Hanoi Health Tips

Hanoi Health


Something that gets missed by many backpackers before they come to Vietnam, usually required to be taken 1 - 6 months before any journey begins and shouldn't be overlooked in any way.

Some vaccinations you should be current with for your own country such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus etc but there are extra vaccinations needed for your trip to Vietnam.

Here are a list of the common vaccinations you should look in to taking before you come to Vietnam. But, we are not Doctors by any means, so do ask your local physician for his/her professional advice on what you should be taking.

Most backpackers should get these jabs before they come!

Hepatitis A - All local health authorities recommend this vaccine because its possible to contract hepatitis A through contaminated food or water sources in Vietnam, even if staying relatively populated areas such as Hanoi or HCMC.

Typhoid - If you believe you will be visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater then this would be very handy to have before you travel to Vietnam as some food and water sources can be contaminated.

The following are precautionary jabs you should think about taking so do ask your doctor about them.

Japanese Encephalitis - This vaccine would be normally for backpackers travelling longer than 1 month in Vietnam. Or if you plan on staying in rural areas & plan to do a lot of outdoor activities.

Hepatitis B - This is contracted through sexual intercourse, dirty needles and so needs to be taken in case you have new sexual partners in Vietnam, or even have a tattoo done on your backpacking journey.

Malaria - If staying in the main cities you shouldn't be too concerned but it is still possible to contract from mosquito bites, so depends if you want to start a course of Malaria tablets, which needs to be taken before, during and after your trip to Vietnam.

Rabies - its best to take a Rabies shot if you are planning on being outdoors a lot as rabies is found in dogs, bats and other mammals in Vietnam.

As with all these options, your doctor can help you decide if the vaccines listed above are right for you based on your travel plans.


If you do come across an illness whilst you are travelling through Vietnam, it's always a good idea to know where exactly you would need to go in an emergency.

With so many substandard hospitals in Vietnam, Hanoi is no exception so the best hospitals need to be listed to avoid long queues and below standard doctors.

Here are a few of the best hospitals to which you should be treated fairly quickly and professionally, although it may cost you more, you are pretty confident in being treated correctly.


Family Medical Practice Hanoi - 298I Kim Mã, Ba Đình - Phone: 024 3843 0748 - Open 24 hours





Hanoi French Hospital - 1 Phương Mai, Đống Đa - Phone: 024 3577 1100 - Open 24 hours




Vinmec International Hospital - 458 Phố Minh Khai, Vĩnh Tuy, Hai Bà Trưng - Phone: 024 3974 3556 - Open 24 hours

Emergency services

Whilst we hope this doesn’t happen to you on your travels, there may be occasions when you need to call the emergency services. Here are the main 3 numbers and you should be transferred to an English speaking operator.

  • Ambulance - 115
  • Fire - 114
  • Police - 113


Wherever you are in Hanoi you will probably stumble across any number of pharmacy’s in the old quarter as they are popping up everywhere. Our advice is to check where the nearest one is to your hotel when you arrive and make a mental note of it just in case.

Most Pharmacys are reasonably priced and offer branded products you see back home. Here is just a short list of a few in and around Hanoi Old Quarter.

  • Nhà Thuốc Quang Linh - 35 Nguyễn Siêu, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm - 11am - midnight
  • Nhà Thuốc 24H.VN - 91 Phủ Doãn, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm - 5am - midnight
  • Nhà Thuốc Minh Chính - 42 Quang Trung, Trần Hưng Đạo - 7am - 10pm

Useful Phrases

Whilst telephoning the emergency services maybe the best way, you may not have access to your phone at the most important time, therefore, you will need to shout out for some help if you are in trouble and need someone to call for you.

If you are in Hanoi old quarter, chances are you will be with someone who speaks English or is in earshot of someone who does. But what happens if you are not, you are just outside the old quarter, where life can be completely different to what you are used to. Nobody will speak English and even the most basic of actions will have the local people scratching their head in wonder.

  1. Please help - Giup Toi Voi / Cuu Toi Voi / Lam On Giup Toi
  2. Call for an ambulance please - Goi Xe Cuu Thuong / Lam On Goi Xe Cuu Thuong
  3. Call the police - Lam On Goi Cong An/Canh Sat
  4. Call the fire department - Lam On Goi Cuu Hoa