It’s no secret that Vietnam has had a difficult past and, over the years, its people have struggled through poverty and war. Since the year 2000, however, things have taken a drastic turn for the better and the country has experienced one of the highest economic growth rates in the world. It is also thanks to such attractions as the seaside resort town of Nha Trang, the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, Ha Long Bay and the Terraces at Sa Pa that attract tourists every year.
Since Vietnam is such a vast country with fantastic sights in the most unexpected places, it would be a good idea to prepare yourself by reading through our Vietnam Travel Blog. These blog posts will help you decide which cities or towns you want to visit, the sights you wish to see and even what to expect in terms of cuisine and culture.
Vietnam Travel Blog and Holiday Tips
- What to wear: Conservative clothing is respected and somewhat expected when visiting Vietnam. This particular applies to female visitors. If you visit a Pagoda (house of worship) you must wear long pants (that applies to men too) or they will not let you in.
- Photographs and video: As a tourist, you are sure to take your camera along with you. However, take careful note of your surroundings before snapping any shots. Photos of military buildings, for example, are not permitted and the law enforcement in Vietnam is extremely strict. If you visit a small village, it is considered rude to film your surroundings and the people. They will most likely be too polite to tell you to stop but you will certainly offend them.
- Public behaviour: Public displays of affection is seriously frowned upon. Holding hands is considered acceptable but it’s not advisable to get any more intimate than this outside of your hotel room.
- Local crime: Bag snatching is a fairly common crime throughout the country. While walking, don’t let your bag hang at your side or towards your back. Keep it towards the front of your body and hold it in place. If you ride a bicycle, wrap the strap of your bag around your arm or leg. Distractions are everywhere so make sure that you are not caught off guard. In addition, be careful not to carry too much cash or important documents around with you all day. Keep a copy of your passport on your person and leave the original in a secure safe in your hotel room. That way, if your bag is stolen, it’s not a major loss.
- Transportation: You can get around on foot, by bicycle, taxi or by train. The train rides are the most scenic while walking or cycling are cost effective and excellent when exploring smaller areas.
- Weather: The heat in Vietnam can be quite stifling so make sure that you drink plenty of water. Regions located on the east coast are affected by the annual tropical cyclone season that runs from May to November each year. It is, however, important to monitor the weather in Vietnam as your trip approaches.
- Insurance and medical: Medical care in any foreign country can cost you a fortune if you do not have insurance. Make sure that you are fully covered and read through your policy thoroughly before you embark on your trip.
- Food and drink: If the locals avoid drinking tap water, then you should too! The water is considered to be safe if properly boiled and filtered. At restaurants you can order tea if you do not wish to drink plain water. Since it has been boiled, it is safe for consumption. If you order any soups or other liquids, make sure that they are served hot. Make sure that you only order and eat food that has been fully cooked. No undercooked meat, eggs with runny yolks or anything along those lines.