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Essential Tips For Travelling To Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam is a beautiful country, and if you are traveling to Ho Chi Minh city, you should know about the Vietnam visa on arrival policy. Visa on arrival is a quick and alternate way of getting the visa. For this, you need to fill the online application form beforehand along with the prescribed fees. You will receive your approval letter within one to two business days.

Copies of your Vietnam visa online would also be forwarded to the three international airports located in the country at Da Manage, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city. When you finally reach Vietnam, the immigration officers would be in possession of necessary paperwork and would be able to issue your visa without any hassles. Ho Chi Minh is a beautiful city with rich, diverse culture, fantastic tourism places, and incredible food at reasonable prices.

Tips for traveling to Ho Chi Minh City
•    The best weather to visit the Ho Chi Minh City is during the dry season. You can experience dry and wet season weather in Ho Chi Minh City. The dry season starts from December and lasts till April, with the temperature being at an average of 28 degrees Celsius.

•    To avoid being scammed by the taxi drivers, take Grab taxis for traveling or other taxis of reputable taxi companies.

•    Ho Chi MinhCity has two names, the other being Saigon. Saigon is the old name, but still, many visitors and locals call it by that name.

•    Avoid drinking tap water. Buy water from local vendors but make sure that the bottles are sealed.


How to reach Ho Chi Minh?
Tan Son Nhat is the international airport of Ho Chi Minh City, which serves as both domestic and international airport and is also Vietnam’s busiest airport, situated about 8 kilometers from the heart of the city. It has two terminals at this airport; the new one started functioning in 2007 whereas the old one is 200 meters away from the new terminal.

When you take a Vietnam private tour, there is no way you can bypass visiting the Pham Ngu Lao street, which is in the center of the city. The best and cheapest way to reach the central city is by boarding the airport bus service. The bus service is frequently available and leaves every 15 minutes. However, the bus is available only till 6:00 pm, and if you miss the last bus, you can still walk 20 minutes to Cong Hoa street and take bus No 4 which goes to Ben Thanh.

As already mentioned above, taxi scams are high in the country, and you need to be careful while opting for a private tour. However, the taxi rates are reasonable in case you take a taxi from a reputable company and turn on the meter while traveling. Two of the most reliable taxi companies in the city are Vinasun and Mai Linh. Prepaid taxis are the best way to move around. Also be aware of dubious taxi companies whose name resembles famous taxi company’s names.  So, to avoid meeting embarrassing situations, it would be better to book your Vietnam private tour arrangements through reputed tour operators.

Another option for travel is by renting a car with chauffeurs who speak English. The cost for the service is between12,000 to 13,000 dong per kilometer. Hiring a taxi is pretty easy, and you can find many taxis in the city. Rental cars are more expensive than taxis.

For traveling to the city, you can also opt for bicycles. You can contact Vietnam travel agency like Vivutravel for hiring these bicycles. If you want something fast, go for motorbikes. They are readily available, cheap and quite safe. Make sure that the company provides you with a helmet as it is mandatory to wear one.

How to get a visa to Vietnam
We have already mentioned above the process you need to follow to get a visa. These days e-visa popularity is on the rise which can use to get a cheap visa to Vietnam. It allows 40 countries residents to visit Vietnam for 30 days. The stamping cost for the same is $25, and that for multiple entry visa is $50. You can get visa approval letter in 1 working day (urgent), 2 working days (normal) or even 4 hours (super urgent).

The service cost for normal processing of 1-month single entry is $15 whereas that of urgent processing is $25. The service cost for 3month single entry is $30 for normal processing and $40 for urgent processing. The service cost for 1-month multiple entries is $25 for normal processing and $35 for urgent processing. The same price for 3 months multiple entries is $40 for normal processing and $50 for urgent processing. You can get the cheap visa to Vietnam easily by filing the forms online.

You do not need a visa for Vietnam family tour if you are from Western Europe, Southeast Asia or Scandinavia. You can get a free visa for 15 days. If you leave the country after or even before that period, you will be asked to wait for 30 days before re-entering the country again. Citizens from Australia, Canada, and the US, can apply for Vietnam visa on arrival.

Important destinations
•    War remnants museum –The museum focuses mainly on the tenants of Vietnam US war. The exhibits genuinely display the atrocities committed by US military on the Vietnam civilians.Visit this place once you reach Ho Chi Minh City.

•    Reunification palace–The Vietnam General, Ngo Dinh Diem had been living in the palace till his death in the year 1963. The palace surrounded by beautiful gardens and relishing antique display furniture, secret rooms and the tanks used during the liberation war.

•    Cu Chi Tunnels- Cu Chi Tunnels are a massive network of interconnecting underground trunks, and they are part of the war museum. It provides the tourists with a sneak peek at the life of the Vietnamese soldiers living in these tunnels during the war in 1948.

•    Saigon Notre Dame Basilica- This cathedral was built between the year1863 to 1880 and constructed by the French colonists. The cathedral consists of two bell towers which are around 58 meters in height. All the building materials used in the construction had imported from France.

•    Saigon Skydeck- Saigon Skydeck at the Bitexo financial tower is one of the most popular destinations in the Ho Chi Minh City. It’s a skyscraper standing at 265 m high, and on its 49th floor, you can get a 360-degree view of the city. 

Ho Chi Minh is one of the most vibrant and famous cities in Vietnam. It's known for the beautiful relics, colonial architecture, elegant skyscrapers and beautiful pagodas. Attracting millions of tourists every year, it also got good transport connectivity and variety of accommodation facilities. To visit the city is like experiencing past and present in a beautiful way. Besides, making your tour a pleasant experience, you can find many professional tour operators, offering their best services, including visa assistance, transit arrangement, hotel accommodation, tailor-made tour packages including Vietnam family tour packages. Instead of hunting for a tour operator after landing at Vietnam, it would be better to have prior arrangements, so that you can enjoy your trip to its maximum potential.

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