Safety

Street Brawl in Bui Vien

This happened right in the middle of the famous backpacker’s district in Bui Bien. I used to live in Bui Vien and this is a high profile tourist zone. Loud music into late night, flooded with tourists and xe om. A police station is also situated maybe a hundred meters away. And still a brawl of such magnitude can take place. Source: Tuoi Tre News 60 SHARES Share on Facebook...

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Visitor ripped off by bogus Mai Linh driver in HCMC

27 Aug 2019 Here we go again! Upon arriving at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, the foreign visitor took a cab from the airdrome to a hotel on Nguyen Hue Street in District 1, about eight kilometers apart. The driver dropped him off about 100 meters away from his destination in an impolite manner before charging him VND1.2 million (US$51.6), according to the tourist’s account.It normally costs around VND150,000 ($6.45) to...

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Four storms to hit mainland in rest of 2019

The National Centre for Hydro-Met Forecasting has issued a forecast that another three to four more major storms to hit the central and southern regions for the rest of 2019. Don’t forget your raincoat or poncho! HÀ NỘI — Three to four storms are forecast to affect Việt Nam’s mainland, mostly in the central and southern regions, from now to the end of this year, according to the National Centre...

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Man’s life in jeopardy over methanol poisoning in Vietnam

Here we go again! A Vietnamese man who was in a critical condition after consuming alcohol mixed with industrial methanol now has a bad prognosis as doctors in Ho Chi Minh City feed pure ethanol into the patient’s digestive system to delay methanol breakdown, while he is undergoing dialysis. D.V.M., a resident in Ho Chi Minh City, was admitted to the 115 General Hospital in District 10 in the early hours of...

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Vinegar from industrial acid 😱

Police raided a family-run facility in Quang Ngai Province on Wednesday afternoon and found its owner Dang Thi Mua mixing acid with water to produce vinegar, the Vietnam News Agency reports. Mua, 55, and her husband were caught red-handed diluting 20 liters of industrial acetic acid, stored in two large plastic containers, with water to produce vinegar for use in cooking. News source: Tuoi Tre News This is a small time production, so...

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How to: Fake Taxi guide in Ho Chi Minh City / Vietnam

In Vietnam, fake taxi is the number one on the list of complaints for tourists and expats. Ripped off for a trip, going in circles, and being robbed off are all too often and are daily affairs. In Ho Chi Minh City, the taxis are divided into two categories, company operated taxis and private (fake) taxis. Private / Fake Taxi in Vietnam Avoid at all cost, even if it means...

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How to: Moving around within Ho Chi Minh City. Taxi/Grab/Xe Om

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to tell a taxi driver where you want to go in Ho Chi Minh City. They usually give you the blank look or the lack of acknowledgement from the taxi driver puzzles whether he understood you. GRAB – A God Send But luckily with technology comes conveniences never before. Today, there is a taxi or motorbike taxi app called GRAB. Enter the address...

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Understanding The Vietnamese Mentality

No matter where you are from, Europe, America, or even Asia, cultural shocks will definitely hit you even before arrival. Climate and safety will be your other concerns during the trip. Please do not be surprised when you enter the cabin of the aircraft to find some people sitting on your allocated seat. This happens 70% of the time I travel to Vietnam. I do not have a good explanation but from what...

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Top dangers and how to stay safe in Ho Chi Minh City

Petty crime It is usually more dangerous in the bigger cities than the smaller towns. In smaller cities and smaller towns the community is much smaller and everyone seems to know everyone…. The most common mishap in bigger cities like Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) is being snatched of your belongings by motorbike thief. Tourists, expats, and even the locals are of no exception to this most common form of crime. Almost...

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