Travelling is a fantastic experience that should never be missed out on, but there are always risks when travelling abroad. You’re in a new place, surrounded by a different environment and culture, and may need to adapt accordingly.
Overall, Vietnam is a very safe place for travellers. But, like anywhere else, travellers should take some precautions.
If you’re travelling to Vietnam, here are ways to stay safe on your adventure:
– 1. Watch out on the roads
Perhaps the biggest safety issues for tourists in Vietnam are the country’s more well-used roads. Drivers in Vietnam do not always follow road laws perfectly, and sometimes they take risks behind the wheel. Particularly if you’re cycling or riding a motorbike, wear suitable protection and stay alert at all times.
Biking in Vietnam is an enjoyable activity on rural tracks and mountain trails, but not always so much fun in the cities. Thrillseekers will have a great time, though!
– 2. Be careful on the coast
As with many locations throughout the world, the waters of Vietnam are home to a number of dangerous sea creatures. Whilst the risks of coming into contact are low, it is best to familiarise yourself with jellyfish, scorpionfish, stingrays and sea snakes, so that you know what to do if you meet them. This should not discourage you from enjoying Vietnam’s natural beauty, but it’s just something to be aware of when you travel.
– 3. Don’t stray from paths into fields
If you notice a wide-open field, don’t set off to explore it. Stay to roads, trails and well-trodden land, rather than untouched open spaces.
There are many unexploded bombs and mines leftover from the war. Though most places are safe, there is always a risk that something’s been left behind in a rarely-trodden location.
– 4. Don’t give your passport to anyone
Your accommodation provider, or vehicle rental company, may ask for your passport. They’ll want to keep it until you’ve checked out, or returned your rental vehicle. Don’t agree to this trade. Sometimes, these providers will claim that you’ve caused damage and will withhold your passport on return. No motorbike ride, or place to stay, is worth being stuck without your passport.
– 5. Watch the weather in October
Particularly in central Vietnam, October is rainy season. You’re likely to see storms, and may also experience flooding. Vietnamese weather doesn’t tend to be a big risk, but heavy rainfall is something to watch out for.
– 6. Keep your belongings close
Just as you would anywhere, keep your belongings close. Opportunistic thieves exist all over the world, and Vietnam is no exception. Keep your bag with you, and make sure that your belongings aren’t easy for pickpockets to take.
Ideally, secure your most important items and have money in both your pocket and a bag. If your bag is stolen, you’ll be grateful that you didn’t have absolutely everything inside it.
– 7. Watch out for hazardous terrain
Know your limit. Many people love exploring the mountains and trails of Vietnam, but you should only do this if you’re sure that it’s within your ability. For those who are unable to climb, you can enjoy the mountains of Vietnam without too much physical exertion by boarding the Fansipan Mountain cable car. If you’re unsure, join a guided tour.
For those who are more confident, however, Vietnam is a fantastic location for climbing. As long as sensible precautions are taken, the mountains of Vietnam may well be the highlight of your trip.
Overall, Vietnam is a safe place for travellers. Use common sense and look after yourself and your belongings, to enjoy the very best that Vietnamese travel has to offer.