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6 hours ago, BritManToo said:

The 1 day Mekong Delta tour for $12 each is pretty good value for money.

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never took a tour but crossed the Mekong on a ferry once driving from HCMC to Ca Mau in the extreme south...quite a thrill, it's a BIG river...

 

when I needed a hotel (had a serviced apartment in 2006) I useta stay at the Ho Sen hotel on Thi Sac in D1 and it was cheap, clean, good internet, 'guest friendly' and with the TCM channel (old movies) on cable...not sure about these days...

 

 

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Regarding taxis...I stayed in Hanoi for a week and got ripped off one time on fare.  I called to complain and in the end the owner of the taxi said he rented out his taxi for the day and the other driver is the one that ripped me off.  I later found out their is a 'fast mode' or something where they can flip the switch and it speeds up the meter.  That happened to me and no one wanted to do anything other than blame Mr. Noname.  I was advised by the hotel to negotiate a flat rate in advance.  The hotel knows what the fare should be to use a a guideline.  That worked the rest of my time there.  Even still, one driver 'got lost' and drove around and around and when we decided to get out and follow Google, he demanded more money.  I gave him what we agreed and no more.  I too want to see HCMC...looks like a 2020 trip for me.

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I've stayed at the Ngoc Ha hotel, District 1 near Ben Thien market. 

The 152 bus from the airport to Ben Thien VND5,000 (5,000 extra with a suitcase).

 

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14 minutes ago, Lancelot01 said:

The 152 bus from the airport to Ben Thien VND5,000 (5,000 extra with a suitcase).

Fare is 20,000VND from the airport.

Local bus journeys are 5,000VND.

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On 8/9/2019 at 11:57 AM, Bazt said:

Be careful of massage places.
Look for shops with signs stating tip included
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Could you please elaborate a bit more - on your comments?

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On 8/9/2019 at 12:36 PM, buick said:

edit:  i've been many times and despite this i got ripped off by the taxi at the airport.  i knew the fare would be about 200,000vnd but the meter was at that amount not long after we got outside the airport.  i had to get out and flag down another taxi.

Why don't you use the bus, 20,000VND or $1, drops you off at September Park in District 1 (very close to the palace Hotel).

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On 8/10/2019 at 7:34 PM, BritManToo said:

Fare is 20,000VND from the airport.

Local bus journeys are 5,000VND.

bus 152 is 5000 vnd and you can board it at the airport.  I took it last year.  the yellow airport shuttle is 20,000 vnd.  both take you to district 1. drop you off next to ben thanh market.  after getting my cell phone pickpocketed by a little school girl while on my way to the airport on bus 152, I would recommend people take the airport shuttle.  bus 152 gets very crowded at times.  this little school girl in a school uniform sat next to me on my way to the airport.  didn't feel a thing.  that is how good the pickpockets are in saigon.  my airplane ticket was an e-ticket stored digitally on my cell phone.  if I didn't have a backup cellphone with me, I would have been in big trouble.  no joke.  I have since learned to store a backup of my e-tickets on google cloud drive so that if all my phones were displaced, I would still be able to access the tickets online. be sure to get sim card as soon as possible once you arrive into saigon.  having internet access on my phone via google maps saved me from getting lost big time.  learn how to use the hotspot function of your phone so that you will still have the internet if your hotel has lousy wifi.

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6 minutes ago, DEKEM said:

my airplane ticket was an e-ticket stored digitally on my cell phone.  if I didn't have a backup cellphone with me, I would have been in big trouble.  no joke.  I have since learned to store a backup of my e-tickets on google cloud drive so that if all my phones were displaced, I would still be able to access the tickets online.

You don't need any documentation except your passport to get on the plane.

The check-in desk has your ticket linked to your passport.

I don't even bother with tickets, just hand them my passport, they swipe it, and print the boarding pass.

 

I always have maps.me on my phone, similar maps to google but offline, no need for internet connection.

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Ear plugs or thousands of bikes all with thumb permanently on horn will drive you insane

Do NOT carry a man bag or hand bag, the level of violence is far higher against farangs in Vietnam than Thailand which are nearly all lady boy related here so easy to avoid

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8 minutes ago, madmen said:

Ear plugs or thousands of bikes all with thumb permanently on horn will drive you insane

Do NOT carry a man bag or hand bag, the level of violence is far higher against farangs in Vietnam than Thailand which are nearly all lady boy related here so easy to avoid

Thats probably the reason I dont go to Vietnam, I carry a lot of spendy camera stuff

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Alagon Central Hotel and Spa is fairly decent, no complaints.  Central and great (multiple) restaurants. 

 

I've tried a few night "restaurant/food tours", always interesting and affordable ways to scope out area's you might not ordinarily wander.

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14 minutes ago, Nyezhov said:

Thats probably the reason I dont go to Vietnam, I carry a lot of spendy camera stuff

I've never had a problem, don't walk on the edge of the pavement and they can't grab stuff.

Had one attempt to snatch my phone in Phnom Penh, my grip was stronger than his, and he almost fell off his m/c.

 

These guys are as small and delicate as little girls, and you're all scared of them?

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7 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

I've never had a problem, don't walk on the edge of the pavement and they can't grab stuff.

Had one attempt to snatch my phone in Phnom Penh, my grip was stronger than his, and he almost fell off his m/c.

 

These guys are as small and delicate as little girls, and you're all scared of them?

Its not about a fist fight and being scared but getting caught by surprise when 2 guys speed off on a bike after snatching a bag plus without doubt a knife being being produced to avoid capture

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39 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

You don't need any documentation except your passport to get on the plane.

The check-in desk has your ticket linked to your passport.

I don't even bother with tickets, just hand them my passport, they swipe it, and print the boarding pass.

 

I always have maps.me on my phone, similar maps to google but offline, no need for internet connection.

thanks for the tip on maps.me.  I'll look into it.

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15 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

I've never had a problem, don't walk on the edge of the pavement and they can't grab stuff.

Had one attempt to snatch my phone in Phnom Penh, my grip was stronger than his, and he almost fell off his m/c.

 

These guys are as small and delicate as little girls, and you're all scared of them?

a few small guys all with knives is something to be scared of.  you would be stupid not to be scared of them.  when I was a kid in my fathers chinese restaurant, I could carve a chicken up into parts in 5 seconds flat with a sharp knife.  back then, I could debone a 20 lb pork leg in 1 minute flat.  that's taking off the thick fat skin and taking the bone out. ONE minute.

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