheap by most standards: Tipping is not expected in Vietnam, with the exception of bellhops in high end hotels.
In any case, the price quoted to you is often many times what locals will pay, so tipping can be considered unnecessary in most circumstances. To avoid paying a tip when a taxi driver, for example, claims they don't have small change, always try to have various denominations available. With unbelievable abundance of fresh vegetables, herbs, fish and seafood, Vietnam has a lot to offer. It can be mentioned here a range of widely- admired dishes such as noodle served with beef or chicken pho , spring roll, eel or snail vermicelli, crab fried with tamarind, crab sour soup, rice spaghetti, steamed rolls made of rice-flour, rice pancake folded in half and filled with a shrimp, meat and soya bean sprouts.
Food sits at the very centre of Vietnamese culture: Special dishes are prepared and served with great care for every birth, marriage and death, and the anniversaries of ancestors' deaths. More business deals are struck over dinner tables than over boardroom tables, and when friends get together, they eat together. Preparing food and eating together remains the focus of family life. Vietnamese cuisine varies slightly from region to region, with many regions having their own specialties.
Generally, northern Vietnamese cuisine is known for being bland while southern Vietnamese cuisine is known for being spicy. At the same time, the Vietnamese are surprisingly modest about their cuisine.
High-end restaurants may serve "Asian-fusion" cuisine, with elements of Thai, Japanese, and Chinese mixed in. The most authentic Vietnamese food is found at street side "restaurants" A collection of plastic outdoor furniture placed on the footpath , with most walk-in restaurants being mainly for tourists. Definite regional styles exist -- northern, central, and southern, each with unique dishes.
Central style is perhaps the most celebrated, with dishes such as mi quang wheat noodles with herbs, pork, and shrimp , banh canh cua crab soup with thick rice noodles and bun bo Hue beef soup with herbs and noodles. Try taking home a bottle of fish sauce, and using it instead of salt in almost any savory dish -- you will be pleasantly surprised with the results. It's available at any time of the day, but locals eat it most often for breakfast. Though they may look filthy, street side eateries are generally safe so long as you avoid undercooked food.
In rural and regional areas it is usually safest to eat the locally grown types of food as these are usually bought each day from the market.
It is not uncommon, that after you have ordered your meal a young child of the family will be seen running out the back towards the nearest market to purchase the items. It is very common for menus to be up to pages.
These will include all types of Vietnamese food, plus some token western food, possibly some Chinese and maybe a pad thai as well. It is generally best to stick with the specialty of the area as this food will be the freshest and also the best prepared. Be advised that when dining in a restaurant, it is common practice for the wait staff to place a plastic packet stamped with the restaurant's name containing a moist towelette on your table.
They are not free; they cost between 2, - 4, VND. If you open it, you will be charged for it. Also, peanuts or other nuts will be offered to you while you are browsing the menu.
Those are not free, either. If you eat any, you will be charged. Vegetarian food is quite easy to find anywhere in Vietnam due in large part to the Buddhist influence. These restaurants will run from upscale to street stall. Basically any Vietnamese dish with meat can be made vegetarian with the abundance of fake meats. Besides the Buddhist influence of two vegetarian days a month, Cao Dai people eat vegetarian 16 days, and followers of the bizarre Quan Yin method eat vegan daily.
Look for any sign that says Com Chay or simply remember the phrase An Chay. Coffee , baguettes , and pastries were originally introduced by the French colonials, but all three have been localized and remain popular contemporary aspects of Vietnamese cuisine.
Most pastry shops serve a variety of sweets and quick foods, and are now owned by Vietnamese. If you like seafood , you may find heaven in Vietnam. The ultimate seafood experience is traveling to a seaside village or beach resort area in the south to try the local seafood restaurants that often serve shrimp, crab, and locally-caught fish.
