Is Vietnam safe for a female solo traveller? I'm 21 and been to amsterdam, Singapore, tornoto and Montreal by myself, so I'm not totally inexperienced. Advice? Or is there somewhere safer I should consider?
Vietnam is safe as long as you take normal precautions, although don't wear flashy jewelry, and be aware of bag snatchers and pick pockets who are very active. I had dinner last night with a man who literally had his necklace cut off his neck in HCMC without him being aware until afterward. My wife got her gold necklace yanked off of her neck last year while we were waiting in traffic about a year ago. My pocket was picked about four months later. almost 8 years ago
I travel in Vietnam by myself and with my young children and feel very safe. Like the previous response, I advise to take normal precautions and don't go out to clubs very late at night by yourself as there have been a few incidents lately in Hanoi of female passangers being assulted and robbed. Stay in well known areas and you should be fine. Halong Bay, Sapa, Hoi An, Hue all lovely places and perfectly safe.
The roads though are chaotic and there are many accidents which can happen single or not.... Cars are safer than bikes/motorbikes etc... almost 8 years ago
I live in Ho Chi Minh City...........District 1 I think is the safest. The backpack area, which is only a few streets has many hotels, bars and places to eat, all at very reasonable prices. Closer to the river where the large hotels are located. This area is more upscale in all respects. And yes just take the normal precautions, petty crime does happen, but its not a huge problem. Oh, and when you arrive strike up a conversation with someone like me who lives there or has been in the city for a week or so. You should be able to get some useful information. almost 8 years agoAnswered by Paul In-Vietnam via WorldNomads.com
My advice: Never travel anywhere with items you can't afford to lose. I've been to Vietnam many times and never had anything "nicked". I always check valuables (laptop & camera) with desk at hotel. Carry money and documents inside of garments - money/document belt or inside pockets. Download photos as soon as possible to web storage. Losing a camera is expensive, but loosing 1000s of images is a personal disaster. Vietnam is a safe country for travelers - you may get "conned" by over-paying for services and goods if you don't bargain like a pro.
Enjoy you trip! almost 8 years ago