About my blog and some short thoughts on Vietnam
October 28th, 2011

Thank you heartly for visiting my video blog. For myself it wasn´t easy to overcome my inhibitions. My english is not pretty well, I am a shy person and my internet know-how is poor. I am a cameraman and not a writer, but I will do my best to make your stay here as much informative as possible. So enjoy the videos and kindly indulge my style of writing.

I have been to many countries all over the world and no experience of a country left me with such an extremly positive attitude. However Vietnam isn´t paradise and you have to be well prepared for your stay. Your reward will be a holiday, that will be unforgettable for the rest of your life. It doesn´t matter if you do it yourself or with a travel company, simply spend enough time to get ready for your trip.

If you are a backpacker, flashpacker or make use of a travel company, never forget that you only get what you pay and meantime many vietnamese people feel a bit sick about people, who are too parsimoniously. Be balanced generous. Vietnam is still one of the poorest countries in this world and you spend a small amount of money in comparison with a holiday in your own country. Certainly nobody should waste his money, but be fair and honest. The inflation of Vietnam is high, the normal income is around 50 to 100 dollars, a worker on the countryside earns 25 to 30 dollars, so please don´t try to make your Vietnam holiday as cheap as possible and if it´s a must for your understanding of an adventure trip please don´t complain after.

If you don´t do your homework the probability to become a scam victim is high, so please prepare yourself and always use your common sense. And be sure everybody, foreigners or locals are treated in the same way. A vietnamese friend of mine with whom I visited Halong Bay festival in 2010 had his wallet in the back pocket of his trouser and so it was no surprise, a pocket thief used the unbelievable scurry crowd to take it away. It´s like everywhere, but nevertheless cheatings are an exception. Vietnam is one of the most safest countries in the world with an unbelievable friendly, warmly and extraordinary helpful population.

You sometimes have to pay higher prices than locals, don´t feel scammed or personally hurt. It´s quite normal, the vietnamese simply have less money than you have. Enjoy a pho inside the market hall of Sa Pa. The price is 15.000 Dong and fortunately regulated by the government to guarantee that local people can afford their daily meal. Your price will be a minimum of 25.000 Dong, based on the exchange rate of today I am sure the difference of 50 cents won´t spoil your day.

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