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Terrorism is a social threat faced by the country of Vietnam. Thus, foreign nationals must be cautious of their surroundings, especially in crowded places such as marketplaces, tourist spots, restaurants, etc. Demonstrations are not legally permitted in Vietnam. There could be severe punishments for people who take part in such political demonstrations. Thus, remember to stay away from such areas as much as possible. Areas such as the borders of Vietnam shared by China, Laos and Cambodia, the central highlands of the country and military places should be avoided totally. Very less privacy may be granted to you are your hotel room and other modes of electronic communication may be up for surveillance. You may have to produce your passport for booking rooms in hotels. They may ask for possession of the passports until your stay. However, you must tactfully ask for it back once they enquire about you and register your name. Theft is very common here, especially in major cities of Vietnam. It may take place in the form of snatching of belongings by motormen. For this purpose, be extremely vigilant and refrain from displaying valuable items in public. Floods and typhoons are natural disasters faced by the country of Vietnam. The northern and Southern regions experience rainfall during the months from June to December. Central Vietnam receives rainfall in October and November. Cities get flooded during the monsoons, especially cities which are fed by rivers. In such situations, most essential services come to a standstill. Even transport is suspended due to clogged roads and damaged bridges. The months from June to December are susceptible to typhoons hitting the country. Thus, foreigners are advised to plan out their tours accordingly. Emergency contact numbers in Vietnam: Police contact number in Vietnam: 113 Ambulance number in Vietnam: 115 Fire brigade number in Vietnam: 114 NOTE: Please refer to trusted sources of news in Vietnam and consult travel agents for latest and updated information before visiting Vietnam. : Health tips to consider while visiting Vietnam
What is the etiquette for meeting in Vietnam? Vietnam is pretty conservative, and thus, one should refrain from displaying affection towards people of the opposite gender in public areas. Remember not to touch people’s heads. When offering something to someone, use both hands. It is seen as impolite to point your finger at something or someone. Instead, use your hand. Standing with your hands placed on your buttocks is not appreciated either. Vietnamese don’t like it when people pass something over their heads. Refrain from crossing your hands on your chest in public. Touch on the shoulder is also not accepted. Do not come in physical contact with people of other genders than you in public. Pieces of clothing such as shorts cannot be worn anywhere except on beaches. What is the proper etiquette for gift giving in Vietnam? Gifting items such as fruits, flowers, sweet delicacies or incense will be highly appreciated. Vietnamese prefer to wrap their gifts in colourful gifting papers. Items such as handkerchiefs, chrysanthemums and other black or yellow-coloured flowers should not be gifted. What is the proper etiquette for eating in Vietnam? Do not sit unless someone assigns you a seat and tell you so. A seat will be taken by the eldest person in room first. While transferring dishes elsewhere on the table, hold them with both hands. Chopsticks and a flat spoon will be provided for eating. A chopsticks rest will also be provided on which you must place your chopsticks regularly, when you take a break from eating. It is common for people to hold their bowls close to their faces while eating. Hold the spoon in your left hand while consuming soup. Dishes will be laid out in an informal, homely way. Try your best to consume all the food placed in your plate. When you finish your meal, place the chopsticks on the rim of your rice bowl. While using a toothpick, it is advised to cover your mouth. Things you should know before going to Vietnam? You will encounter a different way of life and business etiquettes in different parts of the country. While the people in the Northern part are formal and indirect in their approach, their southern counterparts are more direct and practical. Vietnam has experienced invasions by people of different cultures throughout history. Because of this reason, they have a strong sense of patriotism. The Vietnamese also have a tendency to live in harmonious unified communities, owing to their past. Avoid embarrassing someone in public and deteriorating their image. Stature and reputation in society are also some things that are given high importance by the Vietnamese. One’s family is given high prominence over other things. Acquaintances from political or business arenas of a person are also treated as members of an extended family. There is a certain hierarchal system in the society which should be followed and people’s image in public is also very important. People’s approach towards life is more practical and circumstance-oriented than governed by rules and regulations. Higher educational qualifications are given major importance in this country. : Business etiquette to follow in Vietnam
