Xin Chao offers low-cost eSIMs for visitors to Vietnam. Plans start from US$4.50 (~109,000VND) and give you 4G coverage from Mobifone & Viettel.

If you're planning a trip to Vietnam, one of the easiest ways to use your cellphone whilst you're there is with a Xin Chao eSIM. This eSIM service from Airalo was previously known as Cu Chi (named after the famous Củ Chi tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City).

You can get a Xin Chao eSIM from US$4.50 (approximately 109,000VND) at Airalo. This will allow you to use your cellphone in Vietnam for up to 7 days. The Xin Chao eSIM is available on a pre-paid basis for visitors to Vietnam and gives you an allowance of 4G mobile data to use whilst you're there.

In this article, we'll look at the Xin Chao service in Vietnam, including how you're able to get it and the best Xin Chao eSIM deals. We'll also look at the coverage available on a Xin Chao eSIM, and the other ways of using your mobile phone in Vietnam (e.g. through international roaming).

Plans From: US$4.50 (~109,000VND) for 7 days
Best Deals:
Compatible Devices:
  • Apple iPhone 11 and newer
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 and newer
  • Google Pixel 3 and newer
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Coverage: 4G coverage (Mobifone & Viettel)
Voucher Code:
  • Save 10% on all Xin Chao eSIMs using KEN10 (new customers only)
  • Save 5% using the KEN5 voucher code (existing Airalo customers)

Xin Chao Plans

If you're looking for an affordable way to use your cellphone when travelling in Vietnam, you can get a Xin Chao eSIM from only US$4.50 (approximately 109,000VND) for 7 days usage.

To get a Xin Chao eSIM, you'll need to have an eSIM-compatible device such as the iPhone 11, Galaxy S20, Pixel 3 or later devices. You can then order your Xin Chao eSIM through the Airalo app with instant delivery direct to your phone. There's no need to queue at the airport or to register the Xin Chao eSIM with your ID, saving you lots of time.

The following table shows the eSIM plans that are currently available from Xin Chao in Vietnam:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataPlan
Cost
AiraloNoneNone1GBUS$4.50
(~109,000 VND)
valid for 7 days
AiraloNoneNone2GBUS$7.00
(~170,000 VND)
valid for 15 days
AiraloNoneNone3GBUS$9.50
(~231,000 VND)
valid for 30 days
AiraloNoneNone5GBUS$13.00
(~316,000 VND)
valid for 30 days
AiraloNoneNone10GBUS$21.00
(~510,000 VND)
valid for 30 days
AiraloNoneNone20GBUS$32.00
(~777,000 VND)
valid for 30 days

As a special offer for December 2023, you can get a 10% discount on all Xin Chao eSIMs. Simply enter the KEN10 voucher code at checkout. This offer is only available if you're new to Airalo.

If you've already used an Airalo eSIM in the past, you can use the KEN5 voucher code to get a 5% discount on your plan.

See all Xin Chao eSIM deals →

Once you've ordered your Xin Chao eSIM, it will only activate when your cellphone actually connects to a supported network in Vietnam. This means the validity period will only begin when you actually land in Vietnam and turn your cellphone on.

Your Xin Chao eSIM works with the dual-SIM function on most modern smartphones. This means you can use your regular SIM card alongside the Xin Chao eSIM (e.g. to receive incoming phone calls and text messages on your normal phone number).

Alternatives to Xin Chao

The main disadvantage of Xin Chao is the fact you're getting a data-only service on the eSIM. You will not get a local phone number in Vietnam when you're using the Xin Chao eSIM in your phone.

If you'd like to call or text whilst you're travelling in Vietnam, you'll need to use your normal SIM card instead (on which international roaming fees may apply). Alternatively, you can side-step these charges by making your calls through WhatsApp or other similar apps.

If you're looking for a more fully featured SIM card with a local phone number in Vietnam (starting with +84), you could consider getting a regular prepaid SIM card upon arrival instead. This will involve some additional hassle (e.g. queuing up at the airport to get your SIM card, a registration process for the SIM card, etc) but it can be preferable and better suited for longer-term use in Vietnam.

Xin Chao Coverage

If you're using a Xin Chao eSIM, you'll have access to 4G mobile coverage in Vietnam. This is provided by the following partner networks:

Coverage ProviderNetwork TypeCoverage Area
Mobifone4G LTEVietnam
Viettel4G LTEVietnam

There's no international roaming available on a Xin Chao eSIM. Therefore, you won't be able to use it outside of Vietnam. If you're planning to visit multiple countries on your trip, you may need to get a separate eSIM for the other countries you visit.

Other Airalo eSIMs

Airalo's Xin Chao eSIM can only be used in Vietnam.

If you're planning to visit multiple countries on your trip, you could consider getting a Asialink or Discover eSIM. These eSIM plans will work in Vietnam, as well as a number of other countries.

Asialink eSIM

Airalo's Asialink eSIM will also work in Vietnam, giving you 4G coverage from Mobifone & Viettel. In addition, you'll be able to use it in 13 other countries. The Asialink plans start from US$5 for 1GB of data:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataPlan
Cost
AsialinkNoneNone1GBUS$5.00
valid for 7 days
AsialinkNoneNone3GBUS$13.00
valid for 30 days
AsialinkNoneNone5GBUS$20.00
valid for 30 days
AsialinkNoneNone10GBUS$37.00
valid for 30 days
AsialinkNoneNone50GBUS$100.00
valid for 90 days
AsialinkNoneNone100GBUS$185.00
valid for 180 days

Discover eSIM

Airalo's Discover eSIM will also work in Vietnam, giving you 4G coverage from Vietnamobile. In addition, you'll be able to use it in 129 other countries. The Discover plans start from US$9 for 1GB of data:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataPlan
Cost
DiscoverNoneNone1GBUS$9.00
valid for 7 days
DiscoverNoneNone2GBUS$17.00
valid for 15 days
DiscoverNoneNone3GBUS$24.00
valid for 30 days
DiscoverNoneNone5GBUS$35.00
valid for 60 days
DiscoverNoneNone10GBUS$59.00
valid for 180 days
DiscoverNoneNone20GBUS$69.00
valid for 365 days

Discover+ eSIM

The Discover+ eSIM works in a very similar way to the Discover eSIM, also allowing you to use your mobile phone in Vietnam. However, it adds the ability for you to make and recieve phone calls and SMS text messages on your eSIM. You'll be assigned a +43 phone number (based in Austria) to use for calling and texting.

The Discover+ plans currently start from US$15 for 10 minutes, 10 texts and 1GB of data:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataPlan
Cost
Discover+10101GBUS$15.00
valid for 7 days
Discover+20202GBUS$27.00
valid for 15 days
Discover+30303GBUS$36.00
valid for 30 days
Discover+50505GBUS$50.00
valid for 60 days
Discover+10010010GBUS$79.00
valid for 180 days
Discover+20020020GBUS$89.00
valid for 365 days

Other Country Specific eSIMs

You can also buy other country-specific eSIMs from Airalo, including the following:

For more information, read our Airalo review.

More Information

For more information about Xin Chao, please see the Airalo website.

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  • I just arrived in the USA and Airalo is amazing – I bought the the sim on the airport wifi, and had it fully set up and on the network before I got to LAX baggage claim! So easy, no paperwork, didn’t need to find a shop/kiosk, queue, open up the phone or any of that nonsense. Also with dual sim capability I’m still able to use my British number for receiving sms/iMessage.

    It’s good coverage too, and it automatically swaps between AT&T or T-Mobile depending on the area. I’d highly recommend it and look forward to using it in other places in the future.

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