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Hi, I'll be in Vietnam for 3 months and am interested in staying in a modern, clean, & simple apartment / room with bath in District 1. Don't need kitchen or any other bells & whistles.
Do you have any tips on Saigon Apartment Rental? I've looked online, but they charge horribly high prices for foreigners and expats. Looking to spend below $300 a month. Your website is great. Any tips help.
Hi, Jason. Whatever you do, don't reserve anything online. You'll have to go over and start with a small hotel room. Then you'll have to look around and make some friends.
It took me a few months before I got a good room but you can do it quicker. If you are in Saigon then get to district 1 on Pham Ngu Lao street. Many of the ex-pats living there often advertise rooms for rent on the walls of Chi's Cafe and a few others. The best scenario for you is to catch someone on their way out of Vietnam. Many people rent rooms and then look for a replacement tenant when they leave as a favour to the landlord.
I know for a fact that there are 4 or 5 current postings on the wall in Chi's Cafe (De Tham Street Dist.1) One offer is for a room-mate to share a room in a HUGE house ($140USD / mth) and the others are for small houses and an apartment. If you wait and do it once you're there, it will save you a lot of money and hassle. Word of mouth is the only way to go.
You'll run into many expats in the pubs of District 1. Tell them you are looking for a place and they will help you. Also mention it to Chi (Owner of Chi's Cafe) She has 2 apartments that she owns and rents to ex-pats.
Hope that helps,
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