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Tips on Vietnam Warnings or Dangers – Stay Safe!

Vietnam Warnings and Dangers

Vietnam is a country in Southeast Asia that sits along the South China Sea. The country has become increasingly more integrated with the wider world, though you should keep certain dangers in mind if you visit the region.

Beware of Traffic

Regardless of what city you visit in Vietnam, traffic seems to be a common complaint among tourists. From small villages like Sapa to Ho Chi Minh city itself, the traffic in the country is thick. It can also be dangerous to drive in, particularly in Ho Chi Minh city. There are few traffic lights in the area, and the parade of bikers that speed through the streets can create a hazard for anyone unfamiliar with driving in those conditions.

Take Care of Your Money

There are small and large problems to watch out for with regard for money. The 10,000 and 100,000 notes are very similar in appearance, and one slip up could end up with you handing over much more money than you thought you were.

Outside of these kinds of slip ups, you’ll also want to keep an eye on your wallet and other belongings. Especially when walking in thick crowds, you’ll want to make sure your possessions are secured. It is not unheard of for visitors to suddenly have their bags snatched right off their shoulders.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Vietnam.



By Shannon McMahon

Editor Shannon McMahon is always planning her next trip and often writing in her travel journal. Follow her on Twitter @shanmcmahon_ and on Instagram @shanmcmahon.

Shannon joined SmarterTravel in 2015. A former news reporter, she's lived in the south of Spain, spotted elephants in Sri Lanka, gone spelunking in the Caribbean, hiked Jordan's Petra Basin, interviewed Sao Paulo's Michelin-Star chefs, and explored China via bullet train. Travel trends, news oddities, and her visits to up-and-coming destinations are some of her favorite things to write about.

Her stories have also appeared online on USA Today, The Sun, Huffington Post, Business Insider,,, and more. Her educational background is in journalism, art history, gender studies, Spanish, and film. She's been quoted as an expert travel source by CNBC,, MarketWatch, The Washington Post, USA Today, and more.

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