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Travellers Tips
 
Helpful hints for travellers.

Currency
Money and travellers checks can be exchanged at banks and money changers. Master Card and Visa are accepted at Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City, major hotels and department stores. Check on the acceptance of your credit card before making your purchase as smaller establishments might not accept credit cards.  The US dollar is most favoured forereign currency. It is therefore advisable to carry US dollars.  British, Australian, Japanese, French, German, Belgian, Dutch, Singapore and Thai currency can usually be changed in larger cities (such as Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Danang, Hai Phong).
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Visa
All foreign nationals visiting Vietnam require a visa.  Visa to enter the country is obtainable at Vietnamese embassies, consulates or a travel agent.  The visa takes around five working days to process and once issued, you must enter the country within 90 days.  Tourist visas are available on a single or multiple entry basis and business visas can be applied for through a Vietnamese sponsoring agency, valid for up to six months and allowing multiple entries  If the visa is issued as a loose piece of paper make photocopies and keep these separate from your passport.

Dress
Dressing in Vietnam is casual but modest dressing is recommended.  Dress even more respectably when visiting temples and churches ensuring that shoulders and legs are covered.

Health
There are reasonably good medical services in Ho Chi Minh City but away from these major cities, medical services may be poor.  Discuss with your doctor on health requirements prior to your trip.

Drinking Water
Bottled drinking water and mineral water is advisable.  Ensure that food is well cooked.

Public Holidays
National public holidays in China are:
Festival
Date
Detail
New Year's Day
1 January
1 day
Tet / Lunar New Year's Day
Dependant on the Chinese lunar calendar but normally within January - February
2 days
Victory Day
30 April
1 day
Labour Day
1 May
1 day
National Day
2 September
1 day

 

Business Hours

Bank Hours Monday to Friday 8.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and 1.00 pm to 4.30 p.m.
Office Hours Monday to Friday, the business hours are typically 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break
Saturdays, work hours are from 8.00 am to 11.30 am
Vietnamese Government offices have recently moved to a 5-day workweek and are no longer open on Saturdays.
Shop Hours Shops are usually open from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. daily



Plug / Voltage Information
The voltage used in Vietnam is 220 volts AC at 50 Cycles per second.

The rectangular blade is used at Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City


The two parallel flat pins and/or the two round pins are widely used in Vietnam

Tipping Policy
Tipping is not expected but definitely appreciated. Some of the more expensive restaurants add 10%-15% service charge and VAT. About US$ 0.50 - US$1 is considered acceptable for a chambermaid or porter.

Public Transport
Metered taxis are plentiful and relatively inexpensive, especially in Ho Chi Minh City, where numerous taxi companies compete for passengers. A car with a driver is also an option in major cities and can be rented for between $25 and $100 per day.

Mobile Phones
Network accepted in Vietnam is GSM.

Airports
The International airports in Vietnam are:
Ho Chi Minh City is Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN) for Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang International Airport (DAD) for Danang City and Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) for Hanoi.

Serving domestic flights only:
Buon Ma Thuot Airport (BMV) and Cam Ranh Airport (VVCR)

Airport Tax
International departure tax is US$14.00 and for domestic departures from VND15,000 to VND20,000 (about US$1.50).

Airline Contacts
Aeroflot
Office 209-210, Building D1, Van Phuc Diplomatic Compound
No. 298 Rim Ma street, Ba Dinh district
Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: +844 7718 542/718/514
Fax: +844 7718 522/871

Air Asia
223, De Tham
Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Air China
7th Floor, Sun Wah Tower
115 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +848 3823 3888
Fax: +848 3823 3666

Air France
130, Dong Khoi Street
District 1
Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam
Tel: +848 3829 09 81/82

All Nippon Airways
Sun Wah Tower, 16th Floor
115 Nguyen Hue, District1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +848 3821 9612

Asiana Airlines
R602 Kumho Asiana Plaza
39 Le Duan St., District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +848 3822 2622
Fax: +848 322 2710

British Airways
170-172 Nam Ky Khoi
Nghia St., District 3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +848 3933 0777 Ext. 3221/3222
Fax: +848 3930 5008

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair
R502, 5th Foor, Centec Tower
72-74 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +848 3822 3203
Fax: +848 3825 8276

China Airlines
37, Ton Duc Thang St.
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Tel: +848 3911 1591
Fax: +
848 3911 1592

Czech Airlines
Room 201, Riverside Office Building
2A-4A Ton Duc Thang St, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +848 7305 5888
Fax: +848 7307 7888

Delta
East Sea Travel & Air Service Group
Room 201, Riverside Office Building
2A-4A Ton Duc Thang Street
Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
Tel: +848 7306 6888
Fax: +848 7307 7888

Emirates Airlines
Room 1409, Sun Wah Tower
115 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +848 1900 1599
Fax: +848 7307 7888

EVA Air
Unit 401-404 (4F), No. 2A-4A
Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +848 3822 4488
Fax: +848 3821 7215

Japan Airlines
4th Floor Hotel Nikko Saigon
235 Nguyen Van Cu Street, District1
Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam
Tel: 120-81-015 (Japanese Language)
Tel: +848 3925 7808 (Japanese Language, charged call)
Tel: 1-800-577725 (English and Chinese Language)

Korean Air
9th Floor, Diamond Plaza Bldg
34 Le Duan St., District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +848 3824 2878 - 2880
Fax: +848 3824 2877

Lufthansa Airlines
14th Floor. Bitexco Building, 19 - 25 Nguyen Hue Blvd.
Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +848 3829 8529 / 3827 9831
Fax: +848 3829 8537

Malaysian Airlines
Saigon Trade Center Building, Ground Floor-Suite G8
37 Ton Duc Thang, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +84 8 3829 2529/3824 2885 (Reservations)
Tel: +84 8 3829 2529/3824 2885 (Ticketing)

Philippine Airlines
2nd Floor Saigon Royal Building
91 Pasteur Street, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +848 3827 2105/2106
Fax: +848 3827 2107

Qantas
Level 2, Ben Thanh TSC Bldg
186-188 Le Thanh Ton, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +848 3910 5373

Singapore Airlines
Room 101, 29 Le Duan Street,
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +848 3823 1588
Fax: +848 3823 1554

Swissair
c/o Lufthansa German Airlines
Bitexco Building 14th Floor
19-25 Nguyen Hue Blvd, District 1
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Tel: +84 838 27 98 58

Thai Airways
Saigon Tower Office Building, Ground Floor Suite 101
29 Le Duan Boulevard, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +848 3824 3361
Fax: +848 3822 3465

Vietnam Airlines
Nguyen Hue Ticketing Office
16th Floor, Sun Wah, 115 Nguyen Hue
Ben Nghe ward,  District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +848 3832 0320
Fax: +848 3848 6945

Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism
140 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street
District 3
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam
Tel: +84 8 824 2903
Fax: +84 8 829 3056
Email: sodulichtphcm@hcm.vnn.vn
Web site: www.vietnamtourism.gov.vn/english

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