Vietnam Travel: How To Stay Safe And Healthy

Safe Vietnam Travel

From the sour, sweet, spicy and salty food combinations found in each city, to the beautiful and generous people of this historic country, Vietnam travel is a must-do for the worldwide adventure seeker, and particularly those who seek to explore culture through cuisine. Our Vietnam tour created by Access Trips’ owner and CEO Tamar Lowell is a favorite destination for many culinary travelers and one of her most loved destinations in the world.

Traveling anywhere in the world warrants certain safety precautions that will help make your trip an enjoyable one start to finish. In Vietnam, we have a short list of go-to safety precautions we like to take to keep ourselves and our families safe and happy. Keeping money discrete, wearing appropriate clothing for each culture we visit and watching for safe drinking water are often very sound ideas, and here are a few more:

Safety first!

  • Only drink boiled or bottled H2O. Easily done, clean water will help keep you healthy.
  • Do not eat raw fruit that doesn’t have a peel. That means no raw berries, grapes or apples. Stick to fruits like bananas, oranges and washed mangoes instead.
  • Watch out for hidden raw foods! That fresh lettuce in your spring roll could spell bacterial disaster. Opt for a fried version on this trip.
  • Street Food is fun – but make sure it’s fried. Fried foods are often cooked at very high temperatures. Rely on this “unhealthy” but safe option when experimenting.
  • Ice Cream is not your best friend. It may be sweaty and hot, but ice cream is not your safest choice while in Vietnam or other hot exotic locations. Unreliable electricity means that dairy products may be subject to freezing and unfreezing before reaching your lips.
  • Just drink beer. Ice is another danger zone for bacteria. Unless you’ve made your own ice in a sterilized container, opt for a bottled cold beer or soda over a cocktail or fresh juice.
  • Brush with bottled water. While this may be extra cautious, we see no harm in keeping a bottle of water near your bathroom sink for safe tooth brushing. Keep your mouth closed in the shower as well as tap water is rarely sterilized, particularly in more rural areas.

More tips for staying safe and healthy…

Get Vaccinated

You should have all regularly recommended vaccinations before traveling outside the United States. Visitors to Vietnam may also want to get vaccinations for Hepatitis A and Typhoid as a precaution, as recommended by the CDC.


Vietnam has changed in leaps and bounds over the last four decades, but there are still areas of growth to come.  Should you encounter military personnel or police, it’s probably best to avoid trying to capture their activities and rather wait for more rural and culturally appropriate times to take photos. Police may ask you to delete photos or even ask for your photo card should they feel you are not photographing in a culturally sensitive way.

Petty Theft

Crime rates are very low in Vietnam, but petty theft does still exist, particularly in larger cities. Keep your money tucked safely away in a money belt or well-concealed purse. Don’t pack your wallet in your back pocket, and try to avoid excessive jewelry while you travel. This is a good policy for travel anywhere.

Scams and Begging

As with any location you travel, there will be those who have learned to survive illegally on the tourist trade. Be wary of scam artists who may try to sell you goods and services that aren’t theirs to offer. Booking a tour with a reputable guide, like Access Trips, is one way to protect yourself.