Arriving in HCMC

Weather:

It will be hot outside so please bring light, comfortable clothes, but the air conditioning inside the buildings can get quite cool!

Transport from Hotel to SSIS:

The hotels around Phu My Hung are an easy walking distance to SSIS (Phu My Hung) or a short taxi ride (less than 5 minutes and approximately 15,000+ VND). A taxi from downtown will take approximately 20-25 minutes to SSIS depending on where you’re staying (around 115,000 +VND). Most taxis in Ho Chi Minh City use the meter.

 

Exchange Rate:

USD $1 = VND 22,700 (approximate rate as of March 2018)

 

Visa:

Please organize your visa through your travel agent or the Vietnamese Embassy in your country well in advance. Most tourist visas are valid for single entry only. Participants wishing to re-enter Vietnam must apply for a multiple entry visa.  Travelers must print their visa acceptance letter and bring it to the airport at check-in.  Upon arrival, present your letter, pay for your visa, then proceed to immigration.
Online e-Visa Application OR Visa on arrival 

 

Ground Transportation from Tan Son Nhat International Airport:

Easy access to taxi transportation is found on the arrival level of the airport, outside curb taxi service. There are many taxi companies to choose from. Expect a 30+ minute trip from the airport to downtown at a cost of approximately 135,000 VND; 45+ minutes to Phu My Hung, approx. 250,000 + VND. It is not advisable to accept taxi rides from people approaching you when exiting luggage pick-up and customs. The reputable taxi companies are MaiLinh and VinaSun.

SIM Cards:

It’s very affordable and easy to buy SIM cards for your phone at the airport if you desire.  Cards usually cost around the equivalent of $3 and data packages are usually around $4.50.  Alternatively, wifi will be available on campus and is easily found at cafes and restaurants around the city.