Stay in Ho Chi Minh city

TÁC GIẢ: Department of External Relations
NGÀY: 01/01/2023

This is your guide to the districts and neighbourhoods to stay in Ho Chi Minh city (for International Students)


1.1 Currency/Price

Exchange rate: Denomination: Vietnam dong (VND)

$1 ~ VND 24 000 |  1 ~ VND 18  |  ¥1 ~ VND 212  |  1 ~ VND 26 000

– Bring ~ 15 million VND (in CASH) at first to pay for renting room, meals, transportation…

– Open bank account to transfer money from home country => Don’t need to bring much money

– Exchange money in big banks: Vietcombank, Vietinbank, Agribank, etc. or withdraw at ATMs

Paying method: Payment with credit/debit cards in Vietnam is not very common. CASH is preferred.

1.2 Time Zone and Climate:

– Vietnam’s time zone: GMT+7

– HCMC has tropical climate, with two seasons: the wet (May – November) and the dry (December to April)

– Average temperature is about 280C with the highest reaching 400C in April.

Vietnamese often use suncream, wear hats or caps and jackets to avoid getting tanned in hot summer; while on rainy days, they wear raincoats rather than using umbrellas.

1.3 What should you bring?

– Photocopy of all your important documents like your passport and acceptance letter to HUFLIT

– Some passport-size photos

– Laptop, dictionary (if necessary), notebooks, pens, ruler, eraser, backpack,…

– Running shoes or sneakers as there will be a lot of walking

– Personal toiletries or you can buy at convenient stores and supermarkets

– Basic medicine for your personal use such as Panadol, Aspirin, etc.

– Sunscreen and insect/mosquito spray

– Electricity 220V, two-pin plug

– Home country snacks in case you have difficulty in eating Vietnamese food

The front view of Independence Palace - A historical attraction in Ho Chi Minh city


HUFLIT buddy program

For international students who are not familiar with the lifestyle and culture of Vietnam, studying at HUFLIT can be daunting experience; that’s why HUFLIT offers the Buddy Program, in which new international students will be paired up with current HUFLIT students (Buddies) who will provide a helping hand to the newcomers at HUFLIT by providing linguistics support, cultural guidance and information about life at HUFLIT.

Airport pick-up service:

– HUFLIT provides free pick-up service for new incoming international students.

– Please consider to purchase tickets during the office hours on weekdays.

– Send flight information (flight number, arrival time) to HUFLIT coordinator to keep track.

– Buddies will pick you up at the airport thanks to their volunteerism.

Otherwise, you could also get to your place easily on your own by taking a taxi at the airport.

Please kindly note that you should use two highly creditable taxi brand names in Ho Chi Minh City to avoid unfortunate incidents.

(+84) 28 38383838 (+84) 28 38272727

Ho Chi Minh city at night


3.1 Transportation:

a. Buses

– Regular ticket: VND6,000/pax

– Student ticket: VND2,000/pax (Student ID Card is required).

– Further information on buses and their itineraries can be found via App .

b. Taxi

– Reliable taxi companies in Ho Chi Minh City:

(+84) 28 38383838 (+84) 28 38272727

c. Technology Transportation App:

– You can get a taxi or mortorbike service by use:

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Be careful: Violent attacks against foreigners have been reported in urban areas, some reports involve tourists being attacked while on a Xe-Om (Motorbike Service) or disputes about being overcharged. Use relaible taxi branches and metered taxis to minimize the risk of robbery or overcharging.

Do not try to ride motorbike or scooter in Vietnam’s traffic conditions

3.2. Working hours

– Banks: Mon to Fri: 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

– Schools/ Universities: Mon to Fri: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

– Convinience stores: Open 24/24

3.3 Public holidays

– New Year’s Day : January 1st

– Vietnamese New Year : First 3 days of Lunar Year

– Hung Kings Commemorations : 10th day of the 3rd Lunar month

– Liberation Day/ Reunification Day : April 30th

– International Workers’ Day : May 1st

– Vietnam National Day : September 2nd

3.4 Famous Sightseeing

Name of place Address
28 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3
1 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
2 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1,

next to Notre-Dame Cathedral

135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1
Le Loi Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1
2 Hai Trieu Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
1 Ton Duc Thang Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
7 Cong Truong Lam Sơn Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
720A Dien Bien Phu Street, Binh Thanh District
TL15, Phu Hiep, Cu Chi
Shopping Centre
65 Le Loi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
35-45 Le Thanh Ton Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
34 Le Duan Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
72 Le Thanh Ton Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
11 Su Van Hanh Street, Ward 12, District 10


3.5 Food & Drink

Vietnamese Name English Name Price
Pho Rice noodle soup with beef 45.000 VND
Banh mi Vietnamese Baguette 20.000 VND
Com tam Vietnamese Broken Rice 40.000 VND
Banh xeo Vietnamese Crepe 110.000 VND
Ca Phe Sua Da Coffee with condensed milk 15.000 VND

You can order food all via food delivery apps:

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For your good state of health:

– Do not try sample street food

– Do not drink tap water or suspicious water source

– Only use bottled drinks in bars/clubs/supermarkets


3.6 Take Notes

– Beware of scooters and motorbikes: you will see hundreds of scooters and motorbikes on the streets, so be careful when crossing roads.

Smoking indoors is mostly prohibited, especially around universities: if you want to know whether you can smoke, please ask.

– The most popular instant messaging app in Vietnam is , , rather than Line, Viber, or Kakao Talk.

– Be careful with pickpockets: keep your belongings carefully while on the road.

– Flip-flops and shorts are inappropriate when visiting universities, temples, pagodas, administrative agencies.

– Wearing hats/caps in meetings or in the classroom is also considered inappropriate.

Tips can be accepted in Vietnam, but they are not necessary.

– Nodding your head with a friendly smile is another way of saying hello, and shaking hands is a normal form of greeting.

– Think carefully about what you pack: packing light and save your time. You can buy anything here at a reasonable price.

– Be sure you know how to bargain: the vendors will try to mark up their prices 25 – 50% on average, so you can definitely get a better deal if you stand firm on your price. Or if you don’t know the price, it’s better to buy things in the supermarket.


3.7 Basic Vietnamese

English How to say! Vietnamese
Hello Seen Chow Xin chào
Excuse Me/ Sorry Seen Loy Xin lỗi
What is this/ that? Day La Kai Yee Đây là cái gì?
Thank you Kam On Cảm ơn
Yes/No Doong/Kohng Đúng/ Không
Good-bye Tam Bee-it Tạm biệt
I don’t understand Toy kohnf hugh Tôi không hiểu
I can’t speak Vietnamese Toy kohng byet noy tyeng vyet Tôi không biết nói tiếng Việt


High angle close up of Beef pho, bowl of soup with beef, noodles and vegetables


02 copies of the official transcript will be sent directly (by e-mail and post mail) to the International Office of your home institution withing 02 months after the end of the semester.

– Students can directly contact International Office of your home universities for information in terms of transcript or credits transfer.



Police: 113 Fire: 114 Ambulance: 115
Consulate General of South Korea in HCM City: +84 28 3521 8100

(Address: 107 Nguyen Du Street, District 1)

Consulate General of Japan in HCM City: + 84 28 3933 3510

(Address: 261 Dien Bien Phu Street, District 3)

 International Relations Coordinator: Tran Thuy Tuyet Nhung (Ms.)

Email: [email protected]

Mobile: +84 815 916 135

Tel: (+84 28) 28 632 052

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