Vietnam's postal system is fairly reliable, though not overly quick. Most outlets, called 'buu dien' in HCMC, are open late, some even at weekends. Saigon Central Post Office doubles as a tourist attraction. Don't seal your parcels before taking them to the post office as you will be required to show the contents to the clerk before the parcel is weighed and priced. Delivery times vary depending on where your parcel or letter was sent from.
Registered, express mail service is available for time-senstitive packages. Postcards cost around VND10,000 to send overseas, good to know when you need to fire off that quirky propaganda art postcard. Note that you may have to wade through a slow inspection process before you can claim any packages that were sent to you from overseas. For small packages that need to be delivered quickly to a location within Ho Chi Minh City, try one of the international courier companies.
Saigon Central Post Office, 2 Cong Xa Paris st., D.1; 083 8296 862; Open daily from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm Vietnam Internet, Phones and Post Office: 125 Hai Ba Trung st., D.1; 083 8270 888 / Fax: 083 8270 777 DHL International HCMC 4 Phan Thuc Duyen, Tan Binh District; 083 8446 203; Open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm FedEx HCMC 6 Thang Long, Tan Binh District; 083 9480 370; Open Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm