Appealing and provoking in even portions, Vietnam‘s long-kept status as a travel star is more than earned. There is no country where the impact of Southeast Asia’s history, present and future is so strong. From time to time, this clash may appear so confronting and perplexing as to drive even veteran tourists fleeing for the closest high-class hotel with best wood porch swings where you could relax while enjoying the views. Nevertheless, just like most stuff in life, the greater you invest, the greater you gain – and in Vietnam simply a bit preparing will help you plan the adventure of your life.
In spite of the grumbles of a lot of tourists, Vietnamese folks are generally friendly. Nevertheless, contrary to Thailand, Laos or Cambodia – where locals are sincerely interested in who you are and the place you come from – in Vietnam people are likely to pay no attention to lost-looking visitors until you actually look for assistance. But be sure that if you ask a resident something with a smile, you will definitely have it responded to and with the smile as well.
For a lot of people, motorbike taxis are the sole way to actually see the crowded streets of Ho Chi Minh as well as Hanoi. Even so, although not likely, scams could occur and your finest coverage is a good awareness of where you are heading and details on the way. In case you believe you are moving the wrong way, just tell the taxi driver to stop and take a new taxi. Furthermore, arrange for a hotel ride from the airport – rip-off taxis are widespread and, like my easily lightened wallet can testify, considerably more pricey and nerve-racking than those 5 bucks you allegedly can save.
Overnight bus services are a good method to handle long ranges and save on hotel expenses, but ensure that you get a top bunk far from the toilet (typically located close to the back). The truth is, a great deal of buses does not possess functioning toilets and the closer you sit to it, the more intense the smell will become. In addition, except if you have a very strong bladder, do not drink more water than absolutely required, since rest stops are most often simply at the impulse of the driver not to mention they are missed totally in case the bus is running late.
Vietnam offers probably the lowest priced beer on the planet but it is good not to go to extremes. In Hanoi you will find a standard curfew on night clubs and bars, which the cops may show up and impose unless the manager has paid an appropriate ‘fee’. Hidden in the dark while the place pretends to be shut when a police car passes by might be entertaining, but it’s not that fun when most people from your party is thrown out by the police and cannot go back in.