Others; codes, tip and bargaining
Taxi: Taxis with meters are available in big cities. The current price is about US$ 0.5 per kilometre. Most metered taxi drivers can speak a little English.
Business hours: (GMT + 7)
* Offices: 07:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 01:00 p.m. to 04:30 p.m., closed on Saturday and Sundays
* Banks: 08:00 a.m to 03:00 p.m, closed on Friday afternoons, Saturday and Sunday.
Electrical current: 110-220 volts A.C.
Telephone: Long distance calls should be made at post offices, hotels or telephone booths (phone cards are available at post offices). Normally, hotels will get 15-20% service charge of the bill. Internet phone is an alternative choice and much cheaper, with around 0,1USD/minute to Europe or America
Internet: Internet cafes with ADSL can be found easily in Vietnam. Cost for an hour is around 0,5US$.
Vietnam telephone codes
To make a phone call to someone in Vietnam dial: 0084 + area code + telephone number. For more information and dialling codes for specific cities see www.countrycodes.com.
Bargaining: Bargaining is a way of life in much of South East Asia. In Vietnam shops don’t have fixed prices so the shop keeper will start with a high price which you are then expected to bargain down until you reach a fair price. Bargaining should always be relaxed and can be a lot of fun but you should remember that it is considered disrespectful to agree a price but then walk away.