Travel Budget for Ho Chi Minh City

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How much does it cost to travel to Ho Chi Minh City?

How much money will you need for your trip to Ho Chi Minh City? You should plan to spend around d1,088,977 ($47) per day on your vacation in Ho Chi Minh City, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, d218,576 ($9.42) on meals for one day and d152,879 ($6.59) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Ho Chi Minh City for a couple is d1,268,073 ($55). So, a trip to Ho Chi Minh City for two people for one week costs on average d15,245,683 ($657). 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 Ho Chi Minh City for one week usually costs around d7,622,842 for one person. So, a trip to Ho Chi Minh City for two people costs around d15,245,683 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs d30,491,367 in Ho Chi Minh City. 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 Ho Chi Minh City can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Ho Chi Minh City?

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

While meal prices in Ho Chi Minh City can vary, the average cost of food in Ho Chi Minh City is d218,576 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Ho Chi Minh City should cost around d87,430 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Ho Chi Minh City is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent d152,879 per person, per day, on local transportation in Ho Chi Minh City.

  • 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
  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Jan 19, 2020
Flights to Ho Chi Minh City

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How much money do I need for Ho Chi Minh City?

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

  • Street Food Dinner (for Two)
  • Massage
  • Pizza
  • Beer
  • Sweet Rice
  • Laundry
  • War Museum Entrance (for Two)
  • Short Taxi Ride
  • Cu Chi Tunnel Tour (for Two)
  • Taxi From Airport
  • Poncho
  • Cyclo Ride (One Hour)
  • Pork Sandwich
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
  • Western Lunch (for Two)
Typical tour prices for Ho Chi Minh City

How much do tours to Ho Chi Minh City 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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Ho Chi Minh City Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam. It previously served as the capital of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). The metropolitan area, including Ho Chi Minh City, Thu Dau Mot, Di An, Bien Hoa, and other surrounding towns, has a population of more than 9 million people and continues to grow.

The city's core is where most tourists spend their time. It has many wide and elegant boulevards and beautiful historic French colonial buildings. It is estimated that about 4.3 million tourists visit Vietnam every year and about 3 million of them visit Ho Chi Minh City.

The city has a tropical climate with a tropical wet and dry climate that is divided into two distinct seasons. The rainy season is between May and October and the dry season is between December and April. The temperature is relatively consistent throughout the year with temperatures hovering around 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
There are many sights throughout the city, many of which serve to inform or memorialize the events of the war. The War Remnants Museum is one of the most visited sights in the city. It can be graphic at points as there are rather gruesome photos that depict the level of cruelty that occurred during the war. There is also a simulated "tiger cage" prison and jars holding deformed fetuses affected by Agent Orange. Just outside of the museum you'll see a variety of military equipment including tanks, jets, helicopters, and howitzers.

The Reunification Palace was previously the presidential palace during the war when Saigon was the capital of the Republic of Vietnam. Today it feels somewhat dated, but is interesting to see. Thien Hau Pagoda is on Nguyen Trai Street, and is dedicated to the sea goddess, Lady Thien Hau. Every March 23rd there is a festival held in her honor.
Ho Chi Minh City is divided into 24 districts. Most of the areas of interest for tourists are in the middle of the city in either District 1 or District 3. These areas have the highest concentration of sights, restaurants and hotels. If you're a budget traveler then the best neighborhood to stay in is Pham Ngu Lao, which has cheap accommodation and affordable places to eat. Dong Khoi is slightly more expensive and has slightly better amenities for visitors. A popular market area in town is Cho Lon, or The Big Market. This area has the highest concentration of Chinese residents and negotiating prices is a must.

Shopping is a favorite activity in Saigon. You can find markets that sell everything from Vietnamese arts and crafts to electronics and clothing. Remember to negotiate hard for everything, and it is best to barter in the local currency. Some of the best markets include Ben Thanh Market, Saigon Square, Cho Binh Tay, the Night Market, and the War Surplus Market.

Other activities around town include seeing a show at the Saigon Opera House or taking a city organized tour. Cooking classes are also available.
Food and Dining
There is no shortage of restaurants in Saigon, both international and Vietnamese. Prices are relatively low in cost, but rising so it can be challenging to find the very cheap deals that once existed. You'll still get some great deals at food stalls around town. You can also pick up a delicious bowl of pho soup for very little money. Other popular local dishes include Banh Mi Thit (pork sandwiches) or Com Tam (rice with grilled pork and vegetables). Western food is usually far more expensive, so if you're on a tight budget, stick to the wonderful local cuisine. Saigon is the perfect place to start an itinerary of Vietnam focusing on food, also. As the cuisine is diverse in this modern city, everyone can find something they like.

You'll find the highest concentration of western style restaurants along Pham Ngu Lao, with options ranging from pizza to burgers or even Mexican. The quality can be highly variable, so don't expect the styles you're accustomed to at home.

Vietnam Bus and Train Prices
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Traveling around Ho Chi Minh City can be chaotic. You have several options including taxis, cyclos, motorbikes, and bus among other things. Like elsewhere in Vietnam, you will have to negotiate hard for a good rate on a taxi, cyclo, or motorbike ride. There are 150 public bus routes throughout the city. The buses are surprisingly comfortable and modern so this offers a cheap and reliable way to get around town. The system itself, however, is very complicated so figuring out your route can be a challenge. Motorbike taxis are everywhere and cheap. They are usually safe and helmets are now required. The driver should provide you with a helmet and you will be fined if you don't wear one. If none is provided, find another bike.

Cyclos are a popular way to get around the center of town. The passenger sits in the front seat and the cyclist is in the back. Walking can be very stressful and hazardous. There are many motorbikes and vehicles congesting the streets and the city itself is not particularly pedestrian friendly. Still, if you familiarize yourself with the driving etiquette, you can navigate your way around town on foot.
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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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