Originally Posted by andayan
I am going to Vietnam on my own in a few weeks. Is there anything important I need to know as a lone traveler? E.g. what to avoid/watch out for, scammers, trusted tour/taxi companies, etc.? Advice is very much welcome. Thanks =)
When you do your trip on your own, you have to have a very good preparation.
About the luggage like sneakers, sunglasses, cap, mosquito repellent, insect repellents and so on, may be I do not have to mention more.
Knowledge about the coming country, people, climate, food, drink, custom...must be in your mind to make sure that everything is smooth.
In every where in general and Vietnam in particular, the best place to do shopping is the supermarket, especially when you buy food and drink. Small supermarkets now are very popular in Hanoi and other big cities so that it's easier for you to buy something. I advice you to buy in the supermarkets because there you do not have to bargain. Bargaining is a must in the open and street markets, even ourselves - the Vietnamese have to do bargain. But how can you do that when you can not speak Vietnamese? Moreover, the quality and the price in the supermarkets are good. When you move from one place to other place, remember to buy drinks and some bread, snack.
Remember to take the map along with you.
Taxi in Saigon is ok but in Hanoi should be careful. You should use Morning Star Taxi, ABC Taxi, Mailinh Taxi or (Hanoi) Capital Taxi...
When using Xe-om, Cyclo or the untrusted Taxi you may have to bargain.
Before taking photo of a lady or baby or anyone else, you should ask for their acceptance.
About booking the trip, it's not easy for you to find a good one, some big companies charge so high but using cheap one you may be cheated or maybe because it's too cheap and quality can't be good.
I have more things to share but quite busy now.
If you have any more questions, please post in the reply.