Things to remember and things not to miss in Vietnam travel
Things to remember
- It’s in your best interests not to drink the tap water, especially affer flooding!
- Avoid cyclo rides after dark. Dress modestly and appropriately when visiting local dwellings and religious sites, etc…
- Leave your valuables behind before a night out on the town, or going to the beach.
- When crossing the road – especially in Sai Gon and Hanoi, always keep looking to the left and right and walk slowly
- Don’t offer money directly to minority people – in stead donate to a local charity or offer a small gift, such as pens.
- However frustraited, don’t loose your temper (“loosing face”), as it won’t get you very far.
- By all means, sample of the delicious street food but for hygiene’s sake only at venues that are busy with a big turnover.
- Always ask permission first before taking photographs, especially in minority areas.
Things not to miss
- Sleeping out on a deck on a boat in Ha Long Bay
- Ordering custom-made clothes from the local tailor shop
- Taking a slow cyclo ride through the French Quarter of old Sai Gon, also in Hanoi old quarters
- Eat “Pho Ga” – chicken noodle soup at a street – side noodle stall.
- Watch the traditional water-puppet performance in Hanoi
- Experience the Full-moon Festivities in the ancient town of Hoi An
- Drink rice-wine in the minority villages of the north
- Take a boat along Hue’s Perfume River, taking in the Royal Mausoleums
- Overnight in a homestay in the Mekong Delta’s riverside orchards.
- Barter for bargain at Sai Gon’s largest market, Ben Thanh (Suggestions in most markets in Vietnam)
- Take a stroll through Hanoi’s ancient old quarters.
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