Off to Vietnam and curious about how bad are mosquitoes in Vietnam. Well for starters there are mosquitoes everywhere in Vietnam from northern Vietnam to the south of Vietnam. There is no way to avoid them.
Simply cause of Vietnam’s humid climate, mosquitoes do well in this type of climate. There are more mosquitoes during the rainy season but really they are present all year round.
In this post, we will go through how bad are mosquitoes in Vietnam. Let’s get started!
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How Bad Are Mosquitoes in Vietnam?
The reality is that mosquitoes are everywhere in Vietnam all year round. It is cause Vietnam has a tropical climate meaning it is hot and humid, and this is a perfect climate for mosquitoes to reproduce.
Mosquitoes in Vietnam can be bad but it depends on if you are prone to mosquito bites. If you are prone to mosquito bites then mosquitoes in Vietnam can be bad.
What About Diseases From Mosquitoes?
I wouldn’t avoid Vietnam because of mosquitoes. The risk of getting a tropical disease is considered low but there is a risk. The main mosquitoes related diseases in Vietnam are as follows.
- Japanese B Encephalitis
You should check with your local doctor before going to Vietnam if you need any vaccines.
Ways To Prevent Mosquitoes Bites?
Now that you know a little more about mosquitoes in Vietnam. While you should not avoid Vietnam because of mosquitoes, you do need to prepare to prevent mosquitoes to visit Vietnam bites.
There are ways and tips to be prevent mosquitoes from biting you. These are as follows.
- Use a mosquito repellent. DEET is a mosquito repellent and is considered to be the most effective. And can be got in any pharmacy or 7/11.
- Wear light clothing that covers your arms and legs. The light clothing is cause you don’t want to feel too hot. And choose clothing that is loose and airy. Again this way you won’t feel as hot and you the mosquitoes will be less attracted to you.
- If you go on a hike in the jungle, you shouldn’t wear short-sleeved t-shirts and shorts because mosquitoes are attracted to wood and low lighting.
- Wear clothes that are light in color. Light clothing keeps you cooler than dark clothing as this will also attract mosquitoes as easily.
- If you are having dinner outside in the evening, you should remember that the evenings are when mosquitoes are more active.
- If possible try not to use perfumes or strong scented lotions and colognes. Yes, you are in a hot country where you will most likely sweat a lot and you want to still smell nice but the truth is, mosquitoes are attracted by scents such as the ones from perfume.
- In your hotel room where you will be staying, you shouldn’t worry that much if your room is equipped with a fan. Mosquitoes tend to avoid air drafts and are prefer humid spaces.
- If you don’t want to be spraying yourself several times of the day with mosquito repellent which are full of chemicals. You can use repellent bracelets that are made of more natural ingredients and will protect you against the bites of mosquitoes.
What To Do in Case You Are Bitten?
More than likely you will get bitten by mosquitoes in Vietnam. But it will happen much less if you take simple precautions. So, what to do if bitten?
First of all, don’t panic. Remember that more than likely that mosquitoes bites are harmless since the risks of getting a disease are low. But still, when the bite starts to get itchy you need to try your best not to scratch it.
Also, remember that you are a tropical country that is full of microscopic life. Try not to open any unnecessary wounds that could get infected.
You will have to apply the cream to the area that was bitten to reduce the itchiness. Do this many times as you want but if forgot to get mosquito bite cream there is no need to worry as most pharmacies or 7/11 have them.
Tiger balm is probably the most well-known cream that helps against the itchiness of mosquito bites. It is probably the easiest to find since it is available all over the country sold in supermarkets.
Finally, mosquitoes in Vietnam is just a fact you will have to deal with. By checking in with your local doctor before going to Vietnam. As well as taking precautions, you will soon realize that you can easily deal with the presence of mosquitoes while visiting Vietnam.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on how bad are Mosquitoes in Vietnam has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.