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Arriving at Ho Chi Minh City at midnight

  • LGR_2010

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    That's kinda what you get with some of the budget airlines I guess.

    I'll be flight out of Manila in Sept (on the 6th) at about 11pm MNL time. And will arrive in HCMC at 12.40am.

    I was wondering if there are still
    taxis and (if they are safe) buses at this time that go to District 1.

    Pls. help! Any info would be great.

    (It's the same case for my trip back to Manila from Bangkok - my flight leaves Bangkok at midnight)

    Thanks,
    LGR

    #1 Posted: 7/4/2010 - 08:33

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  • lexkssnbrg

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    Yes, cabs are available at that time of the day, from my own experience. However, in order to avoid any possible hassle, I suggest you contact your hotel for a pick-up. Better safe than say sorry. Who kmows if the cab driver will take you to another hotel for a commission?

    Safe travels!

    #2 Posted: 7/4/2010 - 14:39

  • KazAussie

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    The cabs are certainly available, but the best option is to get your guest house to arrange one. It cost us $12US. You can get them for about $8 but we paid the extra to avoid the hassle at the airport after a long flight and arriving late at night.

    #3 Posted: 7/4/2010 - 15:16

  • stillgoing

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    I wouldnt catch a taxi is i was you. You d better arrange with your hotel or tour operator for the pick up services.

    #4 Posted: 10/4/2010 - 20:14

  • LGR_2010

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    Thanks everyone. Great to hear. And will travel safe. (I'm guessing it's the same scenario in Bangkok, ey? =))

    #5 Posted: 13/4/2010 - 13:57

  • sojourner

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    FWIW, Vinasun and Mai Linh are the more reputable taxi companies in Vietnam.

    #6 Posted: 13/4/2010 - 23:08

  • Puggles

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    Based on my experiences last year;

    There are 'security' type guys that patrol taxis in HCMC as they have big issues with taxi scams. You can get a taxi 'voucher' at the airport and follow the directions of the 'security' guys and you will be fine.

    It can be difficult though to pick out who is who in the zoo as there will be lots of touts there and people calling you from all directions asking if you need a ride.

    As others have said, it is advisable to have your hotel arrange your pick-up or taxi. I arrived once without making prior transport or hotel arrangements and I wouldn't do it again. :)

    #7 Posted: 14/4/2010 - 12:48

  • LGR_2010

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    I'm all set with taxi rides from the airport...=)

    Does anyone have any info on whether there are any foreign exchange stores open after midnight at HCMC airport?

    It's so difficult to find Vietnamese Dong anywhere.

    Any help would be great!

    Thanks.
    L

    #8 Posted: 24/8/2010 - 14:11

  • KazAussie

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    I think there will be Travelex or similar open, but if not, there are ATMs everywhere in Vietnam. Don't specifically recall one at the airport but I am sure there would be. Otherwise ask the driver to stop on the way or just wait until the morning to access an ATM.

    #9 Posted: 24/8/2010 - 14:33

  • daawgon

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    If your hotel is taking care of the airport transfer, then that charge will go on your hotel bill and you will not need Dong immediately. I believe only ATMs are open at that time. Midnight is actually a good time to arrive - traffic is so chaotic in this town that it's best to take it easy at first to prepare you (you won't believe how bad it is!) Taxi scams are the biggest headache a traveler has in VN - no doubt you will be scammed at least once. Insist on Mai Linh Group cabs!!!

    #10 Posted: 25/8/2010 - 11:23

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  • LGR_2010

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    Great advice KazAussie and daawgon. Thanks! (nice to know that arriving at midnight has some perks- budget airline scheduling for you!

    =)

    #11 Posted: 25/8/2010 - 13:52

  • NYTim

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    I arrived at midnight and there were not touts. I even stood outside for at least ten minutes waiting for my hotel pick up. It was very relaxed

    #12 Posted: 26/8/2010 - 04:28

  • violets

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    There's a whole bank of ATM machines up toward the domestic terminal. I was able to get 4 million vnd from the ANZ machine there. It's good to have money for water or anything else you might need straight away.

    #13 Posted: 30/8/2010 - 15:24

  • bhoffman

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    Cabs are not a problem at anytime of night however the 152 Tan Son Nhat to District 1 SaigonBus service would have finished hours ago, cab is best choice, unless your hotel can offer a pick-up service

    #14 Posted: 1/10/2012 - 17:04

  • captainbkk

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    BKK-Swampy is MUCH more decent, organised and easy to use as was the mayhem at HCMC. But slowly it seems even VNese are responding the the millions of complaints and starting to get organised. There are always at least 1 exchange open at any arr flight.

    #15 Posted: 1/11/2012 - 04:26

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