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Beware of Bag Snatching while travelling in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

My friends kept reminding me to be aware of my surroundings whenever I travel around Ho Chi Minh as snatch thieves are everywhere. I took note of their advices and ensured that my belongings were never left unattended. Unlike most female travellers, I don’t carry a handbag. Instead, I had my bag pack with me. Travelling with a back pack is much easier and safer compared to handbags (well, that’s what I have always believed in anyway)


Here are some travel tips to prevent yourself from becoming a bag snatching victim:

  • Never display your cash when unnecessary. The more money you have, the more attention you’ll get.
  • If you are wearing a handbag, cross it over your chest. Most of my females friends do this whenever they travel.
  • Don’t walk too close to the street. Always walk on the footpath. However, there are certain areas in Ho Chi Minh that has no footpath; these are the areas that you should pay more attention on.
  • Never leave your bag unattended. I always have my bag placed on my lap instead of the chair next to me. If you need to go somewhere, take your bag with you, even if it’s just for a short while.
  • Always trust your instinct. The time I ignored my instinct was the day I got myself robed. Some things are avoidable if you really make use of your instinct.

Have other tips to share? Feel free to comment! Cheers. Stay safe.


Ngoc Suong Marina Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh

If you love seafood cooked in Vietnamese style, this is a great place for you to have your dinner. I came here with a friend of mine and we ordered 4-5 different dishes. I tried the shrimps soaked in coconut juice, crab & corn soup, bread and some salads. I also tried the soda, mixed with lime and sugar. Overall, I enjoyed eating here. The service is good although one of the waiters was very clumsy. It is not very cheap. Therefore, make sure you bring at least VND300,000 to VND500,000 for yourself. Dining in groups would of course cost more. Below are some photos of the food we tried:


Travel tips in Vietnam

Some useful tips when travelling to Vietnam:


Travel tips in Vietnam:

  1. Dress appropriately. You don’t have to show too much skin; after all, most Vietnamese dress up conservatively. Dressing up provocatively will only lead to unwanted stares by the locals.
  2. Greetings are important. Always address someone politely, especially the ones much older than you. Politeness is a value one must always take with, whether locally or internationally.
  3. When visiting holy places such as the Pagodas, dress up properly. If you are unsure of what to wear, follow the locals and feel free to ask around too.
  4. Drink enough water. You don’t to bring a big bottle with you; there are many vendors out there selling drinks and mineral water. If you carry a backpack with you, perhaps take a small bottle with you.
  5. Always take out your shoe before entering the homes of the Vietnamese. Wearing a shoe inside the house is considered rude. Bear in mind that the Asian lifestyle is different from the Westerners.

Watch Water Puppets in Hanoi!


The Water Puppets show is one of Hanoi’s must-watch shows. Unlike other puppet shows, the puppets used for this show seem to be dancing over the water. This show is depicted from a tradition that originated from the villages of the Red River Delta area in northern Vietnam.

The rural Vietnamese used to believe that their lives were controlled by spirits and water puppet shows were one of the ways to satisfy these spirits. The spirits must always be pleased as they have the power to control all aspect of the villagers’ lives back then. This art form is performed in North Vietnam. It was of course, stage around Vietnam at first but soon received world’s attention. The popular venues displaying this art are the Thăng Long Water Puppet Theater in Hanoi and the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater in Saigon.

The background music of this art form is the traditional Vietnamese orchestra; the instruments used are drums, wooden bells,cymbals, horns, gongs and bamboo flutes. The plot of the story is told by the movements of the puppets. You can hear some yelling too and this is done when a puppet is in danger or when a word of encouragement is thrown to a puppet in need.

The show runs for about 50 minutes and you’ll get to buy tickets for different show times. The entrance fee would cost you about 100, 000 dong each.

Travel tips when travelling to Vietnam


Here are some travel tips for travellers who are travelling or planning to travel to Vietnam.

  1. Taxi services are available at all time. The prices is about 1$ for the first 2km, and every kilometre thereafter costs about 0.5$. Try asking the locals about the rates to prevent yourself from getting cheated by dishonest taxi drivers.
  2. If you prefer to drive, you can also rent a car or motorbikes which are available at most travel agencies. There are a wide range of cars you can rent there.
  3. There are lots of fresh fruits such as oranges, dragon fruit, and apple which are widely available. It is recommended that all fruits should be peeled before eaten.
  4. Drink enough mineral water in bottle if possible since there are cheap and available everywhere. It’s best not to drink water or tea with ice from the street. They may not be clean, so don’t take the risk!

Vietnamese beliefs in ghosts


There are many types of ghosts in Vietnam and do not fit into one category only. Some of them are pleasant and feared, harmless and dangerous, moral creatures and unhappy suicides, male and female, human and un-human. In general, ghosts are those who have undergone unnatural, premature, painful or violent deaths, and especially when people die away from home. They’re not the same with our ancestors who would have died a good death in their homes with proper rituals in place. It is believed that if a dead person wasn’t buried properly, his spirit will roam the countryside and steal whatever they can get along the way. They are known as the “hungry ghosts”. In Vietnam, ghosts are also viewed as aids to fortune-tellers and spirit mediums because they help the locals to gain an understanding about people’s lives.

Tan Ky house, Vietnam


The Tan Ky house, which is at number 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street is a typical example of an old Hoi An shop house. Although it is almost 200 years old, the house is still well-preserved. The house faces the street and there are many sections joined together.

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