Best Places to Exchange Money in Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh Travel Guide / August 02, 2017
Best Places to Exchange Money in Ho Chi Minh Image credit: Hung Long Money Exchange

The official currency in Vietnam is called Dong (VND). Banknotes are available in 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000, 200,000, and 500,000 dong. The 20,000 and 500,000 bills look similar so be extra careful when paying with these notes.

Foreign visitors in Ho Chi Minh can buy local currency upon arrival at the airport. The exchange rate is not favorable but it might be necessary to pay for taxi fare and other immediate needs.

For the best exchange rates, you are recommended to visit the money changers and gold dealers around Ben Thanh Market and Ho Chi Minh Square.

Some big hotels in Ho Chi Minh also offer currency exchange service, use it for your convenience only as the rates are quite poor.

You can also exchange currency at banks or withdraw Vietnamese Dong at ATMs. ATM withdrawals incur bank charges so check with your bank first to know how much you will have to pay.

Below is a list of recommended money changers, gold shops, and bank branches in Ho Chi Minh City. Phone numbers are included for you to call for inquiries before visiting.

1. Money Changers at and around Ben Thanh Market

Money Changers at and around Ben Thanh Market

Money changers and gold dealers at Ben Thanh Market are the first choice of locals and visitors alike when it comes to currency exchange. These shops can be found inside and outside the market. Expect to find a large number of them on Le Thanh Ton street, which is one among the 4 streets surrounding this famous old market.

RECOMMENDED MONEY CHANGERS

1) Ha Tam Jewelry

  • This shop is located across the West entrance of Ben Thanh Market
  • Address: 2 Nguyen An Ninh, Ben Thanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Phone: +84 8 3823 7243
  • Opening hours: Daily 07:00 – 22:00*

2) Ben Thanh Money Changer

  • It is located about 9 meters away from the West entrance of Ben Thanh Market
  • Address: 30-36 Phan Boi Chau, Ben Thanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Phone: +84 97 375 67 76
  • Opening hours: Daily 07:00 – 22:00*

3) Hoang Thu

  • It is situated across the North entrance of Ben Thanh Market
  • Address: 178 Le Thanh Ton, Ben Thanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Phone: +84 90 854 47 44
  • Opening hours: Daily 09:00 – 18:30

4) Ben Thanh Jewelry

  • This shop is located across the North entrance of Ben Thanh Market
  • Address: 166 Le Thanh Ton, Ben Thanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Phone: +84 8 2210 4929
  • Opening hours: Daily 09:00 – 18:00*

*Opening hours may vary. Call first before visiting.

2. Money Changers near Ho Chi Minh Square

Money Changers near Ho Chi Minh Square Image credit: Hung Long Money Exchange

Ho Chi Minh Square, situated in the heart of the city and right in front of Ho Chi Minh City Hall, is also a popular place for currency exchanging in Saigon. The whole stretch of the square is surrounded by hotels, shops, and restaurants. This is probably a reason for money exchange shops and gold dealers to settle down in the area.

The forex shops near Quynh Art Gallery are very popular among tourists.

RECOMMENDED MONEY CHANGERS

1) Hung Long Money Exchange

  • This shop is located near Quynh Art Gallery and Sheraton Saigon
  • Address: 86 Mac Thi Buoi, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Phone: +84 8 3829 7887
  • Opening hours: Daily 07:00 – 22:00

2) Eximbank Money Exchange 59

  • Its location is near Quynh Art Gallery and Sheraton Saigon
  • Address: 135 Dong Khoi, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Phone: +84 8 3827 5363
  • Opening hours: Daily 07:00 – 22:00

3) Currency Exchange

  • This money changer is located near Bitexco Financial Tower
  • Address: 109, Ho Tung Mau, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Phone: +84 8 3915356/57
  • Opening hours: 24 hours

4) Minh Thu

  • Address: 12 Le Loi, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Phone: +84 8 3823 8575
  • Opening hours: Daily 07:00 – 22:00*

5) Therese Jewelry

  • This shop is situated near Ben Thanh Gallery
  • Address: 9 Nguyen Thiep, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Phone: +84 8 3824 6011
  • Opening hours: Daily 09:00 – 18:00

*Opening hours may vary. Call first before visiting.

3. Bank branches on and around Pham Ngu Lao Street

Bank branches on and around Pham Ngu Lao Street

Pham Ngu Lao Street is often referred to as the backpacker district of Saigon, which is surrounded by affordable hostels, guest houses, bars and cafes. If your hotel room is on or around Pham Ngu Lao Street, then no worry about finding a place to buy local currency.

Many of the major banks in Ho Chi Minh like Vietcom Bank and DongA Bank place their branch in the area. For your best convenience, visit the branch of DongA Bank which is located right in the center of the backpacker area (near the intersection of Pham Ngu Lao and De Tham streets).

RECOMMENDED BANK BRANCHES

1) DongA Bank

  • This branch is located in between Kim Khoi Hotel and Xuan Spring Hotel
  • Address: 187 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Phone: +84 8 3920 7372
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 08:00 – 17:00
  • Exchange rate: http://www.dongabank.com.vn/en/exchange

2) Saigon Commercial Bank

  • This branch is located beside 212 Club
  • Address: 242 Cong Quynh, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Phone: +84 8 3920 6501
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 08:00 – 17:00
  • Exchange rate: https://en.scb.com.vn/exchangerate.aspx

 3) Vietcom Bank

4) BIDV

  • This branch is just 3 minutes on foot from Pullman Saigon Centre
  • Address: 118-122 Nguyen Cu Trinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Phone: +84 8 3920 5812
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 07:30 – 17:00
  • Exchange rate: http://bidv.com.vn/default.aspx

5) Indovina Bank

  • This branch is located beside New World Saigon Hotel
  • Address: 50 Pham Hong Thai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Phone: +84 8 3825 7732
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 – 16:00

4. Bank branches near tourist areas in Ho Chi Minh City

Bank branches near tourist areas in Ho Chi Minh City

Banks are always a good option for when one wants a more secure transaction. Listed below are the branches that are easily accessible from tourist areas across Ho Chi Minh City.

Popular banks in Ho Chi Minh include Vietcombank, Vietinbank, and Asia Commercial Bank (ACB Bank). Check out the recommended branches below and the published exchange rates of each bank.

RECOMMENDED BANK BRANCHES

1) Vietcombank @ Me Linh Square

  • This branch is located right across Bach Dang Tourist Port Park
  • Address: 5 Me Linh Square, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Phone: +84 8 3829 7245
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 07:30 – 16:30
  • Exchange rates

 2) Vietinbank on Ham Nghi Street

  • This is just a few steps away from Fideco Tower
  • Address: 93-95 Ham Nghi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Phone: +84 8 3821 0089
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 07:30 – 17:00
  • Exchange rates

3) Asia Commercial Bank on Le Loi Street

  • This branch is just 3 minutes on foot from Ben Thanh Market
  • Address: 72, Le Loi Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Phone: +84 8 3821 4619
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 07:00 – 16:30
  • Exchange rates

4) Eximbank – Nguyen Thai Binh branch

  • This branch is located near Truong Thanh pagoda
  • Address: 136-138 Le Thi Hong Gam, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Phone: +84 8 3914 3152
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 07:00 – 16:30
  • Exchange rates

5) BIDV – Pho Duc Chinh branch

  • This branch is located in front of the Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum
  • Address: 66, Pho Duc Chinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Phone: +84 8 3821 8812
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 07:30 – 17:00
  • Exchange rates

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