Vietnam is a beautiful long-stretching country in Southeast Asia, with magnanimous history and diversify cultural so there are a few things that advise tourist should know before they pack their bags for heading to Vietnam.
Vietnam is a friendly and safety destination for enjoy travelling. With a sprinkling of common sense, your trip should be smooth and free hassle. Foreign travellers are usually complained about over-aggressive street vendors, shop keepers with a bad attitude and dangerous driving. However, with a cool head and sensible planning, one can avoid these problems.
Greetings are similar to western countries, there are no cultural formalities that as a foreigner would be expected to know or practice.
Generally Vietnamese people are dressing conservatively particular woman, although hot weather. It’s better not to show off too much skin. If you do, especially girls, you’ll be stares from the locals.
It’s highly recommended dress nicely when visiting pagodas and temples. No shorts or tatty beer t-shirts or reveal shoulders. Shoes and sandal should be fine, and rarely have to put off. If unsure, just follow what the locals do.
Strongly suggestion should drink plenty of water, No need to carry huge bottles around with you while walking around for sightseeing, the vendor would be not far away and no doubt they will find you before you find them.
Keep your cash, credit cards, airline tickets and other valuables in a safety place at your hotel, it could be safety box or down front desk deposit.
Travel with recommended travel agencies. Even if you plan to buy tickets when in country, research your journey a little first on the Internet. A good resource is Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree Forum, trip advisor where travel fellow review about the fact in Vietnam. This way you find reliable travel company and avoid a not good one and badly run hotels.
Should not do
Wear a lot of jewelry or take a bag with you. Violent crime is highly unusual in Vietnam, but petty crime is more apparent. If you have a bag, or tout a digital camera around your neck, you are a potential target.
When taking a ride by motorbike taxi (xe om) make sure your bag, if any, is not on display or easy to grab. Bag snatches, although still rare, are probably the most likely crime a tourist would encounter, and it raises the probability immensely if you are tailing a camera or a laptop in the wind.
Don’t wear singlet, shorts, skirts or dresses, or revealing clothes to temples or pagodas.
Physical displays of affection between lovers in public are frowned upon. That’s why you may come across couples holding hands but not hugging or kissing.
Losing your temper in Vietnam means a loss of face. Keep a cool head and remain polite, you’ll have a greater chance of getting what you want.
Remember, this is Vietnam, a developing country, and things don’t quite work as you are maybe used to. Don’t be paranoid about your safety, just be aware of your surroundings