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Ho Chi Minh City Information

Travel and Local Information Guide

Our Ho Chi Minh City information section has all the necessary travel details for a well-planned vacation in this unique city. Also known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is the business and financial hub of Vietnam with a colourful history going back hundreds of years, resulting in a myriad of attractions, restaurants, and hotels as well as a vibrant nightlife and shopping scene.

As a first time visitor, having prior knowledge of the local culture, currency, climate, and public transportation is crucial for a worry-free holiday in Ho Chi Minh City. With that being said, we’ve compiled a handy travel and local information guide on Saigon for your convenience.

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Ho Chi Minh Information Guide

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SIM Cards and Dialing Prefixes

Pre-paid SIM cards are available everywhere with MobiFone, Viettel and Vinaphone as the most popular brands. To buy a cell phone, visit the big national phone store, Gioi Di Dong on Tran Quang Khai St. To call another city from Ho Chi Minh City, dial the city code and phone number (dial phone number directly if calling within Ho Chi Minh City).

To call Ho Chi Minh City from outside Vietnam, dial 00, followed by +84, the country code, then (0) 8, Ho Chi Minh City area code and the number. To make an international call from Ho Chi Minh City, first dial the access code 001.

Important Phone Numbers

Police 113 Family Medical Practice Clinic 3822 7848
Fire 114 Tourism Information 1088
Ambulance 115 International Telephone Service Enquiries 143
FV Hospital 5411 3333 Tan Son Airport Flight Information 3844 3179
Cho Ray Hospital 3855 4137 Phone Number Enquiries 116

Getting Around Ho Chi Minh City

If this is your first time in Vietnam, riding an iconic cyclo (or rickshaw) here can be a fun experience. Though the fee is fairly inexpensive, there have been reports of cyclo scams in HCMC. Agree your price and have your destination written down before making any move. Motorbike taxis are easy to find and, as Read More...

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