Thanh Binh 1 Hotel

2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 Stars

315 Hoang Van Thu, Ward 2, Tan Binh Dist, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Thanh Binh 1 Hotel
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Costs 27% less but rated 20% lower than other 2.5 star hotels

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Do airport officials allow MP3 players?

by ann500

Hello all,

I have read that if one brings CDs or DVDs with them to Vietnam, the airport officials may confiscate them for a few days to determine if they are 'subversive' or not.

Does anyone know if this applies to MP3 players as well?

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me with this question.

Re: Do airport officials allow MP3 players?

by cochinjew

Vietnam is the greatest resource outside of china for pirated CD DVD and software..
i have entered Vietnam a number of times with my computer, my ipod and my cell phone etc..nothing nothing absolutely nothing..
perhaps there was a time when these things used to happen.. but as countries liberalized, these archaic and impossible to enforce rules were cancelled..

Re: Do airport officials allow MP3 players?

by locbuuloc

We brought with us MP3, MP4 players, laptops, and had no problem.

Re: Do airport officials allow MP3 players?

by NYTim

I had an i=pod and a DVD player. No one cared

Re: Do airport officials allow MP3 players?

by Pamelita

I spent two weeks in Vietnam this past January with an iPod, digital SLR camera and a hand-held recorder. I experienced no problems at all, even on intra-country flights. Some of my travel companions had CDs and a netbook, and they experienced no problems, either. Best of luck and enjoy your trip!

Re: Do airport officials allow MP3 players?

by JonnyVN

Been here 14 years, bringing in computers, mp3 players etc, never a problem

Re: Do airport officials allow MP3 players?

by ann500

Hi everybody,

Thank you so much for your answers to my question. You are all so speedy! I really appreciate your help. :)

Travel Tips for Ho Chi Minh City

Tiger Beer! Popular Here in Sai Gon!

by machomikemd

Tiger Beer, the another South East Asian Beer and Originated in Singapore (and a Direct Competitor of San Miguel Beer for regional beer supremacy) is the number one Beer here in Saigon. Saigon Beer Comes in a Close Second and Sam Miguel Beer a distant third. it cost 12,000 VND a bottle here and is available everywhere!

Vietnamese movie theaters

by Nemorino


1. Ticket to Ciné Van Hoa
2. Ciné Van Hoa
3. Sidewalk in front of Ciné Van Hoa
4. Flyer advertising a Spanish film (dubbed into French) at Cinè Van Hoa
5. Women with fruit baskets near Ciné Van Hoa

My eighth visit to Saigon was from April 23-26, 1965. I stayed in the Dong Khanh Hotel again, and I remember that I went swimming several times at an outdoor pool that belonged to a formerly very suave French colonial club, now not so suave and exclusive but still very nice.

I also saw some films at various Vietnamese cinemas where I was often the only non-Asian person in the audience. The films were quite multi-lingual affairs. The dialogues were all dubbed into French, but in the case of musical films the singing was left in the original Spanish or English. There were Vietnamese subtitles and sometimes also Chinese titles that were projected with a slide projector or filmstrip projector (remember those?) off to the side of the main screen. So the Vietnamese subtitles appeared automatically, but someone had to change the Chinese titles by hand to fit the dialogues.

Apparently most of the people in the audience understood French, because I noticed that they laughed at the funny parts even before the titles appeared.


by Unknownsu

The lonely planet guide to Vietnam states that it is an absolute no-no to touch an asian person on the head since it is the highest point of the body and is considered sacred. For some reason, I didn't pay too much attention to that custom and did so many times. I did not get so much as a frown from anybody. I'm not sure if it is wrong info or because I am of asian decent, the vietnamese were more lenient towards me.

However, it is necessary to remove your shoes when entering a temple or sacred place before entering. Also, never cross your fingers in front of a Vietnamese lady for they will consider that VERY rude!

On the morning of 30 April...

by eManWithG

On the morning of 30 April 1975 the 43-hour old government of South Vietnam sat quietly on the second floor of this grand building - then called the Independence Palace - waiting to transfer power to the Northern forces who were crashing through the wrought iron gates below. 'There is no question of you transferring power', they were told by a Viet Cong officer. 'You cannot give up what you do not have.'

It is partly because of the rich history of this building - and partly because of the striking modern architecture - that this building is one of the most fascinating sights in the city. Preserved almost exactly as it was on the day Vietnam was reunified, the building took its current form in 1966 after it had been partially destroyed in an attack by South Vietnam leader Diem's own air force (they really hated him, it seems). Now, the building is a magnificent example of 60s architecture - airy and open with spacious chambers and tasteful modern decorations. The building is still used for official functions.

The most interesting section of the Reunification Palace is the basement - a network of tunnels and rooms, including a war room and a telecommunications room. One of the tunnels stretches all the way to Gia Long Palace, now known as the Revolutionary Museum. Reunification is in District 3, in the heart of downtown Ho Chi Minh.

Go Ahead, spoil yourself and your friends.

by mcgruff75044 about Nam Phan

This is a perfect place to pick up silk, mens suits, womens clothing and more. The silk robes are perfect gifts. The "ao dais", a long gown with slits on either side that is the traditional woman's dress of Vietnam, the blouses and dresses where the best I found anywhere in the country or for that matter south east Asia. Ask for Ms. Nguyet Yen. If she still works there you will have an exceptional experience at the hands of a very lovely young woman.

I bought something here for a girlfirend, an ex-girlfirends, a daughter, my ex-wife, my Vietnamese hairdresser and a good friend. All agreed it was one of the nicest gifts I or anyone had given them.

Come on - any time you please six women something is working right.

THe Nam Phan's are a family that also own at least two of the better restaurants in HCM City. The traditional "ao dai", a long gown with slits on either side

Custom tailored pants, coat or suit

Intimate wear

Silk Robes

Blouses - formal and casual

Anything else that strikes your fancy. Be sure to go upstairs!!!!!!!!!! I paid about $250 American for mine and I got a lot ( I mean over six high quality items) of stuff.


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