With the recent law passed which exercises zero tolerance by requiring drivers to maintain a preferred blood alcohol limit, one will need to be extra careful when enjoying drinking in Vietnam. There are plenty of ways to do so where you won’t get into trouble so here are some tips you should follow if you want to have a great time in the country and make your experience memorable.
Opt not to take your own car
Whether you’re a local who owns his or her car in Vietnam or if you’re a tourist that wishes a rent a vehicle, it will become extremely difficult for someone to enjoy a session of even casual drinking if you’re caught by the authorities. With that being said, if you’re strictly going to be consuming food and nothing more, then you have absolutely nothing to worry about. However, if you are going to be ingesting drinks that will put your blood alcohol at risky levels, it’s time to take a different route. You can opt to use ride-sharing services. Unfortunately, there’s no Uber operating in Vietnam but there’s Grab, which functions in the same way. If you want to get from one place to another, and if you’re familiar with using a smartphone, then using Grab is the best decision you’ll make. Else, you have the option to take a taxi, though the fare will vary.
One person will have to take one for the team
This might not be the best of solutions, but if you’re not too keen on using ride-sharing apps like Grab or using public transport, and if you’re travelling with an entire group, you’ll have to find a person who doesn’t drink and request him or her to be your lookout during the entire drinking session. In most cases, this is actually a good plan because if the person isn’t fond of drinking, then he or she will be more than happy to drive you guys around. Unfortunately, the problem arises when you have a group of people that all want to drink and you also want to drive around in your own car or a rental. In such a situation, one of the group members will have to refrain from drinking because if you get caught, it’s going to be a messy situation.
Choose a food tour
Choosing a food and city tour is your best bet to avoid those unnecessary zero-tolerance punishments. A reputable service like xotours.vn will be able to guide you through this difficult process. Since these services aim to provide the best possible experiences, you can also ask them a flurry of questions on what is the best way to enjoy drinking safely in Vietnam. The representatives of the service will gladly aid you on what precautions to take so that you don’t get caught. If by chance you want to avail a food tour where you won’t get penalized for drinking and eating for multiple days, there’s a workaround for that too. You’ll most likely be handed identification cards signalling that you’re a group of tourists that just want to enjoy the country and that you shouldn’t be disturbed during your commute at any stage.
We hope that these tips were helpful to you. Now you can execute an ‘all-nighter’ and safely drink in Vietnam.