The British government is warning UK visitors to Vietnam about the risks of adventure tourism when travelling to the south east Asian country.

Travel advice aimed at British holidaymakers venturing to Vietnam was updated yesterday to say that there has been a spike in deaths among British travellers since 2016.

The travel advice now says: “Since 2016, a number of British and foreign visitors have died while engaging in adventure tourism in rural areas.

“You should make sure you follow safety guidelines and procedures.”

British nationals make more than 200,000 visits to Vietnam every year. Most visits are trouble-free, says the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.