Safety in Vietnam
Vietnam is among the ten most secure places in Eurasia. By and large, this is due to the rather rigid administrative-police regime (remember the USSR), as well as traditional hospitality and friendliness of the people of Vietnam. There is almost no religious fanaticism, racial prejudice, inadequate aggression. Serious crime is very rare and are a real emergency for the local population.
However, there are typical minor crimes, who is to be feared. This is usually theft. Mostly thefts are occurring in shopping centres, on markets, from hotel rooms or Luggage. Aspirations thieves are cell phones, cameras, wallets or money. Violent crimes - robbery or robberies, are extremely rare.
In the case of theft of valuables, money or documents, you must contact the police. In the case of loss of documents you'll first need to contact the police for help, which you need to recover documents when applying to the Embassy. The location of the nearest police station available in the hotel or passers-by, or just turn to a policeman on the street.
The main problem always and everywhere are petty theft and molestation of local residents. Private traders and ordinary citizens are always trying to sell something on "speculative price", and do it with amazing tenacity in the most unexpected places. To get rid of their attention is quite difficult, and even bought something, it is not easy to surrender. There are cases of outright fraud, for example, when you begin to demand money for services or goods that you did not ask for, or deception in currency exchange (withdrawal of bills). For safekeeping of personal property should take normal security measures.
You should avoid travel on bicycles after dark. In any case, no need to carry large amounts of documents, especially when visiting crowded places or markets. Try to keep money and documents in the hotel safe. In any case, it is possible to have a copy of the passport. For greater reliability you can put your scanned passport and a Russian passport online, for example, in their Inbox. So you will be able to access them at any time, the Internet in Vietnam at almost every corner.
Still keep in mind that the Vietnamese language is quite complicated, many of the words, even the names of some specific locations or streets that are pronounced in two or three options, so even the "English speaking" local resident is totally incomprehensible for a foreigner (and Vice versa). Russian language, which had enjoyed great respect here, currently, almost never used (however, in French the same story). When any movement around the city is recommended to record the names of the required points in Vietnamese and show this "guide" to local residents, help usually no one refuses.
Commercialization in Vietnam has reached incredible heights. All of them require a fee, and often illegally (Parking, toll bridges and roads). Many tourist spots molestation "sellers" simply exceeds all conceivable norms, in this case, if we satisfy one, immediately come 20-30 new applicants. Some Vietnamese even ready to break something or to sprinkle dirt on the unwary tourist, and then to offer their "help" in repairing or cleaning. Therefore, never succumb to even the most seemingly innocent sentences. In major resort areas it came to the point that local traditions and customs give way to the previously hated Western culture, including an unprecedented case - the American.
According to the recommendations of the world Health Organization, compulsory vaccinations for travel to Vietnam is not required. But it is recommended to follow some important rules:
- Never drink unboiled water. Water from the Minibar can also be diluted with tap. Always buy water in plastic bottles – it is sold almost everywhere. Before buying, inspect the bottle to check the safety of the plastic tube and the protective shell around her.
- Do not eat unwashed vegetables and fruits. Wash them in boiled or disinfected water.
- Do not drink beverages and fresh fruit juices with ice, the ice may contain harmful bacteria.
- Do not buy food at street stalls, try to dine at restaurants and cafes, obviously popular with the locals and other tourists.
- Avoid excessive exposure to the sun, bring sunscreen and sunglasses that absorb UV radiation.
- For entry to country medical insurance is not required, but it is better to acquire. The insurance must be included infectious diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. Despite the fact that in the major cities and seaside resorts, these diseases are not common in the area of tropical forest (rural) the probability of their occurrence is very high.
- If you are going to travel through the jungle in the Mekong Delta, you should take preventive measure against malaria. The safest remedy is considered "Lariam". Another good tool is "Doxycycline". The reception should start one week before travel, during travel and for four weeks after return one tablet a day (read the instructions carefully and consult your doctor before use).
Important: Observe all the above precautions. In case of discomfort immediately contact the hospital, please inform the representative of the Embassy of the Russian Federation and the representative of the insurance company. All costs associated with eventual treatment, should be paid or reimbursed by the company-the insurer (not the travel company) under the terms of health insurance.
Traffic/recommendations to pedestrians. Vehicle rental
Traffic in Vietnam, as in Russia – right.
In big cities everywhere installed traffic signals, signs and markings on the road. Sometimes in the tourist areas in the evening even close separate sections for movement, labeling them with "Walking street" and they won't even drive on the bike and even tourists. Despite this, the traffic in Vietnam is chaotic enough and rules are violated everywhere and everyone. Especially dangerous is the traffic in big cities such as Ho Chi Minh city, Hanoi, da Nang, Nha Trang. Before you sit yourself behind the wheel in such cities, think several times. Much easier situation in small towns and resort areas, there is quite easy to cope with the traffic, but you need to exercise greater caution and care than when driving home.
Here's how he described the traffic in Vietnam one experienced traveler:"the principle of "less misses and more." And missing all the buses, even many ton trucks. I.e. if a bus crashes into the oncoming lane - roadside schemyatsya ALL! Motobiker in ANY case obliged to rebuild on the side if the oncoming leaves the car"
When crossing the road in Vietnam, you must follow the rule: never make sudden movements from side to side, not to rush in front of the vehicle. Be prepared for the fact that You no one will miss, even at a crosswalk or even a traffic light. To cross the road, you just need to slowly and quietly move perpendicular to the road and flow of traffic, like water in the river, You will travel around. Look like crossing the Vietnamese and do the same. The main thing is not to panic and not make a fuss.
Russian law (even international) do not apply here, so rent a car and motorcycle with engine displacement more than 49 cubic centimeters tourists who do not have a driver's license issued in Vietnam, is excluded. You can rent a low powered moped or scooter, engine size less than 46 cubic cm, or Bicycle with an engine on electricity, for which all rights are required. Right here at foreigners almost never check, but in the case of traffic violations or getting into an accident, the foreigner will definitely be found guilty. Alternative to car rental is to rent a car with driver that will cost almost as much as rent a car without a driver.
The best alternative to the motorcycle and even car for the power tour is a Bicycle. But here one should be particularly careful – motorcycles and cars will be zipping inches from you, all you will be constantly beeping in the back (and not only you, everyone here with all the honking). After a few hours practice you will be able to join the stream and safely move, but do not lose vigilance: better transfer Bicycle across the road on foot or to pass the dangerous area on the sidewalk, than to be under the wheels.
When driving on the road bike it is also important to try not to make any sudden movements on the road and stay to the right. Drivers in Vietnam just the assy and will to go around you if you will not be disturbed and shy away to right and left along the road.
Automobile fuel in Vietnam is sold everywhere (thanks to the widespread use of motorcycles). Some problems may occur with gasoline AI-95.
As for Parking, even in large cities they are few. Drivers leave their cars along the roads. As a rule, the cost of Parking within a few hours is 10000-20000 VND for the car and 2,000 to 5,000 for the bike. Free Parking available in shopping malls. In addition, almost all restaurants offer free Parking to visitors. The highway linking the province are paid. Payment is required at the entrance to the highway on a special trip, but motorcycles will not pay anything.
Important phone numbers in Vietnam:
113 - police;
114 - fire Department;
115 - emergency medical care;
116 – telephone directory.