Vietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. With an estimated 92.7 million inhabitants as of 2016. Vietnam is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, Thailand across the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest, and the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia across the South China Sea to the east and southeast. Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976, with Ho Chi Minh City as a historical city as well.

What to know before getting there ?

Papers (for the French):
Passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry into the territory;
Visa; Visa exemption until June 30, 2017 for stays of less than 15 days / 14 nights.

Recommended vaccines:
Universal vaccines (DTPP, hepatitis B); typhoid fever ; hepatitis A ; Japanese encephalitis.

Best seasons:
In the north of Vietnam, from November to the end of April and beginning of May;
In the center, from February to May;
In the south, from December to April.

Vietnam Part 1

From Hanoi through Halong bay to Sapa.

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Vietnam Part 2

From Sapa to Ho Chi Minh.

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