Don’t – Do tips when traveling in Vietnam
December 14, 2016
Vietnam is a land of diversity, renowned for its stunningly beautiful scenery from large cities to tiny villages, from the mountains to the coastlines. The vast, untouched landscapes, unique blend of cultures and history make Vietnam one of the most exciting travel destinations in the world.
Before travelling to Vietnam, make sure you learn the following Vietnam travel information about dos and donts to ensure the most of your precious time in this nice country.
Costumes in Public
• Vietnamese people can be quite strict if you wear way far too little in public. Thus, avoid to expose your naked parts of your body, especially at temples and pagodas. Because temples and pagodas are solemn places, dressing decently as well as covering your shoulders and legs is necessary.
• Don't show off your jewellery and expensive belongings like iPod/mobile. Flaunting wealth only increases the risk of becoming the next victim of a drive-by bag snatcher. Violent crime is highly unusual in Vietnam, but petty crime is more common. Thus, never wear your bag on your back, always keep it in front of you zipped as thieves sometimes use the knives to rip your bag, their trick is so skilled that you won’t even feel it.
• Don't lose your temper. Vietnamese people always attach much importance to the concept of "saving face". Therefore, keep a cool head and remain polite, don’t cause Vietnamese to "lose face" because there will be an angry exchange so don’t make your trip to Vietnam become unpleasant.
Eat and Drink
• Vietnamese food ranks among one of the best in Southeast Asia. In Vietnamese conception, the more the merrier, therefore they tend to eat in groups. If you see several dishes placed in the center of the table, they belong to everyone; don’t just fill your own plate, leave some for others.
• In spite of eating together, Vietnamese do not want to ruin appetite of others. Don't use the same utensils you put in your mouth to pick up from the communal dish because Vietnamese find this distasteful. Also, don’t let your food spill everywhere.
• You shouldn’t leave leftover rice in your bowl since it’s wasteful. So as not to have to make unusual effort to finish remaining rice, don't get more rice if you think you can’t eat all.
• Before going to Vietnam, it’s essential to search for information about best things to see in Vietnam and some related tips. The most hassle-free way to ensure your smooth journey is to buy a travel package from a genuine tour agency, by this way you avoid mishap and get good services. However, in order not to become a victim of a scam travel agency, research your journey a little first on Internet or take advice on travel forums before you pay the deposit.
• There are many beautiful scenic spots across Vietnam to visit. However, it’s better to consider what time is good to go instead of travelling in a random season. Overall, Autumn (Sept-Dec) and Spring (March and April) are the best time if you would like to cover the whole country.
• Transportation in Vietnam is diverse for you to select, ask for the price first before you get on the car/taxi/bus/ train in order not to pay much higher when you arrive at your destination.
• Keep your bag safely from bag snatchers when taking a ride by motorbike taxi (xe om).
• Make sure you always wear helmets whenever you ride a motobycle if you don’t want to be fined. Also, in some coutries people drive on the left-hand side of the road while in Vietnam it’s opposite.
• Go shopping in the supermarket if there is one nearby. When you buy items on local markets, ask for prices from local people in advance to avoid being over-charged.
• Keep bargaining as much as you can while dealing with Vietnamese sellers since sometimes they will try to charge foreigners double, three times more expensive rather than normal. If they don’t agree with you, just leave it, it’s not worth it, but there is a chance that they will call you back and sell with better price.
• Try to have plenty of change in your pocket in case you buy something small because once you give them more money, there’s a chance that they will not give your change back so you’d better have small notes to pay the right price.
• Your holiday in Vietnam won’t be complete unless you enjoy Vietnamese food because its cuisine is ranked one of the best in the world.
• Visit famous tourist attractions in Vietnam such as Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Ho Chi Minh City and so on. Backpacking from north to south is extremely attractive journey of a lifetime.
• Learn little about Vietnamese culture and tradition, for instance participating in festivals or celebrating Vietnamese New Year’Eve will be a memorable experience.
Vietnam is one of top budget travel destinations in the world where you can eat, sleep and explore on a very limited budget with superb experience. With all above tips about do and don’t in Vietnam, you’re now ready to backpack your trip to this wonderful country.
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