Elusive search for a Vietnam Postcode
Why did I need a Vietnam Zip Code (Postal Code)?
The short answer is AMAZON! And, I can assure you, the search for a postcode for our new address in Ho Chi Minh 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.
If you just want to find a postcode for somewhere in Vietnam and don’t wish to read about my detective work then head straight for the third last paragraph of this post. I did work it out in the end.
The whole saga started when I decided I’d try and buy a book from Amazon. We will be in Ho Chi Minh City for a while and I want to really make an effort to get out and explore different aspects of the city. There are lots of great books available, fiction and non-fiction and there were a few I’ve had my eye on. Something to 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 to 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 check out. Everything was going well until I got to the shipping address, then WHAMMO!!! I was stopped in my tracks. No problems about shipping to Vietnam but what was the Zip Code (AKA postcode or postal code)? Ho Chi Minh City is extremely large and I figured there would probably be a whole series of codes…BUT, I’d never actually seen one before. Fair to 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 Minh City postcode? ….With a lot of effort!!
OK…So the first thing I did was pull out every business card, pamphlet, brochure and bill we had lying around the apartment and look at the addresses. No luck! Street address, District and even Ward were clearly described but not one single postcode. Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam 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 to the trusty internet…for a while I didn’t have a whole lot of luck there either. Searches for “postcode Ho Chi Minh City”, “postal code Saigon”, “zip code Vietnam”, “Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam zip code” and 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 do is tell me that Vietnam uses 6 digit postal codes and that Ho Chi Minh’s ranged from 70XXXX to 76XXXX. I was pretty sure AMAZON wasn’t going to like all those X’s. Clicking through that link gave me some awesome information on Ho Chi Minh City, but alas no specific postal code.
There were plenty of discussion boards lamenting the fact that Postal Codes aren’t used in Vietnam. I finally got onto the Amazon Help Forum that seemed to indicate I should just use 700000 as the default and that would work. But I was a little bit dubious. Postcodes are important in Australia. They help your mail get delivered correctly. What if my books got lost because I had entered a default code? We live in the suburbs and I’m pretty sure our postal code would be different to the GPO that I figured this code was for.. Worry wart I know, but I get like that sometimes!
So I delved a bit deeper and finally hit upon a link to Vietnam Post. Surely they would have 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 list for Province had the same 2 numbers that I had seen in the Wikipedia List. Ho Chi Minh City was 70. The next drop down box was titled District so I was pretty sure I was on the right track. I pulled down Phu Nhuan (my suburb) and low and behold a table appeared with a listing of numbers and the addresses of the local Post Boxes in my area.
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 and which one was closest to us. Google maps helped me on that one but I did have to take a punt and translate the addresses from Vietnamese.
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 Minh City. The second two are for my District (Phu Nhuan) and the last two for the Ward (a part of each District).
This is a classic example of how to spend a loooottttt of time doing something that should be so simple. Why didn’t I go to the post office and ask in the first place? You may well ask…I certainly am. Perhaps it’s the fact that until I started this search 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 found this post then you won’t have to go through all the effort.
How to find your Vietnam Post Code
So if you need to get something delivered in Vietnam and or a return address to send something these are the steps to follow to get your Vietnam postcode.
- First find out where your nearest post box is.
- Then click on this LINK.
- Enter your City or Province, the District or Town and
- Use the number in the second column corresponding to the Post Box address.
That should do the trick. As for me…I’m still waiting on my package. I’ll let you know when it gets here.
UPDATE: The books arrived safe and 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 heard mixed stories about the amount of customs you are required to pay on various items.
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