Post codes and the postal system in vietnam

     

Why did I need a Vietnam giới Zip Code (Postal Code)?

The short answer is AMAZON

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! And, I can assure you, the tìm kiếm for a postcode for our new address in Ho Chi Minc City has not been easy. Something that should have been so simple took me quite some time and I’m not sure I’m there yet.

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If you just want lớn find a postcode for somewhere in Vietnam and don’t wish khổng lồ read about my detective work then head straight for the third last paragraph of this post. I did work it out in the over.

The whole saga started when I decided I’d try & buy a book from Amazon. We will be in Ho Chi Minch City for a while & I want khổng lồ really make an effort khổng lồ get out và explore different aspects of the đô thị. There are lots of great books available, fiction và non-fiction & there were a few I’ve had my eye on. Something lớn improve my extremely basic Vietnamese language skills looked useful, as did a street food dictionary. There were also a couple of guides written by locals that promised khổng lồ get me below the tourist veneer and save us lots of money.

Anyway, I chose a couple, threw them in my shopping cart and went to lớn kiểm tra out. Everything was going well until I got khổng lồ the shipping address, then WHAMMO!!! I was stopped in my tracks. No problems about shipping to Vietphái nam but what was the Zip Code (AKA postcode or postal code)? Ho Chi Minh City is extremely large và I figured there would probably be a whole series of codes…BUT, I’d never actually seen one before. Fair to lớn say I’d never looked very far, but now I really needed it. This field is mandatory.

How did I find my local Ho Chi Minc City postcode? ….With a lot of effort!!

OK…So the first thing I did was pull out every business thẻ, pamphlet, brochure and bill we had lying around the apartment and look at the addresses. No luck! Street address, District & even Ward were clearly described but not one single postcode. Ho Chi Minc City & Vietphái mạnh were also part of the address on many of them but no zipcode. I asked my Vietnamese friends. The unanimous response was that they don’t get used at all.

Next I went khổng lồ the trusty internet…for a while I didn’t have a whole lot of luchồng there either. Searches for “postcode Ho Chi Minch City”, “postal code Saigon”, “zip code Vietnam”, “Ho Chi Minch City Vietphái mạnh zip code” & every other combination I could think of didn’t really get much joy.

Wikipedia looked hopeful. They have a whole page titled Postal Codes in Vietnam…But the best they could vì chưng is tell me that Vietnam uses 6 digit postal codes và that Ho Chi Minh’s ranged from 70XXXX to 76XXXX. I was pretty sure AMAZON

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wasn’t going khổng lồ lượt thích all those X’s. Clicking through that liên kết gave me some awesome information on Ho Chi Minc City, but alas no specific postal code.

There were plenty of discussion boards lamenting the fact that Postal Codes aren’t used in Vietphái mạnh. I finally got onlớn the Amazon Help Forum that seemed lớn indicate I should just use 700000 as the default & that would work. But I was a little bit dubious. Postcodes are important in nước Australia. They help your mail get delivered correctly. What if my books got lost because I had entered a mặc định code? We live sầu in the suburbs và I’m pretty sure our postal code would be different khổng lồ the GPO that I figured this code was for.. Worry wart I know, but I get lượt thích that sometimes!

So I delved a bit deeper & finally hit upon a link to Vietnam Post. Surely they would have sầu something on their site. Ah yes…but it’s all in Vietnamese as the English option wasn’t working. Anyway, with a bit of trial and error I used the 4th tab from the left title MANG LU’OI, which I believe means NETWORK. The locations in the first drop down menu for Province had the same 2 numbers that I had seen in the Wikipedia List. Ho Chi Minc City was 70. The next drop down box was titled District so I was pretty sure I was on the right trachồng. I pulled down Phu Nhuan (my suburb) and low & behold a table appeared with a listing of numbers & the addresses of the local Post Boxes in my area.


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Inside Saigon Central Post Office


I have deduced that my Postal Code must be the number in the second column on the line matching up with the closest Post Box. Having only sent stuff out from the Central Post Office in District 1, I had no idea where that might be. So the next step was to work out where these locations were & which one was closest khổng lồ us. Google maps helped me on that one but I did have sầu to take a punt and translate the addresses from Vietnamese.

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Amazon has accepted accepted my address. My postal code has six digits. The first two are for my province or City, in this case Ho Chi Minch City. The second two are for my District (Phu Nhuan) và the last two for the Ward (a part of each District).

This is a classic example of how lớn spend a loooottttt of time doing something that should be so simple. Why didn’t I go khổng lồ the post office và ask in the first place? You may well ask…I certainly am. Perhaps it’s the fact that until I started this tìm kiếm I didn’t know where that was. Perhaps it’s that I am now so used to obtaining instant information from the internet that it actually didn’t cross my mind. Perhaps it’s that when I needed the information it was blowing a gale outside and teeming with rain. Anyway it’s done now and if you’ve sầu found this post then you won’t have to go through all the effort.

How khổng lồ find your Vietphái nam Post Code

So if you need khổng lồ get something delivered in Vietnam giới & or a return address lớn skết thúc something these are the steps lớn follow to get your Vietphái nam postcode.

First find out where your nearest post box is.Enter your City or Province, the District or Town andUse the number in the second column corresponding to the Post Box address.

That should bởi vì the trichồng. As for me…I’m still waiting on my package. I’ll let you know when it gets here.

UPDATE: The books arrived safe và sound about three weeks after ordering. I won’t be ordering hard copies again UNLESS they are not available in eBook format as the delivery charges were quite steep. Even then, I believe you can order through the local FAHASA outlet and you don’t get charged for delivery. I’ll check that out for a future post. It would be worth it for higher priced goods not readily accessible in Saigon, although I’ve sầu heard mixed stories about the amount of customs you are required to lớn pay on various items.


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Hooray, they arrived!


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AnhMy Tran says:

Vietnam giới postal area code is the most stupid idea ever heard of.America is a large countries, and we invented the area code to help, in addition of true address, that need no area code.Other countries that are tiny, post office need no such thing.Letters mailed from the other countries sent to lớn Vietphái nam go to lớn airports first, either SaiGon or HaNoi. From there, letters are transferred khổng lồ the District Post Office of the address. Then they go to lớn the branches offices, & khổng lồ the house of the address. Sometimes the mails get lớn the mountain by horse or on foot for several hours, where the area code is never a good idea.


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