Staying healthy during your trip to Vietnam is of the upmost importance. Many wellness complications can be easily avoided with planning, preparation, and common sense.
Outbreaks of rabies are a serious concern in Vietnam, particularly in the northern regions. Avoid any contact with stray animals including cats and dogs as well as monkeys who carry the disease. Keeping a safe distance will keep you healthy and safe.
Use Caution when Crossing Streets
Exercise extreme caution when crossing streets in Vietnam. This is especially true in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The congested streets and chaotic flow of traffic can be very disorienting and overwhelming for travelers. Never assume that any vehicle will stop for you or that you have the right-of-way. Once you do start to cross, keep moving forward. Drivers will assume you will not move backward and will start to go behind you. If you step back you will surely get hit.
Be highly selective when choosing where to eat and what you drink in order to avoid traveler’s diarrhea. Nothing will put a damper on your trip faster than this condition. Instead of disregarding what is happening, take steps to put an end to your suffering by putting your diarrhea kit to work.
Unfortunately, jet lag gets the best of any traveler. However, you can minimize the effects it has on you by prepping your body prior to your departure. Try to change your sleep patterns by a few hours prior to the trip and be sure to stay hydrated during your flights.
Vietnam is a hot and sticky place. You will inevitably sweat a lot during your visits to places like the Perfumed Pagoda or while admiring the Hoang Lien mountain range, so take bottled water with you, and stay ahead of dehydration.