Vietnam publishes official guide to customs and culture

Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has released a guide to local customs and conduct for tourists in an effort to limit damaging behaviour from domestic and international tourists, tour operators and even locals at tourist stops.

The code of conduct focuses on cultural and environmental awareness to promote the world’s 14th-most populated country as a safe and hospitable destination for travellers. The code affirms that all parties should respect Vietnam’s customs and culture and are strictly prohibited from damaging cultural and historical objects. Also, tourists and locals should abide by local regulations, refrain from cutting lines, properly dispose of food or beverage waste, and assist the disabled, elderly and children.

A code of conduct for tourists is nothing new in Asia. Similar initiatives have been put in place in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, as well as Hoi An, Da Nang and Nha Trang. The most recent example came in January, when the Department of Tourism in Ho Cho Minh City published a code of conduct focused on international travellers.

Vietnam’s new code of conduct comes at a time when the country is expecting a boom in the tourism industry. According to Vietnam’s General Statistics Office, over 2.2 million international visitors travelled to Vietnam in the first couple months of 2017. This number is up 33 percent from last year. The country anticipates receiving 11.5 million foreign visitors and 66 million domestic travellers this year alone, which would produce approximately 460 trillion Vietnamese dong in 2017.

Vietnam is a unique experience and offers a dramatic, energetic environment that is a fantastic addition to any tailor-made holiday in Asia. The smell of the chargrilled food that zings and sings on your tastebuds, the energising bustle of its cities and the powerful history that you sense as you travel around make for a fantastic trip, and it is no surprise that visitor numbers continue to surge.