Sending things home.... from Vietnam

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1. Posted by KLIM (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Just wondering if anyone can help me out. I'm currently in Cambodia and have given in to 'a few' purchases. I have the option to take these things with me (clothing etc) but really need to send them back to the UK - ít's likely to be pretty much a suitcase full. What's the best way to send these things home - from Ho Chi Minh (my next stop)?

I've avoided using the postal system in Cambodia as I read bad things about it, but my issues are in terms of actually getting this stuff packaged up more than anything. I can find out prices from places (any suggestions would be appreciated) but my worry is about actually getting the boxes and tape and packaging materials and stuff - what do I do about this?
I'd appreciate any advice please...!


2. Posted by VenueVN (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Klim,

The postal system in Vietnam is slow but, generally, reliable. Letters and postcards leaving Vietnam can take anything from four days to a month, depending on where you are.

Sending a parcel, on the other hand, is more complicated, especially if the post office staff decide to inspect every item. Note that novels or other material about Vietnam printed abroad can cause problems, and you may be charged customs duty on items such as CDs.
Take everything to the post office unwrapped and keep it small: after inspection, and a good deal of form filling (they may charge a nominal amount for the forms), the parcel will be wrapped for you.

FedEx Express is also available in Vietnam. You can find them at:

Ho Chi Minh City
HCMC Post and Telecommunications
146 Pasteur Street, District. 1,
Ho Chi Minh City

Phone: 848 8290 995
Fax: 848 8236 841
Office Hrs.:
07:00 - 20:00 (Mon-Fri)
07:00 - 16:00 (Sat)

Hanoi Post & Telecommunications
No 14 Le Thach Street,
Hoan Kiem District,

Phone: 844 8249 054
Fax: 844 8245 333

Hanoi Post & Telecommunications
Thang Long Industrial Park
Km 17 Hanoi - Noi Bai Airport High Way

Phone: 844 8812 522
Fax: 844 8812 523

Venuevietnam - The Vietnam Specialist

[ Edit: Edited at Nov 9, 2006 12:41 AM by VenueVN ]

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Both myself and companion sent packages back from Hanoi earlier this year, using normal surface mail from the Post Office. Her's got back about a month before mine (both were going to UK), and I worried about mine for a bit, but it got there fine and unmolested.

The post office was full of western people sending stuiff back, and the forms were in English as well as Vietnamese, so it was fairly easy.

If you are then travelling through Vietnam, the post office in Hoi An is probably the single most used place in Vietnam (possibly SEA) for westerners sending large packages back home. It's a clothes mecca, full of cheap tailors shops, and loads of people buy stuff and ship it back. Never heard of any problems with stuff being sent from there and not making it home.

4. Posted by KLIM (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the information. Think Im going to try speaking to couriers in Phnom Penh briefly to see if there's any possibility of sending it from there. I wasn't aware of having to leave it open for inspection, and this point probably saves me a great deal of frustration I think...