Things To Do And Not To Do in Vietnam
- Store your cash, credit cards, airline tickets and other valuables in a safe place. Most 4-star hotels have in-room safes, otherwise ask the reception to keep your valuable things in their deposit facility.
- Take a hotel business card from the reception desk before venturing out from your hotel. This will make your return to the hotel in a taxi or cyclo much easier.
- Carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack on long excursions from your base hotel. You never know when you might need it!
- Dress appropriately. Not only for the prevailing weather, but also not to cause offence to the local people. Vietnamese have conservative dress codes, and it is only in larger cities that these codes are a little more relaxed. Do not wear revealing clothing.
- If invited into a home, always remove your shoes at the front door when entering.
- Ask for permission when taking a photograph of someone. If they indicate that they do not want you to, then abide by their wishes. DO NOT offer money or push the issue.
- Drink plenty of bottled water. During the summer months you should be drinking a minimum of two liters per day. If you drink tea, coffee & alcohol you should increase you water intake accordingly as these will help to dehydrate you.
- Never carry more money than you need when walking around the streets. Do not wear large amounts of jewelry. There are two reasons for not doing this:
- It is considered impolite to flaunt wealth in public;
- It is more likely that you may become a victim of a pickpocket or drive-by bag snatcher.
- Don’t be paranoid about your security, just be aware of your surroundings.
- Don’t wear singlets, shorts, dresses or skirts, or tops with low-neck lines and bare shoulders to Temples and Pagodas. To do this is considered extremely rude and offensive.
- Avoid giving empty water bottles, sweets and candies or pens to the local people when trekking through ethnic minority villages. You cannot guarantee that the empty bottles will be disposed of in a correct manner, and the people have no access to dental health. If you want to give pens, ask your guide to introduce you to the local teacher and donate them to the whole community.
- Never sleep or sit with the soles of your feet pointing towards the family altar when in someone’s house.
- Never lose your temper in public or when bargaining for a purchase. This is considered a serious loss of face for both parties. Always maintain a cool and happy demeanor and you will be reciprocated with the same.
- Do not try to take photographs of military installations or anything to do with the military. This can be seen as a breach of national security.
- Never take video cameras into the ethnic minority villages. They are considered to be too intrusive by the local people.
- The above advice is meant to help you have a perfect trip to Vietnam. Do not be overly paranoid though. Generally, Vietnamese people are very appreciative if they see you trying to abide by the customs, and very forgiving if you get it wrong or forget. If you make the effort, you will be rewarded.
DO and DON’T in your Ha Long Bay Tour.
Before your Cruise
- Work with us clearly about your booking and your wishes. Make sure that everything is clear and you have nothing to worry when travelling with us. We always listen to you. Please feel free to give us your wishes of a dream holiday. The more information we have from you , the much more better we serve.
- Make sure about the price , payment methods , terms & conditions , what is “inclusion” and “exclusion”, special request on tours, foods…And make sure that you are looking forward to your dream holiday in Vietnam and Halong Bay – The Natural World Wonder.
During your Cruise.
- Make sure you are on the right cruise with the right services. Leave your big luggages in the hotel or our office if you think they are not necessary.
- USD , EUR are accepted widely on board, Credit cards accepted on some boats only. Bring amount of cash for your own drinks and personal expenses.
- Tipping for tour guide , driver or crew team onboard is advisable unless you are unhappy and disappointed with their services.
- When you have a joining tour with more other people on the same cruise , obeying of regulations and schedule is always appreciated and respected. On a private tour , this is more flexible and comfortable.
- Onboard , they have many kinds of drinks to serve you . Just bring with you some bottles of mineral water to the boat. A service charge may be applied for other kinds of drinks such as: beer , whisky , wine , brandies…
- Pollute the environment by throwing garbage to the bay and surroundings.
- Break the stalactites and stalagmites when you visit the caves
- Buy corals , animals or plants from the locals which are taken from nature.
- Miss a chance to visit the floating fishing villages such us Vung Vieng , Cua Van , Ba Hang…or the caves: Sung Sot ( Surprise ), Thien Cung ( Heaven Palace )…
- Loose temper in case of something wrong or confusion ( if any ) happening during the tour. The calm is always the best solution.
And DON’T :Hesitate to tell us all what you wish for your trips or you would like to extend your holiday to any places in Vietnam and Indochina countries. We are always happy and willing to serve and satisfy you with your travel needs.
Please feel free to contact us for more detailed information. We are always with you.