Travel tips for first-time visitors in Vietnam

Being able to immerse into the Vietnamese culture and participate in the local community is a wonderful experience for any visitors. However in order to have a safe and smooth-sailing trip, always keep in mind these DOs and DONTs.

Travel tips for first-time visitors in Vietnam, do and don't in vietnam

DO:

  • Carry out careful and serious research prior to your trip to avoid low quality hotels and unreliable travel agencies
  • Bring along your emergency contact number in case you need assistance from them while in Vietnam
  • Ask your hotel to keep your papers: passport, air tickets, and other important things.
  • Note some typical features of Vietnam culture
  • Obey the Vietnamese Laws, avoid involving in illegal issues
  • Don’t respond and just smile with street-vendors if you don’t really intend to buy goods from them. Check prices carefully and bargain before you pay (except for fixed prices)
  •  Bring with you some U.S. dollars. It is the most popular foreign currency in Vietnam but remember to exchange for some Vietnamese currency (at airport or bank), which will be necessary for some of your small payment.
  • Take a hotel card before going out, so that you can easily get into contact with the m for directions if you are lost.
  •  Call a taxi instead of a Motorbike taxi when going out in the evening
  • Jot down the taxi driver’s registration number (displayed on rear side of the vehicle) for security reasons while traveling by taxi
  • Take off your shoes before entering someone’s house.
  • The heat can be oppressive, so drink loads of water as you’re wandering around checking out the sights.
  •  Take a careful look before crossing streets, just go ahead slowly and keep looking left and right
  • Try to learn some useful Vietnamese phrases for emergency cases. At least, learn a couple of Vietnamese words. Hello and thank-you will do it. It’ll make people smile at you.

DON’T:

  • Wear singlets, shorts, short skirts or dresses, or revealing clothes to temples or pagodas.
  • Sit with your feet pointing towards a family altar if you are staying in someone’s house.
  • Take pictures of anything to do with the military, this can be considered a breach of national security or approach restricted areas especially army zones
  • Bring with you highly valued things when going out, only bring what are most necessary.
  • Forget to ask permission first before taking photographs, especially in minority areas.
  • Show public display of affection. Find a hostel, hotel, whatever suits – but anything beyond holding hands is seriously frowned upon

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