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According to Fodor's Guide to Vietnam, 4th Edition, published 2016, under Introduction to Ho Chi Minh City on page 38: Still called Saigon by most residents, According to National Geographic Vietnam, 3rd Edition, published 2014, under To Say or Not to Say on page 197: ... The river still remains Saigon. Buses still flash "Saigon" as their destination. ...


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My wife is Vietnamese, and her entire family. I also visited Vietnam with them previously. They all spent most of their life in Vietnam prior to moving to another country. When I inquired (while visiting) they explained the name change, nothing was mentioned about it being offensive. Also while visiting I saw a large number of shops/etc that referenced ...


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I was born and grew up in Saigon. Saigon has always been and will forever be Saigon. Don't call it by any other name! A historical allusion to these naming is Leningrad, which, similar to most authoritarian states tendencies, was imposed upon the people through violence, bloodshed, oppression. After almost 70 years, Leningrad (Stalingrad as well) has ...


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My wife is Vietnamese, I speak the language at a relative fluency, have visited multiple times and am moving to Saigon in the near future. HCM City is the official government imposed name. Saigon is still the popular informal name. If you say "Saigon" while in the country of Vietnam you MIGHT irritate some of the ones wearing pea-green uniforms if you're ...


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No. Everyone will be fine with it. Ho Chi Minh City is the official name of the city, you need to use it in all paper work. No exception. The Vietnamese who stays in Ho Chi Minh City and its outskirt call the whole city as "Thành phố" or "The city". Sài Gòn is used to call its District 1 area, or more specific, the Bến Thành market area. In 2012, the city ...


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Extended my visa in Da Nang. Costed me 70 USD and took 1 day :-) I am pretty sure you can just take the fine, but there is cases where you are sent back to the city to "fix it". So I didn't take the chance. And obviously @ptityeti was correct - it was actually 16 days and 5 minutes :-)


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I'm Vietnamese born and raised in Saigon. No, most Vietnamese would not be offended if you were to use Saigon instead of HCM. I said "most" because obviously there will always be a minority of people who are unhappy about something. I imagine that if you were to run into one of these people, they're most likely brainwashed nationalists who revere HCM -- ...


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There are two aspects to it. One is simply that Ho-Chi-Minh City is the official name. Calling that city Saigon is somewhat like calling Tokyo by its former name Edo, calling India's Chennai Madras, calling the US state of Utah Deseret, calling New York New Amsterdam, calling the German city of Chemnitz Karl-Marx-Stadt, calling Saint Petersburg Petrograd (...


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I think to get from Saigon to Kampot, you have to go through Phnom Penh. The main roads and bus lines go that way. Even if there are more direct roads, I doubt they can be used by buses because of the condition of many bridges in the area. Usually you can always get a private taxi to take you anywhere, but I doubt you'll find someone in Saigon driving you ...


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It is to scam you out of your money. They offer prices significantly above market, around 3-5X times what you would pay for a taxi in the area. Some of them will offer more elaborate plans like taking you to visit certain places and they will but again will charge you significantly more than a typical tour bus. Actually, I was there a month ago and this ...


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It's pretty like Saint Petersburg to Leningrad, Aéroport de Paris Nord to Aéroport de Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle or Edwinton to Bismarck. Calling the city Sài Gòn could be considered offensive: NO. But note that in formal or official cases, the proper name of the city is Hồ Chí Minh City. Calling the city Sài Gòn may make people reminisce about the "good old ...


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Vietnamese residents (southerners) refer to the central urban area (Districts 1 and 5) as Sài Gòn, and as a destination on transport, it's usually Sài Gòn. The expat community tend to use Saigon to indicate all of HCMC, but it leads to confusion with the locals. Northerners tend to laugh, and just call it Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh. But that's because they're ...


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There are definitely luggage lockers at Ho Chi Minh airport, although this might not be ideal for you. Unfortunately the internet says that there are no luggage lockers in the train station. Your best bet is likely to be asking your accomodation to store the luggage for you. They might do this for free if you promise them you will come back for another night ...


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The easiest path is through Phnom Penh and Chau Doc. This is an established traveler path. Going through Ha Tien is possible, though more adventurous. You will be very much on local transportation, unreliable and overcrowded. I'm not confident it will end up being quicker or cheaper than going through Phnom Penh, but you may get lucky. If you are at a ...


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From wikitravel regarding Saigon - Ha Tien: There are buses to Ha Tien from Ho Chi Minh City's Mien Tay terminal (about 8h). To get to Mien Tay Bus Station (Western bus station): Take bus No. 139 from Tran Hung Dao Street. I found this on Tripadvisor, a nightbus to Ha Tien the bus leaves from the Western Bus Station in Saigon,at 21.00 and gets in ...


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I live and work in Ho Chi Minh City. Saigon to most people is 1, 2, or three things. the suburb known as district 1 which was once the original old town of Saigon which grew outward from the river. The airport... name for IATA refers to the city as Saigon (SGN) so all airlines that land in Ho Chi Minh City are travelling to and landingin Saigon. No one in ...


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I am a native Hanoian and to me, Ho Chi Minh city and Sai Gon can be used interchangeably, nothing offensive. People like me more consider Sai Gon as a short, convenience and informal name of Ho Chi Minh city. However when I first came to HCM city more than 20 years ago, I realized that local people refer "Saigon" to the central district #1 and the adjacent ...


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The question is not only will you be forced to go through immigration, but when you board the plane in Siem Reap, will the gate agent believe you that you be forced to go through immigration. If they do, they are not going to let you on the plane enough to have the paperwork to get in. If you were an American, I would say: spend the $10 to get a visa pre-...


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Make sure you know Ben Thanh bus station ( opposite to benthanh market). In here, catching the bus number 703( tour from benthanh to Moc bai), this bus will stop at Moc Bai bus station. And in here let catch the bus number 05 to Tay Ninh. You could catch this bus in Ben Thanh at 6AM - 16PM. Another tour is the bus 13 from Ben thanh to Cu Chi, 94 if you are ...


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According to google maps, the location you want to go to, is called the "J.V Corporation. for Development & Management of Export Processing Zone Sai Gon Linh Trung" in Tay Ninh province. This is a bit out of Ho Chih Minh city, and it will be difficult to get there with a bus, and impossible with a direct one. There are two bus lines going in the ...


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As Tom said, Tết is a family holiday, so most people would return to their hometown and stay in their houses, therefore hotels and guesthouses would be rather empty those days. In major cities like Ho Chi Minh city or Ha Noi it will be quite deserted and quiet unlike normal. However other touristy places like Đà Lạt, Nha Trang, Vũng Tàu... would be very ...


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I'm Vietnamese and here's the fun fact: "Ho Chi Minh city" is the official name of the city but Vietnamese people rarely call that name, we prefer Saigon. Why? For some people living in South Vietnam, it's a politic matter. But for th rest, even people from other regions prefer Saigon because that name is simply shorter. So just use Saigon freely, some ...


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SG Capsule at 36 le Loi, district 1. It is a hostel but also supply professional luggage storage service. You can search and make an appointment with them on their Facebook.


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I lived in Phnom Penh for a few years and the route I would recommend based on my preference of comfort and price is. If starting from HCMC: Get the Giant Ibis bus which out of the 4 bus companies that i travelled with between PP and HCMC is far superior in my opinion. Pros with Giant ibis: Catered towards foreigners and expats Good seats English ...


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