Most vacationers who are attracted like magnets to Vietnam, a South East Asian Country is fascinated by the country’s delightful and diversified natural beauty, from the green rice fields in the north to the enthralling movement of the Mekong Delta in the south. It is known for its coastlines, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and lively cities.
Hanoi, the capital city, pays respect to the country’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble tomb. Vietnam is also a country with a rich history and ancient customs. However, few simple tips can make your journey and stay safe and joyous in Vietnam.
Dos and Don’ts While Travelling to Vietnam:
Vietnamese people are very cheerful and friendly in nature. The natives are very indebted if you simply respect and accept their customs and even if you are incorrect at times while your stay they will gladly forgive you. However, a humble do’s and don’ts list is very handy while travelling to Vietnam.
- If you do not have any plans to visit the Vietnamese jail, then restrict yourself from taking pictures of anything related to the military as it is considered as a security breach.
- Do not record anything if you visit a village as it is considered to be too inquisitive.
- If you are staying at someone’s house make sure to point your feet to the family altar.
- Greetings should always be strictly formal.
- The Vietnamese start their day really early and it can be annoying to them in case you are sleeping late.
- Ladies must wear decent clothes and should avoid wearing any kinds of shorts or hot pants especially in the fish market. It is important for both men and women to stick to conservative clothes and avoid any shorts or old t-shirts while visiting any Pagoda or Temple. Vietnamese natives are very stringent about clothing.
- It is good to drink a lot of water as the heat can surely be detrimental to your health. The heat can be very tyrannical causing heatstroke which can be very fatal to your health.
- Bag snatching is a very big problem, so try to be careful and make sure to wrap the bag in a twisted fashion around yourself.
- Take off your shoes, if you are invited to visit a native’s home.
- While travelling in the local trains for sightseeing please remember to carry plenty of toilet paper, wet tissue paper and sanitizer simply because of hygiene issues.
- Carry a business card from the reception desk of your hotel/hostel. This will make your return to the hotel in a taxi way easier.
Following these tips will make your stay in Vietnam easier and exciting.