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Old 14-01-2020, 04:17 PM   #13486
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Bn thịt nướng can share your favorite stall in hcmc?
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Old 14-01-2020, 06:25 PM   #13487
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Just changed VND from Arcade at Raffles Place and the person gave me all in 500k notes. As there was a queue behind I didn't really ask if I could change to smaller notes.

Is is possible to ask for currency exchangers to help me break into smaller notes? Or is it better to do it in Vietnam. I scared 500k notes the Vietnamese annoyed haha.
just avoid going directly to street food and pay 500k, they won't be annoyed lah, just that they may not have change. but any convenience store or taxi driver should be no issue receiving 500k.
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Old 14-01-2020, 06:26 PM   #13488
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One problem with grab from Hanoi airport is that the car that comes is different from the car assigned in grab. In fact grab will have the pop up alert say dont take if number plate is diff.

The driver will come up with some cock excuse, but I always just take it anyway.

How do u guys deal with it?
never met such a situation before, but sounds risky. if is me i may reject. how do you verify if it's the same person? how can you guarantee so? later bring u go sell ah....
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Old 14-01-2020, 06:29 PM   #13489
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Bn thịt nướng … can share your favorite stall in hcmc?
my favourite one is in Duc Hoa, Long An, near my factory haha, not in hcmc.

but the one thing i hate about bun thit nuong is this particular herb that smells of ammonia or very fishy smell, called ru diếp c, or translated to chameleon plant. the smell/taste is damn potent and a huge turn off. but it does have many health benefits like cancer preventing.

u can find more info about it here: https://caythuocdangian.com/cay-rau-diep-ca/
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Old 14-01-2020, 06:33 PM   #13490
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One problem with grab from Hanoi airport is that the car that comes is different from the car assigned in grab.

How do u guys deal with it?
Simply - NEVER get into car which is different then the one displayed on app. Plain and simple. If you got into different car then you release grab from all liability - it was your choice not go to assigned car.

Just ignore whoever will tell that 'they've been sent in replacement' and wait until your car arrives. If it doesn't then cancel the trip, for Grab write that driver didn't show up and book again.

Grab directly tells you on app that don't do it - I don't understand why do you want to do it?

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Old 14-01-2020, 11:36 PM   #13491
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Just changed VND from Arcade at Raffles Place and the person gave me all in 500k notes. As there was a queue behind I didn't really ask if I could change to smaller notes.

Is is possible to ask for currency exchangers to help me break into smaller notes? Or is it better to do it in Vietnam. I scared 500k notes the Vietnamese annoyed haha.
Change in Sin..they give you 500k
If you change in Vietnam, if they give you all 50K notes... You will cry

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Old 14-01-2020, 11:38 PM   #13492
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Old 15-01-2020, 08:25 AM   #13493
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just avoid going directly to street food and pay 500k, they won't be annoyed lah, just that they may not have change. but any convenience store or taxi driver should be no issue receiving 500k.
Some taxi/grab drivers dun have much change with 500k as well. Heck, even 100k change they tell me dun have. But sometimes they can accept that i pay slightly lesser than stated value like 74k instead of 75k.

Convenience stores dun have issues breaking down the 500k notes.
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Old 15-01-2020, 08:51 AM   #13494
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Simply - NEVER get into car which is different then the one displayed on app. Plain and simple. If you got into different car then you release grab from all liability - it was your choice not go to assigned car.

Just ignore whoever will tell that 'they've been sent in replacement' and wait until your car arrives. If it doesn't then cancel the trip, for Grab write that driver didn't show up and book again.

Grab directly tells you on app that don't do it - I don't understand why do you want to do it?
To be honest I’ve done it at Noi Bai like 10 times already Almost impossible to get a Grab there.

And it seems to be a Hanoi problem? I never encounter this at TSN airport.

But correct - you have a point on the liability, which is what I was wondering. Next time I will take taxi, since anyway I can claim from my company
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Old 15-01-2020, 12:13 PM   #13495
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To be honest I’ve done it at Noi Bai like 10 times already
I was there two weeks ago, and get Grab car within a 3 min, then took grab about dozen times while in the city. While this never happened to to me, the fact that Grab warns you in app - 'don't get into different car' means that the problem is there.

