Category: Vietnam

October 8, 2017

In Vietnam, taxi is the number one complaints for tourists and expats. Ripped off a trip, going in circles, and being robbed off are all too often and are daily affairs. In Ho Chi Minh City, the taxis are divided into two categories, company operated taxis and private taxis. Private…

April 7, 2017

The Vietnamese currency is the đồng, and it is represented by the symbol ₫. A rough guide: US$1 = VND20,000. Yes, that’s 20 thousands Dong. Well technically it is about US$1 = VND22,000 but rounding off makes it easier to remember and calculate. A common myth: You can use US dollars freely…

December 13, 2016

Location dictates the prices of hotels. In HCMC most of the hotels concentrate in District 1. In HCMC the city is divided into districts. District 1 is the city center (Click here for city map). Stay here. Don’t stay at places near the airport or other districts. The prices are not that…

November 23, 2016

At the Airport The international airport of HCMC (Ho Chi Minh City) is Ton Son Nhat International Airport. It was built by the French back in the 1930s and later on it was used as a military airfield during the Vietnam war (renamed to Tan Son Nhut), and it became…

November 22, 2016

No matter where you are from, Europe, America, or even Asia, cultural shocks will definitely hit you even before arrival. Climate and safety will be your other concern during the trip. Please do not be surprised when you enter the cabin of the aircraft to find some people sitting on your…

November 15, 2016

I am sure there must be one thousand questions in your head right after booking your flight. The very first question being where should I stay? There are literally THOUSANDS of hotels in Ho Chi Minh City and I am not joking. Ranging from a few dollars for a hammock…

November 8, 2013

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to tell a taxi driver where you want to go in Saigon. Vietnamese Lesson: Here are some useful phrases to help you express better. The first thing you will hear is most likely “… dee dow?” It means … ‘go where?’ “dee Saigon…

March 21, 2013

Getting a taxi can be as easy as 1, 2, 3 or a nightmare for some. In Tan Son Nhat airport arrival hall, upon exiting the custom you will immediately be greeted by the humid air and the sheer amount of people waiting outside. The next thing to hit you…

March 21, 2013

If you are looking for the locations that offers the highest exchange rate, please scroll down further. There are many money changers in Ho Chi Minh City. Official Money Changer Hotel Reception (Require to produce passports at some) Gold jeweler shop (can be illegal! but nobody cares!) Banks The gold smith shops…

March 21, 2013

Personal Safety Petty crime It is usually more dangerous in the cities than then smaller towns. In smaller cities and smaller towns the community is much smaller and everyone seems to know everyone. The most common mishap in bigger cities like Ho Chi Minh City (commonly written as HCMC) is being…