One of the first concerns about moving to Vietnam is financial management. If you plan to stay in the country for more than 6 months, it might be wise to open a bank account because (1) it is expensive to make a withdrawal from an ATM all the time (2) your home country bank may charge you unfavorable rate for currency exchange (3) it might be hard to find an ATM where you can withdraw money.
The good news is that you can apply online for your Vietnamese bank account as easy as one mouse-click. Here are instructions to open a bank account with the most popular banks in Vietnam:
Asia Commercial Bank (ACB) is one of the best in the country with regard to card services. To apply for an ACB current account, you will need to submit your passport with Vietnamese visa stamp and ACB application form to open a new bank account. The minimum deposit is VND 100,000. More information can be found here or call ACB tollfree number: 1800-577-775.
Techcombank also offers competitive services. To apply, you need to present a valid passport or ID card and a signed application form. Techcombank Hotline number is: 1800-588-822
Vietcombank has the most extensive network of branches and ATM machines. The cons is that its customer services could do with some improvements. For foreigners to open a bank account with Vietcombank, you need to submit 3 copies of the application for account, passport with the Vietnamese visa stamp (with a duration of at least 6 months). It is also required that you maintain a minimum balance required by the bank and a letter of recommendation from your supervisor if you want to use checks. To find out about the application form and how to fill the form, click here. Vietcombank contact number is (+84-4) 38-248-281.