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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 03, 2017
road work disruption  (1 Answer)

were planning a visit to HCMC in May, can anyone who's visited recently comment if there visits was affected by the works being carried out to develop the new metro system , also can anyone recommend a 3 day stay on a beach resort please.

many thanks



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 02, 2017
First timer  (4 Answers)

Hi

This is my first time there and would like to know which hotel is cheap and good near to the market.

What is the bus and bus fare to the tourist places?

Can recommend some good eateries?

Thank you.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 22, 2016
First visit to Ho Chi Minh  (4 Answers)

2female first visit to Ho Chi Minh for 5days 4night. We will staying in District 1.

Pls advise any must visit place & things to do and any precautions to be taken? We are on budget travel.

Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 20, 2016
Visa from Indian Embassy in HCMC  (11 Answers)

Hi there, I'm a UK citizen and I had my passport and wallet stolen in HCMC. I've now got an emergency passport and am in the process of getting all the visas I need for my onward journey.

However I'm a bit confused... My flight back to the UK involves a one and a half hour stop over in Delhi to change planes. On the UK gov site it says that people travelling on an ETD ( emergency passport) need a visa and TWO ETD's - one to enter Delhi and one to leave Delhi. I'm having trouble finding out if this is true as I've had no reply to my emails and can't get through on the phone to the Indian Embassy. Can anyone help?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 13, 2016
Which is good for travel - Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City?  (22 Answers)

Hello to all. I am planning to travel to either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. But I'm confused as to which of them. Can you help me, please? Which one does offer good travel experience - cultural, historical landmarks, city landscapes, prehistoric attractions if any, etc? I will travel in budget. Is one of them good for a budget traveler while the other one is expensive. If that is so, which one is budget traveler friendly? Can you recommend an area in that city where there are cheap accommodations similar to Jalan Gaya in Kota Kinabalu? Thank you so much in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 05, 2016
Vietnam- Short trip  (14 Answers)

Hello!
I'm going for a 3 days tour to Vietnam, please suggest places to visit and what is the easy n cheap way to travel from Ho chi min to Hanoi?

Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 23, 2016
which Mekong Delta tour  (22 Answers)

it seems there are different types of Mekong Delta tours from HCMC. From what I understand it is better to book localy but what are my options (as I need to book accomodation in HCMC now)?
1)ok we will avoid simple day trip as you dont see much, so should we be away for 1 or 2 nights?
2)do all the tours follow the same route?
3)is it true that some end up to PHNOM PENH? they dont take you back to HCMC? (2 days later we fly out of HCMC returning home so we prefer to return in HCMC and relax for these last 2 days)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 01, 2016
Visting Vietnam soon some advice please?  (9 Answers)

Just after a few tips as I am going to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

1. Safety/Theft, is it better to keep your Money and Phone etc in your backpack rather than your pocket? Do you think I will be safe wearing a watch or should I not bother?

2. Do the restaurants usually have English translations in the menus?

3. if visiting any spiritual temples etc are you required to cover up or will wearing a t- shirt be enough?

4. What are the chances of seeing any insects Spiders or Tarantulas in the cities and hotels?

I am going in mid March with a tour company but would like some information before I go, so any is apreciated.

 


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2016
anyone experienced hcmc ?  (20 Answers)

hi.
i am planning on spending february 2017 in hcmc,
i am a keen photographer street,wildlife architecture and landscapes.
all advice appreciated,i have researched the internet but would like to hear from anyone who has had the experience.
thanks in advance.
clint.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 08, 2015
Recommendation for dinner near the Starlight Bridge  (10 Answers)

Hi!

Any recommendation for where to go for dinner after seeing the Starlight Bridge? I was told the water show is only between 6 to 8pm.. Coming from District 1, it’s good if we can combine the bridge with dinner nearby..

Tq,
Mel


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 30, 2015
Tourist traps and the weather!  (5 Answers)

Hi There!
Any comments on tourist traps in HCMC, will be highly appreciated!
Also, is it any thing about the weather in HCMC, during Dec., that
it needs to be noticed?
Thanks in advance,
Mike


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 25, 2015
Where to buy Made in Vietnam, peoducts!?  (5 Answers)

Hi There,
I will be in HCMC, during 1st week of Dec. 2015!
Any information about where to purchase Made in
Vietnam sport wears, in HCMC, will be highly appreciated!
TKS in advance,
Mike


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 21, 2015
2D/1N mekong cruise  (5 Answers)

Hi
Looking for a private sampan for 2D/1N on the mekong. Mango cruises looks good on TripAdvisor, but they are sold out. Any good alternatives out there?
Thanks
V


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 17, 2015
Where to stay in HCMC?  (7 Answers)

