These must-have apps will definitely make your life easier living in Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam in general. The Vietnamese are certainly good at providing great door to door service.
They are all easy to use and most delivery apps you can link to your bank account or pay C.O.D.
The granddaddy of them all!! Facebook is not only for social use but is used heaps for communicating with all types of businesses here. Whether it be asking questions about a product or placing an order for take away dinner. It can be used for so many things.
There are heaps of local one-man suppliers. People that bake cakes to people that propagate plants to people that make their own products like jewellery.
It is also an amazing resource with local groups. With endless information about living here. You can post a question or search the group for common topics already discussed. Foodies Saigon is a group to keep up to date with the best food in the city. Along with other Expat groups that help each other with any issues that arise. These include Saigon International Families and Expats in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Vietnam
Grab is the major transport app of Vietnam. The equivalent to Uber in South East Asia. You can order a motorbike or car service to get around the city using their simple interface. It is really easy to use. You can also arrange pick up and delivery of items as a courier service and they also have a food delivery service, GrabFood.
You can pay with cash, card or your virtual wallet that you top-up in advance.
A new must-have app on the scene for living in Ho Chi Minh is GoDee. Go-Dee has an amazing philosophy and is different from the other transport apps. It is a minivan that you book and rideshare with other people.
The app is easy and simple to use. You book the ride, get to a Godee stop, wait for the minivan to pick you up and share your drive with up to 15 people. You can us the app to can check how far the van is from you and you can also book,change and cancel your ride if you need to. To change the booking it costs 30,000 VND.
It is super affordable and in most cases with be cheaper than a Grabbike! Not only is it affordable and convenient it is good for the planet. Give it a go and download the app here.
We want to provide Vietnamese daily commuters with a transportation option that combines the comfort and efficiency of ride-hailing services on the one hand, and the cheap costs of public transportation on the other.– GoDee
This is a grocery delivery service. You can order from all different food stores around the city. You get assigned a “Chopper” (haha…get it shopper vs chopper!!). This “Chopper” goes and does your shopping for you. Bliss!!! You can select them to call and ask questions if something you want is out of stock. Then it is delivered straight to your door.
This a great service the only downside is that sometimes certain items are out of stock. It always happens to be that one thing you need for that night’s dinner recipe!!
Other grocery apps include MarketOi and Farmi (organic goods).
Another App another amazing name!! Mmmmmmm! This food delivery app is a must-have. You enter your address and it shows up with restaurants close to you. All types of restaurants are on there from local casual eateries to fancy fine dining restaurants. Order, track your meal and wait for it to arrive!! Simple!! Mmmmm…..
Also check out Foody, NowVN and of course McDelivery for other food delivery apps that are a must-have in Ho Chi Minh city!!
You can pretty much find anything on Lazada. It is kind of an equivalent to Amazon or eBay in the west. Most of the vendors are located in Vietnam and China, so products arrive pretty quickly. Great for kids toys and board games, household items and everything really! You can use the phone app or the website. Often the website is easier to use because google translates the text. You can link your bank account or pay C.O.D. They also have a really easy and reliable returns service. Incase something shows up and it is different from what you expect.
Also, check out Tiki and Shoppee other great shopping apps.
This app is super convenient to use to top up your phone credit. Simple and easy to use just add your phone number, the amount you want to top up and pay with Paypal or credit card. It tops up the phone straight away. You can also top up other phone numbers that aren’t your own for family and friends. Download it here.
AirVisual up to date pollution levels with this awesome app. Unfortunately, the pollution is pretty bad in Ho Chi Minh City somedays. By using this app you can see that current reading of pollution in your area, past readings and a forecast for the coming days. It helps you to decide your plans for the day and whether or not it is safe to play outside. It is a great app for wherever you live. You can see the levels for most countries around the world.
Culture Trip is one you can use all over the world. It is a travel website and app and they have the best articles! So well written and they don’t always show the really common places to go. It shows you places that are popular with locals and tourists alike and highlights places that are on the road less travelled! Be sure to check this one out!
Thanks for reading and be sure to check out more tips on living in Ho Chi Minh City, here.