|Vietnamese postal services|
Post Office ("Buu Dien" in Vietnamese) appears in every city, town, village and rural sub-district, opens from 6.30am to 9pm, including weekends and public holidays. International postal rates are similar to those in European countries.
Items mailed to international destinations: regular service takes a month, airmail service takes five to ten days, express-mail service (EMS) takes less than 5 days and everything is registered.
FedEx, DHL and UPS are reliable for small parcels or documents and available in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Postcards cost from 7,000d to 15,000d, depending on the destination.
Receiving even a small package from abroad can cause a headache, and large ones will produce a migraine. If the parcel contains books, documents, video tapes, computer disks or dangerous goods, it's possible that a lengthy inspection will be required, which could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.