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Vietnam

Socialist Republic of Vietnam/Cộng a Hội Chủ Nghĩa Việt Nam

Region: Southeast Asia

Area: 331,698 thous. sq. km

Capital: Hanoi

Major cities: Hồ Chí Minh, Ha Nội, Ðà Nẵng, Hải Phòng, Biên Hòa

Climate: differs greatly between north and south, though both regions experience monsoons; from November to April, the north is cool and dry, while May to October is hot and rainy; southern part is hot and humid all year round

Language: Vietnamese

Religion: Buddhists

Local time: GMT +7

Calling code: +84

Currency: Vietnamese dong

Credit cards: MasterCard, American Express, Visa, JCB, Diners Club

Visa: required for citizens of the USA, EU, and CIS; not required for nationals of Japan and Norway for a stay up to 15 days. For more details please visit http://www.learn4good.com/travel/vietnamese_visas_requirements.htm

Transport: air transport, rail transport, motor transport, water transport

Recommended time for treatment: November through February

International airports (cities): Ha Noi, Da Nang

According to a number of experts, medical standards in Vietnam are improving with each year. It is quite possible that in a couple of years this country will join the top ten leaders of the Asian medical tourism market. And no wonder, considering the advantage of the geographical position of Vietnam and ancient traditions of its folk medicine. This small country houses numerous state and private medical centres, as well as private practicians. During the treatment process they actively apply the methods of traditional Vietnamese medicine — acupuncture (needle therapy) and phytotherapy (herbal treatment). Such methods create an excellent alternative to conventional Western treatment or rather finely complement it. Vietnam today has more than 9 thousand clinics licensed for applying Oriental methods.

District 5 of Ho Chi Minh city is the largest Vietnamese centre of Oriental medicine. This district is the location of not just medical centres and offices of private doctors of Oriental medicine, but also numerous shops and stalls (over 200) selling phytomedicines and medicinal remedies.

Along with folk and non-conventional Oriental medicine, Vietnamese medical centres use all possibilities and technological advances of modern Western medicine. The diagnostic and treatment standards in private clinics are rather high. Overseas patients are offered here medical services in the following fields: aesthetic and plastic surgery, dentistry, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, and oncology.

The cost of medical services in Vietnam is among the most affordable both in South East Asian and around the world. In particular, overseas patients considerably cut their costs on dental services and ophthalmological surgeries. 

Overseas patients are welcomed here in the best traditions of Oriental hospitality, striving to provide them with high quality of medical services and comfortable accommodation along with an entertaining leisure programme. Keep in mind also the natural gifts of this country and its congenial climate facilitating speedy rehabilitation and recovery of the patient’s organism. Besides, more than ten balneological resorts are situated on the territory of Vietnam.

Recommended time for treatment: February to April, December.

Vietnam is known for magnificent sea and balneological resorts, sanatoriums, centres of folk medicine, and affordable spa saloons with high standards of service. Overseas guests receive a specifically Oriental hospitable welcome here.

On the coast of the South China Sea there lies the most renowned Vietnamese resort of Binh Chau, also referred to as “Eco Resort & Spa”. It has 70 thermal mineral water springs rich in radon, nitrogen, sulphur, silica, chloride, potassium. Mineral waters are applied for water procedures and for preparing therapeutic teas. Besides, for many procedures local specialists use cajuput essential oil which helps cure various diseases (skin inflammatory processes, psoriasis, respiratory diseases, acute respiratory diseases, asthma, torminas/colicky pain, digestive tract problems, cystitis, urethritis, muscle pains, head and tooth aches, chronic rheumatism). Essential oil is also applied as a tranquiliser and cosmetic remedy, for inhalations and massage.

Mountain resort of Sapa is ideally suited for people with diseases of respiratory tract. Fresh mountain air is perfectly healthful for asthmatics. Local herbs and plants are used by locals to prepare unique therapeutic extracts and ointments.

Fantkhiet, New Changi, Long Hai, Phu Quoc Island are all excellent Vietnamese resorts. Deep, calm, warm waters, waterfalls and rivers, pristine tropical forests, wondrous coral reefs, rare flora and fauna are created by nature to give you a possibility to have a really good rest and recover. Along with wonderful spa procedures at very affordable prices you will be offered recovery applying methods of Vietnamese traditional medicine.

3* from €30

4* from €75

5* from €140

Vietnamese national cuisine offers a variety of treats with fish, chicken, pork, and certainly rice. Unlike other Asian cuisines, Vietnamese food is not so spicy. The most frequently utilised spices are fish sauce (Nước mắm) and lemon grass (xả or sả).

The most popular Vietnamese dishes include:

Rice pancakes Nem rán (Nem Saigon or chả giò) (thin, delicate rice paper rolls filled with an abundance of chopped pork, crabs, rice noodles (mien), wood ear mushrooms (Mook Yee), onions, eggs).

Banh Xeo — oil-fried pancakes Saigon-style are thin, delicate rice crepes filled with mincemeat, onions, spices.

Pho sour soup consists of three groups of ingredients cooked separately and mixed together closer to the end of the cooking process of this dish. Ingredients used: rice noodles; chopped and fried potatoes; pork liver, stomach and meat chopped and fried, and pieces of fried duck meat. Broth/clear soup also consists of water, garlic, sugar, various seasonings, and vinegar. Marinade and spices that were in the duck stuffing are then used to for sauce preparation.

Tun pancakes are scones with rice and various type of filling (e.g., anchovy).

Vong village young rice rolled into a fresh lotus leaf and tied with rice straws adding pieces of banana, persimmon, grapefruit.

La Vong fish cutlets cooked from fish fillets with seasonings and spices (ground black pepper, saffron, tormentil root). Ready cutlets are served with a special sauce, fried peanuts, dill, green onions dipped in vinegar, small lumps of sour carambola fruit, and green banana. This dish is considered a real treat and is cooked from the special species of cat fish harbouring only in the Red river.

Cao Lau noodles cooked in a complicated way by the ancient recipe from rice and fried with garlic. Served with a special sauce and dressing: lean meat from pork hand marinated with seasonings and spices

Other popular Vietnamese dishes are eel soup, boa constrictor meat stewed or fried with spices and nuts, crocodile fillet, fish soup with pineapple, lemon soup with shrimps, noodle soup with Haiphong style freshwater crabs, soup with soft noodles and snails, rice with с freshwater mussels, coco rice.

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