Many travelers are concerned about SIM cards as well as mobile coverage for staying connected in Vietnam. Indeed, buying a SIM card in Vietnam to keep contact, information searching or map checking is necessary for an excellent vacation in Vietnam.

SIM Cards in Vietnam

SIM Cards in Vietnam

Where to buy
Is it easy to get a SIM card in Vietnam? Definitely yes. A pre-activated Vietnamese SIM card which costs less than 100,000 VND (5$USD) can be sold at the airports, via land borders and nearly every shop on the streets. Recharge cards are widely available in small shops on the sidewalks. If your trip is organized by a travel agent, you are generally provided with an activated SIM card bought in advance by your tour guide or driver with registered 3G Internet Package. In case you travel by yourself or a SIM card is not prepared by your clients, buy it at the airports of tourist destinations where the staff can speak English for more convenience. Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat and Da Nang Airport, three biggest airport of Vietnam, inevitably offer this service as well. In addition, all types of SIM cards with different sizes (Full-size SIM, Mini-SIM, Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM) are available in every mobile shops. In Vietnam, both prepaid SIM cards and postpaid SIM cards are sold, but a prepaid one is highly recommended for foreign tourists.

It is recommended to buy SIM card in the airport

It is recommended to buy SIM card in the airport

Best mobile operators in Vietnam
The three most common mobile operators in Vietnam are Viettel, MobiFone and VinaFone. They are all government-owned companies with wide network coverage for mobile calls and are likely to have similar prices. In fact, Viettel seems to have the biggest number of clients while MobileFone has the best quality service with around 3200 mobile phone subscribers in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. For all the mobile carriers, to check the balance, press *101# for main account and *102# for bonus account; and to top-up by voucher, type *100*#. If you’re bound to stay in Vietnam for a few months or longer, you need to extend the expiration date of each prepaid SIM card (100,000 VND for 1-month extension). Contact International Support Center for any question.

Vinaphone, Viettel and Mobilefone are the best SIM card operators in Vietnam

Vinaphone, Viettel and Mobilefone are the best SIM card operators in Vietnam

Prices and Data Speed
Prices do not differ so much between the 3 major operators: price of a 1 minute local call is from 1, 000 dong; from 250 dong for local SMS and 2,500 VND for international SMS. Cellular coverage in Vietnam is extensive and stable at affordable price. 3G High Speed Data Package for 1 month is about 70,000VND. Speeds vary between good and very good, depending on geographical location. You can have full 3G signal everywhere in Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City and other urban areas or even in many remote parts like rural villages in Mekong Delta. Except for in some mountainous areas or in bad weather, data service is limited to access. Besides, 4G/LTE service is currently launched across the country for better usage of mobile applications in Vietnam.