Vietnam

Vietnam is a country with stunning scenery, friendly people and is a safe place to travel. And Vietnam has it own characters/standards that might be different from your own one. Different about culture, history and style life… This is part of the reason you make your holiday here. Traveling in Vietnam is easy, relax and very enjoyable. Here are some travel advices for you when in the country. These tips might be sufficient to help you to avoid any faux pas or problem during your travel here as well as to build a positive image of yourself in the eyes of the people. Relax and enjoy your holiday!

Vietnam responsible travel tips

Dos

  • Do smile and be friendly. When talking people normally show themselves easy going and friendly. A serious countenance even for a serious matter will not work. Just easy, like cotton absorbs water. Things will be alright when you win their heart.
  • Learn some Vietnamese and practice it when you are around. People love to hear and appreciate foreigner who can speak local language.
  • Dress properly though no need to be too conservative. Your appearance very much helps in gaining people’s affection. Dress well when visiting religious sites or national monuments. Observe local costume when you are not sure.
  • Show respect when you meet old people. As tradition, in Vietnam, the old people are held in high esteem.
  • Pass or handle things to people with both hands except to children. 
  • Make yourself a good exemplary in keeping environment clean. Your action is a good lesson for the locals.
  • Carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack on long excursions from your base hotel. You never know when you might need it! Limit the use of plastic bags and bottle.
  • Support little local business and local cottage industry.
  • If invited into a home, always remove your shoes at the front door when entering.
  • Ask for permission when taking a photograph of someone.
  • Remember that things may not work as where you come from. Easy going and accept the differences.

Don'ts

  • Don’t physical display affection in public.
  • Do not be looked tatty or scruffy. Your dress is not you but from what people think who you are.
  • Never lose your temper in public or when bargaining for a purchase. This is considered a serious loss of face for both parties. Always maintain a cool and happy demeanor and you will be reciprocated with the same.
  • Do not talk with people with your sunglasses on. It is considered unreliable and rude.
  • Do not turn your back to the altar nor talk loud in holly places. Never sleep or sit with the soles of your feet pointing towards the family altar when in someone’s house.
  • Do not sit until shown where to sit nor pick up your chopstick before the host or oldest person does.
  • Do not touch on the head of little children in the minority villages nor take picture of them.
  • Don't offer money for the right to take picture. Avoid giving materials directly to local people as it will encourage begging. Do not buy stuff from children since they need to be in school, not on the road and selling things. If you want to support, do it through charities or company projects.
  • Do not get involve in any thing illegal like prostitution, drug nor buy stuffs from wild animal and endangered species. 
  • Do not be critical. Accept the differences and respect local standard. Take these as interesting experience you are lucky to have through your travel.
Vietnam responsible travel tips