Vietnam Travel Budget

How much does it cost to travel to Vietnam?

How much money will you need for your trip to Vietnam? You should plan to spend around d341,952 ($15) per day on your vacation in Vietnam, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, d90,182 ($3.89) on meals for one day and d51,736 ($2.23) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Vietnam for a couple is d332,985 ($14). So, a trip to Vietnam for two people for one week costs on average d4,787,334 ($207). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    d341,952
  • One Week Per person
    d2,393,667
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    d4,787,334
  • One Month Per person
    d10,258,572
  • One Week For a couple
    d4,787,334
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    d9,574,667
  • One Month For a couple
    d20,517,144
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A vacation to Vietnam for one week usually costs around d2,393,667 for one person. So, a trip to Vietnam for two people costs around d4,787,334 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs d9,574,667 in Vietnam. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Vietnam can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.



How expensive is Vietnam? How much money do I need for Vietnam?

How much does a trip to Vietnam cost? Is Vietnam expensive? The average Vietnam trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Vietnam prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Vietnam
Average Daily Costs

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The average price for one person for accommodation in Vietnam is d166,492. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Vietnam is d332,985.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    d166,492
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    d332,985

What did other people spend on Accommodation?

Typical prices for Accommodation in Vietnam are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Accommodation prices in Vietnam, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Minibus From Pier
    d120,000

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Food Budget in Vietnam
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Vietnam can vary, the average cost of food in Vietnam is d90,182 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Vietnam should cost around d36,073 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Vietnam is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    d90,182

What did other people spend on Food?

Typical prices for Food in Vietnam are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Food prices in Vietnam, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Pho Soup
    d15,000
  • Western Dinner (for Two)
    d199,264
  • Quick Lunch (for Two)
    d55,000
  • Sitdown Dinner (for Two)
    d110,000
  • Pork Sandwich
    d15,000
  • Bowl of Pho
    d20,000
  • Italian Dinner (for Food)
    d155,000
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    d169,728


Transportation Budget in Vietnam
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The cost of a taxi ride in Vietnam is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent d51,736 per person, per day, on local transportation in Vietnam.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    d51,736

What did other people spend on Transportation?

Typical prices for Transportation in Vietnam are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Transportation prices in Vietnam, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Bus From Hoi An Bus Station to Town
    d15,000
  • Bicycle Rental
    d50,000
  • Taxi From Pier
    d210,000
  • Motorbike Rental
    d225,000
  • Taxi From Airport
    d380,000
  • Local Bus Ticket
    d3,000
  • Taxi Ride to Tombs
    d350,000
  • Short Motorbike Ride (10 Minutes)
    d20,000


Intercity Transportation Budget in Vietnam
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Transportation between cities and towns in Vietnam costs an average of d151,430. Naturally, prices vary by the length of the route, the type of transportation used, and the date.


  • Intercity Transportation1 Travel between cities
    d151,430

What did other people spend on Intercity Transportation?

Typical prices for Intercity Transportation in Vietnam are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Intercity Transportation prices in Vietnam, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Taxi to Airport
    d250,000
  • Taxi to Train Station
    d115,000
  • Taxi From Airport
    d120,000
  • Short Taxi Ride
    d40,000
  • Taxi Around Town
    d16,000
  • Cable Car (for Two)
    d100,000
  • Motorbike Rental
    d20,000

Flights to Vietnam

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Entertainment Budget in Vietnam
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Entertainment and activities in Vietnam typically cost an average of d82,310 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    d82,310

Featured Activities

What did other people spend on Entertainment?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Vietnam are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Entertainment prices in Vietnam, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Walking Stick
    d5,000
  • Lake of Sorrow Entrance
    d10,000
  • Ta Phin Village Tax
    d20,000
  • Jeep Up Lang Biang Mountain
    d40,000
  • CatCat Village Tax
    d40,000
  • Round Trip Cable Car to Monastery
    d70,000
  • Paddle Boat Rental on Sapa Lake (1 Hr)
    d80,000
  • Half Day Floating Market Tour
    d210,000


Tips and Handouts Budget in Vietnam
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average price for Tips and Handouts in Vietnam is d32,845 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Vietnam is 5% - 15%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    d32,845

What did other people spend on Tips and Handouts?

Typical prices for Tips and Handouts in Vietnam are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Tips and Handouts prices in Vietnam, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Boat Driver Tip
    d30,000


Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Vietnam
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Vietnam is d36,500.


  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
    d36,500


Alcohol Budget in Vietnam
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about d40,975 on alcoholic beverages in Vietnam per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    d40,975

What did other people spend on Alcohol?

Typical prices for Alcohol in Vietnam are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Alcohol prices in Vietnam, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Beer
    d80,000
  • Beer
    d25,000
  • Two Beers
    d25,000
  • Bottle of Wine
    d240,000
  • Beer
    d18,000
  • Beer
    d10,000


Water Budget in Vietnam
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend d10,345 on bottled water in Vietnam per day. The public water in Vietnam is not usually considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    d10,345

What did other people spend on Water?

Typical prices for Water in Vietnam are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Water prices in Vietnam, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Sugar Cane Juice
    d7,000
  • Water
    d20,000
  • Coffee and Dessert (for Two)
    d140,000
  • Water
    d5,000
  • Coffee (for Two)
    d76,000
  • Water
    d6,000
  • Coffee (for Two)
    d62,000
  • Water (1.5L)
    d10,000


Last Updated: Mar 16, 2020
Vietnam On a Budget
Vietnam Rice Terraces near Sapa, Vietnam
Vietnam is a country rich in culture and history. It's an ever changing country that is forever working to increase its tourism base. Although the growing tourism industry is improving the country's economy, the travel infrastructure often has the feel of mass marketing that flocks visitors from one attraction to the next. Still, it is possible to step outside of this structured vacation and see more of the Vietnam that has existed for centuries.

