Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Hanoi is safe in terms of violent crimes and assaults. Main dangers for a tourist in Hanoi are busy traffic and bag snatching.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
A very common way of bag snatching involves couple individuals riding a motorcycle, with a passenger snatching a camera, phone or bag. For that reason, do not hang a bag on a neck, because you can be pulled down.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
There are no kidnapping risks in Hanoi. However, there are known cases when the foreigners, particular men, were forced at gunpoint to withdraw money from multiple ATMs.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
Be aware of taking the taxi at the airport, as many of them are a taxi and minibus mafia, which unwitting tourists to the wrong hotels. At Hanoi’s Bus Station you may stumble across the taxis with a super fast taxi meters. Avoid con artists, as they pose themselves as s students and suggest a drink or a meal. Gay men are often targeted this way. These crooks will suggest visiting a karaoke or bar, where you finally received a bill for hundreds of dollars. Stay vigilant and be aware of the suspicious activity, use common sense.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Crossing the street might be dangerous. Traffic rules are ignored frequently. Be very cautious crossing the street and while driving a motorcycle. Do not take the taxi that looks suspicious, drunk drivers are common in the evenings. Use only reputable taxi companies (Hanoi Taxi, CP Taxi, Mai Linh Taxi).
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
During rainy season between June and December, flooding is common. Typhoons and Tsunami are also common. Information on natural disasters can be obtained from the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System. If a natural disaster occurs, follow the advice of local authorities.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
The possibility of terrorist attacks in Vietnam has a moderate probability, however, you should watch out for suspicious activity. Terrorism is a threat throughout the world.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Sexual assaults do occur, but are rare. We advise do not use the overnight trains and buses for those women who travel alone. Also, avoid poorly illuminated streets and bars with intoxicated individuals is recommended.