Travelers tend to worry about contracting infectious diseases when in the tropics, but infections are a rare cause of serious illness or death in travelers.
Pre-existing medical conditions such as heart disease, and accidental injury (especially traffic accidents), account for most life-threatening problems. Becoming ill in some way, however, is a relatively common thing. Fortunately, most common illnesses can either be prevented with some common-sense behaviour or be treated easily with a well-stocked traveler's medical kit.

  • Heath care in Vietnam

Health issues and the quality of medical facilities vary enormously depending on where and how you travel in Vietnam. Many of the major cities are now very well developed, although travel to rural areas can expose you to a variety of health risks and inadequate medical care.

In Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, there are some international clinics and hospitals open to foreign tourists for medical consultations and treatments.

Before leaving for Vietnam, all travelers should make sure to receive the appropriate vaccination. You may want to consult your doctor on vaccination and get well-prepared for a small first-aid-kit. The following vaccines are recommended: Polio, tetanus, yellow fever, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis. Your personal kit must have solution to stomachache, headache and such.

The sun shines over half of a day along the country, so make sure you bring plenty of sunscreen. Additionally, the dust rate in the air is quite high in industrial cities; it is advisable you buy a small mask just like the local in case you are allergic.

Vietnam is a tropical country, which entails many kinds of dangerous bacteria and insects. Mosquito repellents are essential. If there are cases of malaria or dengue fever, you should go to doctor immediately.

Sexual health: Unprotected sex can spread HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and warts.

Hospitals in Hanoi

Hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City

Hanoi French Hospital
Add.: 1 Phuong Mai Str., Hai Ba Trung Dist.,
Tel.: 84-4 35771100, Emergency: 84-4-35741111

International SOS
Add.:65, Nguyen Du Str.
Tel:84-8-3829-8520, emergency: 84-8-3829-8424

Family Medical Practice
Add.: Unit 109-112 Van Phuc, Blog A1, Kim Ma Str., Ba Dinh Dist.,
Tel.: 84-4-38430748

Saigon International Clinic
Add.: 8 Alexandre de Rhodes Str., District 1
Tel: 84-8-3823-8888

Vietnam-Korea Friendship Hospital
Add.: 12 Chu Van An Str. Ba Dinh Dist.,
Tel: 84-4-3843-7231

Franco Vietnamese Hospital
Add.: 6 Nguyen Luong Bang Str., District 7
Tel: 84-4-3411-3333

International SOS
Add.: 31 Hai Ba Trung Str., Hai Ba Trung Dist
Tel.: 84-4-39340666, Emergency: 84-4-39340555

Gia Dinh International Hospital
Add.: 1 Trang Long Str., Bin Thanh District
Tel: 84-8-3803-0678

  • Safety Issues

While Vietnam is one of the safest countries in Asia, you should take care with your possessions. Secure your valuables, documents, and credit cards in your hotel's safe. Beware of pickpockets, purse-snatchers, and mobile phone thieves, especially in HCM city. If you choose to drive a motorbike or ride a bicycle, always wear a helmet.

Emergency contact number: Police (113) - Fire (114)- Health emergency (115).

Tip: If you have any troublesor to be a victim of a theft while visiting Vietnam, you should contact & report to the local police there to get their assistance. Some tourists may have their stolenthings returned by that.