Visa and entry requirements Vietnam:
Passport required
For German nationals, entry is free of visa for a stay of no more than 15 days.

Information from the Foreign Office on your trip to Vietnam:

Vietnam is a state in Southeast Asia with about 97 million inhabitants. The country borders Cambodia to the southwest, Laos to the west, China to the north, the South China Sea to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the south.

The official language of the country is Vietnamese and the national currency is the Vietnamese Dong, where 1, - Euro is about 25.000, - VND.

Vietnam's territory also includes several upstream and beautiful islands, such as Phu Quoc, Cat Ba, Ly Son, Con Dao, Cu Lao Cham, Nam Du, Ba Lua, Co To, Binh Ba or Phu Quy.

The largest cities in the country include Ho Chi Minh City - formerly known as Saigon, Hanoi, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Bien Hoa and Hue. The vast majority of the Vietnamese population has no religion.

The predominantly flat country of Vietnam is crossed by a mountain range from north to south. The highest elevation in the country is the 3.144-meter-high mountain Phan-Xi-Pang, on the northern border with China.

In the far south is the large and fertile Mekong Delta. Numerous animal species such as elephants, tigers, rhinos, gibbons, bears, pheasants, owls, crocodiles and various birds of prey live in the forests of Vietnam.

Vietnam's economy is mainly based on agriculture, with the cultivation of coffee and rice - Vietnam is the second largest coffee producer in the world, the extraction of raw materials such as oil or hard coal, the textile industry and the steadily increasing tourism.

The most visited attractions, which attract around 12 million foreign tourists every year, include the spectacular Halong Bay, the mountain town of Sapa, the World Heritage Site of Hoi An, the citadel of the old imperial city of Hue, the desert landscape of Mui Ne, the historic city of Hoi An, the nature reserve of Ninh Binh, the many canals of the Mekong Delta, the white sandy beaches of Da Nang and Nha Trang, the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park with its caves, the Muong Hoa Valley, the Viet Cong tunnel system in Cu Chi and the Ban waterfalls Gioc and Pongour.

The capital and second largest city in Vietnam is Hanoi with about 7,5 million inhabitants. Hanoi is one of the oldest cities in the world and is located in the geographical north of the country.

The major sights of Hanoi include the Long Bien Bridge, the Old Town, the Temple of Literature, the Opera House, the Chua Tran Quoc Pagoda, the Quan Thanh Temple, the St. Joseph Cathedral, the Citadel of Thang Long, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Water Puppet Theater, the Old Citadel and the 33 meter flag tower.

The largest city in Vietnam is Ho Chi Minh City, with almost ten million inhabitants, in the south of the country. The city, better known under the old and still common name Saigon, is the economic center of the South Asian state.

The main sights of Saigon include the Opera House, the Main Post Office, the War Victims Museum, the historic Cu Chi and Ben Dinh tunnels from the Vietnamese War and Ho Chi Minh Square.

In April 2012 I visited Vietnam for the only time so far. I spent my one-week stay first in the tourist town of Nha Trang and then in the metropolis of Saigon.

The slightly hilly landscape around the popular coastal town of Nha Trang, with its adjacent tropical rainforests and elongated sandy beaches, was really impressive. However, it was partly like a return to earlier communism, due to the many old and unfinished ruins. One could clearly see that the city suddenly ran out of socialist money many years ago.

I was really surprised, however, by the enormously high prices that were asked in the restaurants and bars of the city. Until then, I had imagined Vietnam to be a little different.

After four days in the somewhat overpriced tourist city, I took the train to Saigon. The approximately eight-hour drive through the beautiful landscape of Vietnam was very eventful and great fun. The numerous rice fields and huge coffee plantations along the railway line offered me several impressive photo opportunities.

The city of Ho Chi Minh City seemed to consist of mopeds and was one of the biggest disappointments in my entire travel life. There is probably no other big city in the wide world that has so little to offer in terms of tourism as Saigon. The horrific road traffic is a mess, sometimes even funny, but otherwise I had somehow not felt comfortable in the city.

After two nights in the largest city in Vietnam, I continued by bus to neighboring Cambodia.