Transportation

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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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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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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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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How to: Moving around within Ho Chi Minh City. Taxi/Grab/Xe Om

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to tell a taxi driver where you want to go in Ho Chi Minh City. They usually give you the blank look or the lack of acknowledgement from the taxi driver puzzles whether he understood you. GRAB – A God Send But luckily with technology comes conveniences never before. Today, there is a taxi or motorbike taxi app called GRAB. Enter the address...

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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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