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Arriving at Ho Chi Minh City at midnight

Posted by LGR_2010 on 7/4/2010 at 08:33

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)


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Posted by lexkssnbrg on 7/4/2010 at 14:39

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!

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Posted by KazAussie on 7/4/2010 at 15:16

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.

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Posted by stillgoing on 10/4/2010 at 20:14

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

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Posted by LGR_2010 on 13/4/2010 at 13:57

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

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Posted by sojourner on 13/4/2010 at 23:08

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

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Posted by Puggles on 14/4/2010 at 12:48

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. :)

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Posted by LGR_2010 on 24/8/2010 at 14:11

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!


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Posted by KazAussie on 24/8/2010 at 14:33

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.

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Posted by daawgon on 25/8/2010 at 11:23

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!!!

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Posted by LGR_2010 on 25/8/2010 at 13:52

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


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Posted by NYTim on 26/8/2010 at 04:28

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

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Posted by violets on 30/8/2010 at 15:24

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.

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Posted by bhoffman on 1/10/2012 at 17:04

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

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Posted by captainbkk on 1/11/2012 at 04:26

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.

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