Despite its popularity as a travel destination for Australians and Europeans, for many American's Vietnam still conjures up memories of a long ago war. Once you arrive in this culturally rich country, you will find a place that has changed dramatically in the recent decades. Bicycles have been replaced by motorbikes, and more recently motorbikes are being replaced by cars. Towns have been restructured to offer amenities to visitors. Restaurants cater to both local and western palates. It's a country that sees the benefit of attracting foreigners, and it's still working out the best strategy to combine authenticity with convenience.

Vietnam's long narrow geography make it somewhat difficult to navigate, but this unusual shape also gives it a wonderful diversity of landscape and culture. In the north you can experience rural life in the mountainous Hmong communities around Sapa. As you head to the far south you can have the incredible experience of riding a boat through the floating markets on the Mekong Delta. In the middle you can dine on some of the country's best cuisine in Hoi An, or you can shop for tailor made cloths in any number of towns. Vietnam has embraced the tourism industry, and you can feel this at almost every corner. In markets you must negotiate hard with shopkeepers eagerly hoping to sell you a souvenir. Keep the bartering light, and negotiate with a smile and the experience will be far more fun for both sides.

Many people make the trip through Vietnam by traveling north to south. Buses are the most affordable option, but the trips can be long and are often overnight. If you're short on time consider taking at least one or two flights. They are reasonably priced and will save you a lot of time. The unfortunate downside of flying is you will likely miss out on some of the more interesting small towns in Vietnam.
At A Glance

  • Consider getting in with the locals to really learn what the culture is like. One option is to become an English teacher in Vietnam so that you can become part of the community. Other volunteer options are available. Generally speaking, staying away from the larger organized tours, and traveling slowly will help with this.

  • Haggling is part of the experience in Vietnam. If you keep it lighthearted and fun you'll find it less frustrating. Remember to cut the price to less than half of the originally offering price. It also helps to walk away a couple of times before settling on a price. This will help you see exactly what you should be paying for an item.

  • Many people take the "VIP" buses through Vietnam. These can be arranged in your hotel or through any of the many travel agencies around town. Generally, all of the buses are comparable in quality. Many do break down, so be prepared. Wherever you decide to purchase your ticket, negotiate hard, because prices are often dramatically marked up.

  • If you decide to purchase some tailor made cloths, most people do this in Hoi An. Make sure you have a few days in town and do your shopping on the first day. You'll want a few extra days in case the clothes don't fit appropriately and need to be resized. There are tailors of varying quality and you generally get what you pay for.

  • There are plenty of western style restaurants throughout Vietnam, particularly in the more touristy areas. These restaurants are often dramatically more expensive than their local counterparts, and they are often a poor reflection on western cuisine. Stick to the local restaurants that serve up Vietnamese food and you'll save yourself a lot of money and have more interesting and delicious meals.

  • Some of the more popular areas in Vietnam are almost always visited as part of a tour. These areas include the Mekong Delta and Halong Bay. Despite the appearance that you must visit these areas as part of a tour, it is very possible to travel to them independently on local buses or boats. The experience is often more enjoyable and memorable as well.

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Top Tourist Attractions
Halong Bay: This is one of the most popular attractions in all of Vietnam. It's a beautiful bay where islands jut out dramatically from the water making for a stunning scene, particularly in the evening and early morning hours. Most visitors come to Halong Bay as part of an organized boat tour which typically lasts several days.

Mekong Delta: This is a beautiful area in southern Vietnam where you can visit floating markets and see rural Vietnamese life. You can ride on boats through canals and visit local villages where tropical fruit and seafood are the norm.

Sapa: Located in the very northern part of Vietnam the beautiful mountains around Sapa are lined with rice terraces. You can hike through the interesting Hmong villages and shop at local, weekly markets.

Popular Foods
Vietnamese food is really about excellent street food. Whether you're enjoying fried spring rolls in Hanoi or a hot bowl of pho in Saigon, basic, fresh ingredients are really what it's all about. Don't feel like you have to spend a lot of money to have the most delicious Vietnamese meal. Instead, step into a back alley that is lined with hot grills frying up the country's best specialties. This is where you'll find the best food in Vietnam.

Pho: This flavorful dish a traditional broth based Vietnamese soup made from noodles, meat, basil, vegetables and spices. It is served in large bowls with sides of fresh basil and sprouts which you can add to your liking.

Com tam: This meal of grilled pork is typically served with rice and a sweet and sour sauce. It's a popular meal at lunch or dinner and has a surprisingly rich flavor making it a favorite for many travelers.

Banh xeo: This is a traditionally local dish that is made with a rice flour crepe. It's cooked like a pancake and made with turmeric. It's usually served with shrimp and vegetables on top.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

Bus Tickets

By Bryan in Intercity Transportation
Several different bus companies offer bus tickets that can take you up or down the entire length of the country. You can buy one ticket and travel the whole length of the country stopping off where ever you like. All you need to do then is reserve your seat for the next leg of the journey. Many of these legs, however, are overnight buses, so don't expect to get much sleep, or a comfortable sleep. The routes go from Hanoi, through Ninh Binh, Datong, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Dalat, and then to Saigon. If you're going to Sapa in the north, take the train, it's very comfortable. If you're headed to Can Tho, the Mekong delta, or the Cambodian border in the south, you can catch frequent local buses from Saigon (or take one of the many multi-day tours through the region).

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