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The Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2003, covered 85,754 hectares. With this extension, the site covers a total surface area of 126,236 hectares (a 46 % increase) and shares a boundary with the Hin Namno Nature Reserve in the Peoples Democratic Republic of Laos. The Park’s landscape is formed by limestone plateaux and tropical forests. It features great geological diversity and offers spectacular phenomena, including a large number of caves and underground rivers. The site harbours a high level of biodiversity and many endemic species. The extension ensures a more coherent ecosystem while providing additional protection to the catchment areas that are of vital importance for the integrity of limestone landscapes.
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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Vietnam. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Vietnam.
Currencie(s): Vietnamese đồng
Corruption: Vietnam has a corruption score of 67 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Vietnam, watch out for muggers and beware of corrupt police officers. According to Transparency International, Vietnam scores average on the list of corrupt nations around the world.
Vietnam is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.88 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Quảng Bình is 18.
Age of Consent: 18 years.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Vietnam.
Vietnam scores a 0/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 220 V (50 Hz), Plug A / B / C
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 29.63 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So be carefull when travelling to Vietnam. Make sure you are prepared by reading our article about effective strategies for a healthier trip.