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Ho Chi Minh Travel warnings

Health and Happiness - Vietnam

Just 25 years ago Vietnam was cripplingly poor and with a dreadful economy where inflation ran at 700%, food (and everything else) was rationed and distributed from government warehouses.Things have improved vastly, the

Local Laws in Vietnam

While travelling in Vietnam, harsh as they seem, local laws apply to all. The penalties for actions which you might find over the top are taken very seriously by locals.Try to remember this is a conservative, communist

Vietnam - Crime & Scams

Unfortunately ripping off tourists is the national sport in Vietnam. Pickpockets, fake purchases and currency rip-offs, locals know frazzled travellers can be easy targets. But you don't have to be grist to their mill,

Travel Tips for Vietnam

Getting around Vietnam is an art form. Taxis, overnight trains and buses, the back of local’s motorbikes - whichever mode of transport you choose the chances are you’ll come out of Vietnam with a story to tell about

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Vietnam floods (more) Rising waters have cut Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city railway, delaying services.

over 6 years ago

Recommended vaccinations for Ho Chi Minh

  • Diphtheria

    Diphtheria is a serious throat infection, which infects from person-to-person through the air. The vaccination should be less than 10 years old otherwise a booster is needed.

    Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis)

    Infectious hepatitis infects through contaminated food and water. Vaccination consists of two injections about 12 months apart, which protects for up to 25 years. The first vaccination protects for 12 months.  The hepatitis A vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis B .


    Tetanus is a complication to wounds contaminated by soil. If there has been a vaccination within the past 10 years it is not necessary to give a booster in case of wounds and accidents. Tetanus vaccinations are usually given in combination with diphtheria vaccine. If you are previously vaccinated, the vaccine can be given right up to departure.

    Yellow fever - transit

    Certain countries without yellow fever require a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate if you arrives (even in transit) from a country where yellow fever is present.   If you arrive from a country without yellow fever , there is no requirement for a yellow fever vaccination.

    Malaria in Vietnam

    Protection against mosquito bites will reduce the risk further.

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How safe is it to travel round Vietnam. And does anyone more upto date with a clothing itinery plus anything on mosquitoes what to put on on

We have a few articles about travelling safely in Vietnam on, especially this one with info on avoiding Dengue Fever: http://journals.worldno... read more »
over 4 years ago

I've heard many horror stories about Americans being robbed. Anyone experience this in Vietnam? Interesting stories are welcomed.

Tanner, this surprises me because Vietnam is known for it's low crime rate. Violent crime is not very common. Rip-offs and scams are another story, it's almo... read more »
almost 6 years ago

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