Things to do

Thing to remember

It’s in your best interests not to drink the tap water, especially after flooding!
Avoid cyclo ride after dark.
Dress midestly and appropriately when visiting local dwellings and religious sites, etc.
Leave your valuables behind before a night out on the town, or going to the beach.
When crossing the road, especially in Ho Chi Minh city, always keep looking to the left and right and walk slowly!
Don’t offer money directly to minority people – instead donate to a local charity or offer a small gift, such as pens.
However frustrated, don’t loose your temper (“loosing face”), as it won’t get you very far!
Try and sample at least once the delicious, local street food.
Alway ask permission first before taking photographs, especially in minority areas.

Thing not to miss

Sleeping out on deck on a boat in Halong Bay
Ordering custom-made clothes from the local tailor shop
Taking a slow cyclo ride through the French Quarter of old Saigon
Eat Pho ga (chicken noodle soup) at a street side noodle stalls.
Watch the traditional water – puppet performance in Hanoi.
Experience the Full-Moon festivities in the ancient town of Hoi An.
Drink rice-wine in the minority villages of the north
Take a koat along Hue’s Perfume River, taking in the Royal Mausoleums.
Overnight in a homestay in the Mekong Delta’s riverside orchards.
Barter for a bargain at Saigon’s largest merket, Ben Thanh
Take a stroll through Hanoi’s ancient old Quarter.