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Money and costs

Dong (₫)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 29, 2016 9:53AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Glass of bia hoi: from US$0.50
  • One hour on a local bus: US$1-1.50
  • Cheap hotel: US$10-15 a night, dorms less
  • Local meal of noodles: US$1.50-2.50
  • Comfortable double room: US$25-50
  • Meal in a smart restaurant: from US$8
  • One-hour massage: US$6-20
  • Ten-minute taxi ride: US$4
Top end (more than)
  • Luxury hotel room: from US$80
  • Gourmet restaurant: from US$20
  • Internal flight: US$30-100

ATMs can be found throughout the country, even in small towns, though charges for withdrawls can be quite steep. In general cash is king in Vietnam, though credit and debit cards can be used in many hotels.


  • Hotels Not expected. Leave a small gratuity for cleaning staff if you like.

  • Restaurants Not expected; 5% to 10% in smart restaurants or if you're very satisfied. Locals don't tip.

  • Guides A few dollars on day trips is sufficient, more for longer trips if the service is good.

  • Taxis Not necessary, but a little extra is appreciated, especially at night.

  • Bars Never expected.