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Money and costs

Dong (₫)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated August 23, 2017 10:18AM 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 Vietnam, even in small towns. In general cash is king, 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.