A good friend returned from Vietnam and here is an excerpt from a note he sent me:
Also, the Nam seems to have less of a police state than the US.
To get on my plane from the US to Seoul, I had to choose between an invasive pat down or an untested naked body scanner. But from Seoul to Saigon security is just a quick walk through a metal detector.
I didn’t see a single CCTV outside the airport (unlike my America).
The few police officers I saw lacked body armor or military haircuts; they had a revolver in their holster.
The traffic was insane. Despite the Vietnamese treating lane markings and stoplights as suggestions, I didn’t see one cop “patrolling” the area or sitting in speed traps.
It’s a little sad that a communist nation has less of a visible police presence than the land of of the free.