What are the mandatory vaccinations required to enter Vietnam? MMR- measles/mumps/rubella Poliovirus vaccines DPT- diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus Yellow fever NOTE: Tourists need to consult a travel agent for latest and updated information on required vaccination prior to their departure to visit Vietnam. Other optional but recommended Vaccination for Travellers visiting Vietnam: Typhoid Rabies Japanese encephalitis Hepatitis-A Hepatitis-B Other health risks: Malaria What type of Health Insurance is valid for Tourists or Visitors in Vietnam? Consult your medical service provider for the facilities related to the medical terms that will they cover emergency expenses. Medical facilities in Vietnam are available in limit. Some hospitals may require cash payment. All prescribed medicines may not be available. NOTE: Tourists or Visitors need to consult medical travel insurance providers and/or travel agents to know details about insurance policy limitations in Vietnam and whether it covers all expenses or not in case of medical emergency during your stay in Vietnam. Health tips while travelling to Vietnam: Carry full medical prescription and the basic medicines which can be used in general like: stomach ache, joint pains etc. But must cross check the drugs which you carrying with you may be banned in that country. Prevent insect bites. Sanitize your hands always. Drink bottled water only. NOTE: While you are recommended to carry prescription from home country some medicines may not be legal or available in Vietnam. Travellers are recommended to consult a travel agent and medical advisers for alternative medicines in Vietnam. : Customs followed in Vietnam
How to dress for a business meeting in Vietnam? How to greet or address a professional in Vietnam? Greeting should be according to status of the other person. Handshakes are common. However, remember not to shake hands with a woman first, unless she indicates to you that she is alright with it. If not handshakes, a gentle nod will do the trick. You can use first names of a person while addressing him or her. If you are familiar with the honorific title of a person, use it during first meetings. Women’s names don’t change after marriage.   What is the etiquette for a business meeting in Vietnam? Prior to arriving in Vietnam, it is important to seek an appointment several weeks before the meeting. This can be done through a Vietnamese contact, who would also serve the purpose of an interpreter. Arrive on time to meetings. Clothe yourselves in a formal and conservative manner. Handshakes are the most common forms of greeting the person of the same gender. They use both hands while doing so. The left hand is placed on the right wrist.  Wait for a woman to indicate before you shake her hand. If she does not make an initiative, a gentle nod will do. Business cards are important and should be presented by both hands. They should not be treated menially, and should be kept properly. Due to the power positioning relevant in business arenas, the senior-most person of the group will be the first to enter a room. Even if someone disagrees with a point stated by you, they will not bluntly point it out. Instead, they will remain silent. Foster a good relation with your Vietnamese counterparts. Use the initial meeting for the purpose of introduction and light-hearted talk alone. If you promise something, make sure that you deliver. Otherwise, it would lead to embarrassment. Negotiating decisions are taken at a slow pace. This is because they have to consult a certain group of people and procedure. The ritual of giving gifts after a meeting or during dining with business associates is prevalent. Make sure that the gifts are not expensive. Items that carry your company’s logo or something classical from your country are the best options. What is the proper way to communicate in Vietnam? The Vietnamese people converse in a very indirect way. Thus, keep the context and behavioural gestures of the communicator in mind while interpreting meanings. Even in case of disapproval or bad news, they prefer not to state in bluntly to save you from embarrassment. You must follow suit. The people in the South of Vietnam are more direct in their speech than the Northern people. Even while the speech of some may sound affirmative, they may be only doing so to avoid conflict. Keep this in mind and pick up hints. Develop a good relation with your Vietnamese counterparts. Some people may not take your speech seriously unless you have good relations with them. : Customs followed in Vietnam
About Vietnam. Currency used in Vietnam: Vietnamese dong (1 VND = 100 hao) Languages used in Vietnam: Vietnamese is the official language Visa requirements to visit Vietnam: Click here to get complete and latest updated Vietnam visa information : Safety tips for travelling in Vietnam