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Vietnam Travel Safety Guide For Tourists

In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!

This week we visit: Vietnam


As you will hear from the vast, vast majority of people who travel to Vietnam, it is a very safe country to visit and travelers are far less likely to experience problems or sensitive situations than in any other South Eastern Asia destinations like Thailand, for instance.

The political situation in the country is quite stable and demonstrations and similar occurrences are quite rare. If you might be worried about being an American in Vietnam, you should let go of your fears because Vietnamese people have absolutely nothing against American tourists who bring money.

Of course, there are areas where you will want to be careful about your possessions, especially in Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang. You will find the usual smorgasbord of pickpockets, petty thieves and scam artists there, although to a much lesser extent than in most tourist destinations in other countries in the region.

Vietnamese police are extremely strict about illegal drugs and you should avoid any contact with them while visiting the country. They still have death penalties for certain drug-related crimes. Also, you might encounter “professional girls” in Vietnam and it is probably best to avoid such situations, especially since AIDS has been on the rise in the last decade or so.

In general however, Vietnam is a wonderful country with pleasant people and very little crime. It is much safer than most countries in the region and not just in the region.

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