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Frequently Asked Questions and General Information

Taking your Golf Clubs

The free baggage allowance for most airlines, economy class is 20kg and normally airlines will allow an extra 5kg. If you manage to fit your golf clubs within your baggage allowance then there is no excess baggage charge however golf clubs can be hired at all the Golf Clubs included in our golf tours for an additional charge.

Handicap certificates

If you have one, it is advisable to bring with you however it’s not mandatory with the Golf Clubs included in our golf tours.

Visas

It is straight forward to obtain a tourist visa from the Vietnamese Embassy in London by post (application form and details can be supplied) and the service takes about two weeks in total.

Insurance

All Vietnam Golf and Travel clients MUST ensure they have adequate travel insurance cover and we will require details of your insurance policy prior to your date of travel.

Departure Tax

Your tour price includes Departure Tax from the UK however there is an Overseas Airport Passenger Charge of approximately £12 to pay when leaving Vietnam.

What to wear

Vietnam has a temperature between 15°C and 38°C, so smart casual is advisable and tailored shorts are suitable for playing golf.

Climate

The South has two seasons: Wet and Dry 

The North has four seasons spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Customs

Visitors to Vietnam are required to fill in a standard customs declaration in duplicate upon arrival. Customs may inspect your luggage to verify that you have made correct declaration.

Health

It is a good idea to consult a doctor one month to six weeks before departing to check on any required immunizations.

Money Matters 

Vietnam’s unit of currency is the dong (pronounced dong) US$ & £ Sterling can be changed in banks or hotels for the local currency.

Most hotels and city shops will accept credit cards and ATM’s can be found in the major cities.

Security

In general, Vietnam is a very safe country for travel and crimes against foreigners are very rare.

Business Hours 

Offices and public services generally open early from around 7.30am and close for lunch at around noon or 12.30pm, opening again around 1pm until 4.30pm Monday to Saturday. Banks are open from 8.00am to 3pm Monday to Friday and closed on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Private shops are open from 8.30am until late in the evening. Shop are generally open seven days a week. Food markets generally close around 5pm.

Eating out 

Vietnamese cuisine offers the visitor a wide variety of fine dishes, delicately flavoured with 

fresh herbs, spices and nuoc man (fish sauce), usually accompanied by nuoc cham, a condiment sauce of nuoc man, lime juice, a little grated carrot, chilli, garlic and sugar.

Steamed rice (com) and soup are eaten at every meal. Different regional specialities lend even more variety to this varied menu.

Ask the locals for recommendations and they will be very happy to initiate you into the discovery of Vietnam’s delicious and unique cuisine.

Shopping

Traditional Vietnamese handicrafts offer a wide variety of wares to choose from. Clothing is comparatively inexpensive and local tailors can very quickly produce well-made garments to the design of your choice.

Helpful links:

Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) information website at www.fco.gov.uk/travel for essential travel advice and tips

Vietnam Embassy http://www.vietnamembassy.org.uk/consular.html

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