It’s all well and good reading about the best hotels in Ho Chi Minh City or the best restaurants in Saigon, but what of the practicalities of a Vietnamese holiday? This is the section that will assist you in finding out those unglamorous but important things that prevent a dream holiday from becoming a nightmare.

What if you were to fall or have any kind of accident whilst on holiday in Ho Chi Minh City? Our health section will guide you through what is available here. Everything from street corner pharmacies to excellent international hospitals are covered in this section.

Communicating with home or staying in touch with travelling partners is always an issue and you’ll need to know about SIM cards and Wi-Fi in the city. There’s nothing worse than needing to call home and finding yourself in a communication black hole. This section will help to alleviate your concerns and leave you, stress free to enjoy this amazing location.

Don’t be alarmed when you first clap eyes on the multi-coloured, multi-denominational banknotes. All is explained in our money section. Once you have your head round the cash, you’ll be able to navigate the various transport alternatives offered in the city. This is handled in the transportation section which explains all you need to know about navigating your way around one of the biggest urban spreads in Southeast Asia.

As for just about everything else, it will be covered in the general information section. This is packed full of useful tips and information about things to help you enjoy your holiday in Ho Chi Minh City. Plenty of info about how to, where to and what to, whilst in Vietnam’s largest city.

Need to Know in Ho Chi Minh City

Things you should know before travelling to Vietnam

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Consulate Listing in Ho Chi Minh City

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Airlines

Local Airlines There are four carriers offering domestic flights in Vietnam. Flights are relatively cheap and are a faster and ...

City Bus Service

There are benefits to taking localbuses around Ho Chi Minh City, especially if you are an adventurous person and appreciate ...

City to City Bus Service

Long-distance bus services connect most cities in Vietnam and tickets can be purchased at the Ben Thanh Bus Station. However, ...

Motorbikes

Saigon traffic doesn’t really flow so much as swarms and lurches in waves. You would do well to leave everything ...

Trains

The key route of Vietnam Railways is still the north-south line known as the Reunification Express. Six Reunification Express services ...

Taxis

Check that your taxi driver starts the meter unless you've negotiated a price. If you use car or motorbike taxis ...

VAT

Foreigners who travel to Vietnam are entitled to obtain a Value-Added Tax (VAT) refund that accounts for 85 percent of ...

Price guide

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Phones

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City to City Bus Service

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Debit/Credit Cards

More and more Saigon businesses in HCMC are accepting credit cards but it is advisable to carry cash, especially at ...

Buses schedule departure from Ho Chi Minh city

Buses schedule departure from Ho Chi Minh city Company: The Sinh Tourist. Address: 246-248 De Tham, D.1, HCMC/ 24-26 Pho ...

ATMs

For the time being cash is king in Ho Chi Minh City but ATMs are everywhere in Saigon, many accessible ...

VAT

Foreigners who travel to Vietnam are entitled to obtain a Value-Added Tax (VAT) refund that accounts for 85 percent of ...

Airlines

Local Airlines There are four carriers offering domestic flights in Vietnam. Flights are relatively cheap and are a faster and ...

Vietnam Airlines Tickets

Vietnam Airlines Tickets VietnamAirlinesTickets.com is the official website of AloTrip International Limited, offering online flights of Vietnam Airlines. Vietnam domestic ...

Xe Om

Xe om literally means 'motorbike hug'. Catching a xe om is an easy, affordable and fun way to see Saigon. ...

Cyclo

Cyclos - three-wheel pedal bikes - are slowly disappearing from Saigon's streetscape, but they are an interesting way to absorb ...

Taxis

Check that your taxi driver starts the meter unless you've negotiated a price. If you use car or motorbike taxis ...

City Bus Service

There are benefits to taking localbuses around Ho Chi Minh City, especially if you are an adventurous person and appreciate ...

Phones

Vietnam's GSM 900/1800 network is compatible with most of Asia, Europe and Australia, but not North America. In Ho Chi ...

Dental Clinics

Vietnam is one of the cheapest places in the world to receive top-rate dental care. There are a number of ...

Mail

Vietnam's postal system is fairly reliable, though not overly quick. Most outlets, called 'buu dien' in HCMC, are open late, ...

Trains

The key route of Vietnam Railways is still the north-south line known as the Reunification Express. Six Reunification Express services ...

Internet

Vietnam is the fastest growing internet market in Southeast Asia with over 50% household saturation of ADSL in urban cities. WiFi ...

Travellers' Cheques

Keep a reasonable amount of cash in your wallet as travellers' cheques can only be exchanged at authorised foreign banks, ...

Vietnam Facts Sheet

Geography Geographic coordinates: 16 10 N, 107 50 E Total area: 331,210 km2, half the size of Alaska, U.S. Country ...

Pharmacies

The quality of pharmacies in Ho Chi Minh City, including some that are open non-stop 24-hour is good. Although the ...

Vietnam Visas

A Vietnamese entry visa is required for all foreigners wishing to visit the country. The only exception is if your ...

Currency Exchange

It is probably not a good idea to bring loads of cash U.S. Dollars with you if most of your ...

Consulate Listing in Ho Chi Minh City

Australia20th Floor, 47 Ly Tu Trong, D108 3521 8100 Belgium105, Duong Van An, D208 6281 8001 Cambodia41 Phung Khac Khoan, ...

Price guide

If you’re wondering how much money to withdraw at the ATM to see you through, check some of the average ...

Electronics

Cameras There are a plethora of shops around the Dong Khoi and Nguyen Hue area of Ho Chi Minh City ...

FAQ Sheet

Business Business hours in Vietnam are usually 8am to 6pm from Monday to Friday. Some businesses open from 8am to ...

Motorbikes

Saigon traffic doesn’t really flow so much as swarms and lurches in waves. You would do well to leave everything ...

Viettel Roaming Service

With the largest mobile coverage area in Vietnam, Viettell provides high quality service at affordable costs. No matter where you ...

Hospitals/Clinics

Ho Chi Minh City has a number of international standard clinics for minor ailments. They take walk-ins, but you would ...

Walking

One of the best ways to check out Hanoi or Saigon is on foot. A leisurely stroll through Saigon’s District ...

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