Crime in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Crime rates in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Level of crime
57.41 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
69.50 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
62.77 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
65.47 High
Worries car stolen
56.25 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
61.23 High
Worries attacked
48.19 Moderate
Worries being insulted
45.71 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
25.72 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
55.36 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
62.77 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
51.43 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
84.78 Very High

Safety in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Safety walking alone during daylight
64.54 High
Safety walking alone during night
36.17 Low

Contributors: 141

Last update: July 2019

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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17 Comments so far

#Gabby on Mar 12, 2019 :
I'm seeing so many comments talking about race and racism and stuff like that, and it makes me chuckle. Did any of you people even bother READING the information above? Discrimination is the lowest worry there. I see more discrimination is Alberta for heavens sake. So enough with the 'I'm Native and they didn't say shit to me!'. They aren't attacking you because of who you are, they're attacking you because you made yourself an easy target.
#Izzy on Mar 12, 2019 :
Come from a small country girl who went with her school, I will say there were several times I felt rather unsafe. I went out at night sure, but I always went with a group of four or more. I've travelled before, I'm not new to this. Were there many times I was touched or talked to and pulled? Absolutely!! Is government corruption a HUGE issue in Vietnam? ABSOLUTELY AND DO NOT TRY AND TELL ME OTHERWISE.
Is this any different from other places? Not really. Worse happened to me in Thailand, and similar situations have happened to me right here in Canada. Just because you don't see it, doesn't mean it doesn't happen. I don't see murder every day, does that mean it doesn't happen every day here? Not in the slightest, because it does.
#Tommy on Mar 12, 2019 :
The comments on here are hilarious. I have lived in Vietnam for 2 years and had no problems at all. You can date with a Vietnamese girl and hold hand in public, no one gives a shit. The local people are nothing but friendly and often invite you to hang out (drink beer or coffee) they are not going to mug or attack you they just want to chat with a foreigner. The worst thing that happens here is bag and phone snatching. Vietnam is a very very safe place to visit, much more than cities such as london or paris.
#Regularvietnamvisitor on Feb 04, 2019 :
To the person who asks where this information is coming from: me, and my ten trips to Vietnam in the past three years. Overall, the risk of any life-threatening crime is minimal, and most people are very nice and helpful. That being said, on one trip with eight colleagues, all but one (me) had their phones snatched right from their hands on the streets. I also had a friend dragged down the street when a bag-snatcher on a scooter didn't manage to cut through her strap properly. These are EXTREMELY common crimes. I've also been blocked by aggressive men from leaving a massage parlor until I gave them all my cash, I've been taken to the middle of nowhere in fake cabs made-up like real ones, and had someone jump in front of me at night, and grab my privates while their friend took my phone. These are serious concerns that can and do happen all the time. For the rest, is pretty safe. Just be very careful not to burn your leg on a motorbike exhaust pipe (the biggest danger outside of crime). Tips? One : Download the Grab app. Free, and prices for car and motorbike cabs are preset. It's scam free. Two: don't walk around at night alone, and keep your guard up for anything sudden or unsolicited. Three: don't take anything out along a street, and use backpacks, double shoulder gym bags, or fanny packs to hold valuables. If you need to use your phone, hold it firmly covering all edges, and try to stay as far from the traffic as possible. Four: for any service like massage, nails, and beauty, use TripAdvisor to select a reputable establishment. Do not just walk in somewhere random off the street, no matter how friendly or innocent it seems. Five: learn to cross the street calmly, slowly, and surely. Never run or panick.
#Anonymous on Dec 09, 2017 :
I just returned from Vietnam and the place seem quite safe - the people were really friendly, and I have a girlfriend. I am black. The information being shared below is totally inaccurate. What part of Vietnam are you talking about. I have been to Vietnam twice and had zero problems - holding girlfriends'd hand in public and everything. Acid attacks are common - give me a break. Where did you get your information from...
#Anonymous on Nov 20, 2017 :
Acid attacks are the most disturbing because you will never recover. Yep, it happens pretty much everyday in Vietnam.
#Anonymous on Nov 19, 2017 :
Acid attacks are very common in Việt Nam. Usually its a male throwing acid at his ex girlfriends face because she broke it up with him.
#Anonymous on Nov 19, 2017 :
Vietnamese are hard wired to hate foreigners, dont let the smiles fool you. One night this 16 year old schoolgirl selling roses at night told me to get out of her country just because i didnt want her flowers. I merely told her no in a nice tone but she became hostile.
#Cody on Nov 19, 2017 :
If you meet a girl in Pham Ngu lao and she invites you to sit in thẻ park at night..... DONT.
Guys will get robbed by her boyfriend waiting nearby.
#Cody on Nov 19, 2017 :
Dont walk around holding your girlfriends hand if you are a foreigner and she is vietnamese. This provokes viet males to anger. And dont kiss in public either.
#Anonymous on Mar 22, 2017 :
Your phone and bag can get snatched, keep your bag close to you and do not make phone calls on the pavement close to a busy street. Scams in backpackers' areas are frequent. Stay in nice hotels, keep your valuables in the safe, use Vinasun or Mailinh taxis, Uber, Grab, and avoid walking alone at night. Besides the petty crime, it is a pretty safe place.
#Brad on Apr 17, 2016 :
Second time HCMC have hated it dsck of the smell, food and constant harassment to buy get on motorbike etc.
I am looking forward to getting bzck to Australia good food and left in piece.
Amen to that
#Romy on Apr 04, 2016 :
PHAM NGU LAO STREET is the place where prostitutes looking for foreign costumers. It means it is an Mafia Area and everyone should know how much sved it can be. It is even not saved to walk there at night time in a group.

I just found an news article about the criminal situation in Ho Chi Minh City and it doesnt sounds good. You can check in here:
#Vincent Vega on Mar 06, 2016 :
Like everyone else, just keep your belongings hidden. Stay in a nice hotel ($30 a night), and leave extra money and valuables in the room safe or at the desk safe. All the hotels I've been to there are extremely helpful and safe. Very little violent crime especially against foreigners. Most violence is among drug deals or other business deals. Don't do drugs or business there and you'll be ok. I love going there.
#Arlene on Dec 09, 2015 :
I definitely can't say anything nice to this place among Asian countries I've been. Generally, it's unsafe. People are unpleasant, rude, unfriendly, scammers, etc. We've been fooled on the first night as soon as we arrived. Just be careful all the time and watch all your belongings. I'm not interested for next visit. Once is more than enough.
#An Vu on Aug 22, 2015 :
Petty crimes and robberies are a huge problem in Vietnam. Keep your things safe and secure. Other than that, it's a relatively safe City with many nice people. I love it there. Homicides are very rare. Streets are empty after 12, please do not walk outside at night, because of high risk of getting robbed. Travel in groups or before 10pm. There are many people outside on the streets from 6AM-10pm. Don't leave valuables in visible sight. You're much more likely to be killed in the U.S. than in Vietnam. So if you aren't carrying any valuables, you have little to be afraid of.
#rbc on Aug 03, 2015 :
not a security issue at all. BT market, sure, I would not go there. I have, but rather not a need - alone. PNL no problem, there are plenty of folks around.
Bag snatchers, the only issue. Sure beware. but you know, don't you? robberies - in private houses, of foreigners, of course, that is to expect - if you leave the entire day. So, have someone there who stays.
Besides, one of the most secure cities on earth. with lovely people.