Vietnamese (English widely spoken)
Reunification Palace is a restored five-floor tribute to the 1960s; situated in the front gardens is a replica of tank #843 that crashed through the gate when the war ended, whilst the basement is filled with vintage phones, radios and office equipment
Visit the Chu Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong guerillas as hiding places during combat - they also served as supply routes, hospitals and living quarters and have been made larger to accommodate western visitors
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.
The difference in rainfall between the two seasons - dry season, which traditionally runs from November to May and the wet season, June to October - is more obvious here than anywhere elsewhere in Vietnam. The rain in the wet season is often limited to heavy showers which fall at the end of the afternoon, with temperatures remaining relatively constant – on average between 25°C and 35°C throughout the season.
The climate in the Mekong Delta is sub-equatorial with two main seasons. During the wet season - May to October - short downpours occurr almost every day, whilst during the dry season - November to April - the last three months are the hottest and most humid. It is only at the peak of summer that heavy downpours and tropical storms are frequent. There is no 'best' time to visit the Mekong Delta - if you want to avoid excessive heat, the rainy season would be a better choice when the air is cooler and it is not as dusty as in the dry season. Try and plan your holiday so that you travel at the beginning of this season, because the Delta being an area of very low relief, often suffers from flooding, caused by massive volumes of water coming down from the mountains of Cambodia, Thailand and Laos after heavy rainfall here.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Ho Chi Minh City.
Direct flights to Ho Chi Minh with Vietnam Airlines from London Gatwick. British Airways from London Heathrow to Bangkok and Hong Kong. Thai Airways from London Heathrow to Bangkok. Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific from London Heathrow to Hong Kong. Emirates to Ho Chi Minh, (via Dubai) from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Air France to Ho Chi Minh, (via Paris) from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Edinburgh. Onward connecting flights to Ho Chi Minh with: Thai Airways from Bangkok. Vietnam Airlines from Bangkok and Hong Kong. Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong.
From London Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh: 12 hours, 35 minutes. London Heathrow to Bangkok: 11 hours, 40 minutes. From London Heathrow to Hong Kong: 11 hours, 55 minutes. London Heathrow to Dubai: 6 hours, 50 minutes. From London Heathrow to Paris: 1 hour 20 minutes.
Onward connecting flights from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh: 1 hour, 30 minutes.
From Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh: 2 hours, 40 minutes.
From Dubai to Ho Chi Minh: 7 hours, 30 minutes.
Onward long haul flight from Paris to Ho Chi Minh: 12 hours, 10 minutes.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
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