Vietnam is beautiful. You are planning to come Vietnam for traveling but still wondering whether this country is safe enough, this information will be useful.
Following the report of “The travel Risk Map for 2018” by International SOS and Control Risks, Vietnam is named on the list of the most ideal countries in the world for traveling with the lowest risk rate besides Canada, France, Germany and Australia. Specifically, the crime rates is very low here and there’s almost no terrorist acts or racial violence.
However, there may be some little issues, just take a few small tips below so that you can be totally safe.
1. Learn a few Vietnamese words
Vietnam is not only famous for very tasty street foods but also friendly people. If you say “Xin chào” or “Bạn có khỏe không?” to native people, they will be very nice to you when you seek help
However, prices are not always fixed here. So, you need to learn how to say numbers like “Một” (1); “Một nghìn” (1000) for well communicating with the sellers or taxi drivers. And with more words like “Đắt quá”, “giảm giá đi”, you even can bargain to them for better prices.
2. Acknowledging traffic tips
A busy street in Saigon (source: Unsplash)
Most of foreign people are not familiar with busy traffic here. Waiting quite long time for acrossing the road or being stucked for hours during rush hours may usually bore them. But remember that it not crazy as most people think. You just carefully observe, following traffic rules and don’t be shy to ask for help from natives.
3. Make a plan
Hagiang, Vietnam (source: Unsplash)
Firstly, Vietnam looks quite small on the global map but in fact it’s bigger than you think. So when deciding to go somewhere, you should seek thoroughly where that place locates and how to get there as convenient as possible.
Another advantage of this is that you can find for yourself best places for eating. Because not all the food stores are really good the same, taking some recommendations from previous people can help you a lot.
4. Choose the best time for coming
Because most of Vietnamese people travel on weekend and special holiday for example the national day (2nd, September), 30th and 1st May,... So just avoiding these noisy days so that you can entirely relax.
Sapa on a weekend (source: Instagram)