Information & Facts
There are no car hire rentals at the airport.
Minibuses and metered taxis are available for transport to the
city centre. Make sure the driver is wearing an official name badge
and that the meter is on. Most hotels can arrange transport for
arriving passengers, but visitors should organise this in
Tel: +84 (0)8 3 848 5383.
US$14 for international flights.
The airport is small and overcrowded and patience is often
required, however the facilities are perfectly adequate. The
tourist information desk at the international arrivals exit can
help with hotel reservations. Foreign exchange kiosks are available
outside both international arrivals and departures. A post office
is outside the arrivals terminal.
The official language in Vietnam is Vietnamese. Some
Chinese, English and French are spoken. Tour guides can also speak
Russian and Japanese. Numerous ethnic languages are also spoken in
The official currency is the Dông (VND). There are no smaller
denominations. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de
change, hotels and on the black market. Visa, MasterCard and
American Express are becoming more widely acceptable, particularly
in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, but it is best not to rely on them
elsewhere. It is recommended that visitors bring travellers cheques
in US Dollars, which can be cashed at major banks in the main
cities and tourist areas. US currency acts as unofficial tender and
is useful as a back-up when banks won't cash travellers cheques
outside the main cities, but notes must be relatively new and
unmarked. Dông can be withdrawn from ATMs, which are becoming more
Local time in Vietnam is GMT +7.