Vietnam is a safe country for visitors. Violent crimes against tourists are quite rare. There are pockets of crime, just like everywhere else in the world, and reports of pickpocketing and purse-grabbing have been the most frequent in Ho Chi Minh City. Visitors should mostly be wary of low-level scams — look out for overcharging taxis, counterfeit or low-quality goods, and unlicensed tour guides.
There are many types of crime in Vietnam that visitors probably won’t encounter. Governmental corruption is an issue and government officials offer very little transparency. The police force is not much different — It’s a common complaint that police will fine drivers for made-up offenses and pocket the money for themselves.
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