Vietnam is generally regarded as a safe destination by world standards, but usual commonsense safety precautions should be adhered to. In recent years petty street crime in large cities has risen. We recommend you take taxis rather than cyclos at night; taxis in Vietnam are numerous, metered and inexpensive. Always carry a hotel card so you can show your driver where you want to go.
Throughout your stay, always keep a photocopy of your passport, airline tickets and credit card numbers, and a detailed record of your traveller’s cheques. You should leave valuables in hotel safety deposit boxes wherever possible. In busier towns, such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, we recommend you wear as little jewellery as possible, and that when on the street your spending money is kept close to your body in a secure place.