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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘xin chào’
(sin jòw)
Vietnamese
Plug type c
Electricity
220V/50hz
More on electricity
Jan-Dec
Best time to go
Year round

Money and costs

Currency
Dong (₫)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated November 15, 2018 6:04AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
US$40
  • Glass of bia hoi (draught beer): from US$0.30
  • One hour on a local bus: US$1–1.50
  • Cheap hotel: US$9–16 a night, dorms less
  • Simple noodle dish: US$1.50–2.50
Midrange
US$40–100
  • Comfortable double room: US$25–50
  • Meal in a restaurant: from US$8
  • One-hour massage: US$7–20
  • Ten-minute taxi ride: US$2.50–5
Top end (more than)
US$100
  • Luxury hotel room: from US$80
  • Gourmet dinner: from US$20
  • Internal flight: US$30–100

Visas

Some nationalities need a visa in advance for all visits, some don't. The standard length of stay for tourist visas is 30 days; for visa-exempt nationalities it is 15 days.

Get the latest visa advice for Vietnam from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
VNM
Nha Trang
Go Feb–Jun
Mar – May
33269278
Jun – Aug
34269479
Sep – Nov
20165850
Dec – Feb
28228170
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Mui Ne
Go Feb–Jun
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Ho Chi Minh City
Go Jan–Mar
Mar – May
34259377
0.13
0.01
Jun – Aug
32249075
0.23
0.01
Sep – Nov
32248874
0.4
0.01
Dec – Feb
32228971
0.0
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Hanoi
Go Oct–Apr
Mar – May
27218170
0.13
0.01
Jun – Aug
33269178
0.43
0.02
Sep – Nov
29228371
0.0
0.0
Dec – Feb
21156959
0.0
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Vietnam

Most travellers enter Vietnam by plane or bus, but there are also train links from China and boat connections from Cambodia via the Mekong River. Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Vietnam

The best price found from United States to Vietnam is on January 18th, 2019, travelling with WOW air. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

BWI
Baltimore Washington International
from $444.00
SGN
Ho Chi Minh Tan Son Nhat

Getting around Vietnam

Buses are the main mode of transport for locals in Vietnam, but travellers tend to prefer planes, trains and automobiles.

Train Reasonably priced and comfortable enough in air-conditioned carriages (and sleepers). But note there are no real express trains.

Plane Cheap if you book ahead, and the network is pretty comprehensive. However, cancellations are not unknown.

Car Very useful for travelling at your own pace or for visiting regions with minimal public transport. Cars always come with a driver.

Taxi Relatively inexpensive and very convenient in towns and cities.

Bus On main highways services are very frequent, although it's not a particularly relaxing way to travel. In the sticks things deteriorate rapidly. Open-tour buses are not pricey and worth considering.

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