Ho Chi Minh City Overview
Vietnam is a country equatorial, hot and humid climate, the average temperature over 26 degree Celsius so you need to prepare health and spirit to take the most amazing trip. We apologize for the beginning we only operate in Ho Chi Minh City. Here is some basic steps to get a perfect trip. Let's go!
Ho Chi Minh city has an airport is the Tan Son Nhat airport, a train station to go to the central and northern provinces and two big coach station are the Eastern coach station (go to the eastern and northern provinces) and the Western coach station (go to Mekong Delta).
Public transport system consists of 110 bus routes spread to every district from main roads to alleys.
There are three big airlines in Vietnam are Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air and Jetstar Pacific.
Vietnam Airlines: Has relatively high price but better quality. The official website: www.vietnamairlines.com.
Vietjet Air: Is a dynamic and youthful airline, fares are also very reasonable. The official website: www.vietjetair.com.
Jetstar Pacific: Is a prestigious airlines and prices very reasonable. The official website: www.jetstar.com.
If you want to go to the central and northern provinces by train, you can buy tickets on the website: www.dsvn.vn. (Vietnam railway company).
For more information about transportation in HCMC you can see at The Transport column.
Traveling by train is also a good idea
INTERNET & TELECOMMUNICATION
There are three main types of Internet network in Vietnam are: Wi-Fi, 3G and fixed internet.
Most cafes, restaurants, hotels have Wi-Fi network, you simply enter the password and use, to know the password you can ask service personnel.
Public Wi-Fi system available in most public locations such as parks, hospitals, coach stations, we will be more specific guidance here.
We encourage you to register 3G during in Vietnam because of the usability and usefulness.
How to register and choose 3G network we will provide detailed guidance in the General Guidance column.
Not handy and flexible, but if necessary, you can access at the internet service shop which you can find along roads.
Free wifi available in most of the parks and other public locations.
To use mobile services in Vietnam, you have two choices.
Option 1: You use your SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) and roaming to Vietnam by asking The Mobile network operator (MNO) you are using.
Option 2: You buy a SIM of Vietnam's MNO:
In Vietnam there are three big MNO are Viettel, Vinaphone and Mobifone. We recommend buying SIM of three MNO at the airport to get the necessary supports.
SIM's price is about 100,000 dong, you can use comfortably for more than one week.
After purchasing the SIM, you should ask employee of this MNO to activate services.
For 3G services, you should register for a day, its price is 7,000 dong, you have 1,2GB to use. You can self-register or ask employee of MNO to register.
How to enter Vietnam phone numbers:
Case 1: If you are in a country is not Vietnam, you need to enter the area code of Vietnam is +84.
For example: You enter telephone number: +84123456789(in which +84 is the area code)
If you see a number starting with 0 (eg 0123456789) That is cases for domestic calls, you simply replace 0 with +84 (into +84123456789)
Case 2: If You are in Vietnam and use the mobile network of Vietnam (Viettel, Vinaphone or MobiFone). You simply enter the normal phone number (starting with 0, do not enter the area code)
For example. If you want to call phone number 0123456789, you just enter 0123456789.
If you see a phone number starting with +84 (eg +84123456789) , then you only need to replace +84 with 0 and enter normal. (enter 0123456789).
If there is one piece of advice, we would recommend that you should not worry too much about accommodation because you go anywhere in Ho Chi Minh City also find hotels and motels.
We roughly divided into two types of accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City are hotel and motel.
For the hotel, the price is relatively high, and we do not mention much about them because there are so many websites that help you make a reservation. You can make a reservation through this website. Or you can go to the hotel and book directly.
If you want to explore Vietnam and save cost, we recommend that you rent the motel. Although not convenient as hotels but prices are cheaper (about 150,000 one day) with a broad network in HCMC, the motel is a pretty good choice for you. You just go along, if you see the word "Motel" or "Nhà Nghỉ" on the sign, it is a motel, you can come and direct hire.
We will guide more detail in the Stay column.
Ho Chi Minh City has many types of shopping from traditional as market to modern such as supermarket or shopping mall.
Market: Where you can buy anything, from food and drink to clothing and footwear. There are many large markets in Ho Chi Minh City such as Ben Thanh Market, Binh Tay, Ba Chieu and Cholon. Do not forget to bargain before buying.
Supermarkets or shopping mall: The prices may be higher than markets a bit, but better quality.
Convenience shops: This is a pretty optimal choice for you. Ho Chi Minh City has numerous convenience stores, you just go along streets is going to find. Convenience stores like a miniature supermarket, which has almost everything you need. In Vietnam, there are many well-known brands such as Vinmart, FamilyMart and Cycle K.
We encourage you to traditional markets once and you will have an unforgettable experience. We will guide you how to go to some famous markets in the Destinations column.
FOOD AND DRINK
Do not come to Vietnam to eat Mcdonald. You know? Vietnam was named the street food paradise. If you come to Vietnam but did not try street foods, it is a waste!
If you worry about street food is not hygiene, do not be afraid!, let's look at the Foods & Drinks column, there we will guide you to enjoy street food without worry.