Most visits to Vietnam are trouble free but you should take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. Petty crime occurs among crowds and in the main tourist and shopping areas.
Safeguard your belongings against pickpockets and bag-snatchers. Thieves have used razors to cut the straps or bottoms of bags. Carry a photocopy of the pages from your passport with your personal details and visa for ID and leave the original document in a safe place.
Violent attacks against tourists have been reported in towns, as well as popular tourist areas. Some tourists have been attacked while on a motorcycle taxi (xe om).
There have been reports of scams targeting tourists, involving fake charities, gambling and taxis.
Unexploded mines and ordnance are a continuing hazard in former battlefields, particularly in central Vietnam and along the Laos Border, formerly traversed by the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Mined areas are often unmarked.
Riding a motorbike can be dangerous. There are fatal accidents daily. These can result in costly medical bills and you may not be covered by your insurance. It is illegal to be on a motorbike without a helmet. Helmet safety standards vary.