Ho Chi Minh City

Will I need to buy a SIM card in Ho Chi Minh City?

Getting a SIM card in Ho Chi Minh City couldn’t be easier.

Kiosks are easy to find and SIM cards are fairly inexpensive. It is a good idea to buy one for your own convenience while traveling in Ho Chi Minh City, as chances are you will be using your Google Maps a lot!

I recommend buying a SIM card right when you arrive at one of the many kiosks inside the airport, and if you ask the vendor they will gladly help you install the SIM card onto your phone.

There is no need for an ID card and there is no complex registration process involved! Try one of the following carriers: Viettel, Mobifone, or Vinaphone.

Editor’s note: You can buy a SIM card before or after you go through immigration. It is recommended waiting until AFTER you have collected your luggage and gotten through customs, because the kiosks before passport control are not official sellers and many customers have reported the SIM card stopped working after 12 hours.

The average price of tourist SIM cards in Ho Chi Minh City ranges from VND 100,000 to VND 250,000 depending on how much 3G data, how many outgoing domestic call minutes, and how many SMS messages you need for the duration of your trip.

The carriers Vinaphone and Viettel are recommended because of their high-speed internet connection and stable mobile coverage.

If you ever run out of data, there will be no need to buy a new SIM card, as you can simply go to the Telecom service store and purchase more data.

Is free WiFi internet access easy to find in Ho Chi Minh City?

Free WiFi can be easily found in most places in Ho Chi Minh City, from coffee shops and restaurants, to shopping malls and office buildings.

Because of this I would recommend you limit your 3G data usage to things such as Google Maps, using GPS, or doing a quick internet search for information, and avoid using data to watch videos or to download big files.

Do cafes offer free WiFi?

Yes, even street food stalls and cafes provide free WiFi!

If for some reason you find yourself in a place that doesn’t have its own WiFi, chances are the staff will provide you with a password to access the nearest WiFi network, which is usually that of a hotel or another café.

Is the internet in Ho Chi Minh City fast/reliable?

The WiFi in cafes and restaurants is, for the most part, stable and fairly fast.