15 Mistakes that almost foreigners make when coming to Vietnam

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Vietnam is a beautiful country, with low cost of living and extremely friendly people. Especially, this is a peaceful country with a stable political background. Because of that, this is a great stopover.

However, there are also many negative feedbacks of foreigners about the country and people of Vietnam. It is also a barrier that makes it difficult for foreigners to stay in Vietnam. And if you are not a travel master or a “bloody” traveler, 15 mistakes below will be very helpful reminders for your upcoming trip.

Mistake #1: Cross the road too fast

Vietnam is known as a densely populated country, especially two big cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Traffic is a problem with the people and the Vietnamese government. Traffic participation here is an obsession of many foreigners.

Cross the road too fast
Cross the road too fast.

To overcome this tough challenge, slowly merge into the car under the road, keep a steady pace, don’t hesitate, don’t stop, don’t text by phone or view the map when crossing the road. Traffic will automatically adjust to you.

Mistake #2: Go out on holidays

Go out on holidays
Go out on holidays.

You should see the Vietnamese holiday calendar before planning a tour. On long holidays, especially on Tet, most restaurants in the city are closed. In addition, popular tourist destinations will also become crowded and overloaded.

Mistake #3: Go home late

Vietnam may be one of the safest countries in the world, but you should still be cautious, and women should not go alone late at night in an empty place.

Go home late
Go home late.

Mistake #4: Vietnam dong money (VND)

The exchange rate of USD / VND is about 21,734. Foreign visitors must try to pay attention to the number to tip correctly. The trick is to remember the color of each currency to avoid confusion.

Vietnam dong has many denominations, so it's easy to mistake. (Photo: news.zing.vn)
Vietnam dong has many denominations, so it’s easy to mistake. (Photo: news.zing.vn).

Some business people in Vietnam often “chặt chém” tourists, especially foreigners, from taxis, motorbikes to street vendors. Many sidewalk shops have no price on the menu and can count many times. Guests should ask for a price before deciding what to order.

At the airport, there are many taxis scam. You should book a taxi to the hotel to avoid being overcharged. You do not have to pay tolls, so if the driver asks you to pay, please refuse. Vietnamese drivers often do not follow traffic laws. Ask them not to talk on the phone while driving, because they can drive the wrong way and charge higher than they really are, not to mention it’s very dangerous.

Mistake #5: Be careful with dog meat and cat meat

You will be very easy to eat without noticing. Please learn Vietnamese before for these 2 words to be able to distinguish. Although there was a law that didn’t consume cat meat in 1997, it still appeared a lot. People also smuggle cats from China and Laos to Vietnam.

In the menu, cat meat is called “tiger tiger”. You should try to learn the correct pronunciation to avoid misunderstandings when ordering.

Mistake #6: You too believe in restaurant advertising.

We often just “crave” to read a few reviews through the speakers or not even look at them, this is a serious mistake! Most focus on hotel reviews without paying attention to comments about attractions or food. “Hardworking” to see these reviews we will find delicious and affordable items.

Thanks to the authentic food pictures of previous visitors, you can realize the whole view of that dish.

Please read the feelings of those who have gone to always have the best travel experience
Please read the feelings of those who have gone to always have the best travel experience.

Mistake #7: Travel like a “moving house”.

We often suffer from “lack of” disease, fear that we will not be able to bring this one, the other will not be lacking, or “should I also bring a pot of cactus? And after packing you will have a super heavy bag. Soon (usually at the end of the trip) you realize something that is not necessary to be used like a cactus pot for example. Are you in this situation?

Have you ever been in a situation that brought so many things when traveling?
Have you ever been in a situation that brought so many things when traveling?.

In your daily life, you may not wear a new set of clothes every day and I recommend you on the same trip. Instead, create special styles for you!

I have strange advice for you: bring a thin blanket instead of a thick sweater. It can be used in many ways such as scarves, blankets, and a picnic towel.

