Keeping in Touch in Vietnam


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Vietnam still has a lot to achieve with regards to Internet accessibility and download speeds, but keeping in touch with friends and family back home is relatively easy and inexpensive.

International calls are cheap, Vietnam has a great postal service and the Internet does work, most of the time.
 

Internet in Vietnam


It is simple enough to get Internet access in Vietnam either through a service provider (Dial-up or ADSL), at a post office or an Internet café (mainly found in the more touristy areas).

The Vietnamese government is still wary of the effects of the free flow of information and certain topics or sites are fire-walled from time to time. In general, the expat population within Vietnam remains unaffected by these restrictions.

Skype is easy to access and use, but video Skype can overload the Internet line at times and so it is best to stick to voice chat.
 

Mobile phones in Vietnam

 
Setting up a cellular telephone is incredibly easy in Vietnam. Mobile phones in Vietnam use the SIM card system. SIM cards can be purchased at almost any grocery store in Vietnam.

Choosing the correct service provider is important as some only allow prepaid customers to make international calls whereas others will also allow users to receive international calls. Viettel and Mobiphone are popular and quality service providers.

It is also relatively straightforward to set up a cell phone account, however expats may need a Vietnamese speaking colleague to assist with translation. In order to set up the account expats will generally need to provide copies of their passport, visa, proof of residence and place of work, as well as a copy of their employment contract.

International dialling

Local and international phone calls and SMSs are cheap, and there are a multitude of international calling cards available from street vendors which offer discounted rates depending on which country a person calls to.

Post service in Vietnam


Vietnam has a trustworthy and fairly efficient postal service.

Receiving mail at a home address is relatively easy as is using a work address, just be sure that street addresses (including the obliques) are written legibly on the package – especially if a building is located down one of Vietnam's infamous city alleyways.

In general expats will find it simple to stay in touch with friends and family back home during their stay in Vietnam. 

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