If you’re traveling to Vietnam with kids, especially for a long duration, you can expect a lot yet there are many work to do and prepare for your trip to be as exciting, safe and inspiring as it should be. The country offers a wide range of things to do and places to see you can enjoy together with your family members without worrying too much about generation gap or differences in physical strength. In this article, Ideal Travel Asia would like to provide you some of the must-known tips when traveling to Vietnam with your family so that you, as a tourist, could make the most out of your trips to one of the most interesting places on Earth!
Watch out for scams!
Be careful of pickpockets and scammers during your trip. Source: Flickr
Vietnam is generally a safe place to travel to but, like any country, it isn’t without its share of scams and petty crime. Exploring the streets of Vietnam you are likely to see signs of poverty such as people begging in the streets or children pushing you to give them money or buy items from them. The kids on the streets of Vietnam do need help, but keep in mind that giving them money isn’t the best option as often the child is being exploited by an adult.
Also do watch out for pickpockets whose favored target are foreigners – especially those that are appearing to let their guard down.
Be Mindful about the food
With great taste comes great responsibility! Source: Pixabay
Travelers do also need to acknowledge the fact that food in Vietnam is not always clean, especially street food or in sidewalk eateries. Because clean and safe ingredients are always expensive and difficult to find, vendors want to reduce their costs by choosing least expensive food.
In general, if you are afraid of having problem with you and your children’s bellies, you really should go to big restaurants, or trusted address to have a meal. Otherwise, it’s generally recommended to take some medicine before or after enjoying Vietnamese street foods to your heart’s content.
Crossing the road in Vietnam
Don’t get too jumpy when crossing the street in Vietnam. Stay alert! Source: Wikimedia Commons
One of the first instances of culture shock you’ll get in Vietnam is when you step out of the airport and into a taxi.
Walking around Vietnam is a challenge, especially in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. Drivers honk their horns constantly, often for no good reason. A honk could mean get out of my way, apologies for getting in your way, I’m turning left and/or right – or all of the above! Confidence is key when crossing the road in Vietnam. Walk with purpose, and be quick on your feet!
We recommend you to enlist the help of a local for Vietnamese people are very friendly and most are more than happy to help you cross the road.
Getting around in Vietnam
There are numerous ways to get around in Vietnam. You just have to choose the right one. Source: Pxhere
If you want to travel the length of the country with stops in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll have quite a few transportation options. Which ones do you choose? It all depends on your time, budget, flexibility and sense of adventure.
On the roads: Motorcycle taxi, motorbike and cyclo – All three are popular modes of transport in Vietnam, just make sure you confirm a price before you leave. Don’t be afraid to haggle down.
By plane: One of the most popular ways to explore Vietnam is to gradually make your way north from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, or south, and then do the other leg by plane.
By rail: You’ll find the trains in Vietnam are more expensive than the buses, but the comfort involved and the time difference are well worth it.
By bus: If you’ve got plenty of time and you don’t care for comfort, getting around Vietnam by bus is a great option. Most cities in Vietnam are served by some sort of bus route, but be warned, travelling via Vietnam’s rickety roads might not be for you.
Saint Paul Hospital. Source: Wikipedia
Taking care of yourself while traveling is a top priority. There are many hidden threats to your health, be it big or small. Accidents do happen and the environment in Vietnam could be very different from what you are accustomed to, hence your body may not be able to adapt quickly. Public hospitals in Vietnam are known to have quality service yet not up-to-date equipment on par with international standards, as they are generally underfunded and poorly equipped.
On the other hand, private hospitals offer excellent standards, especially in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. They are staffed with American, Korean, Japanese, French, Filipino, as well as Vietnamese doctors who have been trained overseas.
We hope that this article has informed you some of the general knowledge that are musts for one to bear in mind during their trip to Southeast Asia, especially when traveling with friends and family. Looking for a place to spend your Christmas holiday this year? Contact us for more information regarding visa to Vietnam and other Southeast countries, tour pricing and more!
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