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Old 04-09-2016, 03:39 PM   #7546
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While this news is probably not applicable to 99% of this thread visitors, just an info - Vietnam just jacked up visa fees for US citizens - now cheapest Vietnam visa is US $180 via VoA or US $220 if done at embassy. Before it was appx $40 via VoA and $80 - at the embassy.

Americans were #4 in terms of visitor numbers in the country and probably spent most per visitor. I would expect that with these visa fees their numbers will decrease tenfold. If family of four finds out that they need $650 more just for visas, they will skip Vietnam altogether and go to Thailand, Malaysia or Indonesia where it is visa free.

Really good way to shoot yourself in foot.

P.S. I am glad that I have second passport in additional to US - still can get Vietnam visa for US $40.
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Old 05-09-2016, 08:42 AM   #7547
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Thanks people. Can you help me advise on the taxi fare for below? I want to be sure that if I book through my hotel, they are not overcharging.

1) Hanoi International Airport to Hoan Kiem district - around 27KM
2) Ho Chi Minh domestic terminal to District 1 - around 8KM

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I took public air con bus only S$0.25 per pax to Ben thanh market.
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Old 05-09-2016, 09:19 AM   #7548
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Thanks people. Can you help me advise on the taxi fare for below? I want to be sure that if I book through my hotel, they are not overcharging.

1) Hanoi International Airport to Hoan Kiem district - around 27KM
2) Ho Chi Minh domestic terminal to District 1 - around 8KM

Cheers
HCM taxi drivers, vinasun and mai linh
they would go by meter ...
u wont need to worry that you get cheated.
going to hcm airport from district 1 should be around 160.000 vnd ...
would take abt 30min due to slight jam along the way ...
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Old 05-09-2016, 09:57 AM   #7549
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HCM taxi drivers, vinasun and mai linh
they would go by meter ...
u wont need to worry that you get cheated.
going to hcm airport from district 1 should be around 160.000 vnd ...
would take abt 30min due to slight jam along the way ...
they are quite well versed with hotel location hor? i printed out hotel webpage with name..lol
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Old 05-09-2016, 11:05 AM   #7550
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they are quite well versed with hotel location hor? i printed out hotel webpage with name..lol
if your hotel is 4-5 star hotel, then yes.....
If you give guesthouse name..... you think they know where? haha
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Old 05-09-2016, 12:51 PM   #7551
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While this news is probably not applicable to 99% of this thread visitors, just an info - Vietnam just jacked up visa fees for US citizens - now cheapest Vietnam visa is US $180 via VoA or US $220 if done at embassy. Before it was appx $40 via VoA and $80 - at the embassy.

Americans were #4 in terms of visitor numbers in the country and probably spent most per visitor. I would expect that with these visa fees their numbers will decrease tenfold. If family of four finds out that they need $650 more just for visas, they will skip Vietnam altogether and go to Thailand, Malaysia or Indonesia where it is visa free.

Really good way to shoot yourself in foot.

P.S. I am glad that I have second passport in additional to US - still can get Vietnam visa for US $40.
Wow terrible. Glad Vietnam is part of ASEAN.
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Old 05-09-2016, 01:22 PM   #7552
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they are quite well versed with hotel location hor? i printed out hotel webpage with name..lol
the address system in HCMC is damn straight forward..

first is the street name.. follow by the number.. then the district and sub district.. with that, it's almost impossible to find.

example..

my fav hotel is 189 ly tu trong Q1

odd number 1 side, even number another side (always in running number).. ly tu trong is the road name. Q1 is the district.

Hem is the narrow road from the main road. most taxi will just drop u at the junction, u then have to walk into the hem.
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Old 05-09-2016, 03:30 PM   #7553
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thanks all haha..its not the motel /guesthouse kind..is normal hotel.
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Old 05-09-2016, 03:52 PM   #7554
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HCM mainly do what one ah? See war relics?

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HCM mainly do what one ah? See war relics?
to c vietbu with c cup and above lol

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Old 05-09-2016, 05:22 PM   #7556
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Bro, everyone there looks like Elly Tran meh?

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Bro, everyone there looks like Elly Tran meh?
that one old liao , look for younger one haha...
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Old 05-09-2016, 05:46 PM   #7558
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Hanoi - 400k

HCM - <200k
I took public air con bus only S$0.25 per pax to Ben thanh market.
HCM taxi drivers, vinasun and mai linh
they would go by meter ...
u wont need to worry that you get cheated.
going to hcm airport from district 1 should be around 160.000 vnd ...
would take abt 30min due to slight jam along the way ...
This looks quite in line with what the hotel quoted. Thanks for the info, and the tip on taking the air-con bus. I will be reaching HCM quite late, hence bus won't work for me, but I will remember it for the next visit
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Old 05-09-2016, 06:07 PM   #7559
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This looks quite in line with what the hotel quoted. Thanks for the info, and the tip on taking the air-con bus. I will be reaching HCM quite late, hence bus won't work for me, but I will remember it for the next visit
uber still work at night, i book for my cha bor that time 9 pm uber to bien hoa....
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Old 06-09-2016, 08:23 AM   #7560
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While this news is probably not applicable to 99% of this thread visitors, just an info - Vietnam just jacked up visa fees for US citizens - now cheapest Vietnam visa is US $180 via VoA or US $220 if done at embassy. Before it was appx $40 via VoA and $80 - at the embassy.

Americans were #4 in terms of visitor numbers in the country and probably spent most per visitor. I would expect that with these visa fees their numbers will decrease tenfold. If family of four finds out that they need $650 more just for visas, they will skip Vietnam altogether and go to Thailand, Malaysia or Indonesia where it is visa free.

Really good way to shoot yourself in foot.

P.S. I am glad that I have second passport in additional to US - still can get Vietnam visa for US $40.
You are not Singaporean? Singaporeans are so good, visa free almost everywhere. LOL.
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