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Ho Chi Minh City

Money & costs

Money

Just inside the airport terminal, there’s an exchange counter run by Sasco (848 7142), which gives the official exchange rate. Opening hours are irregular, so carry sufficient US dollar notes in small denominations to get into the city in case Sasco’s is closed.

Banks with 24-hour ATMs dispense dong only, to a maximum amount of 2, 000, 000d per day. Visa or MasterCard cash advances for larger amounts of dong, as well as US dollars, can be handled at bank counters during banking hours. All of these banks also exchange traveller’s cheques, charging less commission when exchanging for dong. Try the following.

ANZ Bank (829 9319; 11 Me Linh Sq) Has a 24-hour ATM.

HSBC (829 2288; 235 Ð Dong Khoi) With secure 24-hour ATM.

Sacombank (836 4231; www.sacombank.com; 211 Ð Nguyen Thai Hoc) Conveniently located in the budget-traveller zone, with 24-hour ATM.

Vietcombank (829 7245; 29 Ð Ben Chuong; closed Sun & last day of the month) The eastern building is for foreign exchange only, but is also worth a visit just to see the stunningly ornate interior. There are also branches in Dong Khoi area (19 Lam Son Sq).