Travel tips for foreigners
Updated: 03/03/2014

Travel Tips

Vietnam Currency is Dong or VND. According to the current official exchange rate, one US dollar is about 21,000 VND (updated at There are many currency exchange counters at the Tan Son Nhat airport, banks and stores in the downtown. You can get a good exchange rate at many stores in the downtown, but be sure to check for the rate. A good rate is often higher than the official one.

Cash is the most common payment method in Vietnam. Many stores and restaurants in the downtown also accept international credit card with some international transaction fees applied.

Food. Vietname is well-known for its tasty and fresh food. Pho (a kind of noodle) and a variety of seafood are very popular in the city.

Suggestions (around Nguyen Van Cu Campus)

Canteen in Nguyen Van Cu Campus (behind the I building)
Open: from 6am to 6pm
Tel: 08 3833 0733 - 08 6683 9704

Fashion Mall Nowzone (on the 4th floor)
Open: from 9:30 to 10:00pm
235 Nguyen Van Cu, District 1, HCMC. Tel: 08 3925 1550 – Ext.800

Café Rita
Open: from 6am to 11pm
211 Nguyen Van Cu, Ward 3, Distric 1, HCMC. Tel: 08 3924 2927

Further suggestions

Pho 24 (noodle soup)
Open: from 6am to 10pm
71-73 Dong Khoi, District 1, HCMC. Tel: 08 3825 7505
71 Ly Tu Trong , District 1, HCMC. Tel: 08 3825 1535
82 Nguyen Du, Distric 1, HCMC. Tel: 08 3827 4950

Banh Xeo Muoi Xiem (fried pancake with pork, herbs,..)
Open: from 10am to10pm
204 Nguyen Trai, Distric 1, HCMC. Tel: 08 3825 3027
213 A Bis Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Distric 1, HCMC. Tel: 08 3932 6847

Quan An Ngon (foods from the three rigions in Vietnam)
Open: from 7am - 10pm
138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Dstric 1, HCMC. Tel: 08 3827 9666

Buffet Ngoc Thuy (buffet)
Open: from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
214B Nguyen Trai, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1, HCMC. Tel: 08 3837 8543

Quan Nem Vuong (grilled pork and rice vermicelli)
Open: from 10am to 10pm
15E Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ben Nghe Ward, Disctric 1, HCMC. Tel: 08 299 1478

Tap water, although clean, is not recommended for drinking.

Electricity. The standard voltage is 220V. The jack configuration is shown below.

Telephone. The Vietnam country code is +84. Dial 0 when you call a local number, such as 090-960-9377. Listed below are the prefixes for the major destination cities in Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City 08/ Hanoi 04/ Danang 0511/ Nhatrang 058


Keep your phone and wallet out of sight. There is no need to be overly cautious, simply be aware of your belongings and surroundings.

Taxi is very affordable, and it is a preferable means of transportation for traveling within the city. The charge is just about 16,000 VND per km. Make sure to ask the driver to turn the meter on every time you take taxi.

Recommended taxi operators

No. Brand Name Logo Phone Number
1 Vinasun (84-8) 38 27 27 27
2 Mai Linh (84-8) 38 38 38 38
3 Taxi Gas Saigon (84-8) 35 12 12 12
4 Taxi Dau Khi (84-8) 38 35 35 35

Travelling from Nguyen Van Cu Campus to Linh Trung Campus

The most convenient way to travel between Nguyen Van Cu Campus to Linh Trung Campus and go back is by bus. You can go to Nguyen Van Cu Campus or Linh Trung Campus and take the bus as the time table below

Time table
From Nguyen Van Cu Campus to Linh Trung From Linh Trung Campus to Nguyen Van Cu Campus
06:30 am 11:05 am
08:20 am 12:05 am
11:30 am 04:05 pm
  05:05 pm

Or, if you want to take a bus by yourself, you can take the 50 bus route which take you form a bus stop (in front of Saigon University - 273 An Duong Vuong, District 5, HCMC) directly to Linh Trung Campus.

Hotel Stays. When checking into a hotel, you will have to surrender your passport so that the hotel can register your presence with the local police. Once registered ensure your passport is returned to you and keep it in a safe place.

Elios Hotel (about 1.290.000VND/day)
233 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, HCMC. Tel: 08 3838 5585

Liberty 4 Hotel (about 1.310.000VND/day)
265 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, HCMC. Tel: 08 3836 4556

Lan Lan 2 Hotel (about 700.000VND/day)
46 Thu Khoa Huan, District 1, HCMC. Tel: 08 3822 7926

A & Em Hotel (about 680.000VND/day)
150 Le Thanh Ton, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCMC. Tel: 08 3822 7175

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