How Easy is it for Tourists to Access the Internet in Vietnam?
Hi everyone, my name is Carl and I’m writing on behalf of Followersboosts.com. As a UK Citizen who works mainly online, I’m always concerned about how easy it is to access the internet in different countries, fear not this article will talk you through exactly what you need to know to navigate the web in this unique cultural country.
This is a question many tourists normally ask when they make plans to visit the communist Asian country Vietnam. First the best way to understand the ease of internet access in Vietnam is to find out the availability of Internet Service Providers as well as the Vietnamese government’s effort in improving ICT. Upon a little research you will realize that Vietnam is currently among the top Asian countries when in the expansion of ICT infrastructure. However, the communist nation still ranks among the world worst countries in the world with regards to internet freedom and maximization of social media networking.
Are there any restrictions?
In 2009, just after China banned Facebook and Twitter, Vietnam was also faced with a similar issue though different stories ran through the internet explaining that the move was temporary. It was temporary indeed because currently, there are no bans on the social media giants per say. However, the Vietnamese government has recently banned all news discussions on social media websites and blogs. This is the recent move by the South-East Asian country to make it clear to the world that they are the only ones responsible for the delivery of information relating to any current affairs especially politically associated content.
What are the implications of violating restrictions?
To understand just how serious this communist leadership is, 46 bloggers and social media activists have been arrested between January and August of 2013 over the violation of such laws. This number is already bigger than the number of arrests made in the whole of 2012. This ban was put to effect through the Decree 72, which has continued to receive harsh criticism from the ICT experts arguing that this move is only a selfish move on the government’s side to protect its dirty dealings while frustrating an industry that is connecting billions of users around the world. This means therefore that if you want to use social media sites for political discussions, you will have to do it anywhere else but Vietnam unless you want to find out how the Vietnam prisons are.
So, just how popular is the internet and social media in Vietnam?
For a national ban to be brought to the world’s attention, it definitely means that the cause of the ban must have had a seriously heavy impact on the operations of the government. This puts internet and social media use in Vietnam at a high rate of usage with social media giants Facebook and Twitter taking the bigger piece of the pie.
This Asian country is so advanced in technology that they already have their own social networking site go.vn which critics have described as being the government’s way of introducing social networking to those who only need to discuss matters that are not sensitive to their lives. This site can currently host 4 million users at go and plans to attract more than half of the social media community to its platform. Twitter is growing at an incredible pace in Vietnam, followed only by Facebook in popularity. As with other countries a large social following is seen as very important to the youth of the country.
For search engines, google.com.vn is the leading search engine followed by google.com but even with millions of searches being registered daily, it is funny to imagine that all the information you find from your searches especially current affairs and news, can only remain in the databases of the source sites because the Vietnamese government is not going to allow sharing of such information on the internet. So be very cautious with what you do with your information whenever you are visiting this Asian country.