Sam Nguyen

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I am a local living in Ho Chi Minh City



Asia > Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City > Tan Son Nhat International Airport > Useful Info
Submitted on Jul 22, 2019 Useful Info

Where to buy a SIM card at Ho Chi Minh City's international airport

  • Tan Son Nhat airport is the main international airport in HCMC
  • Getting a SIM card there is very convenient. You can get it either before you go through passport control or after. I highly recommend getting it AFTER you've got your bags and left the customs area, because the desks before passport control are not official sellers and many people report the SIM card stopped working after 12 hours
  • Also, I think only the international terminal has SIM cards. If you arrive in the domestic terminal (which is in a separate building), you won't be able to buy a card there
  • Where to find the SIM card vendors at the international terminal:
  1. Pick up your bags and exit the customs
  2. Turn left and walk towards the end of the building
  3. After walking just 80 meters or so at the very end of the terminal building, you will see on your right hand side 3 offices selling SIM cards. They belong to the 3 largest telecom companies in Vietnam: Viettel, Mobifone, and VinaPhoneUser submitted photo of Tan Son Nhat International Airport

  • Opening hours of these offices: 7am to 2:30am daily
  • How much does a SIM card cost:
  • Prices change all the time. Any information you find online will likely be outdated by the time you arrive. The best is to just show up and see what's on offer
  • Still, it's very cheap. To give you ball park, in early 2019 these were the going prices for 4G data packages when you buy from the airport telecom offices I showed above:
  • VinaPhone:
  • 5GB of data for 105,000 dongs, or $4.50 USD
  • 9GB for 135,000 dongs, or $5.80 USD
  • 20GB for 230,000 dongs, or $9.9 USD
  • Viettel:
  • Unlimited 4G data (no voice): 200,000 dongs or $8.6 USD
  • MobiFone:
  • 4GB per day: 300,000 dongs or $12.90
  • To buy a card you need to have cash Dongs, which you can get in one of the nearby exchange booths. The exchange rate at the airport is basically the same as the city

  • Coverage:
  • Viettel has the biggest 4G coverage. If you're going to be travelling all over Vietnam, this is your best choiceUser submitted photo of Tan Son Nhat International Airport
  • VinaPhone also has great coverage. Unless you plan to go to some really remote areas in the north, you should be goodUser submitted photo of Tan Son Nhat International Airport
  • Mobifone has the smallest coverage of the three. It's especially weak in the northern part of the country. But if you only plan to stay in the major cities, this will work totally fineUser submitted photo of Tan Son Nhat International Airport
  • I used this website to check the coverage maps if you want to see the latest data: https://www.nperf.com



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On Jan 01, 2020

Take a look at https://sascotravel.com/en/sim-card-list/sim-4g/ - They have a kiosk right inside the airport.