From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Latest update: Safety and security section (Local travel) 

Since 2016, a number of British and foreign visitors have died in Vietnam while engaged in adventure tourism in rural areas. Some terrain can be hazardous and very remote from rescue services of any kind. Safety standards are generally lower than in the UK and compliance varies. Illegal tour guides are known to offer activities which may be forbidden by local regulations, at much lower prices than legitimate guides, including a number of reports from the Dalat/Datanla area. You should follow safety guidelines and procedures. Don’t stray off main paths or routes and where appropriate take a reputable guide and follow their advice. Make sure that your travel insurance covers your planned activity fully.

Travel is restricted near military installations and some areas of Vietnam are fairly inaccessible. If you wish to visit a village, commune or ward that is close to the border you may need to get permission from the provincial police department. Contact the relevant local authority for more information.

Unexploded mines and ordnance are a continuing hazard in former battlefields, particularly in central Vietnam and along the Laos Border, formerly traversed by the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Mined areas are often unmarked.

Undertake any leisure activities which include firearms at your own risk and make sure you are supervised by a reputable guide. There have been reports of hearing loss from those close to these activities.

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