Vietnam: Destination Asia


Destination Asia is the Far East’s leading Diversified Travel Organisation with 27 offices in 11 Asia countries.

Destination Asia was formed in 1996 when experienced travel executives and managers saw a niche market opportunity for a travel firm that, being owned by its staff, could provide travel services solely responsive to the needs of the client and not the whims of any international corporate conglomerate.

Destination Asia Thailand and Destination Asia Vietnam were the first units of the Destination Asia group to be formed. From these two initial successes Destination Asia Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Myanmar and Laos have evolved, further strengthening our association within the region. In 2010 we opened in Singapore & Malaysia and in 2011 we launched our Japan operation.

We offer specialist services for all areas of the corporate Incentive, Meeting and Exhibition business, with particular expertise in the UK markets. Destination Asia prides itself in creating unique and cost effective programs, with the highest levels of professional operation and delivery, which has resulted in the Company providing services to many of the Fortune 500 companies using incentive travel as a core sales motivation device.


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Key Contacts
Paul Levrier – Managing Director
Ian Clark – General Manager
Toan Tran – MICE Manager

Vietnam – Destination Factfile

Time in Hanoi

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London - Hanoi approx 12 hours
London - Ho Chi Minh City approx 12 hours

Main Airports
Noi Ba International Airport, Hanoi (HAN)
Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)

Hanoi airport is 30kms from the city centre – travel time approx 30-40 minutes depending on traffic.
Ho Chi Minh City airport is 7kms from the city centre – travel time approx 20-30 minutes depending on traffic.

Immigration Visitors require a current passport valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond their stay in Vietnam with at least one blank page available for the visa. Amendment pages at the back of passports are not suitable for the visa.

Nationals from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Brunei and the Philippines can enter Vietnam and stay for less than 30 days without a visa. For stays longer than 30 days passport holders require a visa prior to arrival.

Nationals from South Korea, Japan and Scandinavian (Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland) can enter Vietnam and stay for less than 15 days without a visa. For stays longer than 15 days passport holders require a visa prior to arrival.

All other nationalities require a visa to enter Vietnam.

Visas can be obtained prior to traveling or on arrival with pre-arranged approval through Destination Asia. Please note delegates arriving without a visa or without an approval for a visa on arrival will not be permitted entry.

For further advice contact the Royal Thai Embassy in London as follows:-

Embassy of Vietnam
12-14 Victoria Road
London W8 5RD

Telephone enquiries:
Monday to Friday 9:30 to 12:30 and 15:30 to 17:30
Tel: 020 7937 1912
Fax: 0207 565 3853

Consular/Visa Section
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:30 to 12:30
Fax: 0207 937 6108

Vietnam London Embassy website

Official Currency VND – Vietnamese Dong
Notes: 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000, 500,000

Climate Hanoi and the north experience four seasons, with a distinct summer and winter. March to May is warm and usually relatively dry with bright sunny days. The short wet season runs from June to September when it is very hot and humid. October to December is pleasant, with temperatures still in the mid-20’s and relatively dry.

Danang and Hoi An have a short rainy season from September to November but they can be affected by typhoon season which typically runs from June to October, with the majority of the stormy weather in September and October. From March to August Danang experiences hot and sunny days with temperatures reaching the mid-30’s.

Ho Chi Minh City and the south experience wet season from May to October. During this time there are daily heavy, yet short-lived showers usually in the afternoon, which help give some relief from the hot and humid days. Dry season runs from November to April, when days are sunny and humid with temperatures year round in the 30’s.

Local Time GMT +7hrs – No daylight saving adjustment.

Electricity 220V AC

Official Holidays
1 January - New Year’s Day
Jan-Feb - The Vietnamese New Year – dependent on the lunar calendar (usually late-Jan to mid-Feb)
April - Hung King Commemoration – dependent on the lunar calendar (April)
30 April - Reunification Day
1 May - Labour Day
2 September - National Day

Health Advice
Water: It is not recommended to drink tap water. Bottled mineral water is very cheap and widely available. However, there is no need to brush your teeth with mineral water.

Vaccinations & Medicine: No vaccinations are required when visiting Vietnam. Please contact your local health clinic or government health department because requirements may occasionally change.

Dialing code from UK to Vietnam: 00 84
Emergency Service numbers in Vietnam:
Ambulance: 115
Police: 113

Taxes Vietnam has 10% VAT which is usually included in the advertised price of items. Hotels and restaurants charge the 10% VAT and a 5% service charge on room rates, food and beverage.

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