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Money and costs

Dong (₫)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated July 07, 2019 2:05PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Luxury hotel room: from US$80
  • Gourmet dinner: from US$20
  • Internal flight: US$30–100

ATMs are found throughout the country, even in small towns. Cash is king but debit and credit 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.