I'll be coming down from Hanoi to Hoi An where I will have a suit tailored but would rather not carry it with me through the Mekong Delta, Cambodia, Laos, etc. Slow shipping it home is out of the question since I need it for a wedding, and I'd rather not pay the high cost of sending it home quickly. I was considering the option of mailing it back to a hotel in Hanoi where I could pick it up before my return flight. Fed ex apparently wont ship within Vietnam. What are my other mailing options and how fast/dependable/expensive are they?
#1 BanhMi has been a member since 5/4/2010. Posts: 12
I shipped a ton of stuff home with Fed Ex so I did not need to put my luggage in the cargo compartment of the plane. It was there when I got back home. It was quite reasonable also.
#2 NYTim has been a member since 11/9/2009. Posts: 106
Im sure the cost depends on where 'home' is. Shipping a 5 pound package through FedEx to the US will cost me $100, which is more than I want to spend. What are my options for shipping within Vietnam?
#3 BanhMi has been a member since 5/4/2010. Posts: 12
FedEx certainly does ship within Vietnam - I used them 6 months ago for a small package from Saigon to Hanoi. There is at least one other express service, DHL, and probably Vietnam Air as well.
#4 daawgon has been a member since 17/4/2007. Posts: 1,091
Why use Fedex? Vietnamese mail is very reliable (I've sent a heap of parcels and never lost anything) and quite cheap, particularly domestically. You can register your parcel quite cheaply as well and then you are given a number that you can use to trace your parcel (it works). I've found the problem in getting something home quickly is that customs can be very slow, leaving parcels stockpiled because they are shortstaffed, though I was told that airmail is a priority.
I think I'd be concerned that the hotel would be confused about who the parcel was for and might send it back.
#6 violets has been a member since 6/7/2009. Posts: 151
Thanks to everyone for the info. The only reason I was thinking about FedEx is because it is a company familiar to me and I had no idea what the local options were. But now I do! Of course alot will depend on how well I am able to communicate with the people working at my hotel, and how organized they appear to be. Do you reckon the post office in Hanoi might hold a package for two to three weeks until I can pick it up?
#7 BanhMi has been a member since 5/4/2010. Posts: 12
Maybe you could get the tailor to hold onto the parcel and post it to you in Saigon when you get there. I think you can send things to the main post office but I don't know how long they hold things.
#8 violets has been a member since 6/7/2009. Posts: 151