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City Facts

Population

Ho Chi Minh City: 9,000,000 (2010 est.)
Vietnam: 90,000,000 (2010 est.)

Size

Ho Chi Minh City: 2,095 sq km
Vietnam: 329,560 sq km

24 districts (19 townships in the city
and 5 rural (huyen) outer of city)

Temperature

21°c – 34°c all year round; rainy season (May – September)

Time Zone

GMT +7 Hours (Indochina Time ICT)

Country Dialing Code

+84 (Area Codes: Ho Chi Minh City 08, Hanoi 04)

Electricity

220 Volts at 50 Hertz

Language

Vietnamese

Business, Money & Banking

Currency

Vietnam’s official monetary unit is Vietnamese dong (₫ or VND). The currency consists of notes and coins.

General Business Hours

  • Government Offices
    7:30am to 4:30pm (Closed on weekends)
  • Banks
    7:30am or 8am to 11:30am and 1pm to 4:30pm
  • Some banks are open on Saturday morning from 8am to 11:30am
  • All are closed on Sunday
  • Shops
    8am to 9pm or 10pm

Exchanging Money

You can exchange foreign currencies into Vietnamese Dong at a bank, exchange service center, or an authorized currency exchange.

*Currency Exchange Rage: 1USD = 22329.50 VND (as of October 2016)

Major Banking Institutions

Traveler's Checks

Traveler’s checks can only be exchanged at authorized foreign exchange banks, but these aren’t found throughout Vietnam. Therefore, it is wise not to rely on traveler’s checks.

Credit Cards

Visa, MasterCard, and JCB cards are now widely accepted in all major cities and many tourist centers. However, a 3% commission charge on every transaction is pretty common.

ATMs & Cash Machines

Most of foreign banks and Vietnamese banks offer ATMs in the most of the major tourist destinations and all the big cities. Withdrawals are issued in dong, and there is a single withdrawal limit of 2,000,000d (about US$125).

Visa Information

Vietnam requires travelers from most countries in the world to obtain entry visas before visiting the country. To see a list of countries whose citizens need passports, please visit this page about Vietnam visa policy. Visas can be obtained in one of two ways:

Visiting a Vietnamese Embassy

If Vietnam has an embassy in your country, you can visit the embassy to obtain a Vietnamese visa in advance of your departure. Visa procedures vary from country to country.

Visa on Arrival

Visitors arriving by plane can apply for a “visa on arrival” via an online travel agent. The travel agent will apply in lieu of the traveler for an Approval Letter from the Vietnam Immigration Office. After a processing period of 3 – 4 days, the travel agent will send the Approval Letter to the traveler via email.

Travelers applying for a Visa on Arrival must bring the Approval Letter along with a passport, two passport-sized photos, and a certain amount of cash for the visa stamping fee. The stamping fee varies depending upon the traveler’s nationality.