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Personally, I feel that Vietnam walks all over Thailand in almost every travel category except beaches.
So, why do so many people have such bad experiences and never return to Vietnam? I hope the list I have made below helps out first-time visitors. It may seem cynical and anti-Vietnamese. I love this country; I want you to love it, too. Do your homework, know what to expect, and this is the most rewarding country in Southeast Asia to explore.
Double, triple check all of your information, have your accommodation address ready to go for the arrival form, be very respectful to the immigration officers, no matter how cold they are.
Get stamped and enjoy. We are used to a fixed price for everything and we generally believe what we hear and read. Remember, it is normal in Vietnam for locals to overcharge or inflate prices when they feel they can get more money for something.
Be careful, educate yourself and know that…. Though politically communist and still state-organized on a larger scale, Vietnam is hyper-capitalistic on street-level.
Tourists have only been coming for twenty years. To the Vietnamese, there is nothing wrong with doing or saying anything it takes to get your business. The good thing is, unlike in Thailand, everything is negotiable.
Be very weary and…. What I do is try to take out 15, dong and show it to the seller before we commit. Yes, your hotel is lying to you. Happens every day to me, too.
Or, when you arrive by train buy your ticket out of town right away. Vietnam has amazing and cheap street food around every corner. In Vietnam, it is super easy to run out and grab an amazing bowl of soup for 20, dong no matter where you are.
The streetside soup, and coffee 10, dongwill be much better than the greasy eggs and stale baguette offered by your hotel.
Nothing worse than some ugly scrapes and a shake-up. Motorbikes are very dangerous. However, getting out to the countryside on your own two wheels is an unforgettable experience and one of the highlights of Vietnam. Be sure to have travel health insurance and bring your information card to have ready in the case of an emergency.
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