Vietnam Country Guide


Since hotels and guesthouses often charge higher for telephone calls, try to find a post office or any reliable public service. Land line numbers in Hanoi and HCMC have a sequence of eight numbers, others have seven. The Hanoi area code is 04 and Ho Chi Minh City is 08. Telephone bills are 30% to 40% cheaper if dialed with 171 or 178 services.
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Ho CHi Minh City Bus Station by Robert Lafond

Moblie Networks
There are many mobile networks with different codes including Vinaphone (GSM 900), Mobifone (GSM 900/1800), Viettel (GSM 900),
Vietnamobile (CDMA), SFone (CDMA), EVN Telecom (CDMA) and Beeline (GSM 900). You can buy a SIM card in every shop selling mobile phones, or showing the brands of various mobile network's. The standard price for a SIM card is no higher than 75,000 dong but foreigners are often charged 100,000 dong.

Mobile phone calls for prepaid account charges vary from 1,700 to 2,500 dong per minute. Recharge cards are available in denominations of 50,000, 100,000, 200,000 and 500,000 dong. Roaming onto Vietnam's GSM networks are possible with foreign mobile phones, but subject to agreements between the network in your home country and the Vietnamese service operators.

City Gate in Hue by Luu Ly

Internet Access
Internet access is available in all but the most remote towns. Internet cafes are available in most tourist spots and rates are fairly cheap, ranging from 2,000 to 10,000 dong per hour. Connection speeds are high, especially in the big cities. Many hotels and restaurants provide free Wi-Fi or terminals for their guests. If you bring your own phone or laptop, several providers offer mobile internet (EDGE/3G) services as well.

Internet censorship is applied to a small number of internet services. In the past, Facebook and Skype were blocked but as of February 2013 both are available. A quick Google search for the relevant programs should help you bypass any banned sites quite easily. Other sites such as Gmail, YouTube, and Wikipedia seem to be unaffected.

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