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My Saigon: Saigon Secrets to Save Money in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by [Nguyen, Elly Thuy]
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Don't get ripped off in Vietnam.

Buying any product or service in Vietnam can frustrate the bravest travelers. Often there are no posted prices, and visitors are fleeced. Don't be clueless. Don't get scammed. Saigon Secrets is Elly Thuy Nguyen's insider guide to paying local prices and saving money in Vietnam. You'll know where to shop, what to buy, and all the hows and whys of saving money in Vietnam. Most Vietnamese locals don't know all this.

Elly gives you the lowdown.

Saigon Secrets details prices Vietnamese people pay for everything from a cup of coffee to a motorcycle taxi ride to a massage to a bowl of noodles. It also covers tipping tips: don't believe the lie told to tourists that you must tip everywhere, but at the same time, know where tipping is absolutely required. Don't fall for common scams. Don't unknowingly hand your money to the mafia, thinking you're helping street children.

Shop like you mean it.

Some things are a great deal in Saigon: for example, unbranded (or fake-branded) clothes, and top-quality eyeglasses and dental work. Other things are way too expensive in Saigon: for example, brand-name clothes and cosmetics, and most types of electronics. Know the difference, and know where to buy what. Saigon Secrets is like having a knowledgeable local friend in Saigon.

Learn the locals' hacks.

You can skip the line at the airport visa counter and you can also get a ride from the airport into town for under $0.50 USD. You're welcome.

Saigon Secrets is looking out for you in Vietnam.

Elly can't be there with you. She'd love to actually, but, well, no, she has to go to work and get her motorbike fixed and take care of her cat and have dinner with her grandparents. So she's sending you into town with this book. It's almost as good as having Elly along with you, and unlike Elly, it's not always stopping to drink coffee and take pictures.

Enjoy Vietnam.

Vietnam is a spectacular place. With Saigon Secrets, you can avoid the bad stuff, and focus on the good.

About the Author

Elly Thuy Nguyen is a devoted Saigon nerd. Saigon is her major hobby. Reading and writing are her other hobbies, and also her vocation: in her day job, Elly is an English-language marketing writer. In addition to her love of Saigon and the written word, Elly enjoys cafes, cats, hip-hop, and international travel.

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  • Print Length: 26 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CNV5HNO
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa5abae94) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7343fcc) out of 5 stars The Saigon Segrets of a Young Vietnamese Girl,... May 17 2013
By Miki101.Michaela :0))) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
... Ellen Thuy Nguyen, a student at the University of Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon.
She is a Ssaigonese born and bred, and is proud to help other people to save money.

When You have read this book, you will be much wiser than the average tourist, but even wiser than many Saigon locals or Vietnamese visitors.

I got it as a freebie and read it.
It is very illuminating and interesting - so if You find it Gratis, or cheap - take it!
If You want to go to Vietnam, sooner or later... :)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5de387c) out of 5 stars Short and Useful May 11 2013
By Tumbleweeds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a cute little book that was written by a Vietnamese student from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). I could almost imagine her writing this with a big, happy smile on her face as she shares her tips about how to save money when in Saigon.

I'm a foreigner living in Hanoi and have made enough trips to Saigon that I thought I would take a look at this book, and I was impressed with the accuracy of the information provided. It isn't a big book, and there is a lot that could have been said and wasn't, but the tips that were provided made a lot of sense.

I've found that one of the tricks of being a foreigner in Vietnam is to ask a trusted Vietnamese friend how much something should cost. This gives you the advantage of knowing right away whether someone is quoting you a fair price or some outrageous "special foreigner price." She gives some tips in her book on what things should cost - a massage, a sandwich from a street vendor, a motorbike taxi and so on, which is good information. Too many times, I've seen someone get out of a taxi and hand the driver an outrageous amount of money, thinking they got a great deal, when in fact, they paid ten times as much as they should have (and it doesn't feel good after you find that out, either!)

So this is a short but informative book and I'd recommend it to anyone planning a trip to this city.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6171ce4) out of 5 stars Practical Oct. 16 2013
By Knighterrant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've been to Vietnam on business twice in the past two years. So far I haven't gotten to Saigon, but hope to correct that with my next visit. I was drawn to this book to see how practical it was and how different Saigon might be from other Vietnamese cities I have seen.
If you looked at the title of this review, you saw the answer to my first question. Ms Nguyen is very practical without going into too much unnecessary detail. She knows her stuff, and I will certainly keep this one on my Kindle and keep it close when I do get to Saigon.
In regards to my second question, how Saigon compares to other cities, I see a lot of similarities. In fact, about half of the book probably applies throughout the country. Things like obtaining a visitor's visa, the cash economy, exchanging funds, finding the trusted taxi company, and prices for food, clothing and other services seem to be generally true. In my mind, that makes this book a very practical help for anyone going to Vietnam.
In fact, Ms Nguyen should seriously consider a more general book like this which would not be Saigon-specific. I would buy that and recommend it to my friends.
All in all, a very good book. With that in mind, I'll most likely download her other book on Saigon as I get closer to my next trip.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5bb8b1c) out of 5 stars A practical, quick, must-read if visiting Vietnam April 25 2014
By Sean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I haven't left for Vietnam yet, and so I cannot speak to the accuracy of anything in the book. With that said, this is a quick, enjoyable read, with some information that should prove to be very valuable.
My girlfriend purchased me her original (longer, but still a fast read) book, My Saigon, and I literally did not put it down once I started reading. There is a small amount of information repeated in this, but not to any sort of frustrating extent.
While her other book is a kind of ABC's of Vietnam for an english-speaking person, this book is about as practical and concise as can be, and I'm certain the hour (or less) you spend reading this will not be regretted.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5f76348) out of 5 stars Extremely helpful book for anyone visiting Ho Chi Minh City March 27 2014
By Fibonacci - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book on the plane to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) so the information was top-of-mind when we landed. I thought the author did a terrific job of showing where the 'deals' are in town, along with the tourist traps to avoid. The advice she gives is extremely helpful in finding the out-of-the-way places that most tourists miss. The books main mission is to show you how to save money by showing you how to shop like a local. Unfortunately for us, we were there on our anniversary and my wife was in a mood to spend. (Normally she is very frugal, but this was a very special trip for a number of reasons and she was in a mood to enjoy the best the big city has to offer and Saigon has some remarkable things to offer.) Even though we ignored much of the advice, the insights on which taxi services to use and the most common types of scams was extremely helpful. The only criticism I have is that the book is rather short. I would have liked to have seen a bit more coverage of various areas of town and perhaps a look at a range of price points rather than just the cheapest. Still, the book proved remarkably helpful and my wife was surprised at many of the insights I had gleaned from reading it.