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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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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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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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How to: Fake Taxi guide in Ho Chi Minh City / Vietnam

In Vietnam, fake taxi is the number one on the list of complaints for tourists and expats. Ripped off for 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 (fake) taxis. Private / Fake Taxi in Vietnam Avoid at all cost, even if it means...

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The Vietnamese Đồng

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 and they are legally accepted. Major Denomination The major denomination of the dong is 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000, 200,000, 500,000 in...

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How to: Take a taxi from Tan Son Nhat Airport (Ho Chi Minh City) safely

If you have cleared the customs without incidents, then congratulations and welcome to Saigon. Phew! You have survived thus far! DO NOT RUSH TO EXIT INTO THE ARRIVAL HALL YET! A lot of people still refer to the city as Saigon, rather than the mouthful Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)/Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh (TP HCM). Saigon was renamed to Ho Chi Minh City in 2 July 1976 in honour...

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Top 5 Must Bring For Visiting Ho Chi Minh City

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 Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and I am not joking. Ranging from a few dollars for a hammock rental by the highway to five stars hotels. Before we jump to accommodation, let’s deal with what you SHOULD pack....

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Understanding The Vietnamese Mentality

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 concerns during the trip. Please do not be surprised when you enter the cabin of the aircraft to find some people sitting on your allocated seat. This happens 70% of the time I travel to Vietnam. I do not have a good explanation but from what...

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How to: Clear Tan Son Nhat Airport (Ho Chi Minh City) Under 30 minutes

Background 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 famous after footages of refugees trying to escape towards the end of the war…. Even today you can still see the remnants of...

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