Vietnam is a friendly and exciting place to travel. You may encounter some difficulties along the way such bargaining over motorbike taxi service or organizing your travel plans. But overall, if you come with an open mind and greet everyone with a smile, things should turn out wonderful.
- There are no particular greeting styles in Vietnam. A simple handshake will do. Vietnamese are big fans of business cards, so if you’ve got them, hand them out with both hands.
- In terms of dress, it depends if you are on tour or on business. For the most part, as a traveller dress for the weather and comfort. Understand that there are drastic weather changes between some regions. So be sure to pack the appropriate gear for the tour you choose.
- Over the years the rules have changed a little when visiting pagodas. You still see signs that say you must wear pants and non-revealing clothing, but even Vietnamese people ignore the policy from time to time.
- Drink plenty of liquids!!! Water, soda, Vietnamese iced-tea. Anything to keep you hydrated.
- Mind your valuables. Most hotels these days are eager to protect their reputation and will offer to put passports, cameras, computers etc. In a secure place on your request.
- These days booking accommodations are quite easy not that everyone has a smart phone. Tripadvisor.com is still the best source for booking hotels.
- For booking flights, it doesn’t pay to shop around that much. Airlines don’t provide tour companies with commissions these days. Tour agents only tack on a 5 -20 dollar booking fee.
- Crime is on the rise as the cost of living is getting much higher in the big cities. If possible, leave all unnecessary at home. When carry bags, purses and cameras keep them strapped across your body, not on your shoulder. Recently even property snatching has occurred while people are on motorbike.
- Physical displays of affection between lovers in public are frowned upon. That’s why you may come across couples holding hands but not hugging or kissing.
- Losing your temper in Vietnam means a loss of face. Keep a cool head and remain polite, you’ll have a greater chance of getting what you want.
- Remember, this is Vietnam, a developing country, and things don’t quite work as you are maybe used to. Don’t be paranoid about your safety, just be aware of your surroundings.