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1. Posted by swtazn (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

[b]Hi..
Im new to this forum things but am very interested in all you wonderful people sharing your ideas and opinions with me on this website..
I was just wondering if there was anything i should be warned about asia...I just took my thyphoid, colora, and hep a shots..cost me 200CND...i was warned about the chicken, the icecubes and pick pocketers...
and if you guys could be wonderful enough to tell me about ur experience there and the funnest things u did..cos im only going for 2 weeks but i paid alot for my ticket and hope to enjoy my vacation before i gotta go back to work..and then il have no idea when the next vacation will be...thanks

2. Posted by danalasta (Respected Member 519 posts) 11y

Hi Shirley,

First....welcome to the TP community...and make yourself comfortable here!!...You may be mistaken for a Vietnamese in Vietnam !

Don't worry...many Malaysian friends of mine who have business interests in Vietnam fly routinely to Hanoi, HCMC, etc...just today in met one who flew back from Hanoi...it's Ok there...but good to take precautions, i take mineral water...why no ice cubes ? cos, u dont know the condition under which they are made! remember, diahorrea is linked to water containation and not directly linked to the food...and pick pockets..u find them everywhere...

have fun...hope to bump into you..i will be there mid Jan...

dana

3. Posted by anurag34 (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

Hi!

Which countries are you visiting in Asia? Vietnam is quite safe. The bird flu incidents that were reported are from the Northern part and that too from rural area. HCMC and Hanoi are quite safe in this respect.

Otherwise, Vietnam should be the safest place in the world and Vietnamese are very pleasant and helpful people. There have been occasional instances of pick pocketing in HCMC near Ben Thanh market and on Le loi crowded streets. But if you are careful, you would be fine. I never faced a single incident in last eight years.

Vietnam has a lot to offer, much depends on what your itinerary is Let me know and I can advise you further...

REgards

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 11y

Quoting danalasta

Hi Shirley,

First....welcome to the TP community...and make yourself comfortable here!!...You may be mistaken for a Vietnamese in Vietnam !

Don't worry...many Malaysian friends of mine who have business interests in Vietnam fly routinely to Hanoi, HCMC, etc...just today in met one who flew back from Hanoi...it's Ok there...but good to take precautions, i take mineral water...why no ice cubes ? cos, u dont know the condition under which they are made! remember, diahorrea is linked to water containation and not directly linked to the food...and pick pockets..u find them everywhere...

have fun...hope to bump into you..i will be there mid Jan...

dana

Make photo copies of the information page in your passport - just in case it becomes "lost" somehow. Place those copies in different pieces of luggage. Your embassy can use the that information to replace your missing passport if needed.

Last time I was in Vietnam the hotels would hold your passport until you leave, keep a copy of your passport with you. If you are staying in a cheap hotel don't be surprised if a policeman shows up around 2 in the morning for a "room inspection." They used to do this routinely for males staying is cheap places, if they found a male with a lady they would hold your passport ransom for a big bribe. Hopefully this problem with police no longer takes place. If you stay in an expensive hotel usually the hotel pays the police off and no one bothers you. This is not unusual is some Communist countries.

Use the security box of the hotel you stay in to store your valuables, keep only enough money with you to carry you through the day. You are probably just as likely to be ripped off by a fellow traveller as the hotel staff. Guy checks into a hotel, makes a copy of the hotel room key, checks out. Next month he comes back and uses the key to enter the same room now occupied by a new guest. If something shows up missing it might not be the hotel staff. (Chances of this happening is the same as back in Canada.)

You can keep some "must have" information on the internet, put the information in an e-mail to yourself. Guard your password carefully. When I get information from the Airline company, like schedules and e-ticket numbers, I save and store them as an e-mail. If I lose my tickets or forget my confirmation number I can recall that info at any internet shop.

Be careful who you trust. Young people seem to trust the first young person they meet, DON"T fully trust anyone who didn't come over from home with you! This doesn't mean you can't have fun, but keep in mind your security and safety comes first.

All the regular hygiene precautions apply, don't drink the tap water (you can take one of those single cup electric coils with you to boil water for coffee or tea.) Watch what you eat, if you have to spend a week in a hospital because you got food poisoning sucks. Don't handle live chickens or dead (raw) chicken meat. I have no problem eating chicken in Asia that is thoroughly cooked. One precaution that I now take for chicken flu is to avoid bars and places that have parrots in cages for pets or amusement. Parrots can get chicken flu also.

Don't be afraid to travel, you will probably be safer than travelling back home. Since you are young, inform your family where you are going. If you engage in a tour that takes you out alone with a driver far from the hotel - inform the hotel who you are with and when you are expected back. I'd include the proper name and even the car registration number if I was a female travelling alone. Lock the door to your hotel room, use the chain or 2nd lock to make it secure.

Have safe fun!

5. Posted by chinaboy (Inactive 11 posts) 11y

I travelled through Vietnam Cambodia and Thailand and found them all to be equally safe. Have also just come back from my most recent trip to China yesterday, and again no problms to report.

However, if you're from Canada you will be used to a slightly higher level of public order than most of Asia (excluding say Singapore) or Europe for that matter. I'm from Cambridge (UK) and more tourists are mugged here very year than in the whole of Vietnam. So when I'm in Asia I don't feel unsafe. Having said that, I met a mate in Phnom Penh recently and we went for a walk along the river. 2 Cambodian girls came up to us to 'chat' (this is not common btw despite Cambodias reputation) after 5 mins they were gone and so was $10 that was in a security pocket in his trousers - so do take care and dont leave things where thay can be stolen!

It can happen in Asia or Cambridge!