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Updated information about Vietnam SIM card for tourists

Updated: May 30

Traveling to Vietnam as a foreigner and staying connected is essential. Here are some key options and tips for getting a mobile SIM card.

Vietnam SIM cards for tourists
Vietnam SIM cards for tourists

01 Preparing a SIM card when traveling to Vietnam is essential for several reasons

Having a local SIM card ensures a smoother, safer, and more enjoyable travel experience by providing reliable connectivity, cost savings, and the convenience of accessing essential services and information.

  • Communication: A local SIM card allows tourists to make local calls, send texts, and use data services. This is crucial for staying in touch with travel companions, local contacts, and for making reservations or inquiries.

  • Internet Access: Having reliable internet access is important for navigation, checking travel information, and staying updated on any changes in plans or emergencies.

  • Maps and Directions: Using apps like Google Maps or other navigation services requires a data connection, which is vital for finding your way around in a foreign country.

  • Transportation services: Access to real-time traffic updates, public transport schedules, and ride-hailing services (such as Grab, Be, Xanh SM in Vietnam) can significantly enhance your travel experience.

  • Travel Updates: Staying informed about local news, weather conditions, and any travel advisories is easier with constant internet access.

  • Booking and Reservations: Using local apps and websites for booking accommodations, tours, and transportation is easier with a local data connection.

  • Language and Translation: Translation apps and services, which require internet access, can help bridge language barriers.


02 Major Mobile Providers in Vietnam

For tourists visiting Vietnam, there are primarily two types of SIM cards available: physical SIM cards and eSIM cards.

Mobile Providers

Comparison

Recommended Plans for Tourists

Viettel

Largest coverage, especially in rural areas

Viettel Tourist SIM: Offers packages with data ranging from 2GB to 15GB per day

Vinaphone

Good coverage and competitive pricing

Vinaphone Tourist SIM: Offers packages with varying data amounts, typically with unlimited data for social media

Mobiphone

Reliable and good coverage in urban areas

Mobifone Tourist SIM: Similar offerings with generous data packages

Here are a few other standard mobile packages you can consider:

  • Viettel: ST5K, ST5KM, ST10K, 1N, FB7, STK15K, YT30, ST30K, VNMI

  • VNPT: VD90, YOLO70, 3VD90, 3YOLO70, 6VD90, 6YOLO70

  • Mobifone: VE5, GCD, 3CD, D15, MBF30, D30, GCW SPY10, TIK10


Price Range (for your reference)

  • 1GB/day for 7 days: Approximately $5-7.

  • Unlimited data for 7 days: Approximately $10-15.

  • Longer plans (30 days): Vary between $15-30 depending on data limits.


03 Where to Buy a SIM Card in Vietnam

  • Airports: Most international airports in Vietnam, such as Noi Bai (Hanoi), Tan Son Nhat (Ho Chi Minh City), and Da Nang International Airport, have kiosks for major mobile providers. It's convenient but can be slightly more expensive.

  • Official Stores: You can find official Viettel, Vinaphone, and Mobifone stores in cities.

  • Retailers: Many convenience stores, electronics shops, and supermarkets sell SIM cards.

  • Online: Some providers and third-party services offer online purchasing, with options for delivery to your accommodation. You can find a SIM card easily on Klook


04 How to Top-Up and Recharging the SIM card in Vietnam

  • Online: Providers offer online top-up services.

  • Physical Cards: Available at convenience stores and supermarkets.


Additional Tips

  • APN Settings: Ensure your phone’s APN settings are configured correctly for the new SIM.

  • Compatibility: Verify that your phone is unlocked and compatible with the GSM network used in Vietnam.


By following these guidelines, you can stay connected easily while enjoying your trip to Vietnam.


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