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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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