planning a trip to Vietnam and are having difficulties
deciding where to go and what to do, what you cannot miss
and what to skip. From the feedbacks of our customers,
Cheap Vietnam Holidays would like to recommend some
activities considered by travellers as must-do's when you
are in Vietnam....
is a reasonably safe country, and most people you meet will be friendly,
honest and trustworthy, however, travel and living conditions are
different from your home country, so be alert.
Be aware that local laws and penalties, even those which may seem harsh
by your home country standards, do apply to you. For example, there are
strictly enforced laws which prohibit demonstrations unless they have
prior approval from the government. Penalties for drug offences are
severe, and include the death penalty, as do certain other serious
The rainy season occurs between May and November in southern Vietnam
(from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh city). During these time severe rainstorms
can cause landslides in mountain and remote areas in the north which may
interrupt essential services. Rural areas near the central may be
subject to flooding. Typhoons can occur during the wet season along the
central coasts. You should monitor weather reports if travelling in
affected areas. If a natural disaster occurs you should follow the
advice of the local authorities.
The police in Vietnam are generally very friendly, though they
speak very little English except in big cities like Ha Noi and Sai Gon
where some police can generally speak simple fluent English. If you are
lost then ask for directions as they will usually be happy to help. For
better communications, simple notes with common expressions both in
Vietnamese and English are recommended, and also carry a card with your
hotel’s name and address in Vietnamese as well as English writing.
By and large, Vietnam is safe, but petty crime is on the increase
and tourists are particularly vulnerable so precautions and common sense
are still advisable, particularly at night, and particularly around the
expatriate bar areas. Here are some pointers:
1. Try not to carry large amounts of money or obvious symbols of wealth,
and keep your wallet or purse out of sight (back pockets are a big no).
Pickpockets tend to operate in crowded areas, for example the public
bus, so in busy areas make sure that you carry your bags where you can
see them - for example a backpack, even a small daypack, is extremely
vulnerable. Wallets, mobile phones, cameras, jewellery and laptops are
tempting targets for thieves.
2. Make sure that you protect your passport, tickets, visa documents etc
by carrying them on your person, preferably underneath clothing in a
pouch or money belt. Never leave valuables lying around your hotel room
or in your car. And if you are backpacking or staying in hostels buy a
padlock so that you can secure your possessions in lockers, or enquire
about a safe deposit at the hotel.
3. Carry a photocopy of your passport and other vital documents
separately be particularly careful at night. At all times try to stick
to busy, well-lit places.
4. Make sure that you take notice of advice from our local guides. If
they tell you an area is unsafe, do not go there.
You may well come across beggars in Vietnam, particularly in the
larger cities. In the vast majority of cases you shouldn't feel
threatened or intimidated, but if you do report the incident to the
police. And if you want to hand out money, make sure that you exercise
some caution and common sense. For example do not flash around a huge
wallet but carry some loose change.
As elsewhere in the world, in Vietnam you may come across people who try
to exploit the unsuspecting. When on holiday, tourists often let down
their guard and that makes them especially vulnerable to scams. So
again, caution and common sense are vital. For example, beware of people
on the street side who offer services of money exchange. If you do need
to exchange money, do it in the Bank or at the star-rated hotel. When
you are shopping check your change carefully – if you are using large
denomination bills, make sure that you get good, clean and genuine notes
in your change.