Monday, 10 July 2017

VIETNAM: Is It Safe Traveling In Vietnam? Vietnam Ranked 3rd Safest Destination In Southeast Asia

Of recent, there have been several incidents of mugging, robbing and king tourists in Vietnam most especially Hanoi and Saigon

Safety is something travelers often try to push to the back of their minds even though they should not.

The world may be our oyster, but in some places the shell can be a little too tough.

In Southeast Asia, most destinations are believed to be safe for foreign visitors. However, a trip to Singapore is very different to a trip to the Philippines.

What about Vietnam?

According to the biennial Travel and Tourism Competitiveness report produced by the World Economic Forum, the country is now the third safest place to travel to in the region.

Vietnam ranked third safest travel destination in Southeast Asia

Index 1-7, with 7 meaning the safest

Singapore - 6.5

Malaysia - 5.8

Vietnam - 5.6

Lao PDR - 5.4

Indonesia - 5.1

Cambodia - 5.1

Thailand - 4

Philippines - 3.6

Recent analysis by data.world and Priceonomics also singled out Thailand and the Philippines among the destinations travelers should watch out for.

The report, focusing on American travelers, found that while Mexico, Mali and Israel have been the subject of the most travel warnings in recent years, Americans are more likely to be killed in Thailand and the Philippines.

Between late 2009 and mid-2016, 11 Americans were killed in Thailand and 74 in the Philippines, according to the report, which only covered deaths by homicide, execution or terrorism.

No such cases have been reported in Vietnam in recent years, and the number of American visitors to Vietnam is steadily increasing.

American visitors to Vietnam

2007 - 412,301

2008 - 417,198

2009 - 403,930

2010 - 430,993

2011 - 439,872

2012 - 443,826

2013 - 432,228

2014 - 443,776

2015 - 491,249

2016 - 552,644

In a travel advice post last updated in October last year, the U.S. government noted that violent crimes such as armed robbery are relatively rare in Vietnam.

However, it also warned that pick-pocketing and other petty crimes occur regularly, and that safety standards in Vietnam vary greatly from company to company and province to province.

Vietnam is hoping to receive 11.5 million foreign arrivals this year, up 15 percent from 2016.

Like many Asian neighbors, the country has been promoting itself as a safe and peaceful destination.

Earlier this year, the country introduced a code of conduct for the tourism industry, urging service providers to keep visitors happy but safe.


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