Health and Safety
Vietnam is widely considered a safe country to travel in and the biggest problem travelers are likely to encounter is theft in tourist centers, particularly snatch and grab robberies by thieves on motorbikes. Violent crime is rare, but take sensible precautions to avoid being a target, like leaving your valuables in a hotel safe and not.
General vaccinations recommended for all travelers to Vietnam include diphtheria, hepatitis A, tetanus, yellow fever, hepatitis B and Japanese encephalitis.
Dengue fever is prevalent in Vietnam and visitors should take precautions to avoid being bitten. These include using insect repellent, avoiding going out at dusk, and covering up using long sleeved clothes at night. There is no vaccination or treatment as such for dengue fever.
Vietnam is technically in a malarial zone although most places are malaria free. If you are planning to stay in rural areas for an extended period of time then you may need to think about taking anti-malarial prophylaxis and it is best to consult with a healthcare professional before travelling.
Healthcare in Vietnam is widely considered to be of a higher standard than other countries in the region, but is still not comprehensive compared to Western standards so make sure you have good travel insurance that includes evacuation cover if you need to be flown to Singapore or Thailand for treatment. For some extra general information, please visit our page on health precautions.