For a Western traveller, Vietnam is a very affordable travel destination. You can spend your vacation there with a very small budget, which makes the country popular among backpackers. On the other hand, there are high-end hotels, resorts and restaurants as expensive as similar services in your own country. Between these options, there are numerous choices for each budget.
Local products – food, drinks, clothes, shoes and souvenirs – are cheap. Imported products usually cost as much as in our home countries.
I give you here some examples of prices in Vietnam in November 2017 (100.000 VND = 4 euros, 10.000 VND = 40 cents):
Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City flight ticket (two hours flight): 70 euros
Ho Chi Minh City – Hue flight ticket (one hour flight): 50 euros
You find more flying options and prices (in USD) in www.vietnamairlines.com
Hanoi airport – Old Quarter (30-40 minutes drive): 350.000 – 400.000 VND (14 – 16 euros)
Ho Chi Minh City airport – City Centre (District 1) (20 minutes drive): 150.000 – 200.000 VND (6 – 8 euros)
Short drives in the city: 30.000 – 60.000 VND (1,20 – 2,40 euros)
Meals: the cheapest street food 1 euro, the most expensive restaurants tens of euros. Rule of thumb: dinner for two in a nice, local restaurant: 15 euros
Bottle of water in a restaurant: 8.000 VND (30 cents)
Imported bier, small: 30.000 VND (1,20 euros)
Local Bia Hoi –bier (fresh, light bear): 5.000 VND (20 cents)
Small glass of ”house wine”, imported: 100.000 VND (4 euros)
Vietnam is not a wine country and wine doesn’t belong to a traditional Vietnamese meal. However, you can find also local wine, made in Dalat area. Unfortunately, the quality is not very good, at least not for my taste.
A price for a glass of wine varies a lot in different bars and restaurants. In the rooftop bars of some finest Saigonese hotels you pay for your wine 200.000 dongs, 8 euros! This is a very high price in Vietnam, but it includes a beautiful view over the city and a sophisticated atmosphere.
Cheese or chocolate cake in a café or as a dessert: 50.000VND (2 euros)
Cup of coffee: 30.000 VND = 1,20 euros
Caesar salad in an international touristy restaurant: 100.000 – 150.000 VND (4 – 6 euros)
1-day trips from cities
A trip in a larger group, including transportation, lunch, English speaking guide: 800.000 – 1.500.000 VND (30 – 60 euros) per person
Custom tailored dress, including fabric: 500.000 – 1.000.000 VND (20 – 40 euros)
Custom tailored dress, including silk fabric: 1.500.000 VND (60 euros)
Bargaining is an essential part of the Vietnamese shopping culture. You can practise your bargaining skills especially in markets, tailor shops and souvenir stores!