Hi There!
I am planing to make a short visit of HCMC, during 1st week of Dec.2015!
May I receive some comments on which Street or Ave., or Distr. to stay to
be close enough(I mean by walk and safe) to entertainment place, at night.
We can manage ourselves to visit the city at day, But the night is another
story for us!
By the way, What are the most entertainment /Nightlife places in HCMC?
TKS in advance.
Mike


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 16, 2015
What to see and do - Top Tips  (5 Answers)

I'll be arriving in the city on Sunday (18 Oct 15) for 3 days, apart from the tunnels what/where are the best places to visit?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 16, 2015
food safety  (10 Answers)

I am traveling with a tour group to Vietnam next month. I want to try all the food and drink but don't want to spend my vacation sick. Any tips? Also, what to bring for clothes? Will be visiting saigon, hanoi, and hoi an.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 16, 2015
152 Bus Thanh Market to the airport  (4 Answers)

Does the 152 bus operate from the market back to the airport.Where can I find it?

What times does it go?

Thanks
Ian


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 05, 2015
Shuttle Bus/Coach Services

Are there any shuttle buses from the Ho Chi Minh City Airport to take us to Can Tho in Vietnam.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 05, 2015
shutle buses  (9 Answers)

shuttle buses from Ho Chi Minh City Airport to center of town


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 09, 2015
Best local Restaurants  (7 Answers)

What are the best local restaurants in District 1? Looking for great food and service away from the tourist traps.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 19, 2015
Airport transportation  (9 Answers)

Is bus no 152 a decent option for getting from the international airport to downtown?How long does it take?Is it crowded?Does it wait before it is full? Is their a timetable?
Thanks Ian


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 18, 2015
Train travel in Vietnam  (12 Answers)

I intend travelling from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang(and onwards to Da Nang) in November.
I dont like the idea of prebooking and collecting in Vietnam.Is it easy to book tickets in Vietnam and collect when buying.
Train appears to be a better option than the bus?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2015
hydrofoil from saigon to vung tau..  (4 Answers)

1. Is the hydrofoil operating between saigon to vung tau..?

2. Is there a regular bus from vung tau to mui ne/phan thiet?

3. Is there a regular bus from mui ne/phan thiet to nha trang?

Any details appreciated. Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 13, 2015
USD-VND CONERSION IN HCMC  (5 Answers)

Jul 13, 2015: Rate on internet shows 1$=21800vnd. what is the going rate on the street in saigon? can you recommend a "good" moneychanger?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 04, 2015
Regarding Jetstar Pacific Airlines' Inflight Magazine  (1 Answer)

Hi, Vietnam VT,

Has anyone flown with Jetstar Pacific lately in 2015? If yes, are there now hardcopies of Jetstar Magazine published and printed in Vietnam? Last year, I flew two times three times with the airline in November and December 2014. I could not find Jetstar Magazine.

Please help me as i wish to collect Jetstar Magazine printed in Vietnam from Jetstar Pacific.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 16, 2015
Philippine peso to USD to dong  (15 Answers)

hello! I will be arriving on the 22nd of June at 12:20 AM and I don't think money changers at the airport are still open that time? My question is should I exchange MOST of my PH peso here in the Philippines to USD and exchange USD to dong when I arrive in VN? I have no visa/mastercard so I won't be able to withdraw money using ATMs and I need dong for the taxi fare. I still have to check if PH money changers can exchange peso/usd to dong. Hope my question is clear > Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 14, 2015
bus travel from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh  (4 Answers)

Hi all
Advice please on travel from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh. We do not want to fly if at all possible and ideally we would not like to go via Phnom Penh.
questions are..... Is it possible on bus / coach.......... how long would it take......... and the cost
many thanks
POEPAT


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 01, 2015
First time in Ho Chi Minh  (6 Answers)

Hi all,
We will be travelling to Vietnam for the first time during February 2016. We fly into Ho Chi Minh from Siem Reap, before moving onto Phu Quoc. We are considering about four days in HCMC. We enjoy Eco, history, eating and drinking and generally roaming aimlessly....
So here are the questions
What to see / do in HCMC, is four days enough time
Which are the best areas of the delta to see to experience Vietnamese lifestyle and is it worth spending a few days in this area.
Best and most interesting way to Phu Quoc
Many thanks in anticipation
POEPAT


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 16, 2015
Vietnam visa help  (6 Answers)

Hello! I would like to travel to Vietnam, and am currently in Thailand, leaving for Laos very soon. I'm a U.S. Citizen and was wondering how long it takes to get a visa, not a visa approval, but the visa itself. The only reason can't do a VOA is because I would like to travel over the border instead of flying into Vietnam. My 3 basic questions are, how long does the visa take to get, what's the process, and how much does it cost compared to a VOA? Tia!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 05, 2015
planning my itenerary  (13 Answers)

Ok, so I have 10 nights totall for the whole of vietnam. How long do I need in ho chi minh city? I like to visit the historic sites, eat and drink from super places and relax as well. And whats the most central area in ho chi minh? Thank u!



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