Are you traveling to Vietnam?
Here are 7 quick tips for your trip:
– Remove your shoes before entering a pagoda and don’t point your feet or show the soles of your feet towards a person and especially towards a Buddha image.
– Crossing busy moped-filled streets in Vietnam’s cities can seem daunting. The trick is to slowly walk across the road making eye contact with the drivers and keep going forward! Read also: How to Cross the Road in Vietnam
– Learn some Vietnamese and earn the praise of the locals. Essentials are “Xin Chau” (hello) and “Cam On” (Thank you).
– Avoid giving sweets and pens to local children; this can create a begging culture. Instead donate books and pens to a school.
– Motos (mopeds) are a great way to get around in Vietnam. They are quick in traffic and breezy! Negotiate the price with the driver before you leave for your destination.
– Take a hotel business card with you before exploring for the day. It makes getting lost a lot more enjoyable when you can find you way back to your hotel!
– Try Pho, a traditional noodle soup with either beef or chicken and vegetables. It’s cheap, delicious and found almost everywhere in Vietnam!
From the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City to the serenity of Halong Bay and everything in between, Footprint’s fully revised and updated 6th edition Vietnam Handbook offers a truly unique experience. Steeped in communism with a brief flirtation with capitalism ensures travellers in Vietnam can expect noodle carts or nouvelle cuisine, temples or trekking, beaches or bargain hunting. This guidebook gives all the information needed to really discover this incredible country, including a highly acclaimed war history and background section, plus all the necessary listings on where to eat, sleep and play this guide will be an indispensable companion.
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