How do you send and receive your letters and package mail? Are local postal facilities adequate?

Through the office and usually DHL. Never used regular mail. Lazada - a sort of Amazon/eBay type shopping service - will courier things with payment on delivery. Using local mail services to send to international addresses did not have a good reputation. - Dec 2019

Diplomatic pouch; priority mail usually arrives 7-10 days. - Jul 2019

We use pouch and DPO. Liquids are okay. We use Amazon, too. No experience with the local postal facilities. - Apr 2018

Never used the local post. DPO and pouch take about 2-3 weeks and are reliable. - Dec 2017

DPO - May 2016

Pouch or DPO - Aug 2015

DPO and Pouch for U.S. Embassy. Honestly sending a letter through international mail isn't that bad though. - Mar 2015

DPO. - Aug 2014

DPO. - Dec 2011

Pouch and FPO. But for some reason, it takes a very long time. Several people I know, including me, have had to wait 2 months for letters and packages to arrive. - May 2010

Embassy staff can use DPO. - Dec 2009

Domestic mail is very cheap and reliable. International less so. - Feb 2009

Hanoi has APO/FPO access which is a godsend. The local Vietnamese post is slow and unreliable, with packages broken or lost. Fedex has just begun service to Hanoi for priority packages. - Sep 2008

Vietnam does have an acceptable postal system, though the embassy does have both pouch and an FPO. FedEx and DHL courier services are also available. - May 2008

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