Top Travel tips in Vietnam


The Vietnamese as a nation are a proud race of people and are hugely welcoming and accepting to foreign visitors. However, their cultural identity and traditions are intricate and travellers will find the following forms of etiquette will bring respect from the locals.

  • Respect your elders and address the eldest in a group first. Elderly people always have the right of way in Vietnamese society and should be treated with great respect
  • When giving or receiving business cards this should be done by holding it with both hands
  • In business meetings begin with small talk and enquire about their families and personal life before discussing any business matter. The Vietnamese need to know more about you, in a casual way, before they discuss business
  • When dining with a Vietnamese family wait for the head or the eldest to start eating before you do. Vietnamese often serve you food into your rice bowl. This is an act of hospitality
  • Always take your shoes off when entering a Vietnamese home.
  • Never show your anger. This causes huge embarrassment to yourself but also to your friends. Saving face is extremely important in Vietnamese society. If you are not happy with something discuss the issue in a calm and respectful manner. Showing anger or shouting will have the opposite effect to what you wish to achieve and will only reflect poorly upon you
  • Despite much of Vietnam is becoming modernised many of the traditions still stand especially when it comes to showing affection for the opposite sex. Romantic liaisons in public are generally frowned upon and whilst a kiss or a hug with your partner is considered acceptable in the main cities of Hanoi and Saigon it is a social taboo elsewhere. When meeting with Vietnamese of the opposite sex a handshake is considered the standard greeting. A kiss on the cheek is not recommended and will only cause embarrassment
  • Tipping for service is not expected in Vietnam but is most certainly appreciated. A tip of one or two dollars for a meal or a dollar to a cyclo driver can be a substantial bonus in a country where the annual average income is only $US500! You should tip at your own discretion

Stay at The Nam Hai in Hoi An to experience true culture and tradition in Vietnam. Prices start from 392 including taxes per villa per night., +84 510 394 0000

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