Follow the locals to a good restaurant: All Vietnamese restaurants are controlled by government, and some are fully owned by government. Most restaurants' opening times are In hour restaurants, there will be two prices, the price is normal from For example, rice com usually costs 10, dong, but if you order after This project is made by government to discourage people from eating late.
Some dishes are not served after In many restaurants, you will usually get "errored cuisine" translated dishes, such as fried fish with lemon sauce instead of fish sauce, or rice with tea instead of chili, and some dishes are not available for one month long without any announcement.
To know which restaurants and dishes are highly rated by locals, try downloading popular food apps among locals such as MenuX, Foody, or Lozi on app stores. Be aware that using this incurs an extra charge on your bill. The legal purchasing age of alcoholic beverages is However, there is no legal drinking age. Do not drink tap water, it's a game of Russian Roulette.
Drink only bottled water. Watch out for ice in drinks. Factory-made ice is generally safe, but anything else can be suspect. Drinking in a Vietnamese bar is a great experience.
One of the interesting things is that during the day, it is almost impossible to see a bar anywhere. Once the sun goes down though, dozens seem to appear out of nowhere on the streets. It's available throughout Vietnam, mostly from small bars on street corners. Bia hoi bars will give you the opportunity to relax drinking in a typical Vietnamese bar surrounded by the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Every traveler can easily find these bars to experience what the locals are enjoying.
The beer is brewed daily and each bar gets a fresh batch delivered every day in plastic jugs. Bia hoi is not always made in sanitary conditions and its making is not monitored by any health agency. Though fun for the novelty factor, this beer may produce awful hangovers for some. For those people, sticking with bia chai bottled beer might be more advisable. Bia Saigon is also available as little stronger export version. It's regular practise for beer in Vietnam to be drunk over ice.
This means that the cans or bottles need not be chilled. It is also considered necessary to drink when a toast is proposed Tram phan tram hundred percent is the Vietnamese equivalent of "bottoms up".
Beer consumption is dominated by bottled beers and bia hoi but there are also plenty of microbreweries in Vietnam. Most of them make Czech styled beers with imported malt and hops. The marketing of these breweries is more or less non-existent so they can be hard to find, but the full list can be found online. The price of a mL glass of beer is normally VND30, Most of the breweries serve one black and one blond beer, are small and produce about thousand litres a month.
There are more than thirty microbreweries in Vietnam which is more than in many other countries in the region. They serve great American style microbrews with a local ingredients adding a nice twist. Vietnamese "ruou de" or rice alcohol ruou means alcohol is the Vietnamese version of vodka, served in tiny porcelain cups often with candied fruit or pickles. It's commonly served to male guests and visitors.
Vietnamese women don't drink much alcohol, well at least in public. Dating back to French colonial times, Vietnam adopted a tradition of viticulture. Dalat is the center of the winelands, and you can get extremely good red and white wine for about USD Wine can be purchased at shops at the vineyards, or at local markets. Most wine served in restaurants is foreign imported and you will be charged foreign prices as well making wine comparatively quite expensive compared to drinking beer or spirits.
It makes an attractive drink because it is served in the whole coconut and sipped through an aluminum tube. It is made by placing traditional ingredients such as sticky rice and pure sap into a whole coconut to ferment. It is believed the copra the white meat of the coconut can purify aldehydes that are typically found in rice wine which can cause hangover symptoms such as headaches and tiredness when consumed in excess.
So you can feel more free to drink to your drinking partners health! Rice spirit and local Vodka is incredibly cheap in Vietnam by western standards. Russian Champagne is also quite available. Coconut water is a favourite in the hot southern part of the country. You can also have it blended in a mixer. Juices are usually without condensed milk or coconut milk. The coffee then takes it time slowly releasing drops of hot coffee into a cup filled up with tablespoons of creamy thick sweetened condensed milk.
