Sharks, jellyfish, snakes and other dangers in Vietnam

Vietnam has traditionally enjoyed popularity among Russian tourists. Each year their number increases. The volume of retelling and rumors about real and imaginary dangers awaiting tourists in this exotic country is growing proportionately. Sharks, snakes and jellyfish in Vietnam are the most common. Let’s talk about each separately.

There are sharks, but you should not panic.

Sharks in the aquarium
Sharks do not like shallow beaches with numerous and noisy tourists.

The South China Sea, which is washing Vietnam, is famous for its huge number of inhabitants. This is not surprising, because the water temperature does not drop below 20 ° C. Among the marine inhabitants of these places, tourists are primarily interested in sharks. Interest in these predators is fully justified, since numerous horror films constantly emphasize their ferocious temper and vampirism.

It should be noted that sharks in the South China Sea are represented by a large number of species. But if you set out to personally get acquainted with these inhabitants of the sea depths, you will have to acquire equipment for diving and go out into the open sea. Sharks do not like shallow beaches with numerous and noisy tourists. Therefore, the probability of meeting with a shark on the beaches of Nha Trang tends to zero.

Some statistics

As official statistics show, the minimum potentially dangerous distance from the coast on which a person can be attacked by a shark is 10 meters. This indicator was updated in 2010, when a local resident received a hand injury from a predator attack near the coast.

Injury of hand from shark attack in Vietnam
The last time a local resident was injured by a hand from a predator attack in 2010.

In the same 2010, Vietnam recorded six shark attacks per person (third in the world). At the same time, a white shark was caught near Nyachang, weighing about a ton.

However, after 2010 there is no official information about tourists affected by shark attacks. Improvement of the situation is largely due to the fact that the Vietnamese authorities have begun to implement a comprehensive program to protect tourists from attacks by sharks . As a result, today tourists who came to Nha Trang can see a live shark only in the oceanarium. However, no one particularly complains about this state of affairs.

Jellyfish are not the most pleasant neighbors

Jellyfish can deliver much more trouble than sharks.

Strange as it may seem, during a holiday in Vietnam, jellyfish can cause much more trouble than sharks. These marine inhabitants often appear in shallow waters and spoil the mood of holidaymakers. The real danger to human life is only jellyfish-boxes, the rest are less dangerous, but they do not cause delight.

That’s why the locals prefer to swim in their clothes, and in case of getting a burn they recommend having vinegar or lime juice on hand , minimizing the consequences of the burn. In addition, seasoned tourists advise not to swim in the sea during rain and strong surf. When planning the rest should also be taken into account that the largest number of jellyfish off the coast of Nha Trang is going in October – May.

Snakes and how to protect themselves from them

Bushes, tall grass – the favorite habitat of snakes.

Snakes are another scary for tourists who decided to visit Vietnam. It should be noted that the tropical climate is almost ideal for their reproduction. Therefore, in Nha Trang, as in other parts of Vietnam, there are a variety of snakes. Some of them live in the sea, but you can only meet with them in low-income places, where there is nothing to do for the tourist. All the stories about the mortal danger of these marine inhabitants are nothing more than just another myth. For about 20 years, no one has claimed the attack of a sea serpent on a man.

The probability of meeting a snake on land is much higher than in the sea. Especially if you love country skiing. Bushes, tall grass, heaps of stones are the favorite habitats of these reptiles. As a rule, they are not the first to show aggression towards a person. Moreover, they try to hide when it comes nearer, because in Vietnam snakes are appreciated, above all, as food. But it’s better for tourists to bypass the potential places of their dwelling, and for hiking to acquire closed shoes.

Nuisance from insects

Vietnamese mosquitoes are, perhaps, the worst enemies of tourists. They not only annoy unpleasant bites, but they can also endure the fever of Dengue . This disease resembles the classic flu, but in tropical climates it is quite painful. With an increase in temperature and the first signs of fever, it is better not to engage in self-medication, but immediately go to a doctor.

Sand fleas
Sand fleas

Sand fleas, unlike mosquitoes, can not fly. Therefore, the victims of these insects are tourists who neglect the elementary rules of hygiene and sunbathe on bare sand. Dangers to life of a flea are not present, but the itch cause very unpleasant. Protect yourself against flea bites will help a classic beach lounger or a regular towel.

Other Vietnamese “aborigines” – cockroaches, geckos, spiders, etc., do not represent any real danger for tourists. Many of the local inhabitants look rather unusual, but after all, many tourists want to see the exotic.

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