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Best place to exchange money in Ho Chi Minh City

So who is the best money changer in Saigon (HCMC), Vietnam? 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 around Ben Thanh Market are probably one of the best money changer offering unbeatable rates. Those counters at the airport offers some of the worst rates. If you just...

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Where To Stay: Top 5 Hotels In Ho Chi Minh City

Location dictates the prices of hotels. PERIOD. So where should you stay in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)? 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 much different most of the time when compared...

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Your Guide to Ho Chi Minh City

You probably landed here because you are planning to visit Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam in the near future. Or you are already in Vietnam and feeling lost. Vietnam is a beautiful country and Vietnamese are one of the most friendly and welcoming people I have ever encountered. And Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) is most likely the first city where you will land first before heading out to...

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Grass or VIP: A look into the world of people smuggling from Vietnam into Europe

29 Oct 2019 On 28 October 2019 Tui Tre News ran an article that gave insights into the world of people smuggling from Vietnam into Europe after the incidents whereby 39 illegal migrants were found dead inside a container bound for Britain from Belgium. In the article, there are two kind of tickets to Europe, Grass Class or VIP Class. The Grass Class ticket involved a very extensive journey lasting...

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Restaurant Chain Mon Hue in trouble

Oh dear the “bosses” went off the grid and it seems like they have the restaurants en masse while owing debts to more than a hundred suppliers. Tuoi Tre News first reported on Friday 23 October 2019 that the business was in trouble. No employees were seen at their emptied office at 302-304 Vo Van Kiet Street in District 1. Their website has also been taken down. Well, it is...

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Street Brawl in Bui Vien

This happened right in the middle of the famous backpacker’s district in Bui Bien. I used to live in Bui Vien and this is a high profile tourist zone. Loud music into late night, flooded with tourists and xe om. A police station is also situated maybe a hundred meters away. And still a brawl of such magnitude can take place. Source: Tuoi Tre News

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Visitor ripped off by bogus Mai Linh driver in HCMC

27 Aug 2019 Here we go again! Upon arriving at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, the foreign visitor took a cab from the airdrome to a hotel on Nguyen Hue Street in District 1, about eight kilometers apart. The driver dropped him off about 100 meters away from his destination in an impolite manner before charging him VND1.2 million (US$51.6), according to the tourist’s account.It normally costs around VND150,000 ($6.45) to...

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Four storms to hit mainland in rest of 2019

The National Centre for Hydro-Met Forecasting has issued a forecast that another three to four more major storms to hit the central and southern regions for the rest of 2019. Don’t forget your raincoat or poncho! HÀ NỘI — Three to four storms are forecast to affect Việt Nam’s mainland, mostly in the central and southern regions, from now to the end of this year, according to the National Centre...

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Vietnam’s e-Visa

Vietnam has recently rolled out its phase 2 of the e-Visa program…. Visitors from 46 countries can apply entry Visa into Vietnam via the portal. 1. ARG Argentina 2. ARM Armenia 3. AUS Australia 4. AZE Azerbaijan 5. BLR Belarus 6. BRN Bruney 7. BGR Bulgaria 8. CAN Canada 9. CHL Chile 10. CHN China (Not apply to Chinese e-passport holders) 11. COL Colombia 12. CUB Cuba 13. CZE Czech Republic...

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Man’s life in jeopardy over methanol poisoning in Vietnam

Here we go again! A Vietnamese man who was in a critical condition after consuming alcohol mixed with industrial methanol now has a bad prognosis as doctors in Ho Chi Minh City feed pure ethanol into the patient’s digestive system to delay methanol breakdown, while he is undergoing dialysis. D.V.M., a resident in Ho Chi Minh City, was admitted to the 115 General Hospital in District 10 in the early hours of...

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Tết – Vietnam’s New Year

A few more days and it is Tết! My family has already begun Tết preparation since last week. For foreigners it is important to understand and respect the importance of Tết in Vietnamese culture.  First day of spring Tết is the lunar new year which is also celebrated by some in other Asian countries. It is the first day of spring and it is the most important festive season of...

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