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Safety travel in Hanoi

Foreign visitor travelling in Hanoi may have hassle at public area and how to avoid this hassle?


 You may get on an illegal Taxi or bad drivers may  drive you in a long distance and ask for a big amount of money, if his demand is not accepted they may lock you in the car and make you stressful

·         Ask the hotel reception to call an reliabe Taxi company ( Taxi Group or Mai Linh Taxi)

·         The price list is available at the door or at front seat of the car.


2 Crossing road

Traffic is very busy it seem never stop for a while , this is a typical of big city like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city

·         Find the nearest pedestrian crossing,

·         make sure that you have a safe distance from you to the nearest vehicle

·         walk slowly and confidently to the other side of the road.

·         Do not run suddenly this could make the driver lost their control and accident may happen


3 Pickpocket

Pickpocket may happen when you are at the public area such as : market, train and Bus station ,shopping center or even on the street

·         Always keep an eye and lock your bag when you are travelling in the street,( highly recommended to keep this at the Hotel front desk)

·         Pay attention to your valuable thing such as : camera, cell phone, Ipad, wallet… if you are at the crowd ( Be careful while taking photo by your cell phone or Ipad, thief may snatch them because  you pay lesss attention to this)



4 Street vendor

 Street vendor is daily job of people  living in the countryside  who less education try to make their living in the big city (normally a woman wearing a conical hat carry a hanger 2 baskets  with some fruits or sugar cane on their shoulder , They try to sell the fruits at the high price or make fun by letting you borrow their tool to take a picture if this accepted  then they will ask you for some money (US$5  or US$ 10)  follow disturbing you until your hotel or you get on your car

·         Don’t look at them if  they come to you.

·         Ignore everything they offer and say a simply word and polite “ No, Thank you “ in Vietnamese word “ Khong, Cam on”

·         Always have some small change incase you want to buy thing from street vendor (if you give them a big note they may return you  lots of  small note but not the right balance even fake money)


5 Travel Agent in the street

There are many illegal small travel agency offices around Old quarter ,they also provide tours itinerary at cheaper price but not incharge of the quality of what they provide ,if you  have a problem with the trip they ignore their resposibility to help you or refund the money

·         Select a reputattion Travel Company

·         Make sure the service is worth with what you you paid for

·         Asking about the guarantee policy for the services that thay can offer


6 Money 

Local currency (Vietnamese  Dong – VND) has many zero number  and the color is similar this cause confusion and difficult to know the right value

·         Small change : 1.000 Dong (grey) , 2.000 Dong (grey) 5.000 Dong (Green)

·         Medium change 10.000 Dong  (yellow) .20.000 Dong  (Blue) 50.000 (red)

·         100.000 Dong (Green) 200.000 Dong (Red) 500.000 (light blue)

·         Always check the right note before paying ,

·         Never exchange money on the street

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