Vietnam is described as the safest country in the region without rebel, riot, terror….However, like other countries in the world, it is not redundant to pay attention to your private properties. In big cities, do not bring along anything valuable as you go shopping or sightseeing on the street. It is dispensable to give aims to beggars and to buy souvenirs from street vendors. Foreign currencies should be exchanged at banks, or authorized exchange bureaus. Never exchange money on street.
Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam but there are various dialects spoken by hill tribe people in remote areas. Learning foreign languages, particularly English and French, is currently in vogue among young people in Hanoi, Saigon, Hue, Da Nang and other cities. Guides and interpreters speaking English, French, Japanese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Russian etc. are available from us.
Fresh negative film is widely available. Popular brands are Kodak, Fuji, Agfa and Konica. Memory cards for digital camera could be found easily, but check it quality before buying. Image printing from both negative film and digital file are obtainable in cities and towns. The tourists say that the negative film is cheaper than abroad. One-hour service photo shops have become ubiquitous in places where tourists abound. Positive film can be developed only in Saigon and Hanoi. Most reliable and centered-located Film developing shops are 19 Nguyen Cau – Ba Trieu St. and Photocen – 77 Ly Thuong Kiet in Hanoi and Shops on Nguyen Hue Blvd., District 1 in Saigon.