Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
HoChi Minh is an overall safe city with a rating of 63.9, it is ranked 68th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
Pickpocketing and bag snatching are very common, especially on the side of the roads. We advise to walk facing the traffic and keep a close eye on motorcycles traffic.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
A risk of kidnapping is low. Mugging does occur, but very rarely.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
Karaoke scam – Prostitution is illegal in Vietnam and you can not find prostitutes openly, therefore Karaoke bars hide this activity. These places are one big scam because usually clients are ripped off by the establishments, sometimes drink spiked and robbed. Moreover, this kind of places is controlled by the mafia. We strictly recommend avoiding this places. We also advise avoiding massage parlours (those ones with a happy ending), because of the drink and food spiking.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Taxi drivers in HoChi Minh know that you are a foreigner and know the vicinities poorly, thus they used to refuse to switch on the taxi meters and name the price they deem relevant for the ride. Be aware of pickpockets in the public transport, particularly while getting on the transport in the big transport hubs like Saigon railway station. Be especially vigilant on the overnight trains and buses. Do not accept any food or drinks as it may be spiked.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : N/A
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 HoChi Minh City has a moderate probability, however, you should watch out for suspicious activity. Terrorism is a threat throughout the world.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM
Sexual assaults do occur, particularly in Ho Chi Minh City. We advise do not use the overnight trains and buses those women traveling alone. Also, avoiding poorly illuminated streets and bars with intoxicated individuals is recommended.