Once the brewing is done the metal lid is removed from the filter, poured over ice and mixed with the condensed milk. Do be careful when drinking locally prepared coffee as the locals tend to drink it incredibly strong with about 4 teaspoons of sugar per cup. Lodging is not an issue in Vietnam, even if you're travelling on a pretty tight budget. As with hotels elsewhere in the world, mini-refrigerators in Vietnamese hotels are often stocked with drinks and snacks, but these can be horribly overpriced and you would be much better off buying such items on the street.
Adequate plumbing can be a problem in some hotels but the standard is constantly improving. It is a legal requirement for all hotels to register the details of foreign guests with the local police.
For this reason they will always ask for your passport when you check in. The process usually only takes a few minutes, after which they will return your passport. However, because non-payment by guests is by no means unknown, some hotels retain passports until check-out.
If a place looks dodgy then ask that they register you while you wait and take your passport with you afterwards. It is helpful to carry some photocopies of your passport as well as Vietnam visa, which you can then hand over to the hotel, insisting if necessary that your actual passport is not in your possession but rather at a travel agency for purpose of visa extension which is a legitimate situation.
Alternatively, you can try to extend an advance payment rather than allow them to keep your passport. Most hotels throughout Vietnam now have high-speed Internet access. Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks are blocked but a quick google search can explain how to easily bypass this ban; a useful hotel booking engine hotels-in-vietnam , too. The use of computers is generally free, although some hotels levy a small charge. The more high-end hotels offer a multitude of amenities; such as elaborate buffets with local cuisine, spa treatments, local sightseeing packages, etc.
Hanoi now has some hostels for families called Hanoi Family Hostels. Rooms here are large and with more beds for children. Homestay accommodation is easily booked through travel agents. However, some tourists are disappointed to learn that the "homestay" they booked is really a commercial hotel or the accommodation is situated in a separate building from the family home. Responsible hotels, green hotels or claimed to be so hotels are increasing in Vietnam. There is no standard or accreditation scheme but this is a positive sign that Vietnamese people are paying more attention to the impact of tourism on environment.
By saying "yes" to responsible accommodation, you can help protect the local nature, environment and community without without sacrificing your enjoyment. Eco-friendly hotels can be found in northern mountainous areas as well as some Lodges in Mekong Delta , a Vietnam that many dream about with lush rice paddies, endless waterways and laid back villages. If you want to meet local people, stop by a school.
In Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon , visit the American Language School, where you'll be welcomed enthusiastically and invited to go into a class and say hello. You'll feel like a rock star. The Vietnamese love to meet new people, and teachers welcome the opportunity for their students to meet foreigners. Dragon House is the story of two Americans who travel to Vietnam to open a centre to house and educate Vietnamese street children. Former BBC reporter in Hanoi, Bill Hayton, has written a good introduction to most aspects of life in Vietnam - the economy, politics, social life, etc.
You can volunteer as an English teacher through many volunteer organisations. Without qualifications it's also possible to find work, but it takes more patience to find a job, and often there are concessions to make with payment, school location and working hours weekends.
There are also many paid volunteering organisations which allow you to help local communities, such as:. If you don't have a TESOL or TEFL certificate yet, you can join an in-class training center in Vietnam and then start working as a teacher once you've completed the course, for example:. Rural Vietnam is a relatively safer place for tourists than urban Vietnam.
Low level street crimes like bag snatching regularly occur in major cities like Hanoi and Saigon. Few instances of knife attacks during robberies have been reported. Avoid fights and arguments with locals especially groups.
Keep in mind that yelling is highly insulting to Vietnamese, so the reaction of a Vietnamese in such a situation may be unexpected. As a foreigner, Vietnamese expect you to act a certain way in their country. You should respect the general law of the land. Most of these arguments can be avoided easily by showing general courtesy, and tolerating cultural differences that may seem rude to you.
Touristy areas and high population cities in Vietnam are areas to watch for thieves, pickpockets, and scammers. They especially target foreigners.
