White Thai People in Mai Chau
You are planning to travel to Vietnam and wondering about things to do and not to do during your holiday in Vietnam? Be a local tour operator founded by 100% Vietnamese, Hanoi Tours Expert is able to give you best advises for your holiday in Vietnam and we consider it’s our responsible in bring a smooth and enjoyable holiday to you.
Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries of Southeast Asia, which is safe to travel and full of wonders to visit and Vietnamese people is perhaps the most ardent peace lovers in the world. They have longstanding tradition of hospitality and respect for guests. Vietnamese people are very gracious, polite and generous with the conservative nature of Confucianism, besides influences from Buddhism and Taoism.
The following tips while travel in Vietnam will help you to avoid some social taboos and make your trip to Vietnam a culturally and socially enriching experience.
Things not to do while travel in Vietnam
- Do not sit with your feet pointing towards others. When visiting someone’s house, do not sleep or sit with the soles of your feet pointing towards the ancestor altar.
- Do not sit until shown where to sit and wait for older people sit first when you visit Vietnamese family.
- Do not take photo or video of somebody without asking for permission, especially to ethnic minority people.
- Do not touch the heads (even the children); this gesture is considered an insult.
Do not bend up your finger to call someone.
- Do not dress low-necked cloths at places of worship (temple and pagoda), shoulders and legs covered, and take your shoes off upon entering and talk in whispers, never touch the interiors and artifacts.
- Do not displays of affection with another the opposite sex at public places. Anything beyond holding hands is seriously frowned upon.
- Do not carry large amount of money or wear much of jewelry. Never leave your bags unattended. You may become a victim of a pickpocket or drive-by bag snatcher.
- Do not cause Vietnamese to “lose face”. The concept of “saving face” is extremely important in East Asian social relationships.
Things to do while travel in Vietnam
- Do learn some simple Vietnamese words such as hello (xin chao) or thank you (cam on).
- Do learn to use chopsticks. Try to finish everything on your plate, and rest your chopsticks on top of your rice bowl when you are finished eating.
- Do keep your valuables such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets etc in a safe place.
- Do change money from a recognized moneychanger.
- Do get medical insurance before your travel. The price of medical care in Vietnam is ridiculously expensive.
- Do hold your bag in front of you and easy to grab, especially when you hire a motorbike taxi to avoid bag snatching.
- Do expect toiletries in your hotel room such as toothbrush, comb, soap, shampoo, etc. But do carry toilet paper with you when you go out.