Some misconceptions about Vietnam as a country still miserable after the war, very few beautiful scenes or indigenous people who cannot speak English are often conveyed by experienced Western tourists to change their outlook.
The first time they came to Vietnam, many Western tourists were often shy and confused when imagining about the distant S-shaped land.
They also have many mistakes because they have never been to and contacted Vietnamese people. According to the experience of fellow countrymen, Western tourists often pass on the lessons and the following notes when coming to Vietnam.
1. The country is not too poor and backward
Most Western travelers who have never been to Vietnam know that this is a distant country on the other side of the globe with people with black hair and yellow skin. Severe wars in the past made most of them think the whole country was still very poor and needy. This also means an increase in crime and robbery.
Even some of the older American tourists who came to Vietnam for the first time worried about the previous war as a reason for them to be discriminated against by indigenous people. Contrary to these visualizations, tourists from the other half of the globe are often surprised to come to Vietnam and see a modern and innovative country with friendly people.
2. Vietnamese people often use English
Because of geographical differences as well as culture and language, many Western tourists often think it will be very difficult to communicate in Vietnam. Most of them expressed surprise about the popularity of English when traveling to this country. An American national tourist named Bruce Wilcox also tells the story of meeting indigenous people while walking on the Sword Lake with an open and confident attitude.
“When I was sitting on the bench, a student approached and told me stories of Hanoi City. His English is not really standard but quite fluent. He also doesn’t ask for remuneration or solicitation to buy things, simply wants to practice English, ” the 54-year-old tourist said.
3. Stay away from street vendors
Not as lucky as Mr. Wilcox, most Western visitors to Vietnam are often considered to be the prey of street vendors in big streets. Before coming to this S-shaped land, they were often advised to stay away from peddlers who always grabbed and begged tourists to buy goods.
4. Service prices may be expensive “exorbitant”
Almost any area with a large number of tourists, shops selling products or services also maintain parallel to two different prices. In Hoi An, you can easily buy flip flops for $ 2 if you are Vietnamese. But with blue-eyed blonde and babbling Vietnamese, the price could be twice as expensive.
This problem is often conveyed by Western tourists to prevent and share many tips for bargaining. The most common way is to carefully ask the price before using the service, buying the product. Some websites evaluating services are also thoroughly used by tourists.
5. Beware fooled
With language differences, many Western tourists were mistaken between 15,000 VND and 50,000 VND (fifteen thousand dongs and fifty thousand dongs). Many people complained about the situation when asking the price of a coconut or shoe shine service, and the seller answered: “15,000 VND” to quickly agree by tourists. But when they withdraw their payment wallet, they are dumbfounded because they are asked for 50,000 VND. The experience that visitors have learned is to give the banknote with the previously agreed face value to the seller for confirmation. Then will pay after the service is completed.
6. Do not be discouraged by falling motorbikes
As a popular means of transportation in Vietnam, almost every Western tourist likes to explore this land by motorbike. However, because they are unfamiliar with the road, do not have much experience handling situations, many people were injured after the trip to Sa Pa or visited Mui Ne because of falls, rubbing motorcycles. Assessing the level of extreme danger, most of them still expressed that driving a motorbike is an unforgettable experience and still want to continue testing when coming to Vietnam.
7. Vietnam is wide and beautiful
Before coming to Vietnam, some Western tourists once thought that this land was very small, poor and not very beautiful. However, Steven – an American tourist who first came to Vietnam said he spent 11 days and nights to walk the road from North to South.
“This is very different from the trip from New York to Los Angeles. Throughout Vietnam, you will encounter countless beautiful scenes, and it is best to spend about three weeks to go, ”Steven said. He also stressed that if there were only about 1-2 weeks, Western tourists should gather only one area like the North or South Vietnam and spend the entire time exploring and experiencing.