If all Grab users would refuse to getting to different car, the problem will go away.

A side question - would you do the same (getting to different car) in Johor, KL or in Indonesia? Or in South Africa, Brazil or US? If not, what makes Vietnam different?
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Old 15-01-2020, 01:14 PM   #13496
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I was there two weeks ago, and get Grab car within a 3 min, then took grab about dozen times while in the city. While this never happened to to me, the fact that Grab warns you in app - 'don't get into different car' means that the problem is there.

If all Grab users would refuse to getting to different car, the problem will go away.

A side question - would you do the same (getting to different car) in Johor, KL or in Indonesia? Or in South Africa, Brazil or US? If not, what makes Vietnam different?
Wow you are very stern

To answer your points:
- You are correct in that the problem is there, though it seems to be specific to Noi Bai Airport.
- Again, you are correct to say that if everyone declined to go in, the problem will go away. But this is good food for thought, I have never framed the problem this way
- Why do I still do it? Because it is close to impossible to get a Grab from the airport where the license plate matches the one on the app. And frankly, when I touch down all I want is to get to my hotel ASAP.
- Would I do it elsewhere? In airports of places like Hanoi, Saigon, KL or some parts of Indonesia where I am very familiar with the routes etc, why not? It’s a risk but one I am willing to take, for a quick ride aka being able to hop in the first car sent my way and being sent to my hotel with as little fuss as possible. I’ve been to each of these cities 10, 20 times over the past few years so I am comfortable doing this.
- In Brazil, South Africa, US? No way.
- That said, I would probably not recommend tourists to do this. If I were with my family? Perhaps.
- Outside of airports - no way. I will insist on the correct car.

Anyway, this is a lot of reflection for a Hanoi problem. Next time maybe I will just hop into a Mai Linh
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Old 15-01-2020, 04:22 PM   #13497
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- Why do I still do it? Because it is close to impossible to get a Grab from the airport where the license plate matches the one on the app. And frankly, when I touch down all I want is to get to my hotel ASAP
Anyway, this is a lot of reflection for a Hanoi problem. Next time maybe I will just hop into a Mai Linh
Here is the suggestion for you - in addition to Grab, there are two other apps. One is FastGo and second - Be. FastGo has English interface and Be - only Vietnamese. Both of them are cheaper than Grab, sometimes - several times cheaper. Once in Hanoi Grab wanted 162K and FastGo - 56K.

So you have an alternative. Plus you can use Mai Linh's app, I think they've just released it.

It just simply a safety matter - on TripAdvisor forums there are several stories how people ended in different car and then driver either dumps them in the middle of nowhere or demands additional money.
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Old 15-01-2020, 04:58 PM   #13498
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too far lah haha
that herb also called 鱼腥草 locally. stall i went have free flow of gardens greens, can't remember if ru diếp c is one of them.
my favourite one is in Duc Hoa, Long An, near my factory haha, not in hcmc.

but the one thing i hate about bun thit nuong is this particular herb that smells of ammonia or very fishy smell, called ru diếp c, or translated to chameleon plant. the smell/taste is damn potent and a huge turn off. but it does have many health benefits like cancer preventing.

u can find more info about it here: https://caythuocdangian.com/cay-rau-diep-ca/
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Old 16-01-2020, 10:05 AM   #13499
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too far lah haha
that herb also called 鱼腥草 locally. stall i went have free flow of gardens greens, can't remember if ru diếp c is one of them.
bn thịt nướng surely have one.. i always ask them to remove it. put in already i legit can't eat liao. really have gag reflex for me cos the taste/smell is really very potent.
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Old 16-01-2020, 12:54 PM   #13500
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hi all,
i am thinking of going to da nang in oct.

advisable to go since i have seen online it the tail end of the typhoon season?

what are the ways to get to ba na hills?

what are the things i can do with kids in da nang?
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