Is Hanoi Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Hanoi is generally safe for solo female travelers. The residents are often friendly and willing to help, and crime rates are relatively low. Still, it's important to stay vigilant, especially at night, and keep an eye on your belongings at all times as petty theft can occur. Public transportation is reliable but can get crowded, which may lead to unwanted attention. Always be clear and firm with taxi drivers to avoid overcharging issues. Overall, most travelers have a positive and safe experience in Hanoi.

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How safe is Hanoi?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Safe

As a solo female traveler, Hanoi offers a generally safe environment during nighttime. People are often seen out late and there's a vibrant night market and street food scene. However, like any big city, one should maintain awareness of their surroundings and avoid dark or deserted areas. Some occasional instances of petty crimes like bag snatching may happen, so keep your belongings secure when walking around. Walking alone at night in populated, well-lit areas tends to be okay, but it's always smart to use caution and common sense.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Hanoi, is generally safe. There is a noticeable police presence in major areas, which deters most major crimes. However, one should still be cautious of their belongings due to occasional reports of pick-pocketing. Buses are the most common form of public transportation and are typically crowded. As an alternative, Taxis and ride-hailing apps like Grab are widely available, reliable and safe. While traveling after dark, it's safer to use a taxi or Grab rather than the local buses. Always follow basic safety precautions such as not showing off expensive items, being aware of your surroundings, and keeping firm hold on your personal belongings.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Street harassment in Hanoi, is relatively low compared to many other cities around the world. The general Vietnamese culture is one of respect. Any perceived rudeness is usually due to cultural differences or misunderstandings. But of course, occasional catcalling or relentless vendors can sometimes be an issue. Still, it's not common to encounter overly aggressive or endangering behavior. Always take personal safety measures that you would take while traveling to any other city in the world.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

Hanoi is relatively safe when it comes to petty crimes. Pickpocketing and purse snatching incidents are not unheard of, particularly in crowded markets and tourist areas. However, if you practice vigilance and common-sense precautions such as not displaying flashy jewelry or electronics in public, you can significantly reduce the chances of becoming a target.
Tap water:

Tap water:Unsafe

The tap water in Hanoi, is not recommended to drink even for locals. While it undergoes treatment, it can fall short of international health standards by the time it reaches your tap due to old and inconsistent quality of water pipes. It's advisable to stick to bottled or purified water instead. Complimentary drinking water is usually provided by almost all accommodations in the city.

Is Hanoi safe to travel?

3.8 /5

Based on 4 experiences

Solo travel experience

Hanoi was the first ever country I visited and I traveled solo. With this considered, I took all efforts in researching not only its accessibility (as a Philippine resident) but also its overall safety as a first time international traveler. I was told people there weren't as friendly than those in southern Vietnam but most locals I met are extremely nice if not a bit reserved. I felt safe even walking alone in their street market at night, but I only stuck to the walking street and avoided dark & quiet alleys. There are, however, a lot of scams especially around Hoan Kiem Lake so be extra careful and vigilant. I booked my tours via Klook and paid them in advance so I won't have to carry as much cash.

Posted: March 6, 2024
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Is Hanoi safe for women?

Luk

Luk

It’s better to have at least 1 male companion in your group rather than travel solo to this country. It’s not like you can’t, but if you decide to travel solo, better stick to big cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh. If you decide to travel somewhere else, better research carefully and look for a local guide if needed.

Posted: June 10, 2024
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I’ve lived here for two years and have experienced sexual harassment by both local men and foreign men, but mostly by foreign men. However, this mostly began when I first moved here. After being a “familiar face” though, I don’t experience this anymore. I’ve walked home late at night before with no issues. There have definitely been some reports of men, local and foreign, who have sexually harassed or assaulted women who are typically by themselves. It goes without saying, unfortunately, but do not go to areas that you are unfamiliar with at night by yourself. I do feel that Hanoi, in general, is quite safe. My fear is much higher in other countries for sure.

Posted: June 1, 2024
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Is Hanoi safe right now?

Before your visit to Hanoi, it's essential to check travel advisories for Vietnam, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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United States Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The United States government advises to exercise normal precautions in Vietnam. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 24, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian government advises to exercise a high degree of caution in Vietnam due to the high rate of petty crime. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 5, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian Government advises to exercise normal safety precautions in Vietnam. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 26, 2024

Is Hanoi worth visiting?

Overall rating

3.8 /5

based on 4 experiences

Maria

Maria

Romania

Solo travel experience

Hanoi is such a vibrant city! People here are friendly but also pretty chill compared to other places. Traffic is also not that crazy. The food is amazing and the city comes alive at night during weekends - especially in the old quarter area when they close some streets for vehicles. I strongly recommend checking out the French quarter as well and going further South to experience some local things. I went to Complex 1 for a watercolor workshop and open mic night where Vietnamese locals came together to sing. It was a truly amazing experience!

Posted: August 28, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Hanoi is amazing. Allow yourself to get lost in the chaos and smells. Get to know as many locals as possible. Sit on small plastic stools and eat bun cha. Gain a higher perspective on popular intersections and watch as scooters pass by each other but never touch.

Posted: November 3, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Hello! I am Kim. I am a Vietnamese American now living in Hanoi. In about a month, I will be relocating to Saigon and am happy to host you there. I enjoy rock climbing and baking. Recently, I’ve taken up crocheting! Sometimes I will drink but no smoking. I love animals though I am allergic, and of course, I’d still be happy to host you with a pet if the landlord allows it. Anyways, I’d be happy to meet up even if you end up staying with someone else :)

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Hanoi

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