Survival bible in Ho Chi Minh

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Tips and advices to live in HCM - Location

Arrival in Ho Chi Minh by plane is via Ton Son Nhât International Airport, located 7km from the city centre, about 40 minutes by car from the centre. At the airport exit, taking a bus to the centre will cost you about 20,000 DV. The taxi will cost between 125,000 and 160,000 VD.
For taxis, prefer Vinasun or Mai Linh, the two safest companies.

From Ho Chi Minh, you are located:

  • 2h flight from Halong Bay
  • 3h flight from Ha Noi
  • 4h drive from the Mekong Delta
  • 4h flight from Hong Kong
  • 2h flight from Singapore
  • 1h20 flight from Hué


The level of crime is low in the city. Nevertheless, foreigners are the main target of pickpockets and snatching. 

Moreover, pay attention to road traffic. Wearing a helmet is mandatory on a scooter, and strongly recommended for cycling. 

Vietnam's drug legislation is one of the strictest in the world, and gambling is also prohibited.


The best season to come to the south is between November and April, the less humid period. However, the heat is permanent all year round. Rainfall is higher and more regular between June and October.

Emergency contacts

Police = 113
Fireman = 114
Ambulance = 115

Tips and advices to live in HCM - Health Services

International Medical Centre 

Address: 30 Pham Ngoc Thach, District 3
Tel: (028) 38 27 23 66 / 67


Timetable: Monday to Friday 7:30am - 7:30pm, Saturday 8am - 6pm

Family medical Practice (Thao Dien)
Address: 95 Thao Dien Street, District 2
Tel: +84 28 28 3744 2000


Timetable: Monday to Friday 8am-7pm, Saturday 8.30am-00.30am               https://www.vietnammedicalpractice.comwym-1564999290209 

FV hospital 

Address: 6 Nguyen Luong Bang St., Phu My Hung, District 7

Tel: (028) 54 11 33 33 33

Emergency: (028) 54 11 35 00


International SOS 

Address: Centre Point Building, 106 Nguyen Van Troi St.,Ward 8, Phu Nhuan District
Tel: +84 28 3829 8520

Tips and advices to live in HCM - Our restaurants 

Restaurants - District. 2 Thao Dien

An Cafe
Vietnamese cuisine

Address: 10 Trần Ngọc Ngọc Diện, Thảo Điền, District 2

Snap Coffee
International cuisine

Address: 32 Tran Ngoc Dien Street, Thao Dien, District 2

The Deck
International cuisine
Address: 38 Nguyen U Di, Rue Tran Ngoc Dien, Thao Dien, District 2

Mad House 

International cuisine 

Address: 6/1/2 Nguyễn Ư Ư Dĩ, Thao Dien, District 2

Restaurants - District 3

Atelier des rêves  

French cuisine, Gastronomy 

Address: 20/5 Ky Dong, District 3

Pho Le 2
Vietnamese cuisine

Address: 303-305 Võ Văn Tần, phường 5, District 3

Restaurants - District 1

Ngoc Chau Garden
Vietnamese cuisine
Address: 116, hồ tùng mậu, District 1

Cuc Gach Quan
Vietnamese cuisine
Address: 1950. 10 Dang Tat, Tan Dinh, District 1

SH Garden
Vietnamese cuisine
Address: 98 Nguyen Hue, District 1

Pizza 4P's
Address: 8/15 Le Thanh Ton street, District 1

Hum Vietnamese
Address: 32 Vo Van Than, District 1 - Same St as War Remnants Museum

Tips and advices to live in HCM - Bars and Cafés


Bar-Lounge-Jazz Club

Address: 14 Ton That Dam, District 1

Heart of Darkness

Address: 31D Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

Saigon Outcast 

Address: No. 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong, District 2


Address: 90 Xuan Thuy, Thao Dien, District 2

Flower Padma

Address: 55/6 Le Thi Hong Gam, District 1

Tel: +84 90 300 300 98 73 73

M2C Coffee 

Address: 44b Ly Tu Trong St., District 1
Tel: 08 3822 2495

Saint Honoré 

Address: 17 Tran Ngoc Dien, Thao Dien ward, District 2

Tel: +8428 36 20 20 18 16

Tips and advices to live in HCM - Rooftops

Hôtel des Arts Saigon 

Address: MGallery 76-78 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, District 1

Chill Sky Bar 

Address: AB Tower, 76 Lê Lai, District 1

Glow Sky Bar 

Address: 93 Nguyen Du, District 1

Air 360 Sky Bar 

Address: 136-138 Le Thi Hong Gam, District 1

Tips and advices to live in HCM - Work

Tips and advices to live in HCM - Things to do 

Vespa Adventures

Address: 169a De Tham, District 1
Tel: 0938500997

Nam Viet Travel

Address: 353/7A Binh What, P.28, Q. Binh Thanh

Tel: +84.904.222.485

AO Show

Tel: 0845181188

Sophie's Art Tour


Tel: +84(0)79 830 3742

Follow Tien Theme Park 

Address: 120 Hanoi Highway, Tan Phu Ward, District 9
Tel: +(84) 028 3830 4579

Saigon River Express

Address: 1A Me Linh Square, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
Tel: (+84)- 902 446 346

Binh Quoi Village 

Address: 1147 Binh Quoi, Binh Thanh District

Tips and advices to live in HCM - Schools

Australian international school

British International School

3 campuses in Thao Dien

International School HCMC

Primary Campus: 28 Vo Truong Toan St., District 2
Secondary Campus:01 Xuan Thuy St., District 2

Tel: +84 (28) 3898 9100

Saigon South International School

Address: 78 Nguyen Duc Canh, Tan Phong Ward, District 7

Tel: (84-28) 5413-0901

European International School 

Address: 730 F-G-K Le Van Mien Thao Dien, District 2

Tel: (+84 28) 7300 7257

International School Marguerite Duras