Know the price to avoid scamming
Unfortunately, Vietnam is notorious for scamming and rip-offs and such taxi drivers, moto-taxi drivers, and overfriendly street vendors are really good at tricking unsuspecting tourists. Besides, in many street restaurants where they do not have the price on the menu, it’s tricky to check the bill. Visitors are advised to ask the price before deciding to order anything.
Bed bugs and mosquitoes
Nothing is more frightening than the prospect of getting bites from bed bugs and mosquitoes. Bed bugs can especially be crawling under your mattress seam or bedside tables in the dorms if you do not check them first after arrival.
Water and food safety
It’s never safe to drink tap water in Vietnam, due to the high amount of metal and contamination. The best choice is to drink bottled and filter water if available. As for food, bear in mind that most Vietnamese street food is potentially unhygienic as it’s unlikely to trace back to the sources of ingredients.
Traffic and driving safety
Honking, running a red light, driving in the wrong lane, texting on the phone… such habits prevail on the streets of Vietnam, creating non-stop chaos and a bustling pace of traffic. Therefore if you’ve ever considered taking up driving in the country, beware of the possibility of any crash or accident even if you’re driving carefully!
Remember not to wear any short-sleeved shirts or short pants whenever you enter sacred places. In big cities, clothes might not be a major issue but when it comes to small towns or visiting old people, dressing informally will be considered out of respect.
Beware of the weather
Avoid going out late
Never climb the mountain alone
Don’t drink too much
Be prepared if you’re a vegan or vegetarian
Avoid national holidays
It’s advisable to check out the national holiday schedule before setting off in Vietnam as most of the locals will make their way back to their hometown, leaving the city like a ghost-haunted place. At its worst, especially during the New Year period, local restaurants will close down for days without any further notice of the reopening dates.