Vietnam has a great cultural diversity of various interesting and unique customs. There are also many dos and don’ts that tourists should take them into consideration when you travel to Vietnam. Let’s check out some top Vietnam dos and don’ts and take some note so that you won’t be involved in any embarrassing situations.
1. Don’t do these things in Vietnam
- Shopping without bargaining
Many Vietnamese salesmen rarely use a fixed cost for their goods, it changes and depends on who buy it. Not all everyone, but sometimes they tell the price of the items higher than usual, or repay less charge than it should be. It happens every day, so you should be very careful. Make sure that you’ve bargained many times before paying for it.
Street shops in Vietnam
- Being confused between “15” and “50”
It usually happens when you buy a street item, for example, a cup of coconut milk, or a pair of shoes, let’s make sure that it’s fifteen thousand dong, not fifty thousand dong. So, when asking for the price, let’s use your figures or write it down on a paper or something like that and make sure that you understand what the salesman says correctly. You think 35.000 dong is a small sum of money, but it’s also one of the main reasons why foreign tourists don’t want to come back Vietnam. No one wants to be cheated, of course.
- Eating breakfast in the hotel
Most of the hotels with the standard above 2 stars will serve you breakfast. However, Vietnam is known as the heaven of cheap and tasty street foods, such as bun, pho, hu tieu, bread, etc. So, why don’t you refuse the offer of breakfast of the hotel and go out, try a lot of tasty street foods sold in any streets in Vietnam?
Street food in Vietnam
- Being careless when driving a motorbike
Traffic accidents are a big problem with tourists in Vietnam. However, motorbike trip is still a big attraction when foreign tourists travel to Vietnam. So, in this list of Vietnam dos and don’ts, we suggest that you should be very careful when driving any means of transport, especially motorbike – the most popular transportation and also the most frequent victim of traffic accidents in this country. You can also hire experienced drivers and don’t forget to bring along with you a travel insurance in case of urgent situations.
Motor tour in Vietnam
- Eating foods without safe-food insurance
Digesting problems usually happen with inexperienced tourists. Sometimes, you may eat something not so fresh in some street cafés, especially when eating foods with soup. So, you should eat in reliable cafés, restaurants, etc. and make sure that they’re boiled perfectly. And you should prepare a little drug for unexpected situations.
2. Things you should do
Although there are many things you should avoid and many unexpected situations that you may be involved in when you travel to Vietnam, there’re a lot of attractions that you shouldn’t miss and should do at least once to experience a memorable Vietnam culture tour. In this list of Vietnam do and don’t, we mention here many interesting things that you shouldn’t miss.
Sleep overnight on Ha Long Bay
Night on Ha Long Bay
- Have a tailor-made clothing at a local sewing shop.
- Take a cyclo trip through the ancient French Quarter of Saigon.
- Enjoy “pho ga” (chicken noodle) in a street food shop.
Pho ga Hanoi
- Watch traditional water puppet show in Hanoi.
- Join in a full moon festival in Hoi An Ancient Town.
- Drink ethnic alcohol called “rượu cần”.
- Experience a boat trip on the Perfume River in Hue, visit the royal tomb.
- Visit, go shopping in the largest market in Saigon – Ben Thanh market.
- Walk around the Old Streets in Hanoi.
- Enjoy a trip on a Vietnam North-South Train.
Vietnam train travel
- Explore natural beauty in Northwest area.
- Stay in wonderful seaside resorts, eat seafood, and visit beautiful beaches.
A luxury seaside resort in Vietnam
These are some Vietnam dos and don’ts that you should take into consideration and list in your traveling plan. We hope that with these suggestions, you’ll have a really wonderful and enjoyable trip to Vietnam, have lots of good experiences and unforgettable moments.