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This Is The Safest Country To Visit In Asia For 2024

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Safety is a primary concern for Americans traveling abroad, especially in the current climate, where conflicts seem to be breaking out everywhere, and security is decreasing across a number of destinations.

In the last few years, Asia has been no exception, with aggressive policies dictating the mood and a succession of different military coups on the Southeastern edge of the continent.

Still, one country in particular has proven to be remarkably stable and safe for tourists.

Tourists Exploring Rice Fields In Countryside Vietnam, Southeast Asia

According to the latest Global Law and Order Index, Vietnam is not only the most peaceful state in Asia but also the seventh worldwide, and this is why it should be on your bucket list for 2024:

Vietnam Is The Safest Country In Asia

Now that unnecessary restrictions and strict social curbs are well behind us, it's safe to say 2024 will finally be the year tourism in Asia makes a full comeback.

Western travelers are back to the continent of friendly smiles in droves, and every single major Asian destination, whether it's Malaysia and its multicultural scene or Indonesia and its numerous paradisaical islands, is bound for historical growth in the months to come.

Aerial view of “ Ban Gioc “ waterfall, Cao Bang, Vietnam

Still, all our eyes are on Vietnam, a Southeast Asian gem that for years had been shunned by Western media as a result of the infamous 1970s War, despite having come a long way since and boasting some of the most beautiful natural scenery and fascinating culture in the region.

According to the newest Global Law and Order ranking, published by Gallup in late 2023, Vietnam is the highest-charting country in Asia, with an enviable score of 92, out of a maximum of 100, in the top 10 dominated by European countries.

woman in Tam Coc, Vietnam

Though the list is led by Tajikistan, a country in Central Asia, the latter is not often perceived as being traditional Asia, or in other terms, East Asia due to its strong cultural and historical ties to Russia, and particularly its former status as a USSR republic.

In effect, Vietnam is the safest country in East Asia, but that in itself is a huge achievement, considering it was a literal war zone only four decades ago, and the West-led blockade against Vietnam was only lifted fully in the early nineties.

Where Do Perceptions About Unsafety In Vietnam Come From?

A traffic jam of motor bikes in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

When thinking of Vietnam, the average American will naturally conjure up images of Viet Congs lurking in tunnels, flattened cities, and U.S. Embassy personnel being evacuated from rooftops in central Saigon, but this couldn't be farther from the reality on the ground right now.

The Vietnam War took place an entire generation ago, and modern-day Vietnam is prosperous and peaceful, enjoying low rates of crime and impressive political stability.

It is, in fact, safer and more stable than the United States.

Old Quarter Of Hanoi, The Capital Of Vietnam, Southeast Asia

The U.S. has a much lower score of 83 on the index, owing to its incendiary politics and soaring crime in big cities like San Francisco.

In Vietnam, the single-party political system has managed to ensure economic development and has guaranteed a war-torn nation came together under one flag following a half-century of conflict.

Being strongly rooted in communism, the Vietnamese Government is the polar opposite of a Western democracy.

Ideology and personal beliefs aside, there's no denying Vietnam is a lot safer than the United States and most European countries, where violence keeps increasing.

French Quarter In Hanoi, Vietnam, Southeast Asia

Other than food safety risks, which can easily be minimized if you take certain precautions, such as following local guidance and dining at reputable restaurants, Americans are not often worried about pickpocketing, violent assaults, or corruption on the part of law enforcers.

Vietnam Is One Of The Most Fascinating Destinations In Asia

In terms of tourist offers, Vietnam is ideal for slow travelers and backpackers looking to reconnect with nature and expose themselves to a culture that is almost entirely different than their own – that is, if they are coming from the Northern Hemisphere.

aerial view of the famous Golden Bridge is lifted by two giant hands in the tourist resort on Ba Na Hill in Da Nang, Vietnam

When traveling Vietnam from North to South, or vice-versa, you should definitely take your time in strolling the charming, yellow-washed streets of Hoi An, a river port and UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for its numerous historical temples and French colonial architecture.

Also not to be missed is neighboring Hue, home to an imposing moated citadel; further down the coast, the sandy beaches and forested reserves of Da Nang are a mandatory stopover, as are the golden sand dunes and sleepy coastal towns lining the laid-back Mui Ne section of the coast.

Hoi An Old Town, The Historic Core Of Hoi An, Vietnam

From vibrant city breaks in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), the busy coastal port of Nha Trang, or Hanoi, the stately capital, to escapes into nature in Ninh Binh, famous for its rice fields and monumental geological formations, you could truly never exhaust your ‘to-do' list while exploring the country.

In fact, it might grow larger the longer you stay, so it's a good thing local authorities are welcoming tourists with open arms, and have recently eased visa requirements for Americans, allowing them to remain in Vietnam for 90 full days.

Customs Agent Stamping A Passport

Previously, U.S. passport holders could only stay for 30 days at a time before leaving the territory and applying for a new tourist visa.

Though the visa requirement has not been scrapped, they can now travel along the elongated Vietnamese coastal strip without skipping some of the main points of interest along the way due to overly strict short-stay rules.

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Ben

Thursday 4th of January 2024

Eh someone forget Singapore?

John Kwik

Sunday 7th of January 2024

@Ben, Yes Ben, I would think Singapore is safer than Vietnam!

Neil simoni

Friday 5th of January 2024

@Ben, I agree 100%. Beautiful and clean. Interesting to see now that gambling is legal.

Anthony

Thursday 4th of January 2024

Costa didn't warn us about the motorcycle snatch thieves of which there are plenty.Just be aware of you're surrounding when walking down the streets.

Zoe

Sunday 7th of January 2024

@Anthony,

My bag got snatched by a motorcyclist in Saigon When I & my husband were walking to a restaurant. We've been traveled over 60 countries and regions. That was the first time and the only time I got robbed in the broad daylight. Don't tell me that's the safest country i will never want to go there again.

Clarissa

Wednesday 3rd of January 2024

I did not feel safe in Vietname when i went there. So many scammers from vendors to taxi drivers.

Roger

Wednesday 3rd of January 2024

Vietnam is not an East-Asian country, but Southeast-Asian.. China is definitely the safest East-Asian country to visit as a tourist.

John Kwik

Sunday 7th of January 2024

@Roger, Red China may be safe, if you like being followed by the police and cameras 24 hours a day!

Joe Kaufman

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

The only reason Gallup didn't include China is because they knew that they would be number one by a long shot. No homeless people, no mental health issues, no crimes, most UNESCO sites in the world, second or first most high ranking universities in the world, friendly, clean, most advanced infrastructure in the world....................

John Stettler

Monday 22nd of January 2024

@Zoe, Did Hillary protest genocide in China? Did President Joe? But even if Muslim countries did, how would we know?

Wayne Empey

Tuesday 16th of January 2024

@Keith Weaver, good any country that have accepted large numbers of Muslims have nothing but trouble and violence from them. China is smart.

John Kwik

Sunday 7th of January 2024

@Gunnery Sgt., I agree 100%.

Zoe

Sunday 7th of January 2024

@Keith Weaver, If that's true, I wonder why no Muslim countries stand up to protest against the Chinese genocide?!

Keith Weaver

Thursday 4th of January 2024

@Joe Kaufman, can you say genocide? China has internment camps or as a call it reeducation camps for millions of Muslims. China has shut down peaceful protest in Hong Kong in a violent way. There goes your China is number one safest ideal.