Vietnam is a largely Buddhist country and under communist rule. Due to the numerous Chinese attempts at invasion, the Chinese influence can be seen throughout Vietnam. Grab your bicycle and explore Vietnam – but don’t forget your all-important jabs before heading off.

Vaccinations for Vietnam > It is necessary?

                                                          Washing the hands is an important prevention in Vietnam

Think about the vaccination for Vietnam, there may be some health risks.

There are certain health risks in Vietnam, such as in other Asian countries. This can be eg. jaundice, typhoid, malaria and rabies. However, if you follow the basic rules of health, vaccination for Vietnam does not seem too important. In recent years, it has not been recorded a case of risk of diseases such as typhoid or malaria in Vietnam. Vaccination for Vietnam is not ordered any decree and it is not mandatory.

Vietnamese cuisine and eating habits are different – buy probiotics.

What Vaccinations do I need for travel to Vietnam? When you are going into remote mountain areas and minority villages, think about an vaccination against jaundice (Hep A/B) and rabies. Check also that you have vaccinations for tetanus and typhoid. The guesthouses or hotels of standard quality are almost always clean. You will meet a lot of wandering dogs and other animals, be calm, they are not so dangerous as they sometimes seem.

Vietnam has modern health services only in large cities.

Vietnam has changed and modernized in recent years. It is not a problem to see the modern hospitals, clinics and foreign doctors in big cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. But the situation is different in the smaller towns and villages in northern Vietnam, there are limited health services.

                                                                           These dogs were quite friendly, but be careful.

Before taking any vaccine for Vietnam, consult a doctor!

In the hot season also the risk of malaria increases. Therefore, use mosquito nets when sleeping and strong repellent (eg. Deet) and in the evening take clothes with long sleeves. As a precaution against the mosquito bites it is very helpful.

Vaccination for Vietnam is not mandatory – but think about it.

You might come to Vietnam from another country where yellow fever is present. In this case, you are required to be vaccinated against the disease. The vaccine must be administered at least 10 days ago arrival to Vietnam and you have to confirm it. However, it is recommended to have a travel insurance abroad, you never know what might happen.

The 3 biggest health threats in Vietnam:


one of the most serious infectious diseases, there is no vaccination for malaria
– a parasitic disease transmitted by the female Anopheles mosquito
– symptoms occurs in about 2 weeks – fever, joint pain, sweating, chills
prevention – mosquito nets, repellents and insecticides, anti-malarial drugs prescribed by a doctor
– probably the greatest health threat in Vietnam

Traveler’s diarrhea

– it is not necessary to visit a doctor
use probiotics if you want to avoid this (1-3 days prior to departure)
– probiotics can be used every day
– affects mainly people with health problems (stomach, diabetes, cancer, …)


– acute viral disease of the central nervous system, infects both animals and humans
– vaccination is necessary – without vaccination, the disease is fatal
– avoid wandering animals

                                                               Free-ranging pigs in a village in Vietnam

Healthcare in Vietnam

Healthcare and sanitary conditions in hospitals are not in good condition in Vietnam. The only exception are the big cities in foreign clinics, like in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Here you will find a clinic with modern equipment, which we know from us.

Medications in Vietnam you can buy anywhere without a prescription. Any medical procedure is paid with money. If it was a crackdown on the edge of life, doctors operate, even if you do not have the money (I recommend always have some cash). They will issue a medical certificate for your health insurance, keep it.

What to watch in Vietnam:

• do not consume tap water, buy bottled water
• it is related to the consumption of ice in drinks (this is inevitable )
• wash your hands, observe basic hygiene rules
• avoid wandering animals
• do not eat smelly food
• wash fruits and vegetables

What to do before departure to Vietnam:

go to a doctor for a complete medical examination and visit your dentist
• arrange a health insurance with adequate benefits
• take an effective insect repellent (with DEET substance)
• do not forget to bring your medicines
• take an appropriate disinfection, bandage, patch in the event of injury
• it is also good to pack electric insect repellent and hand disinfection

                                                                                           Women on market

Hospitals, phone numbers and contacts in Vietnam:

First-aid hotline: 115


International SOS: 24 hour emergency center and medical emergency teams
51 Xuan Dieu (behind Fraser Suites) Vietnam, Quảng An, Tây Hồ
Tel: (04) 39340555, (04) 340666

French hospital: 24-hour emergency clinic
No1 Phương Mai, Hanoi
tel: (04) 35 77 1100

Hanoi Family Medical Practice:
298 / Kim Ma Street, Van Phuc Compound
Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Tel: (04) 3843 0748

Saint Paul Municipal Hospital: 24-hour emergency
12 Chu Van An, Hanoi
Tel: (04) 84 37 231

Serenity International Dental Clinic Hanoi:
19 Nguyễn Trường Tộ, Nguyễn Trung Trực
Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Tel: (04) 3718 3666

Ho Chi Minh City:

Victoria International Healthcare Clinic:
79 Dien Bien Phu, Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (08) 3910 4545

Franco Vietnam Hospital:
6 Nguyen Luang Bang St, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (08) 5411 3333

Medical Diagnostic Centre:
254 Hoa Hao, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (08) 3834 9593

Westcoast International Dental Clinic:
27 Nguyen Trung Truc, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (08) 3825 6999