Useful tips, Ho Chi Minh City
You're bound to need access to money while travelling. Head to HSBC Bank where you can obtain currency in dong or dollars. It's located in the Metropolitan Building on Nguyen Du and Dong Khoi.
The Canadian Consulate is on the 9th Floor.
My foundest memory of Saigon, this is not difficult: as allready mentioned the robbery. After some seconds/minutes of just being shocked, we descided to go to the police statin. Surprise, surpise nobody spoke any other language. After a call in the hotel one of ladies came to the police station and plaied the translator. Poor Grainne had to go with one of the poilce man to the place where everything happened, while I staied there, listening to the guy in the jail shouting for more Tequila.
Back to the hotel, the owner was not that impressed about what happened but he explained us that we have to pay 6 $ for the key, which was also in the bag, together with the pass and some 70 $.
The Lonely Planet didn´t gave us the response we where looking for: no embassyof Ireland in Vietnam, next one Malaysia.
The next morning started with several calls to Malaysia and the English embassy.
So the must sees we visited that day were:
The British embassy, the Australian embassy (for Grainnes working visa), a bank for transfering the money for the new passport and a parcel service to send all the stuff to Malaysia.
Hours later and several dollars spent we finally made it at 16h and could at least a little bit enjoy the evening and still with the decission to go next day to Mekong.
BTW this is not the end of the story, Hanoi was the point to pick up the passport.
You must find the hotel fist. Don't let people introduce to you. Don't afraid of the many change if you got U.S.Dollars.
1USD=VND1,406,000. You can change evreywhere.
I lived in 'OSCAR' hotel, USD35 per night, very safe, and clean, service not good enough, but in the centre of the city.
Fondest memory: The goods are very cheap, and the girl is beautiful, average incom USD50 are their normal life per month, but the telephone is very expensive, to HK 5 dollars per min