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Old 19-03-2019, 10:23 AM   #11701
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Viettel also had the most coverage in Vietnam

If you are going to multiple countries within a month...then getting the data passport is better

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Ya I think so too. $27 to cover 3 days Batam, 3 days Malaysia and 7 days Vietnam more worth it (although I do have a permanent 500MB per month data plan for Malaysia).
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Old 19-03-2019, 12:30 PM   #11702
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Any food recommendations for Hanoi? I have 2 evenings there. Checked out Mdm Khoa after watching Gordon Ramsay but the reviews are disappointing.
Hanoi food culture
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Old 19-03-2019, 12:37 PM   #11703
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Any food recommendations for Hanoi? I have 2 evenings there. Checked out Mdm Khoa after watching Gordon Ramsay but the reviews are disappointing.
Want something awsome, try " Bun Dau Mam Tom" - “smell like hell, taste like heaven” .
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Old 19-03-2019, 01:40 PM   #11704
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At TSN Airport, if take grab is about 100k, better to take at departure there than the arrival as some time too crowded there.
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Old 22-03-2019, 01:42 PM   #11705
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just change 1k of VND,
17100, a lot of zero, very confusing
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Old 22-03-2019, 02:01 PM   #11706
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Drop the last three zeros and it will make your life alot easier hahaha

So in Vietnam.
59000 = 59
2547000 = 2547

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Old 22-03-2019, 06:20 PM   #11707
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You can use traveller's cheatsheet from oanda to help you
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Old 23-03-2019, 05:38 AM   #11708
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Hi all, can you recommend a reputable motorcycle rental in HCM City please?

preferably one with well maintained bikes and don't need to retain our passport... don't need anything fanciful, just a small bike for commuting around the city.

Thanks in advance
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Old 23-03-2019, 08:12 AM   #11709
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Hi all, can you recommend a reputable motorcycle rental in HCM City please?

preferably one with well maintained bikes and don't need to retain our passport... don't need anything fanciful, just a small bike for commuting around the city.

Thanks in advance
Put high cash deposit. Usually around 100-200USD

These companies also need some form of insurance or security as well. In case the user don't return or lost

Sadly, these were all due to past irresponsible tourists who rent bike. Refuse to neither put down cash security nor put down passport.

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Old 25-03-2019, 07:23 AM   #11710
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Hi all, can you recommend a reputable motorcycle rental in HCM City please?

preferably one with well maintained bikes and don't need to retain our passport... don't need anything fanciful, just a small bike for commuting around the city.

Thanks in advance
It's a standard practice to put your passport as a collateral. Unless you are very familiar with the person who rent to you. Saw some fb posts, those ang mo rent and lost the bike due to theft, but refused to compensate. Instead, they ran away and go to another shop to rent. Then the same theft thing repeats.

You can ask your hotel if they can rent you. Usually they have spare bikes for rent.
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Old 25-03-2019, 08:43 AM   #11711
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Not all hotels rent bikes. You need to check first.

So far in hcmc, I only know Cong Hoa minh tam hotel rent out bikes because they have a sizeable bike carpark at the back of the hotel.

In Vietnam, car theft and bike theft is very rampant even in big cities like HCMC and hanoi...

Pros just need as little as 5 to 10 secs to steal a regular bike or scooter like Honda or yamaha

If wanna rent bike or car in vietnam, always
1) park in proper car parks
2) park in places with parking valet services + security
Some of Those parking places with parking valet and security will purposely mark your car/bike with white chalk and then give you a number card. Don't lose that number card.
If you lose it, the security has the right not to let you take the car/bike away.

If you need to park temporarily at the roadside
1) always have someone on the vehicle
2) make sure it is within your sight and within reachable distance
3) purposely park your bike into tight spaces so that it's difficult for thieves to move your bike out and ride away

And rent an additional heavy duty cable lock to lock your bike overnight

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Old 25-03-2019, 09:39 AM   #11712
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Just in case, my coy mobility team says its good to leave behind your name card, hotel name card etc in the trunk of your car or inside. Just in case u lose ur card. This is how u should do in your hotel or. Luggage if theres dispute.

But park at proper places lah.
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Old 25-03-2019, 10:11 AM   #11713
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It's a standard practice to put your passport as a collateral. Unless you are very familiar with the person who rent to you. Saw some fb posts, those ang mo rent and lost the bike due to theft, but refused to compensate. Instead, they ran away and go to another shop to rent. Then the same theft thing repeats.

You can ask your hotel if they can rent you. Usually they have spare bikes for rent.
Not all hotels rent bikes. You need to check first.

So far in hcmc, I only know Cong Hoa minh tam hotel rent out bikes because they have a sizeable bike carpark at the back of the hotel.

In Vietnam, car theft and bike theft is very rampant even in big cities like HCMC and hanoi...

Pros just need as little as 5 to 10 secs to steal a regular bike or scooter like Honda or yamaha

If wanna rent bike or car in vietnam, always
1) park in proper car parks
2) park in places with parking valet services + security
Some of Those parking places with parking valet and security will purposely mark your car/bike with white chalk and then give you a number card. Don't lose that number card.
If you lose it, the security has the right not to let you take the car/bike away.

If you need to park temporarily at the roadside
1) always have someone on the vehicle
2) make sure it is within your sight and within reachable distance
3) purposely park your bike into tight spaces so that it's difficult for thieves to move your bike out and ride away

And rent an additional heavy duty cable lock to lock your bike overnight

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Thanks for the advice - noted and appreciate the security precautions

Would anyone have a recommended bike rental shop to suggest?
If leaving my passport as a collateral is the norm then I rather leave it with a reliable shop. Hopefully someone here has prior experience and can recommend a good one. Thanks
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Old 25-03-2019, 10:39 AM   #11714
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may i ask,
for klook tour, should i do it now or when i reach HCMC?

first time using this klook..
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Old 25-03-2019, 12:18 PM   #11715
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Thanks for the advice - noted and appreciate the security precautions

Would anyone have a recommended bike rental shop to suggest?
If leaving my passport as a collateral is the norm then I rather leave it with a reliable shop. Hopefully someone here has prior experience and can recommend a good one. Thanks
try to nego with them to leave cash deposit instead.

As you know, we are foreigners, Passport is like our ID abroad. And its crucial whenever you get stopped by the Vietnam Police.
in Many SEA countries, the local police people are still VERY traditional or "old school".

in their eyes, we are like Pots of Moving Gold Bars.... can chop chop chop for kopi money.

Make sure you have your Bike license as well and international motorbike insurance policy.

The last thing you want during your holiday is to waste 1-2 days in the local Police station

https://theculturetrip.com/asia/viet...-city-vietnam/
Go through the above list and choose one which you are most comfortable with

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