From Ben Thanh Market you can take the Bus go to Dam Sen. I don't remember the price exactly, but it will be less than 1 USD ( of couse you will pay in Vietnam Dong).
To go to Suoi Tien park, you can go to Dien Bien Phu Street, ( this is one way street), along the street, there are some buses station that you can go to Suoi Tien Park. The one I recommend you is take to bus Number 150 from Hochiminh City to Tan Van- Near Dong Nai Bridge. Suoi Tien is about half way of the trip to Tan Van. There is a bus stop in front of Suoi Tien Park, so you can go there by bus.
( The cost last year was VND 3.000 ( ~ 20 or 30 cents in USD). I don't know the price now.
The Zoo is not much to see in comparison with Parks in Western countries, But one place you can go for fun with your children is the "water puppetry show".
Place: In side the Historical Museum and inside of the City Zoo. ( T-Junction of Le Duan Street and Nguyen Binh Khiem Street).
Time: 15 minutes every hour from 8:00AM to 4:00 PM ( including Sundays).
When you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, wander past the taxis and touts waiting outside the international terminal. Head towards the domestic terminal and you will find that there is a local bus, number 152 that will take you into town. The cost was 3,000 dong plus an extra 2,000 dong for luggage. We were able to get off the bus right next our hotel in De Tham street in the Pham Ngu Lao area. This bus ride was our very first taste of Vietnam and being up higher than in a taxi we were able to take in so much more! We had the locals on the bus in stitches as they watched us laughing and gasping at the chaotic traffic!
(last date took the bus - July 7 -13, 2006)
Saigon - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi
Bus fare - US $ 14.00
Open Bus Ticket
An Phu Travel & Service
Address: 203 Pham Ngu Lao St.
Pham Ngu Lao Ward, Dist. 1
Ho Chi Min City
July 7 : SAIGON - Nha Trang
July 8: Nha Trang - Hoi An
July 9: Hoi An - Hue
July 13: Hue - Hanoi
Point of origin: Saigon
Point of destination: Nha Trang
Departure time - 8:30 a.m.
Arrival time - 7:30 a.m. (next day)
price is about $18 round trip from pham ngu lao street (saigon) to bus terminal in Phnom Penh. It took 7 hours to travel including 30 minutes at the border and another 30 min lunch somewhere there also. They serve free 2 bottles mineral water and a bun vietnamese style. Taste g0od though. Bus is aircon. Bus conductor will collect your passports and m0ney for visa-on-arrival (if applicable).
Schedule i took is 6:30am. Although there are other 3 m0re schedules.
Address: pham ngu lao corned de tham sts., HCMC
(last date took the bus - Dec. 26, 2004)
Saigon to Phnom Pehn, Cambodia
Bus Fare - 4 US $
Address : Hanh Cafe
158 Bui Vien St. Dist. 1 HCMC
Tel. # 08-8378750
Departure time - 8:30 a.m. (saigon)
Arrival time - 4:30 p.m. (phnom pehn)
If you intend to visit HCMC from Phnom Penh, purchase the bus ticket from Capitol GH in Phnom Penh.
The guesthouse is actually working with Sinh Cafe in HCMC. The whole journey is devided into 2 pars. The first part is from Phnom Penh to MocBai (Cambodia-Vietnam border) and the 2nd part is from MocBai to HCMC.
You will be sitting in a van rather than a bus until u reached MocBai. The van depart at 6:45am and reach the border around 5 hours later. During this 1st part journey, they van will stopover at a restaurant for lunch. It is advice to take the lunch because you will reach HCMC in the laet afternoon.
Second part of the journey is after the stamp in custom, in vietnam site, there is a waiting house across the custom counter ( after you get your health cert). This is where you wait for the bus to go HCMC. The bus is now supplied by Sinh Cafe. The time from border to HCMC is around 2.5 hours. But the problem is, you have to wait for the bus to reach.
In my last trip, we crossed the border at 12 noon but the bus reached here on 2pm, that is why you re adviced to take your lunch first.
The bus will bring you from MocBai to Pham Ngu Lao area in HCMC where the sinh cafe located.
The ticket from Phnom Penh cost 6USD.
Here is our OPEN tour bus in Vietnam. The 'OPEN' ticket cost U$22 from Saigon up to Hanoi but you can stop at Mui Ne, Dalat, Nha Trang, Hoi An and Hue. That's means you are going to all these places for only U$22. They drop you at tourist area, so easy to get a room.
You can get a direct bus from Saigon to Hanoi, or Hanoi to Saigon but it's like 40 hours and the condition of the bus is real poor, although I didn't try it but I saw many direct buses carrying motorbikes, animals and all kind of stuffs.
Airportbus (Nr. 152) run's from 6am until 6 pm (stop unmarked before the national airport, 100m right of international airport) to De Than street, after that only taxi (get coupon inside the airport)
1) Take Bus 152 from Saigon Bus Interchange station to Ho Chi Minh Airport.
2) Ben Thanh Bus Interchange is opposite Ben Thanh Market (District 1).
2) Transit : 40 minutes
3) Amount: 3000 VDC/person