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I am off to HCMC next week.

 

Does anyone have any Favorited hotels they would like to recommend, i not looking for the Ritz nor a backpackers, i am Going for a visa so reasonably close to to Thai consulate

 

any travel tips scams to be aware of. good things to do, things i shouldn't miss seeing

 

Thanks in advance

 

Shaemus 

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Mai Linh (Green) or Vina Sun (White) taxis are the only reliably honest taxis - make sure to avoid look a likes. Also Grab works phenomenally well for both cars and motorbikes, you get the local prices no haggling or BS.

In District 1 (the central district) there are many scammers - from the cylco drivers, guys walking around with little boxes promising to fix your shoes, tour guides, etc. They are mostly pretty harmless but just avoid them unless you want to pay a lot for nothing. Also don't use your phone anywhere near where someone could ride by and grab it - still an issue in Saigon. But that is the extent of the crime there.

If you are adventurous and like seafood go to Vinh Khanh street in District 4 - seriously amazing seafood at local prices. Try the snails (Oc) they are amazing. 

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Be careful of massage places.
Look for shops with signs stating tip included


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Wife and I are off to HCMC for 3 nights Aug 20. Staying at Bloom Saigon Hotel. Never been before but hotel has good reviews on TripAdvisor. Plan to use bus from airport (thanks @BritManToo) and Grab.

 

Planned sight seeing:

Bitexco Financial Tower Skydeck.

Water puppet show.

Half day city tour - https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g293925-d11456718-Deluxe_Half_Day_Saigon_Sightseeing_Group_Tour-Ho_Chi_Minh_City.html 

River dinner cruise, 3 hour - https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g293925-d15045469-Small_group_Dinner_Cruise_on_Saigon_River_03_hours-Ho_Chi_Minh_City.html
 

Food:

Soul Burger.

 

Note:

Thai Consolate holiday on Monday, Aug 12 - 

http://www.thaiembassy.org/hochiminh/en/organize/27986-Office-hours-&-Holidays-|-Giờ-làm-việc-&-những-ngà.html

 

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Everything you want to see, do, stay, etc will be in DISTRICT 1.

 

My regular stay was at Avanti Hotel opposite Ben Thanh market which I thought was excellent.

 

If I wanted a bit more comfort I would stay at the Norfolk Hotel (ask for room not facing the road).

 

If my wife was visiting we'd stay at Liberty Riverside. All the Liberty hotels look good.

 

 

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Use Grab app - LOADS of Grab drivers there, cheaper than taxis and far less likely to try & scam you. 

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I use Grab a lot. From my D1 hotel, near Bitexco Tower to the airport it was 98,000 VND, several times at morning rush hour. Typical fare from the airport to D1 is about 120,000-150,000, depending, as always, on traffic.

 

As noted above, go straight out of the terminal after customs to the left to either a Mai Linh (green logos but not always green taxi colour) or Vinasun, cream white with a bit of red trim. Walk past any tout not wearing either of these taxi company colours.  Or book Grab. Maybe takes 5 minutes for Grab taxi to arrive. Grab map even shows all the terminal pillar numbers. Yes, each pillar is numbered. 

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Good and justified to mention that, other than in Thailand, the massage price indicated outiside does NOT include the "tip". And this "must pay tip" was, in my case, 50 000 or 100 000 Dong!

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6 minutes ago, xxeo said:

Good and justified to mention that, other than in Thailand, the massage price indicated outiside does NOT include the "tip". And this "must pay tip" was, in my case, 50 000 or 100 000 Dong!

I paid a 350,000VND tip in a locked upstairs room.

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Go to Rex hotel district 1 can get a good price if just arrive .

on 5 floor is a big veranda can look over hcm very nice and the food is good and ice beer  

 

 

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