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  • AIESEC HO CHI MINH CITY, VIET NAM Work hard, play harder!

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    INTERN GUIDE BOOK

    AIESEC HO CHI MINH CITY, VIET NAM

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    CONTENTDE BOOK TABL GENERAL OF HO CHI MINH CITY F CONTENT ENERAL OF HO CI MINH

    1. Ho Chi Minh city history 2. Weather 3. Architecture

    GENERA USEFUL INFORMATIONL INFORMATION

    1. Accommodation a) Renting

    i. Apartment ii. Room / Studio

    b) Home stay 2. Common Vehicles

    a) Bus b) Xe m ( motor taxi ) c) Motorcycles d) Taxi

    3. Currency

    a) Vietnam Dong b) Credit Card c) Open bank account

    HO CHI MINH CITY ENTERTAINMENT H CITY ENTERTAINMENT 1. Ho Chi Minh city cuisine

    2. Shopping a) Shopping Center b) Supermarket c) Markets

    3. Coffee shop 4. Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh city

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    a) Seafood Restaurants b) Chinese and Asians Restaurants c) French Restaurants d) Japanese Restaurant e) Korean Restaurant

    5. Bar, pub and discotheque 6. Travelling in Ho Chi Minh city

    a) Reunitification Palace b) The War Remnants Museum c) Cu Chi tunnels d) The City Hall e) Chinatown f) Vinh Nghiem temple g) Dam Sen park h) Suoi Tien park i) An Dong plaza j) Ben Thanh market k) MUST-HAVE Ao Dai

    VIETNAM PUBLIC HOLIDAYS VIETNAM PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

    1. Tet Lunar New Year 2. Vietnamese womens day 3. Hung Kings anniversary 4. Reunification Day / Victory Day 5. National celebration 6. Mid-Autumn festival 7. Vietnamese Teachers Day 8. Christmas

    TIPS 1. DOs 2. DONTs

    CONTACT US 1. Our Local Committee contacts

    2. Hotlines and Embassies in Ho Chi Minh city

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    WELLCOME TO AIESEC HO CHI MINH CITY

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    GENERAL OF HO CHI MINH CITY

    Ho Chi Minh city, or sometimes still called Saigon, is a bustling industrious city where the vibe of the Vietnamese modern life is concentrated. Apart from being the economical heart of the country, the city is also its cultural and historical site. Among the hectic metropolitan atmosphere, the spirit of an ancient culture and stunning past can still be felt and traced back in time. City: Ho Chi Minh City Country: Vietnam Area: 2,095 km2 Population: 6,239,938 Districts: 24 Language: Vietnamese, English, French, Chinese DISTRICTS Ho Chi Minh City has been recently divided into twenty-four administrative districts, of which five are suburban districts and the remaining nineteen are inner districts. Only seven of those urban districts have names while the rest carry the numbers from one to twelve. Apart from the main division, the city districts are also divided into wards, communes or townships. Ho Chi Minh City's attractions are spread among districts 1, 3 and 5.

    District 1 is the official central district of the city and is still referred to by the locals as Saigon, the previous name of Ho Chi Minh City. The new name is used to refer to the rest of the districts except for the central one. District 1 is the main tourist destination for all the visitors because here are most of the city's places of interests, as well as hotels, shops, bars and restaurants. Here are also the backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao and the central Ben Thanh Market.

    Cholon is the largest Chinese district in the country that consists of District 5 and District 6 west of the Saigon River bank. Its name in Vietnamese means "big market", probably because of the huge Chinese Binh Tay Market situated in the area. Apart from that, many old Chinese temples are also located here.

    District 3 is famous for many French architectural-style buildings found in the area. One can also visit the War Remnants Museum and some beautiful pagodas.

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    MAP OF HO CHI MINH CITY

    - In case you go out or wanna come to one particular place that you cannot contact someone in Ho Chi Minh LC.

    - Step 1: Type in google in diadiem.vn. - Step 2: Type key words of the address of particular place you need in the

    white space on the top of the web. For example: 17/7 Doan Nhu Hai street (Duong), Ward (phuong) 12, District (quan) 4, Ho Chi Minh.

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    Ho Chi Minh City History

    Saigon was originally part of the kingdom of Cambodia and, until the 17th century, was a small port town known as Prey Nokor. As more and more settlers moved south it was absorbed by Vietnam and became the base for the Nguyen Lords. Saigon was captured by the French in 1859, and named the capital of Cochinchina a few years later. The city served as the capital of the Republic of Vietnam from 1956 until 1975, when it fell to advancing North Vietnamese forces and was renamed Ho Chi Minh City by the Hanoi government. The symbol of Ho Chi Minh city is Ben Thanh Market since it has been there for almost 178 years first known as Gia Dinh citadel.

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    Weather Located on the southern of Viet Nam, on the right bank of Sai Gon River, Ho Chi Minh City has a tropical climate. There are 2 main seasons in the city:

    Rainy season: Starts from May and lasts until late November. Downpour becomes heavy from June to August. However the shower is usually sudden and stays for a brief period. So even during the rainy season, the reappearance of sun occurs fairly quickly. The average rainfall of the city is around 1800mm. July and November is the time for typhoons, so you should always bring an umbrella or a rain coat in order not to get wet.

    Dry season: Temperature goes down a bit from December to April. The average temperature during dry season stays around 28 degree. The temperature may rise up to 37 degree around noon during late April. However it may drop below 20 degree during the morning hours in late December.

    April is the hottest month and December is the coolest month of the city.

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    USEFUL INFORMATION

    1. Accommodation

    a) Renting

    i. Apartment

    An apartment usually offers full facilities such as internet, water supply, washing machine, air conditioner and other things. It is larger in size and more comfortable to stay in, but of course, more expensive. The advantage is that you can share this type of accommodation with other people to reduce the cost.

    Renting fee This varies, but is often more than 500 USD / month. You can negotiate price with the house owners if you prefer (but usually if you are to stay for more than 3-4 months). This type of accommodation can be found in any residential buildings such as: Sky garden, Hoang Anh Gia Lai, Green View garden, Saigon Pearl.

    ii. Room/ Studio

    Small room in an apartment or a studio itself, cheaper in price but not as good facilities, smaller in size of course. The advantage is that you can save more money when renting this type of accommodation.

    Renting fee

    This also varies, but o f ten f luc tua tes be tween 180 USD to 250 USD per month. You can also share this with your friends if you wish, but keep in mind the size of the room is often less than 25m2. Cheaper rooms with less than 120 USD / month can also be found but they would be empty (which means no bed, weak internet connect ion, unsafe, d istant a rea. ) NOTE: You have to pay the deposit of about 1 month rental price in advance (for any damage) and sign in the contract (conditions will be updated when you decide to rent the room, but pay attention to exchange rate and duration). The deposit will be returned when you leave the room. If you break down any conditions in the contract, you may loose the deposit money.

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    b) Homestay

    The best way to discover and enjoy Vietnamese culture is to stay with Vietnamese family. If you want to stay with a Vietnamese family, please tell us, AIESEC will help you to find the most suitable house for you. Staying with Vietnamese family, you not only learn Vietnamese better than ever but also learn how to cook Vietnamese dishes (I bet that its the thing that attracts you most).

    Notice: This is not an offer, just a recommendation when you dont bring much money. You may have to share the room with a family member, which means you dont have your privacy, and have to follow rules of your host family.

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