Is it safe to eat street food in Hanoi?
A lot of travelers ask about street food in Vietnam.
Is it safe to eat?
The answer is yes, but only if you use caution and common sense to suss out safe street food vendors.
Here are a few things to consider before you decide to eat at a street food stall.
What should I avoid in Vietnam?
There are some things, however, that are best avoided.
- Tap water. Might as well start with the obvious one.
- Strange meat. We don’t mean street meat, as street food in Vietnam is amazing.
- Roadside coffee.
- Uncooked vegetables.
- Raw blood pudding.
- Cold soups.
- Dog meat.
Is the food safe to eat in Vietnam?
The answer is yes and no. Some restaurants use food which has been frozen for a long time so it is not healthy at all because of the preservatives inside allowing the food to be kept frozen. However, if you want to quickly adapt to food in Vietnam, eating at restaurants is a great start because the food is mostly safe.
How can I avoid getting sick in Vietnam?
With all possible advice you can still get sick. There are the mainstream take cares: avoid ice, use bottled water, clean teeth in bottled water, avoid street food, avoid western fast food chains etc., but these have been countered recently by those who have done them all to no ill affect.
Can I brush my teeth with tap water in Vietnam?
Rinsing or brushing your teeth with tap water in Vietnam is fine, as long as you don’t swallow a significant amount of it. In the rural areas, maybe no. If you have bottled water or boiled water available, use them.
Is Vietnam cheaper than Thailand?
Vietnam is bit cheaper. Even if the prices for some touristic goods (restaurants, tours) today are 2-5 times higher than ten years ago, sometimes more. Hotels are still available cheap, but the quality of cheap hotels are worse than years ago (same as in Thailand).