Security advice for visiting Vietnam
Vietnam is generally one of the safest countries you are likely to visit, the government takes a very strong view on ensuring the safety of foreigners visiting Vietnam. However Vietnam still has a very low per capita income and like everywhere people will take risks, and generally most crime will occur without your knowledge (i.e. pick pocketing, hotel room theft) so commonsense prevails.
The most noticeable day light robbery that occurs right in front of your eyes, will just be down to your lack of bargaining skills. Here’s some advice on avoiding the quiet crime and keeping safe:
- Prepare before your journey and consider appropriate travel insurance
- Store your cash, credit cards, airline tickets and other valuables in a safe place. Most mid range and top end hotels have in-room safes, otherwise ask the reception to keep your valuable things in their deposit facility (ask for a receipt of you are extra concerned).
- Leave your valuables behind before a night out on the town, or going to the beach.
- Never carry more money than you need when walking around the streets and do not wear large amounts of jewellery. There are two reasons doing this:
- (1) It is considered impolite to flaunt wealth in public;
- (2) It is more likely that you may become a victim of a pickpocket or drive-by bag snatcher.
- Don't be paranoid about your security, just be aware of your surroundings.
Travel advice while visiting Vietnam(23-07-2008)
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