Thieves on motorbikes will snatch bags, mobile phones, cameras, and jewelery off pedestrians and other motorbike drivers, and it is a crime committed so regularly that even local Vietnamese are common victims. Avoid dangling your bags along traffic roads. Talking on your mobile phone next to cars on the road and putting your bag on the front basket of a motorbike will tempt a robber.
It could happen day or night, in a crowded road with hundreds of drivers. Pickpockets are well organized and operate in groups. If you travel by motorbike, be aware that crooks can cause serious security issues.
Reports of people claiming that "your motorcycle is on fire" and offering to repair it or passers-by that throw nails at foreigners on motorcycles are frequent. Also infamously common are thefts on popular beaches.
Never leave your bag unattended on beaches. In hotel rooms, including five star ones, reports that belongings are stolen have been heard regularly by hotel staff, especially when it comes to small personal items of high value cash, digital cameras, etc , so take your cash or put it in a security deposit box, and the same with small digital equipment. There are many places where leaving larger electronics like laptops in the room is perfectly fine. The most effective preventative step is to only book hotel rooms at places that have a good reputation and reviews.
One of the tricks employed by con men is targeting tourists traveling on bikes by deliberately crashing into tourists bikes to blame them to extort money. Vietnam probably has the most scams per square foot, and significantly more than in surrounding countries. One certain trait of Vietnamese scams is that there seems to be no limit to what people would try to overcharge you.
It is pretty common for the scammers to attempt to overcharge you by ten or fifty times and sometimes even more. A very common one is when the organizers claim that the bus broke down and the tour operators force people to pay huge amounts for crummy hotels "while the bus is repaired". Be careful when going to a shop or restaurant that doesn't have prices written down. Before eating a meal, ask for the price or you may be in for a surprising bill. When you embark on a tourist tour, be independent: The police are probably the worst crooks of them all.
They are known to steal items from people both locals and tourists and ask for a steep bribe to get the item in return. Also, don't count on them for any help if you are victim of crime.
Most scams in Vietnam are in transport, hotel prices and the two-menus system practiced by some restaurants. Hotel owners may tell you that the room price is , dong. However, when checking out, they may insist that the price is USD20, charging you almost a double. Another trick is to tell customers that a "room" is a few dollars, but following day they'll say that price was for a fan room only and it's another price for an air-con room. These days, legitimate hotel owners seem to be aware of these scams and are usually willing to help by writing down how much the room is per person per day in US dollars or dong , if it has air con or not.
Staff of legitimate hotels also never ask for payment from a guest when they check in. Watch out if they insist that you should pay when you check out but refuse to write down the price on paper. Some restaurants are known to have two menus, one for local people and another one for foreigners.
The only way to deal with it is to learn a few Vietnamese phrases and insist that you should be shown only the Vietnamese menu. If they hesitate to show you the local menu, you better walk away. On rare occasions restaurants have two English menus with different prices. Taking pictures of all menus might be excessive, but if you suspect that the food had a different price when ordered, stand your ground. We usually memorize the prices of what we order and pay exactly that. The owners rarely make a big deal out of it because they know they cheated.
Otherwise ask for the police. Many taxi drivers in Saigon and Hanoi install rigged meters, charging up to 2 to 8 times more. If you don't know what a reasonable fare is, it is generally a bad idea to agree on a price in advance. Spoken for Saigon, the two recommended companies have quite reliable meters. Vinasun taxis usually have notices explaining that the meter value should be multiplied by to obtain the fare.
Some drivers will take advantage of the ambiguity, and tourists' lack of knowledge about what the fare should be, so it is best to have things clearly written out. Taxis are abundant in Saigon - and you can get a taxi at any time of the day or night. You can also call a Taxi, and usually people at call centers will be able to either converse in English, or will pass on the phone to someone who can.
Rule of thumb to detect scammers: It's a definite scam. When leaving the airport, the taxi driver may insist that you pay the airport toll. He might not be very forthcoming about the price and, if you give him cash, he will pay the toll and pocket the rest. Many taxi drivers in Sai Gon and Ha Noi try to overcharge thin faced, just arrived, and gullible travelers.
