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Vietnam travel tour guides

The goal and purpose of these people is to give a comprehensive and up to date report and information about the travelling and staying in the country. Vietnam’s official language is Vietnamese, a tonal language spoken as a mother tongue by 90% the country’s population. Vietnamese is written using a 29 letter alphabetical system. However, the accent of Vietnamese varies from province to province. Besides Vietnamese, around 50 other languages are spoken by ethnic minorities. English is a popular foreign language and is used in mostly in offices, restaurants in big cities or tourism places. French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese… are also popular and can be found in tourist places. Worry not when planning a Vietnam travel, these tour guides will always help translate the language to you understanding. Try to find an English speaking tour guide so as not to miss on the Vietnam history and culture, without a guide who will be interpreting to you.

Tour guides will always tell and advise you that Vietnam travel is always friendly and safe place to travel. With a sprinkling of common sense, your trip should be smooth and trouble free. Tourists usually complain about over-aggressive street vendors, tour operators with a bad attitude and dangerous driving habits. However, with a cool head and sensible planning, you can avoid these problems by simply finding the best tour guide to take you through.


  • Vietnamese dress conservatively. Despite the heat, it’s best not to show off too much skin. If you do, especially girls, you’ll only draw stares from the locals.

  • Dress well when visiting pagodas. No shorts or tatty beer t-shirts. Shoes are fine, and rarely will you have to remove them. If unsure, just follow what the locals do.

  • Drink plenty of bottled water, especially when walking around sightseeing. No need to carry huge bottles around with you, a vendor is never far away and no doubt they will find you before you find them.

  • Keep your cash, credit cards, airline tickets and other valuables in a safe place.

  • Travel with recommend tour agencies. Even if you plan to buy tickets when in country, research your journey a little first on the Internet. A good resource is Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree Forum, where fellow tourists discuss travel in Vietnam.

  • Violent crime is highly unusual in Vietnam, but petty crime is more apparent. If you have a bag, or tout a digital camera around your neck, you are a potential target.

  • When taking a ride by motorbike taxi (xe om) make sure your bag, if any, is not on display or easy to grab. Bag snatches, although still rare, are probably the most likely crime a tourist would encounter.

  • Don’t wear singlets, shorts, skirts or dresses, or revealing clothes to temples or pagodas.

  • Physical displays of affection between lovers in public are frowned upon. That’s why you may come across couples holding hands but not hugging or kissing.

  • Losing your temper in Vietnam means a loss of face. Keep a cool head and remain polite, you’ll have a greater chance of getting what you want.

  • Remember, this is Vietnam, is a developing country, and things don’t quite work as you are maybe used to. Don’t be paranoid about your safety; just be aware of your surroundings.

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