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1. Posted by adaziv (Full Member 30 posts) 7y

Hi all

I am traveling to Vietnam this summer (as a teacher taking a school trip there). Any advice on safety etc. would be greatly appreciated. We will also be doing some tracking around Cat Thien. Since I have a major snake phobia I would also appreciate if any of you who've been to Vietnam can tell me what the likelihood of encountering snakes there is (just so that I can prepare myself). Also, any advice on partcular tailors in Hoi An?

Many thanks

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 7y

You are going to one of the safest destinations you could pick. While Vietnam does have it's problems, it is generally a wonderful destination and you really have very little to worry about. While I am not familiar with Cat Tien, I have been to the Mekong Delta. The only snakes I encountered on my 2 trips were in cages, and I believe that unless you go off into the jungle on foot, you will see exactly zero snakes.

Vietnam will amaze you in more ways than one. The Vietnamese are quite up-to-date, and the tourist industry there is thriving (especially in Hoi An). My advice to you and your students is to get out of the hotel and meet the locals as much as you can (this is very easy to do because they will most likely approach you first!)

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Adam,
I have been to Hoi An several times, but I am not into custom clothes. I buy my aloha shirts off the rack, shorts from Wal-Mart. As most of my photos will attest! But, I did a quick search and found others that do recommend some different tailor shops. Good luck with your planning.

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5. Posted by Jennyyore (Budding Member 66 posts) 7y

Hi Adaziv

I think you are pretty safe in Vietnam, I had no concerns at all.

They only real safety issue is crossing the roads, mopeds are everywhere, they even drive up behind you to park on the paths - a number of times I was tripped up with people trying to get into my walking space to park their mopeds.
If you look at videos of Hanoi/Saigon on tripadvisor you will know what I mean! Just keep walking, dont stop! there are no rules, or if there is......I dont understand them, you will see whole families on one moped, 2 year old children standing and holding on a parents shoulders etc etc.

We took a 12 hour coach journey which was hair raising! They swopped drivers while still driving! plenty of times I thought we were going off the road.

If you are having clothes made in Hoi An, ensure you have enough time that they are not made in a rush. If I were to have clothes again I would pick any empty tailor so they had plenty of time to make them correctly, they convinced me that mine were fine, in fact I never wore them - gave to a charity shop! they also will not let you get away with having one item made, they show you a pattern book for about an hour, then the material, the process goes on.........with measuring, .........then agreeing the price. I paid far too much about £70 .......didnt bata enough, but that was my fault. Other things are cheaper than the citys - lanterns, bags etc for presents.

6. Posted by steen1976 (Budding Member 26 posts) 7y

Quoting Jennyyore

Hi Adaziv

I think you are pretty safe in Vietnam, I had no concerns at all.

They only real safety issue is crossing the roads, mopeds are everywhere, they even drive up behind you to park on the paths - a number of times I was tripped up with people trying to get into my walking space to park their mopeds.
If you look at videos of Hanoi/Saigon on tripadvisor you will know what I mean! Just keep walking, dont stop! there are no rules, or if there is......I dont understand them, you will see whole families on one moped, 2 year old children standing and holding on a parents shoulders etc etc.

We took a 12 hour coach journey which was hair raising! They swopped drivers while still driving! plenty of times I thought we were going off the road.

If you are having clothes made in Hoi An, ensure you have enough time that they are not made in a rush. If I were to have clothes again I would pick any empty tailor so they had plenty of time to make them correctly, they convinced me that mine were fine, in fact I never wore them - gave to a charity shop! they also will not let you get away with having one item made, they show you a pattern book for about an hour, then the material, the process goes on.........with measuring, .........then agreeing the price. I paid far too much about £70 .......didnt bata enough, but that was my fault. Other things are cheaper than the citys - lanterns, bags etc for presents.

I was just reading about this in the Footprints guide to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos (a quick mention to say it's superb and better than Rough Guide & Lonely Planet) and they said that is the basic rule. Pedestrians put their safety in to the hands of the riders. They'll step out on to the road without looking left or right. So step out, keep the same trajectory and speed, nip your bum and hope for the best.

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8. Posted by prettychin (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Hello,

I am Chinh and now I am living in Ho Chi Minh city. I used to stay in Derbyshire for 6 months in 2008. I both traveled and worked as volunteer in charity shop run by British Red Cross.

Some times I have got friends came from York and Amsterdam to visit Vietnam. I guided them and took them around Saigon by mopes. It was a lot of fun.

You could contact me for further information about Vietnam or any assistant you need. My phone number is [snip].

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