Hoang Vy Hotel

187 De Tham St., Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Is travel to Phu Nhuan District in Ho Chi Minh City safe and cheap?

by Chyan

Hi, Ho Chi Minh City VT,

i am planning to visit Air Mekong's branch office in Centre Point Building, Phu Nhuan District, located geographically in the middle of Ho Chi Minh City, next Saturday afternoon or next Sunday. Which direction is nearer to Phu Nhuan District? From Tan Son Nhat International Airport of Tan Binh District or from District 1?

Is it safe and cheap to travel by Mai Linh taxi to Phu Nhuan District from District 1 or Tan Binh District? How much would be required for the travel?

I will appreciate your reply at the earliest.

Chyan

Re: Is travel to Phu Nhuan District in Ho Chi Minh City safe and cheap?

by mikeinvietnam

I believe Center Point Building is the newest large office building in Phu Nhuan on Nguyen Van Troi, the main street into downtown Saigon. The building is located about two kilometers from the airport. It should cost less than $2.25 USD (40,000 Dong) from the airport and about $4 from downtown by taxi. I lived in Phu Nhuan and walked just about everywhere throughout that district day or night. It's very safe. In fact, I walked from downtown Saigon to past the airport after midnight several times and I never felt nervous. Saigon in general is quite safe.

Re: Is travel to Phu Nhuan District in Ho Chi Minh City safe and cheap?

by Kienhappyland

Hi Chyan,

Mai Linh is reputable brandname. I don't know the address of Centre Point Building but i think it costs not much to get there from Tan Binh district or District 1.
David

Re: Is travel to Phu Nhuan District in Ho Chi Minh City safe and cheap?

by mikeinvietnam

Go to this Saigon street map locator website: http://www.diadiem.com/vn/

Click on English in near the upper left corner.

Key in 106 Nguyen Van Troi, Saigon.

zoom in or out and you will see the route to the office and from the airport to downtown.

Re: Is travel to Phu Nhuan District in Ho Chi Minh City safe and cheap?

by mikeinvietnam

BTW, if you follow Nguyen Van Troi toward the Airport you will see the street named Trong Son. That leads to the airport entrance and exit.

Re: Is travel to Phu Nhuan District in Ho Chi Minh City safe and cheap?

by Chyan

Thank you very much for the assurance, Mike.

Do Vietnamese airlines open every day?

Chyan

Re: Is travel to Phu Nhuan District in Ho Chi Minh City safe and cheap?

by mikeinvietnam

Chyan,

If the airline branch offices are closed after normal business hours you could find a tour agency in the backpack area, Tran Hung Dao street, which would be open longer and on weekends.

Re: Is travel to Phu Nhuan District in Ho Chi Minh City safe and cheap?

by Chyan

How long would it take for a lone pedestrian to cross a street in District 1 and District 3?

Are District 1 and District 3 congested on Saturday mornings before lunch hours?

Re: Is travel to Phu Nhuan District in Ho Chi Minh City safe and cheap?

by mikeinvietnam

If the traffic is so congested at at any intersection you can wait for Vietnamese to cross and join them. Of course, you must discern the difference between a Vietnemese and some other Asians also visiting for the first time. hahaha.

Travel Tips for Ho Chi Minh City

Getting Cash in Ho Chi Minh

by baldurontour

I've always been one of those who prefer „Plastic Money“ and therefore I travel with minimal cash or T-Cheques.

Here is my tip on getting Money on a cheap and safe way in Vietnam...

During my 14 days stay in HCMC I always picked up cash at the CitiBank ATM in Downtown HCM (SunWah Building, 115 Nguyen Hue St. District 1 Ho Chi Minh ). CitiBank has two ATMs within walking distance. If you have a Bank Card from CitiBank you can withdraw Money in local Currency without any fees based on fair daily rates.

There is no easier way to get money.

Just avoid Sundays. The ATMs are regularly empty(!) on a Sunday, because they are not filled over the weekend. Try to plan to pick up money on Monday to Friday!

PS - I do not work for CitiBank, just a satisfied customer.

Massage

by loowl

A 1 hour body massage around Nguyen Hue or Dong koi area costs around 100 000 Dong. If you stay at Palace Hotel (located at the corner of Nguyen Hue and Mac Thi Buoi) there is even a 20% discount to the massage offered by Palace Hotel. After all the walking, it is a good way to relax by having a body or foot massage.

Horn Honking

by TravelChick67

If you hear alot of honking while walking the streets of Ho Chi Minh, don't worry, the motorcycle riders aren't mad, they're just making sure you (and everyone else) knows they're there.

Here in the US, we mostly use our horn to express anger and irritating, but in Vietnam, it was clear that they use their horn for a more positive purpose. It's more of a "beep, beep, here I am" than a "hey jerk! out of my way!"

People, taxis, motorcyles, etc. are going in lots of different directions at once at intersections and such so this is how they let their presence be known.

Packing List

by tunce2mac

Pack Light because you can buy things that you need over there for pennies. If you must bring clothing make it mulitpurpose like cargo pants. April was hot so you could pretty much wear a tee shirt and shorts all day. Oh, you also need a hat but you can buy those on the street. I wore sandles all the time. Too hot for socks APS film is a little difficult to come by except for the major tourist traps.

Cholon Chicken Market

by xuessium

My Cyclo driver took me here. I am not so sure that it is such a good idea now with the Avian Flu going strong in Vietnam, but then it was really fun to see so many chicken cackling away in one spot. It is within Cholon, the traditional Chinese area in HCMC and you shouldn't miss it - you can smell chicken poo from miles away.

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