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Avoiding diarrhea & still savoring the foods of Vietnam--your tips

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1st trip to anywhere in Asia. We're apprehensive about being struck with the runs. Know to only drink and brush teeth with bottled water. Skip ice and ice cream. Avoid foods that have been sitting around. Eat only things that have been thoroughly cooked or that we can peel. We've got Pepto Bismol, Immodium & a back-up prescription of Cipro in case of a true sickness rather than just travellers' diarrhea.

But, following all these precautions seems to take the fun out of travelling to a new place and enjoying the cuisine. We're not staying in and eating in 5* Americanized resorts, hotels & restaurants. We also don't want to be so paranoid we don't enjoy ourselves. How do you balance out the need to want to remain healthy with wanting to experience a new culture and cuisine? Is Vietnam worse than Mexico where all the same precautions are always given? Thanks.

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