The country’s reverent citizens are heavily influenced by Buddhist traditions and still follow many ancient traditions that have been running through the centuries. Follow these simple guidelines and one shall certainly do well on one’s immersive journey into Vietnam.
Buddha: The images of Buddha are highly revered in Vietnam. Travelers should refrain from climbing on statues, and should never sit in front of the figure of Buddha unless one can curl their legs to avoid the pointing of their feet towards the sacred image.
Monks: Buddhist monks occupy a highly venerated position in society, and are given utmost respect, in Vietnam. Local customs forbid the monks from accepting gifts or touching women directly. They are also forbidden to shake hands with anyone. It is important to note that these customs are observed both on and off temple grounds throughout the country.
For good telephone/internet service it is important to make sure that one buys a sim card through an established service provider in Vietnam. One can also consider buying a tourist SIM right at the airport. There are usually some telecom booths or shops for tourists to choose from. The most-used brand in Vietnam is Viettel, Mobifone and Vinaphone.
One shall avoid buying Sim cards, Tours, Airport Transfers, etc., from their hotel, as they often put a premium on all these services.
One should not drink tap water and choose only good mineral water kept away from the sun.
One shall take a cycle ride, if one enjoys breathing traffic fumes.
One shall also avoid motorbike taxis (xe om), though, these bikes charge a bit less than a normal taxi for the same distance but the risk of injury through accident is great, and one might also not like the dandruff in the helmet they give to wear.
Dress modestly and appropriately when visiting local dwellings and religious sites, etc. If one wants to make a good impression, he/she shall make an offering to the gods and put a donation into the box. Also, one shall leave their valuables behind in the safe box at their hotel at all times.
3. Credit cards are accepted in most high-end hotels and restaurants in larger cities like Yangon, but small shops, businesses, and markets will likely be cash only.