Vietnam Tourism Caution | Word of Warning

Beautiful scenery and foreign food are often the biggest factors for people when deciding to travel to another country. Travelling opens doors to new experiences and ways of thinking—it is no wonder then that it is a widely desired experience. It is a major bucket list item and for good reason. The sights and sounds and homegrown food of another culture are things that cannot be experienced authentically without travelling there. But diving into another culture on its mainland can also have its share of uncomfortable and dangerous moments, as we all deal with in our own places of living. The same is true for Vietnam, one of the countries with the highest non-return rate of tourists.

Travel Safe in Vietnam 

Every country has its warnings and words of caution for tourists entering their country. An internet search for tourist safety tips for the country you are travelling to should be a mandatory practice for every person planning to leave the country, whether for business or for vacation. If you are travelling to Vietnam and do this same search, a common topic of caution is always brought up. Scammers, con artists, and being ripped off. People who pay for a more expensive touring package or who stay in high quality hotels and dine in high class restaurants will, of course, have a different experience from those choosing to just backpack their way through the country. However, spending a bit more money won’t guarantee a worry-free trip, especially if you choose to stray from a tour guide for a day or if you’re travelling along the most common tourist routes to the different attractions.

 

Some people who have travelled to Vietnam and were victims of being overcharged for a service or scammed by a roadside motor-taxi believe that travelling along the usual tourist paths to the different cities or sightseeing areas might increase one’s chances of a bad experience with a vendor or service individual (unless they are working with a reputable business service that people are familiar with). Common negative occurrences tourists have experienced are taxis with faster ticking fare counters or street vendors raising the price of something for a foreigner and keeping the price normal for locals. Special caution should be taken when bringing a bag or other belongings with you out on your travels. It is wise not to leave belongings unattended or out of reach, as drive-by motor snatchings and general thievery can occur, though this rule is universal to all places.

 

As was stated before, though there are many accounts of dealing with scammers and price gouging, there are also many accounts from people who had no bad things to say about their travels in Vietnam. Travelling with a set of safety guidelines in mind may help you to have a better trip and decrease the odds of a dodgy encounter. Vietnam is still a country of rich history and culture and amazing cuisine. If you travel safe and prepared, you are sure to have a good time.   

Activities You Can Add To Your Vietnam Traveling Plans

Vietnam is famous for its fascinating culture, delicious food, and exquisite countryside. Tourists share their memorable experiences and places with newfound friends, who are knowledgeable locals.

The Ninh Binh Countryside

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The town of Ninh Binh is not really beautiful. However, you will fall in love with its countryside. You can hire a bicycle then bike to the karst limestone scenery one early morning. If you are after peace and quiet, you will surely enjoy exploring the villages and picnicking by the rice fields. You have a chance to see Vietnamese farmers at work.

Hanoi Kids Tours

 

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Hanoi Kids offers a free tour. It is an organization composed of students who are learning English. Tourists are paired with them. When you book with the organization, you get to enjoy the cuisine, culture, and city from a local’s perspective. These students will tell you stories about their lives and ambitions, as well as their adoration for Korean pop stars.

Once you get to the Ho Chi Minh memorial, you and the students can talk about politics and what the memorial means to them. In this tour, you set the pace. The students will just give you tips on how to make the most out of your stay. You need to pay for the entrance fees to tourist spots, but the services of these students are free.

Hanoi Food Tour

Vietnam is a food lover’s haven. You will find different affordable and tasty choices. However, you may feel overwhelmed by a large number of eating places and menu right in front of you. If you are with a local guide, you will a perfect experience sampling the wide array of food in such a short time.

Bun cha, mi quang, spring rolls, happy pancakes, steamed fish, pho, egg coffee, and sticky rice are your best bets. Your guide will even teach you how to eat each dish and which sauce you can use for each of them.

The Hon Gom Sandbar and Dai Lanh

Hon Gom is a 30-km long sandbar that you can traverse via a hired scooter. Dai Lanh beach, on the other hand, is a perfect place where the ocean meets the Annamite Mountains. In Son Dung, you can take a village tour by boat, dive off the pontoon, and sleep and dine under the stars. It takes 12 hours to reach Dai Lanh and Hon Gom sandbar by bus from Ho Chi Minh.

Overnight Sleeper Train from Hanoi to Da Nang

You can book the overnight sleeper train online, and your tickets will be delivered to your hotel efficiently and courteously. The overnight journey from Hanoi to Da Nang is easy, interesting, and cheap. Noodle and beer trolley will pass by your bunk. As you approach Da Nang the following morning, you will see the coastline, bananas, water buffalo, small shops, and more noodle and beer trolleys.

Water Puppet Shows

As a Vietnamese tradition, water puppetry is a cultural activity wherein puppets act out Vietnamese tales in a large pool of water, accompanied by a Vietnamese orchestra. Ho Chi Minh has the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater, while Hanoi has the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater.

 

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Vietnam Cuisine | Pho

One of the biggest parts about travel is experiencing new foods and cuisines. Even travelling within one country to another part of the country will reveal different dishes that are the specialty of that area. There is no place you can travel to that will not have a signature dish that the locals will want you to try. If you are travelling to Vietnam, not only are there many different foods to try, but food in general is a huge part of the culture and the lives of the people who live there. Street vendors line the roads with affordable and tasty dishes—family and friends constantly ask each other, as a greeting, if they have eaten—food is a very central part to the lives of those who live in Vietnam, and that fact will be very apparent to any tourist travelling there. So if you are heading to Vietnam, make sure to look out for the most well known Vietnamese dish that is also popular worldwide—pho.

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Pho

Vietnamese Pho Cuisine

Pho is a popular noodle dish in Vietnam that has become widely available in other countries because of its popularity. Pho is made by combining salty broth, rice noodles, herbs, and a choice of meat (usually chicken or beef). Its delicious taste, enjoyable way of being eaten (who doesn’t love slurping down noodles?), and cheap cost makes this dish a widespread favorite in Vietnam. There is a place to eat pho no matter where you are walking in Vietnam, especially if you travel to the cities.

 

Pho started off as being a popular breakfast time food because it was easy on the stomach of the hard laborers and rice field workers, but it was not heavy enough to bog them down after they had finished eating. It was created during the 20th century and was popularized when the Vietnamese made use of leftover beef bones from their dealings with French colonists who had a high demand for beef. These bones were then turned into a tasty broth and combined with noodles and thin scraps of beef. Many historically popular dishes often come from times of struggle or scarcity of resources and are then turned into dishes of national pride—this is true of pho.

 

Vietnamese immigrants who travelled to other countries brought their knowledge of the dish and its preparation with them, and thus pho’s fate of becoming a popular international dish was sealed. Especially in metropolitan cities, it is easy to find a Vietnamese restaurant where this classic dish is made. However, for the true, authentic experience of consuming pho, one should travel to Vietnam and visit any of the street vendors selling this dish—it’ll be much cheaper, as well.

 

If you travel to Vietnam and don’t make it a point to have some authentic pho, you will surely be missing out. This dish has been rated one of the world’s tastiest meals and the likelihood of having perfectly prepared pho by the hands of someone who knows its deep roots in Vietnamese culture will only add to the experience of eating it.

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