Bring a few items to help you move more easily when traveling
Bring a few items to help you move more easily when traveling.

Mistake #8: Not paying attention to the dress

Do not wear blunt clothes when coming to holy places. In a big city, people dress quite comfortably. However, when going to small villages or visiting the elderly, the formal dress is considered polite.

Not paying attention to the dress
Not paying attention to the dress (Photo: news.zing.vn).

Mistake #9: You can’t just bring cash or every ATM card on your trip

Never just bring cash or an ATM card because they will magically disappear as much as possible and further inconvenience is that the bank will lock your card at the time you are traveling. To avoid this, notify your bank and tell them that you will be traveling abroad for a period of time. I recommend using a minimum of 2 credit cards.

Before traveling, refer to the forums to find out the best place to exchange currencies.

Please use at least 2 credit cards when traveling abroad
Please use at least 2 credit cards when traveling abroad.

Mistake #10: Begging for begging and stealing

Begging in Vietnam
Begging in Vietnam.

This is a black spot in Vietnamese culture. Although the Vietnamese government has taken many measures to limit this situation, it is still happening. It is extremely uncomfortable for foreigners to encounter these situations. Many tourists feel unsafe when traveling in Vietnam, or passing on stories that are not beautiful at all.

Be careful to avoid being stolen
Be careful to avoid being stolen.

Mistake #11: Too afraid to talk to strangers, native speakers

Usually, when we travel we do not like to make friends with strangers or hesitate to chat with local people because we often think: “I and they will never see each other again”.

I advise you to try opening up and talking to the natives because they will give special attention to the tourists! And don’t forget, a hotel is a great place to make four friends!

Talking with native speakers also helps you discover more cultural features at the place you visit.

Do not hesitate to make local friends. They will surprise you with new cultures where you come!
Do not hesitate to make local friends. They will surprise you with new cultures where you come!

Mistake #12: Try to go to every tourist destination

There is a thought that always exists in every traveler: “Come here, have to enlist as many places as possible”.

That thought has somehow made us “run fast” from one destination to another. Better yet, you should go slowly and enjoy the atmosphere of the country you are visiting. This is a vacation so do you want to visit all places that sound very impossible?

You should go slowly and enjoy the atmosphere of the country you are visiting.
You should go slowly and enjoy the atmosphere of the country you are visiting.

It would be a bad idea if you want to visit 2 towns on the same day. You should spend a whole day in one place, that’s the best way to enjoy it perfectly.

Mistake #13: Traveling at “peak” times

A tourist crowd can ruin your vacation as fast as a snap of Thanos. Remember that you are tired of work or need time to balance everything in life. So I recommend trying to go in the least tourist season possible.

Trying to go in the least tourist season possible for your good trip
Trying to go in the least tourist season possible for your good trip

Mistake #14: Do not buy tickets online and travel insurance

The flow of people to famous places will sometimes overwhelm you, but there is always a separate entrance for those who buy tickets at the place to visit. Try buying tickets online. This will save you a lot of time and also remember to buy travel insurance for safety protection.

Mistake #15: Spending too much time in the selection of souvenirs

There are two extremes in this: some people spend a lot of money to buy a “not pretty” souvenir and the second one regrets not buying one.

I encourage you if you are in one of these two types of people, please visit the markets of the land you go to. This is where you can find unique items and pretty soft prices. And most souvenirs here are made by the local people themselves!.

So that’s 15 common mistakes that foreigners make when coming to Vietnam. Vietnam is a developing country, infrastructure is weak, especially housing, health, transportation, and education. It is still in the process of being invested and developed now. Foreigners who have always wanted to travel or work as well as settle down in Vietnam have always faced these uncomplicated problems.

Although there are many weaknesses mentioned above, Vietnam is still a country worth living. In the progress of international integration, Vietnam is a country full of potential, rapid economic development. Moreover, this is a beautiful country that is extremely favored by nature, human being friendly and friendly.

Hopefully, our tips will be useful in your vacation. Good luck!

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