You should consult some guidebooks and travel forums to prepare yourself for those petty scams and to learn more about how to avoid them. The airport toll fee in Saigon is 10, dong as of July - this is also written, along with the fare, on the dashboard of the taxi. You can confidently say "airport toll only 10," and refuse to pay anything else such as parking etc.
Usually, the driver will not argue it out. In Saigon, a trip to Backpackers Street should not cost more than , dong from the airport in any case. The airports are as far as km from these places and meter will cost you from , to , dong. However, you can either take a bus from the Airport to the city center, or pre-negotiate rates with taxis from ,, dong. Refer to individual sections for details. Pay attention to sides of taxi - usually a rate for Airport drop is written on the door itself.
Taxi and cyclo drivers may claim that they don't have change when accepting payment for an agreed-upon fare. The best way to handle this is to either carry smaller bills or be ready to stand your ground.
Generally the driver is only trying to get an extra dollar or so by rounding the fare up, but to prevent this scam from becoming more popular it is advised to stay calm and firm about the price. When you meet an over friendly cyclo driver who says, "never mind how much you would pay" or "you can pay whatever you like at the end of the trip".
He even tries to show you his book of comments from international tourists. This kind of driver has to be a scammer. If you still want to use his service you should make it clear about the agreed price and don't pay more than that.
Just be clear what you are willing to pay; the cyclo drivers are just trying to make a living. Corruption is a big problem in Vietnam and locals are convinced that the police are not to be trusted.
Remember to stand your ground and all officers are required to write all traffic violations in their notebook and give you a receipt with directions to pay to the station not the officer. If you have a cell phone, threaten to call your embassy and he may back down.
However, you might just find it easier to pay the fine and get on your way. Immigration officers are known to take bribes. During the early Doi Moi the reform in the 90s , bribes could be a few US dollars or a few packs of cigarettes.
Today, although some officers still seem to feel okay at taking bribes, it is absolutely risk-free and acceptable if you don't bribe. The international monitoring group Transparency International has rated Vietnam as one of the most corrupt nations in Asia. Prostitution is illegal in Vietnam, but it is nevertheless widespread. Due to conservative culture it is less visible; there is no street prostitution or go-go clubs. However it thrives both in traditional establishments massage parlors and spas, nightclubs, hourly rentals and in some places you would never expect, such as hair salons.
Rickshaw drivers also offer prostitutes to tourists at every tourist destination, and in less reputable hotels the staff may offer them as well. Pay special attention if you want a massage in a tourist area. In legitimate massage establishments, a man is typically massaged by a male masseur. You can ask for a male masseur, and while most tourist-serving establishments won't have one, it will inform them that you're really looking for a massage and not for other activities.
The age of consent is Vietnam has laws on the books with penalties up to years in prison for sexually exploiting women and children, and in the case of underage prostitution, those laws are indeed enforced. Also, several nations have laws that allow them to prosecute their own citizens who travel abroad and engage in intercourse with minors. The first discovery for many tourists who just arrive in Vietnam is that they need to learn how to cross a road all over again.
You may see a tourist standing on the road for 5 minutes without knowing how to cross it. Traffic in Vietnam is a nightmare.
Back home, you may never witness the moment of crash, seeing injured victims lying on the road, or hearing the BANG sound. Staying in Vietnam for more than a month, you will have fair chance of experiencing all these. To cross the road, don't try to avoid the cars, let them avoid you. Step confidently forward, a little more, and you will see motorcycle drivers to slow down a bit, or go to another way. Euro aus dem Ausland per Dokument bestätigt.
Das ist klar, aber auch sehr kostspielig, da die heimische Bank und die thailändische Bank massiv Gebühren und einen schlechten Kurs nimmt. Die Kaufsumme ist ja auch nicht klein.
Nun gibt es ja wie hier erwähnt WU usw. Habe auch im Internet einige Adressen gefunden die den Geldtransfer incl Wechsel günstiger anbieten.
