Archive for the 'Health & safety' Category

Jul 10 2012

Avoiding scams in Hanoi

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Keep an eye on your dong

Vietnam, and Hanoi in particular, has been getting a bit of a bashing in the Travelfish.org forum recently. While I can’t really counter the “Vietnamese are unfriendly” comments with any practical advice, I can try to address bad experiences caused by scams in Hanoi and suggest ways to avoid them. First, let’s get some definitions … read the full post

Mar 24 2012

Loss, theft and police in Vietnam

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I’ve been through the theft part twice while travelling. I had cash stolen out of my bag in China — they sliced it open while it was by my feet on a bus — and a camera and iPod stolen from my baggage on a flight (yes, I know I shouldn’t have packed valuables in … read the full post

Sep 06 2011

Surviving Hanoi traffic on foot

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Now I know Hanoi is not unique in its interesting approach to traffic control and street crossings, but from my experience — and I’m sure thousands will agree — it is one of the craziest places to be on the streets, whether on some form of transport or on foot. It starts from the minute you … read the full post

Aug 09 2011

Dentists and dental care in Hanoi

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Whether you’re struck with toothache or looking for some cheap repair or enhancement work, Hanoi has its fair share of dental clinics willing to help. Firstly, what’s available? From a cosmetic point of view, teeth whitening is popular and is certainly much cheaper than in Western countries. The problem with teeth whitening is that you … read the full post

Jul 23 2011

Medical care in Hanoi

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A summary of the medical care available in Hanoi

Apr 26 2011

Buying a motorbike helmet in Hanoi

Wearing a helmet on a motorbike has been law in Vietnam since 2007. This applies to drivers and passengers over the age of six. Officials estimate that about 90% or riders now comply with this law and, given they save lives, you’d be daft not to wear one too. If you hire a bike it should come … read the full post

Apr 06 2011

Getting a haircut in Hanoi

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Neatly groomed hair might not be a priority when backpacking, but most of us need a haircut once in a while. So where’s a good place to get a haircut in Hanoi? Plenty of options for men The most interesting option is to stop at one of the roadside barbers scattered throughout town. I’ve not … read the full post