Generally speaking, Vietnam is one of the safer places to travel in the current world environment but as with every where else in the world, it always pays to be cautious especially when traveling alone at night and it is advisable to stay in well lit and populated areas at all times
In general the people you meet will be extremely friendly and willing to help you where they can. However, be aware there is wide spread poverty among the population and petty crime is on the increase particularly in the popular tourist areas. Small utility bags and back packs, although very handy, serve to advertise where your valuables are so if using a bag of any kind, be mindful to keep it close to you at all times. This is especially important near the time of the Tet festival and at all times in the crowded market areas where pick pockets are often active
In many areas and especially in Hoi An, you will find it easy to hire motor scooters at very cheap rates. However, be warned, your international drivers licence is not recognized in Vietnam and unless you have an official licence issued by the traffic authority in Vietnam you will be driving unlicenced and you could easily receive a fine up to $US1,000. If involved in an accident, the financial consequences can be very harsh and driving unlicenced may cause complications with your travel insurance. A Vietnamese driving licence can be obtained and Hotel staff should be able to provide further information regarding latest policy and procedure.
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