Talk:Ho Chi Minh City
Reputable Taxi Companies
According to some locals (and my friends who work here, and some frequent visitors), Mai Linh Taxi should also be avoided because they usually take up a longer route or get you around to jack up the meter. And yes, it has been quite some time I've been going here and I get the same experience; I've tried Saigon Air, Mai Linh and Vinasun, and Mai Linh usually gives the highest fare.
Saigon and Ho Chi Minh
Shouldn't this page be at Saigon, per the article naming conventions? Very few travelers call it HCM City, and even official signs and train schedules say "Saigon". I think Saigon is the most common English name for this place. --Evan 16:30, 10 Aug 2004 (EDT)
As a general Wikipedia user, I feel like an encyclopedia should strive to maintain an aura of objectivity rather than becoming political. In this instance, clearly that weighs in favor of titling the article "Ho Chi Minh City," even while noting that most locals refer to the center of the city as "Saigon" and causing "Saigon" to redirect to HCMc. Renaming the article Saigon would undoubtedly be interpreted as a political move, and I think users who are in favor of it should acknowledge that fact.
I just googled and found some pages that say that the coffee fruit is eaten by weasels, not rodents. In Indonesia they have kopi luwak, which is passed through civets. Civets and weasels are both carnivores, not rodents. -phma 20:10, 10 Sep 2004 (EDT)
You can actually obtain a visa at the border if you are a citizen of Sweden, Norway or Denmark and if you intend to stay for less than 15 days. I just did it myself today (Nov 27, 2010) so I am 100% sure it works for at least Swedish citizens coming in by plane. Perhaps it is different crossing the border by land?
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Renaming of Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City
Until recently, the article said:
This was changed  to:
So I attempted a compromise:
That was changed back, so then I tried:
Now, the following change has just been made and reverted :
For me at least, "dating" the change with respect to directly related major events/circumstances seems more important than knowing exactly what day of the week it was (especially when it was 30 years ago).
Suggestions welcome. ~ 184.108.40.206 04:13, 23 January 2008 (EST)
130'000 dong is £4, there is no way that's budget in Saigon. You can get food for 30'000 dong in places like the Sinh Cafe, and pretty much all the restaurants we went to in Saigon, even near the Continental we only spent 60k dong for a meal. This was in September 2007 Eraserhead1 16:43, 4 March 2008 (EST)
Tourists/Locals in bars section
Who separated the bars section? It's bad enough just segregating tourists and locals, but to have done such a bad editing job of it. It's embarrasing.
In the Museum of Vietnamese History listing there has been an edit war over this phrase... "unfortunately they are accompanied by signage which is both in poor English and full of risible Marxist distortions. Read up on Vietnamese history first or you'll have no idea what you're looking at." Please discuss any changes to the phrase here, before this turns into a mindless edit war. --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 06:43, 22 April 2009 (EDT)
There is no need for discussion. There is no constrovercy. This is because these signs do not exist. Maybe they did. BUT THEY DO NOT NOW. Please do not revert back to previous content. If WIkitravel refuses to up-to-date contribution then it is a very low quality, inaccurate & useless. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 220.127.116.11 (talk • contribs)
Thank you Gorilla. I am amazed that other people who have not visited the museum consider they are in a position to comment on what is present. I understand Wikitravel wants people to contribute, and surely those with first hand experience must be valued. Having been to the museum just under 3 weeks I ago there was nothing that could be described as risible, marxist or distortions. I will change the article now.
Under the list of things to Do are hair salons. There are a handful of "beauty salons" on or near Bui Thi Xuan St. in District 1 that appear like car show rooms filled with young women in tight dresses sitting around reading magazines, but not cutting hair. I inquired with a guide and also a cab driver and was told that one could get a hair cut at these establishments as an opening to something illegal. I'm wondering if this should be appended in the article to reflect this "confirmed" observation.
Apartments by the month were removed
I had added a section under "Sleep" for monthly apartments. I've lived in HCMC for 4 months and found searching for apartments to be difficult and the least available resource on the internet. I added the following apartment that I have stayed at which caters to travelers/foreign guests. It was deleted though, is there a reason for this? I would love more information like this to be available on wikitravel personally.
Grace Apartment, 231/7A Le Van Sy St, Ward 14, Phu Nhuan Dist, HCMC, ☎ +(+84 8) 39918456 (firstname.lastname@example.org). $300-$700/mo. editGreat apartment catering to foreigners. About 10 minutes outside of Dist 1 (far side of Dist 3, easy to get to). They have a gym, rooftop garden, laundry. Great rooms. Prices as of late 2010: $300 for single room, $500 for 1 bdrm w/ kitchen (very nice rooms), and $700ish for larger rooms.
Actually there is no need to panic when taking a taxi from HCMC airport: if you do not mind paying USD 11 for a ride to the city center, select one of the taxi stands on the arrival side, between the customs and the exit. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by JeanLouisV (talk • contribs)
Dai Nam Tourist Park
I'm putting this under "discussion" instead of the actual page, because what I have to say about this place is my own opinion. I'm not sure if Wikitravel follows a "neutral point of view" policy or not, so I'm leaving the page unedited.
Words cannot express how disappointing this place is. We went as a group (myself, a Canadian, with 5 locals from Vietnam who had never been there before), and the whole park was virtually empty. Most of the attractions cost extra on top of the entry fee (the go-cart track was 100,000 VND for a 5 minute spin, entry to the zoo was 100,000 VND, and so on.) I felt rather embarassed for my Vietnamese hosts, and we ended up leaving after viewing the temple (presumably the only thing included with the park's entry fee.)
Considering that there's a much cheaper, more authentic, and less "westernized" Vietnam just outside of the park gates, who would bother with this place, especially with the long commute from HCM? This is a tourist trap in full force and should be avoided at all costs.
Now, with all that being said, I'm sure most of it isn't appropriate for the actual article, and I'm not sure what pieces should go in or not. So, I'm leaving this report here and we'll see what the public thinks is a good idea to include in the article. SirCyan 05:56, 28 December 2012 (EST)
Does anyone else think the few paragraphs about food hygiene in the budget section are out of place and misleading? The practices listed are not common to all or even many street food vendors and also happen behind the scenes at food packaging plants and restaurants! they are also not unique to Saigon or even Vietnam. Does anyone else think these comments are out of place? if so, I'll happily slim them down. Caffeinate me 11:27, 13 March 2013 (EDT)
Deleted those few paragraphs since they are completely unnecessary and describe the exact situation in much of the world. I'm sure the original author(s) will just add it back though.
Hi! Nice to see your updates here! Please keep it up. Are you planning on working on more pages? If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask me. Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 20:03, 5 June 2014 (EDT)