Planning to travel to Ho Chi Minh City (in short, HCMC), Vietnam or are you already at the airport using the WIFI? You have landed at a right place to begin your trip with no (or most likely not so much) stress!
In this article, we would like to show some tips for your trip to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Even you go to Hanoi or other main parts of Vietnam, some of the tips here can be useful.
YES, YOU HAVE FREE WIFI AT HCMC AIRPORT
If you are flying to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, you arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Once you arrive at the airport, you have a free WIFI. If you are inside the airport building, first finish reading this before you get out of the building to lose your free WIFI.(Valid as of Feb. 2020) or you can purchase a 4G SIM card from SASCO Travel . It is fast and pretty easy. Once you book online, you can pick it up at the counter right inside the airport
THE 4 TIPS
There are many taxi and car waiting in front of the arrival area. Many people will talk to and ask you "taxi? taxi?". Do not worry. We will give you the clear instruction how to " minimize (just minimize, our method is not fault proof!)" problems on your way from the airport to your stay.
There are only 4 tips. But very important 4 tips.
1. USE ONLY WELL KNOWN TAXI PROVIDERS: SASCO Travel, VINASUN AND MAI LINH
For Taxi airport transfer provided by SASCO Travel:
SASCO counter in the terminal building. The SASCO Travel has a counter that is on your left after you clear customs. You can order and pay for a taxi from the staff member there or just book online beforehand. The cost will be display on the website and you know exactly how much you have to pay. After that, our person will then lead you out of the terminal building to the taxi queue and arrange a SASCO Travel car for you.
Other Main taxi queue (Vinasun, Mai Linh) The main taxi queue is on your left when you exit through the main door on the ground floor of the terminal building. When you get in the car, ask the driver to turn the meter on.
At the domestic terminal, SASCO Travel also has the airport taxi concession and is the only company allowed to pick up passengers directly adjacent to the building. Their cars are the first you will see as you exit the terminal.
2. For other taxi services, ONCE YOU GET OUT OF THE ARRIVAL AREA OF THE AIRPORT BUILDING, YOU WALK TO THE LEFT
Arrival point after the custom is like this
And keep walking
You see the sign "texi station" on the left, keep walking to the end of the line of taxi Source:
Keep walking to the left Do not pay attention to any other taxi than MaiLinh and Vinasun
You ignore all call from the people talking to you. The Vinasun and Mai Linh taxi are waiting at the taxi area on the left when you are out of the arrival gate. There are other taxi companies in the line. You ignore all others and find the Vinasun and Mai Linh.
Not the silver good looking taxi, not the yellow good looking taxi, not the red good looking taxi! jus find these two Vinasun or Mai Linh taxi!
( Alternatively, you go to the right and go back into the airport building and go up to the departure gate area (just ask the airport staff how to go to the departure gate.). On that floor, you find taxi which drop the people who depart or see their family/friend off . You can also get Vinasun or Mai Lihn. In this case, you need to pay around 10,000 VND (dong) first when the taxi goes out of the airport. Then, you pay the amount based on the meter. Yet, this tip. 2 is much simpler and easier.)
3. KEEP ONLY SMALL AMOUNT IN YOUR WALLET
It is important to have little money (small bills) in your wallet. When pay, just give the right amount. For SASCO Travel, you don't have to pay anything else. The cost is final and it is clearly stated on the website.
Even when you use two companies Vinasun Taxi and Mai Linh taxi, it is quite common that the driver gives you only "part of" change when you get off. Let say, if the taxi meter was 150,000 VND (dong), you give 200,000 dong. The driver only gives you 10 dong back as change and try to keep 40,000 dong. The driver tends to say "is this okay?" when he/she giving you not-enough change and tends to get out of the driver's seat to get your bag/luggage out from the rear to finalize the business!
When you get in Vinasun, the staff gives you the piece of paper about the driver who will drive the taxi for you. If you are cheated, you report to the taxi driver based on the information on the piece of paper.
4. NEVER TAKE ANY CAR WHICH PARKED IN THE PARKING LOT IN FRONT OF THE AIRPORT
Once you are at the arrival area, there are people talking to you and giving you some price (something 140,000 dong to the city). These people will take you to the parking lot across the street. DO NOT EVER FOLLOW THEM. Do not even respond to any call until you are in the Vinasun or Mai Linh taxi
Trust your common sense and have a safe and fun trip!