Vietnam belongs for tourists to the most popular and safest travel destinations in the world, as long as one can believe officially widespread reports. However, this information may not been longer current since a long time. More and more tourists in Vietnam were killed at criminal offenses as well by tragic accidents. These accidents occur mostly due to insufficient checking for compliance with statutory safety regulations by the Vietnamese authorities.
Crime in Vietnam rises
after nightfall - Saigon becomes a hot dangerous place
ITI-HOLIDAY had reported as early as April 2016 about the constantly rising crime in Vietnam, especially in the metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City. The offenders became more and more unscrupulous over the past years and willing to accept even the death of their victims. On Monday the 27th June 2016, at 5.00 am, a 24 years old woman was on her way back home when she became the victim of a brutal robbery in Vo Thi Sau Street (District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City). The two perpetrators on a scooter were trying to steal the handbag of the young woman by drive past. The young woman was crashed so hard that she died three days later at hospital by her head cerebral injuries.
Tourists killed by robbers - not a unique case
A similar crime occurred in District 11 of Ho Chi Minh City on 30th November 2015. At 1:00 pm a couple was on the way in the Lac Long Quan Street together with the sister of the husband. Here the family was attacked by robbers on a scooter. The criminals tried to snatch the handbag from the 58-year-old sister of the husband. All three victims crashed hard at this attack but fortunately the couple was only slightly injured. However the 58-year-old woman had not been so lucky. She was unconscious after the accident and was taken to a nearby hospital. In there she died on the same day because of her brain injuries.
Other risks to be killed in Vietnam as tourist
In the evening of 04th June 2016 an excursion boat capsized on the river Hanh nearby the coastal City of Da Nang. Also foreign tourists were aboard the totally overcrowded boat when it got into trouble and was sinking. Sad balance sheets of tragic accident were 3 deaths and including 2 children. The responsible captain led the boat without a valid license what is an unfortunately very widespread business practice in Vietnam.
On March 14th 2016 came the 43-year-old Swede, Mr. Sjogard Peter Larson while bathing, in Vung Tau to death. He was on a trip with 2 Vietnamese acquaintances. Mr. Sjogard Peter Larsson just went with his friends to swim in the sea when they all 3 together suddenly started to drown. Fortunately they were saved first from other bathing guests who noticed the accident. The two Vietnamese survived without permanent damage. The heart of the Swedish tourists was failing however on the way to hospital. Why or how it came to this collaborative drowning is still not clear until today. Presumably there were incidents such as this, which resulted in that the local authorities felt obliged, to decide on amendments for the beach of Vung Tau. ITI-HOLIDAY reported about these innovations on the Beach of Vung Tau in detail at May 2016. Unfortunately nationwide at all beaches in Vietnam are only a few lifeguards available despite such tragic accidents like this one.
Waterfalls in Vietnam presents special risks for tourists
Waterfalls in Vietnam are popular destinations but also dangerous
In the afternoon of February 26th 2016, it came in Dalat to a mysterious accident in which 3 British tourists were killed. Beth Anderson (24) and her sister Isobel Mackenzie Squire (19) died along with her friend, the former Royal Navy Sailor Christian Sloan (25) at Datanla waterfall in Lam Dong province in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. What caused the death of these three backpackers in Vietnam is still unclear and the reports of the local press, as well as the responsible authorities go very far apart. One fact is probably that the three were on a adventure tour with a non-authorized guide. What the death of these three friends caused really seems still to be an insoluble mystery.
- Vo Anh Tan, who is the deputy director of the competent local tourism company, said that the three tourists explored the area without official admission ticket and with a non licensed tour guide. They were as well using damaged safety equipment for climbing. During the climbing at waterfall was then probably torn a rope and the three Britons plunged together into the depths.
- Bui Duc Ro from the local police, however, asserted that the trio must have been caught suddenly by a strong stream while swimming above the falls which tore them into the abyss. He explained further that there were found lifejackets by police officers in the vicinity of the dead.
- Mr Hoang Ngoc Huy, Director of Tourism Authority (Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism), however, said that the three visitors would probably be slipped unexpectedly during bathing above the waterfalls and then plunged together into the endless depths.
- Even more mysterious is it to hear the version Vietnamese tour guide who was accompanying the trio. This guide claims that initially Mr Christian Sloan stopped the swimming from inexplicable reason and jumped into the deep. Despite its explicit warning the two sisters, Beth Anderson and Isobel Mackenzie Squire were then afterwards jumped.