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Dong Xoai


Dong Xoai is as hard to pronounce as it is to spell (try saying dome soo-aye with a very hard D). Almost everything you'll need is near the roundabout at the city centre, though some farther-flung restaurants are worth seeking out, and the provincial tourist authority is about 5km outside of town.

Just southeast of the main roundabout, hidden from view until you enter it, is the town's large, sprawling, characteristically fetid central market.

The banks have 24-hour ATMs that accept Visa and Mastercard. The most convenient is the Sacombank, right next to the Dong Xoai Hotel, which cashes travellers cheques for a 2% commission. They also exchange major currencies. In case you run into trouble here, there's an Agribank near the main entrance to the market, and another branch, along with an Incom Bank, further up the road from the Sacombank.
Agribank - 1073 Phu Rieng Do St (near the market), Dong Xoai.T: (0651) 870 578; F: (0651) 885 066. Hours: 07:00 to 11:00, 13:30 to 17:00.
Sacombank - Route 14 (Quoc Lo 14) Next to Dong Xoai Hotel, Dong Xoai. Hours: 07:30 to 11:00, 13:30 to 17:00 Weekdays, 07:30 to 11:30 Saturdays.

Internet is available, with most places charging 3000 VND/hour, and the quality of service is generally not too bad considering the remoteness of the location. Things like printing, scanning, and memory card readers are going to be tough to come by, if you can find them at all.

The post office is just past the Sacombank, a few doors down from the Dong Xoai Hotel.
Main Post Office - 416 Route 14, Dong Xoai. Hours: 06:00 to 21:00. T: (0651) 879 741; F: (0651) 870 590.

The bus station is two kilometres south of the roundabout on Phu Rieng Do street, also known as Tinh Lo 741 or DT 741, but you won't need to go there for most local buses or to get to Saigon (see Transport section for more info).
Main Bus Station (Ben Xe Khach Tinh Binh Phuoc) - 2km south of the roundabout, Dong Xoai. T: (0651) 883 057; F: (0651) 883 687.

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