Travel information

Venue

The Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science is located in the city campus of the University of Science (in Vietnamese: Dai hoc Khoa hoc Tu nhien), Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City, at 227 Nguyen Van Cu Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The coordinate of the campus is 10.762618,106.682181 .

Transportation

The airport serving Ho Chi Minh City is Tan Son Nhat International Airport (codename SGN). The distance between the airport and the campus is about 8km. Bus number 152 and 109 connect the airport and District 1. For taxi the rate is about 16000 VND/km.

Khoảng cách giữa sân bay Tân Sơn Nhất và trường vào khoảng 8km. Các tuyến xe buýt số 152 và 109 nối sân bay và Quận 1. Giá cước taxi vào khoảng 16000 VND/km.

Hotel

As the campus is on the border with District 1, there are plenty of hotel options, often available on travel sites such as booking.com, tripadvisor.com, or google maps . The followings are several recommendations.

Currency

The currency issued by the Vietnam State Bank is the dong (abbreviated "đ" or VND). Credit cards (such as Visa, Mastercard) can be used in banks, travel agencies, hotels, and major restaurants. US dollars and some other currencies are exchanged to Vietnamese dong in banks, exchange bureaus, hotels, and jewelry shops.  As of April 2018 the exchange rate is about 22700 VND for 1 USD.

Visa information

Official information from Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://visa.mofa.gov.vn/Homepage.aspx

List of Vietnamese dimplomatic missions: http://www.vnembassy.net/

Citizens of many countries can enter Vietnam without visa for short visits.

Visa on arrival: visitors can pick up visa at the Tan Son Nhat airport upon arrival. See e.g. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g293921-c148049/Vietnam:Faq.Visa.On.Arrival.Voa.html

Electronic visa:

https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/trang-chu-ttdt

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Vietnam

Weather

The climate in Ho Chi Minh City is tropical with two seasons: dry season and monsoon.  The rainy season starts at the end of April and last up to December. There are frequent rain in July and August. Updated information can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/1566083

Safety

Downtown Ho Chi Minh City is relatively safe, serious crimes are few. It is safe to walk late to the night. However petty crimes such as theft can happen, especially with respect to consumer electronic devices. Bag/cell phone snatching becomes a problem recently for both tourists and locals. A major danger comes from the heavy traffic. Visitors should exercise basic precautions.

Sightseeing

Wikipedia's article on Ho Chi Minh City and a Wikitravel's article

Official website of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism

There are many travel agencies on the area around Phạm Ngũ Lão and Đề Thám streets on District 1.