Hip Guide to Vietnam

Hip Guide to Vietnam
3.7 Million travelers enjoyed Vietnam in 2009. The country has undergone a tremendous transformation since the war, and there are many wonderful places and things to explore in Vietnam. Spend time with these ancient people and enjoy some of the many festivals based on the phases of the moon, eat their excellent Pho soups, visit modern Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, and relax in the Asian culture.
Whether you come for a quick visit or extended tour, you will find a wealth of information about destinations here. The Hip Guide to Vietnam offers the highlights of the country, and contains many tips for making your stay here more rewarding.The Hip Guide to Vietnam is your source for hotel reservations, tourist information, events, reviews, shopping and much more. Don’t forget to visit our Vietnam Photo Gallery! Bookmark this site, and visit whenever you need to find out what’s happening in Vietnam.THIS SITE IS INTERACTIVE! You can participate by adding your own reviews, comments, stories or event listings. Don’t forget to tell your friends about us!

Vietnam Public Holidays

January 1 New Year’s
Changes by the moon’s phase Tết (Vietnamese New Year)
10th day of the 3rd lunar month Hung Kings Commemoriations
April 30 Liberation Day/Reunification Day
May 1 International Workers’ Day
September 2 National Day

The Art of Bargaining in Vietnam

When traveling in Vietnam you barter, bargain, and haggle. Its part of the culture. Its a way of life. And that’s the way it is.

For foreigners and tourists it is not the way things work at home. But with the right attitude, it can still be a lot of fun, and can save you money. Here are a few helpful hints to get you started.

First and foremost you need to smile and embrace the entire process. From picking up things and investigating their value, to the haggling, to the actual purchase, it is important to remain positive and… Continue reading

Traveling in Vietnam

The Vietnam tourism industry is slowly but surely picking up over the years. Known for it’s scenic natural views, it’s one place nature lovers must not miss. As a matter of fact, I am doing a bit of research on Vietnam tours as I intend to travel Vietnam, either by tour or backpacking sometime next year (well, I need to save enough money for the trip!).

There are many tour options and there are also cruises as well for those who wish to visit the famous Halong Bay. I think it’s good to know a little about the country you… Continue reading

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