When you’re visiting a new country, safety should be a priority. Not considering safety often leads to problems regardless of where you’re going. By being aware of any potential hazards in a country, you can lessen the chances of having a terrible or even dangerous experience.
Vietnam, like all other countries, faces a wide range of challenges, including economic, social and environmental. The following are 5 security issues to bear in mind when you travel to Vietnam.
Vietnam has a unique transport setting which has a myriad of challenges. With a population of about 90 million people, Vietnam has reasonably heavy traffic, especially in big cities. The first safety hazards on Vietnamese roads are the motor bikes. Motor bike taxis and general motor bikes are all over the place in the towns and cities. While motorbike taxis present the most efficient way to get around the short distances, accidents are common. You must be careful when you’re riding them, or when you’re riding at the back. Always have your helmet and reflectors on. If you note the rider going too fast, let them know they should slow down (a thumb pointing down is an effective way to do it). If you want the authentic experience of travelling around this beautiful country by motorbike, just remember to always consider the safety of doing so.
Aside from the motorbike, the roads themselves can pose danger for any vehicle transport, particularly in smaller towns and rural areas. Often these roads are narrow, windy, and not well surfaced. Pot holes are a common occurrence, and can lead to more than just a bumpy ride.
Of course, you must also be well aware of the driving laws In Vietnam, as they will most probably be different to other countries.
Crime is a problem no matter which country you visit. While the huge crime heists are almost be non-existent in Vietnam, petty crimes like handbag snatching, pickpocketing and marijuana peddling are rife in parts of the major cities. You’ll be safer on well-traveled roads than dark alleys, dingy clubs and lonely paths at night. Common sense and alertness should help keep you safe.
While you may go unnoticed in the major cities, you might find yourself getting a little too much attention in the inner cities or rural areas. It can be quite common for Vietnamese people to come up to you and touch you, often lightly on the head, the arm or the stomach. In many parts of South East Asia, it is considered good luck to touch a European, and they genuinely mean no harm by it. If you feel a little uncomfortable, the most effective way to stay safe is to be kind, smile, and gently gesture the person away. There are many cultural differences in a country like Vietnam as opposed to the general Western world, so reading and learning about some of the more traditional values and customs will help ensure you have a fabulous and safe time visiting this country.
Government and Law
Vietnam is under communist party official leadership and thus very stable politically. Visitors are religiously monitored to make sure that they only engage in what they came for. Going off the radar, or trying to do other than what your visa states will get you into trouble. Staying within the law is the best way to stay safe from the wrong side of the communist government officials. Be mindful and respectful, as you are a visitor to their country.
Overall, Vietnam is a great country to visit, and very few would be disappointed from travelling through. The scenery is beautiful, the people are friendly, and there is plenty to see and do. By knowing how to navigate heavy traffic, avoid possible crime spots, and by treating the people of this land respectfully and friendly, you can have a very enjoyable and safe trip.
As with visiting any country, awareness is the key to keeping yourself and your family safe. There is no need to take unnecessary risks, and you must have a great understanding of the laws and customs of Vietnam. Basic tips such as not showing your money around, keeping it with you at all times, water safety, and who to contact if you find yourself in trouble, will help you have a great experience.