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 d938,910 ($40) 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, d220,133 ($9.48) on meals for one day and d156,329 ($6.74) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Vietnam for a couple is d940,619 ($41). So, a trip to Vietnam for two people for one week costs on average d13,144,744 ($566). 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
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Vietnam for one week usually costs around d6,572,372 for one person. So, a trip to Vietnam for two people costs around d13,144,744 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs d26,289,488 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 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.

While meal prices in Vietnam can vary, the average cost of food in Vietnam is d220,133 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Vietnam should cost around d88,053 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.

The cost of a taxi ride in Vietnam is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent d156,329 per person, per day, on local transportation in Vietnam.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Intercity Transportation1 Travel between cities
  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Mar 16, 2020

Flights to Vietnam

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How much money do I need for Vietnam?

Typical travel prices in Vietnam are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Vietnam. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Vietnam can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

  • Minibus From Pier
  • Bus From Hoi An Bus Station to Town
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Taxi From Pier
  • Motorbike Rental
  • Taxi From Airport
  • Pho Soup
  • Western Dinner (for Two)
  • Walking Stick
  • Lake of Sorrow Entrance
  • Ta Phin Village Tax
  • CatCat Village Tax
Typical tour prices for Vietnam

How much do tours to Vietnam cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    10 days
    $ 1025
  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    12 days
    $ 1675
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    10 days
    $ 900
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    14 days
    $ 2525
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Vietnam On a Budget
Vietnam Halong Bay, 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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