By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: How do you find information on the countries so you can learn more about them? My particular interest is on Vietnam.

A: There are several country guides you can consult. The Foreign Affairs and International Trade Department publishes country reports regularly online that includes up-to-date details on what Canadians need to know when travelling to countries like Vietnam. For details log onto

In addition, there is a useful web tool you can access which provides current information on a number of countries including Vietnam. Called, it also culls articles from a variety of media. Regarding travel to Vietnam, the federal government advises Canadians to exercise high degree of caution. “Canadians should maintain a high level of personal security awareness at all times as the security situation could deteriorate rapidly without notice.

Exercise caution, particularly in commercial and public establishments (hotels, clubs, restaurants, bars, schools, places of worship, outdoor recreation events) and tourist areas frequented by foreigners,” reports Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.


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