Phan Lan Guest House 1

70 Bui Vien St. Pham Ngu Lao Ward, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Transportation to visit

by newahbeng

Dear Sir,
We need a transport which can carry 8 of us for four days covering Whole of South vietnam interesting places. We are coming on 25 - 30/03/2011 and land on Saigon
airport. hope that the price is economical. Recommend to us what are the best food in town.

From: Mr.New

Re: Transportation to visit

by mikeinvietnam

One of the best and maybe safest options is to contact Mai Linh Express for renting a Van and driver. email them at or the web is Rates may not be the cheapest but they offer insurance protection and provide another vehicle if the one you use breaks down. They have a great safety reputation and can be trusted. Others might give you a low price up-front and then try to charge you more when you finish the tour. Do you need an English speaking driver?

I would think most restaurants offer great food but be careful to pick the clean ones, and possibly the chain restaurants like Pho 24, Wrap and Roll or ABC Bakery for sandwiches. Don't trust any restaurant that looks dirty to you. Many modern ones are being built every day. When you get closer to your date of arrival ask the food question again.

What places do you want to visit? Four days doesn't give you much time. The cities that come to mind are Da Lat in the mountains, Nha Trang or Mui Ne on the coast and then Mekong Delta. Nha Trang would add maybe 7 hours extra to your driving so Mui Ne might be the more relaxing place. Plenty of driving but if you plan it right it can work out.

Re: Transportation to visit

by cabramattaman

Hi, If you only have 4 days and you want to see the main spots,you,ll waste too much time on the road as traffic speed is only 40-60kph and you will be on the road for 5,6 or 7 hrs at a time. You can fly HCMC to Dalat return for $60 with flying time 1hr each way instead of 6hrs by road, go by overnight train in 4berth air-con sleeper from HCMC to Nha Trang $50 return or the same trip by plane for $80. A day tour from HCMC to the Mekong $70. You can do a day tour around HCMC, but you can go from spot to spot by cab as most of the places to see are in the downtown area and not far apart. With 4 to a cab, it would be about $1 each per trip.Cheaper than $60 each for a day tour. As for food, there are 250 Saigon restaurant reviews on Tripadviser. Just do the search. Just be sure not to eat any salads, don,t drink the water or drinks with ice, and before eating fruit that can be peeled such as plums, apples, pears.....peel them. Washing them in the local water won,t help. When out and about during the day, just drink bottled water. I hope this has been of some help and have an enjoyable trip!

Travel Tips for Ho Chi Minh City


by ronrsommers

The thing I enjoyed most about HCMC was the shopping and bargaining. Whether visiting Ben Thanh Market, Cholon, other markets or even street stalls, if you are not Vietnamese, you will be quoted the tourist price. Look at the item and decide what you would like to pay. That will be your midpoint between what they are asking and what you will offer.. Ask "how much", but ask in Vietnamese. They will be happy you took the trouble to learn a few words in their language and warm up to you. For example: The shopkeeper wants 400,000 dong (about 25 u.s. dollars). You decide that you would be happy if you got it for about 17 usd, or about 280,000 dong. T his is your midpoint between 400,000 and 160,000, which is what you offer. She wants 400,000, roll your eyes, let your jaw drop, act incredulous, and say "mac qua" pronounced "mack qwawh" which means "too expensive". She will probalblly find this amusing, and also be impressed that you know FOUR words in Vietnamese. Then you offer 160,000. She will have a handheld calculator just for such negotiaions. .She will act as if you want to confiscate her house and take her first born child, but she will make a counter offer. Whatever she comes down, you go up by an equal amount. Do not be surprised as you approach the midpoint if she stops coming down. She is testing your determination. Repeat your last offer and say "final offer". As she looks at the number on the calculator, smile and say "Da, da. Cam on." - pronouced "Da, da, Kam uhn" smile broadly. She will usually take this offer. If she counters again and is very close, go ahead and let her have the extra fifty cents. If it is a little more that that, ask for a small gift from her to compensate, a small change purse or fan, or a pair of nail clippers. Everyone is happy.

Christmans in Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica

by volopolo

Christmans in Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica

The Christmans day all the people walk around the streets in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). But most of them are around the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica to celebrate the Christmans day all the night to the morning. If you be there you see how wonderfull is celebrated this day in Saigon.

Name: Christmans in Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica
Attraction Type: Christmans day
Close to: City Center
City: Ho Chi Minh City
Last Visit: December 2010

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Line up....

by Fondest_Memories

Well, while I was in Vietnam I notice something I thought other travelers wouldn't like. Have you ever tried to stand in line to purchase a train ticket? I notice that people don't even have a line at all...Especially, when it's peak season. They just seem to pile up on each other at the ticket window. Everyone else seem to be okay with it, but I felt very uncomfortable having people breathing down my neck. Luckily, I had cousins who lives in Vietnam, so they did all the lining up for me. So, if this happens to you, just try to understand that it's an acceptable thing for the locals.


by muddybok

US Dollar are widely acceptable in Vietnam. Bankers will give better exchange rate on bigger note ($50 & $100).

If you happen to run out of VND for small purchase, small dollar note will be assumed as VND15.000 per dollar.

Vung Tau is a beach resort on...

by Unknownsu

Vung Tau is a beach resort on the South China Sea coast and has been a favorite - though hardly picturesque - getaway destination for Ho Chi Minh residents. Vung Tau is a party town, full of sun, sand, surf, good food, beer and even a disco or two. It is 128km (80mi) south-east of Ho Chi Minh City, and can be reached by bus or - better - hydrofoil from central Ho Chi Minh.


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Address: 70 Bui Vien St. Pham Ngu Lao Ward, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam