Vietnam could be the safest country in the world. Crime against the person or foreigner  is not generally a problem In Vietnam – the penalties for harming a foreigner for locals are severe. However, as anywhere else, It pays to take care, especially after dark.

Cyclos, that ubiquitous form of transport in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, should never be taken after dark, and care should also be taken when taking a motorcycle taxi at these times, especially if you are a woman.

It is not a good ideal when take a cyclo after dark

It is not a good ideal when take a cyclo after dark

Theft is unfortunately a bigger – and growing problem in Vietnam. Caution should be exercised in urban areas, as drive-by bag, phone or jewelry snatch and grabs are becoming increasingly common.

Begging is a problem, especially in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, and visitors can be sure that they will be hassled at some point or other during their stay in Vietnam.

Prostitution is also a growing problem in major towns, and proposals from the back of a motorcycle should be studiously ignored, especially if they offer you a “massage”.

Do not carry prohibited drugs and narcotics into, out of, or around Vietnam

Do not carry prohibited drugs and narcotics into, out of, or around Vietnam

 

A final word of warning – do not carry prohibited drugs and narcotics into, out of, or around Vietnam. Narcotic smuggling is taken very seriously here, and is punishable by death.

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