Problem dabei ist nur, dass das Geld ja auf mein Konto bei z. Kennt jemand einen regulären Weg den Geldtransfer von Deutschland nach Thailand kostengünstig zu gestalten und dennoch die Bestätigung einer Thaibank über Transfer aus dem Ausland zu bekommen?
Hallo Roland, danke für das Feedback. Bitte vergleiche beim nächsten Mal den Wechselkurs. Da liegt meist der Hund begraben. Geld war heute da. Mit der Deutschen Bank war die Rente bislang deutlich länger unterwegs. Toll Alternative und man spart über Monate und Jahre richtig viel Geld.
Die haben alles geprüft und den Gutscheincode getestet. Es scheint sich daher eventuell um ein lokales Problem zu handeln. Bei Schwierigkeiten wende Dich bitte direkt an den Kundendienst: Geld anhäufen und nur eine Überweisung machen, z. Ist auch die einzige die so viel auszahlt pro Abhebung. Bin ich aber noch lange nicht bei 1. Hab mein Konto in D-land und mache sonst eine hoehere Überweisung nach Thailand damit nicht so viel Geld verloren geht.
Der kann gerade am ATM sehr schlecht sein. Achte da bitte in Zukunft darauf und vergleiche den Kurs mal mit dem offiziellen Wechselkurs zum gleichen Zeitpunkt. Da liegt der Hund meist begraben.
Ich habe das hier mal im Detail aufgeschlüsselt: Vielen Dank für die Recherche und all die Mühe! Das ist mit Abstand der aktuellste und umfangreichste Vergleich, den ich finden konnte.
Nobbi Fahre im April wieder für 6 Monate nach Deutschland. Meine Frage ist folgende: Muss ich ein Konto eröffnen bei der Azimo Bank? Wenn Ja, wie und wo kann ich ein Konto eröffnen? Besten Dank für eure Hilfe. Ich wollte gerade Azimo ausprobieren. Aber der Wechselkurs ist ein Frechheit. Das wäre aber sehr teuer geworden für mich. Such mir nun eine Alternative. Die Abweichung vom offiziellen Devisenwechselkurs kann hier berechnet werden: Aktuell sind es z. Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, ich überweise mtl.
Die Rate kann ich errechnen, aber was hat K. Gestrige Überweisung , d. Das hängt entscheidend davon ab, welche Entgeltoption Sie in Deutschland gewählt haben, von welcher Bank der Transfer erfolgte und ob die Abwicklung über eine zwischengeschaltete Korrespondenzbank lief.
In den meisten Fällen sind die hier vorgestellten Online-Anbieter schneller, günstiger und transparenter. Hallo Mache ein Eurokonto bei der Thaibank auf. Hallo Khun Chang, ich habe den technischen Kundendienst kontaktiert. Hallo Werner, Überweisungen bis umgerechnet 3. Sehr geehrter Herr Strogies, dass erfragen Sie besser direkt bei der Kasikornbank. Währungsumtausch erfolgt zum echten Devisenmittelkurs. Der Top-Anbieter für Überweisungen nach Thailand.
Höchstbetrag von 2 Millionen Baht. Im Anschluss faire Gebühren. Guthabenaufladung eines Mobiltelefons in Thailand ist verfügbar. Bargeld ist an vielen Abholstellen sofort verfügbar. Guthaben kann per Airtime auf ein Mobiltelefon des Empfängers geladen werden. Bei Einzahlung per Banküberweisung dauert es Werktage. Banküberweisungen dauern bei Einzahlung mit einer Kreditkarte oder Sofortüberweisung ebenfalls Werktage. Gebühr und Wechselkurs sind abhängig von der Wahl der Ein- und Auszahlungsmethode.
Empfänger wird an den Kosten beteiligt. Es können weitere Gebühren bei Abwicklung über Partnerbanken anfallen.
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