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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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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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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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