TravelThe Best Way to Stay Healthy While Traveling in Vietnam

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It’s no secret that Vietnam is a beautiful country with an interesting culture, delicious food, and stunning landscapes. What many people don’t know, however, is that it can also be a challenging place to stay healthy. Here are some tips to help you stay healthy while traveling in Vietnam.

Drink plenty of water

It is important to stay hydrated, especially in a hot and humid country like Vietnam. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and carry a water bottle with you when you go out.

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Avoid street food

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Street food can be delicious, but it can also be dangerous. Stick to restaurants where you can see the food being prepared and make sure it is cooked thoroughly. Opt-in for healthier meals with cooked vegetables instead of fried foods. Avoid raw meat, fish, and shellfish.

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Stick to bottled drinks

Bottled water, soda, and beer are generally safe to drink in Vietnam. Avoid tap water, which may not be clean, and make sure to brush your teeth with bottled water.

Get vaccinated before you go

There are a number of diseases that are common in Vietnam, so it is important to get vaccinated before you travel. The most important vaccines are for Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, and Japanese Encephalitis.

Bring a first-aid kit

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photo: Roger Brown

A first-aid kit can be a lifesaver when traveling in Vietnam. Be sure to pack basic items like bandages, antiseptic cream, and painkillers.

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Wear sunscreen and a hat

The sun in Vietnam can be strong, so it is important to wear sunscreen and a hat when you are outside.

Stay away from mosquitoes

Mosquitoes can carry diseases like Dengue Fever and Malaria, so it is important to avoid them. Wear long sleeves and pants, use mosquito repellent, and sleep under a mosquito net. There are also vaccines for Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis and Yellow Fever that you can get before you travel.

Avoid sick people

If you are sick, it is important to avoid contact with other people. This will help prevent the spread of disease.

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Practice good hygiene

Good hygiene is important for staying healthy while traveling. Wash your hands often, especially before you eat. Avoid touching your face and use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough.

If you follow these tips, you’ll be well on your way to staying healthy while traveling in Vietnam. Just remember to drink plenty of water, avoid street food, and get vaccinated before you go. And if you do get sick, be sure to see a doctor as soon as possible. With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can have a safe and healthy trip to Vietnam.

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Boo_chan
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I think you have to worry more about bug bites than bad food, but that is just me!
I will say though that if you have any sort of food sensitivities, just stick to restaurants where they have to cook to a standard. 

HaSangie
Member

Just be mindful. Don’t eat things you are not familiar with. Wash your hands. Make use of bug spray. Everything is fairly straightforward! 

1988TQ
Member

New food always comes with a risk, even if it is handled properly. There are things our bodies might just not be used to and it can create issues. If you want to try street food, just do it in very small sample sizes and have a plan if you end up with a stomach ache. 

vietzone
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I think it is important to stay healthy while traveling in Vietnam. I have been there and I got sick from the street food, but luckily there is a pharmacy on every street corner.

PopQueen92
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PopQueen92

I agree with your point that it’s important to stay healthy while traveling, but I’d also like to point out that there are a lot of things that you can do to prevent illness and stay healthy while traveling, even if you’re not in Vietnam.

Dear_Bae
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As much as I love street food, I am very picky about where I get it from. I think for most people who are not well traveled, avoiding street food is your best bet. I have heard of people getting stomach trouble so many times from it. 

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