Internet and Communication
Vietnam is one of the most wired countries in the world. Most cities have wireless internet in cafes, airports and even homes while public internet computers can be found easily for as low as 20 cents per hour.
In rural areas, internet searches are less common, but if the area attracts a certain amount of tourists (such as Sapa) you should still manage to find a place for email or facebook. VNPT and FPT.
Note that using the Internet away from home requires certain precautions. Don’t forget to sign out of your account and clear your cookies before you leave your computer. Avoid checking banking and other important personal information in unsafe internet areas.
Phones and accompanying services in Vietnam are almost too affordable. It can be helpful if you bring your phone from home and buy a sim card (it costs about $3) if you plan to travel for more than 2 weeks and need frequent phone communication. Sim cards are sold at most post offices and paper counters.
1 – To call a Vietnamese phone number from other countries, press +84 and the given number.
2 – To call a foreign phone number from Vietnam, press + country code + city code + phone number. The cheapest way to call abroad from Vietnam is to use a VOIP service, available at a public internet cafe, or use Skype. Viettel – a national corporation in telecommunications also has competitive rates: you can call Canada or the US for 10 cents per minute.
Most cities and towns have a central post office near the tourist area. Generally, postage is 50 cents, mailing is $1, and plans vary. Bring your identification if you are sending a package abroad.
Here are some addresses of post offices in major cities:
75 Dinh Tien Hoang – Hoan Kiem – Hanoi.
Tel: (024) 38255948
Fax: (024) 38250536
Ho Chi Minh City Post Office
125 Hai Ba Trung, Ben Nghe, District 1
Tel: (028) 38.270.888
Fax: (028) 8270777
Hue Post Office
8 Hoang Hoa Tham
Tel: (0234) 3820555
Fax: + (0234) 3823469
Hoi An Post Office
6 Tran Hung Dao
Tel: (0235) 3911257
Fax: (0235) 3862444