Tips For Vietnam Travel

Not many countries in the world have the as fast moving speed as Vietnam does. Within less than 40 years from the terrible American War, the country now is a promising land for both investors and tourists coming to discover. Let remember following tips if you have a plan of coming to Vietnam in a near future. It is very useful and needed for you.
 

Typical Costs (USD/VND = 22,500)

Accommodation – For the basic accommodation, room rate starts from around 100.000VND per night. The prettier place may cost twice. For private room, it costs you at least 425.000VND per night. For an accommodation with a double bed, expect to pay around 225.000VND per night. Almost hotels are equipped with free wi-fi, breakfast or even free beer at some certain period of time.

 
Vietnam homestay is an origin for tourists with cost only from $4/night.
Vietnam homestay is an origin for tourists with cost only from $4/night.
 
Food – Vietnam is considered a culinary superpower where the food is diverse both in taste and price. You can have a bowl of noodle from 20.000VND. Some other luxury restaurants may provide it at the price of between 45.000VND and 95.000VND. To some addresses, the more touristy they are, the more expensive the foods are. For tourists wanting to have their meals cooked, it takes them at least 400.000VND per week for basic groceries. Local markets are the places where you can buy cheaper and fresher food than super markets. Street foods are said to be the cheapest in Vietnam.
Transportation – Bus is one of the cheapest and most convenient transports in Vietnam. The public bus in Ho Chi Minh city and Hanoi which can take you around the cities will cost a maximum of 9.000VND per ride. Long way buses cost from 100.000VND to 500.000VND and can take you to many cities nationwide. Night buses are the good option for those wanting to save travel time and a night of paying for accommodation. Train is also an inexpensive mean of transport. The distance of 719 km from Hanoi to Danang costs you around 750.000VND. Airline is the most time saving, but expensive way of travel. However, some no – frill airlines can take you quickly around the country for as little as 400.000VND per flight. 
Activities – Attractions in Vietnam are plentiful, ranging from stunning natural landscapes, untouched islets and quaint villages to war museums, colonial structures, and ancient citadels. As based around natural beauty, tourist’s attractions here often cost very little. For an amazing canyoning in Da Lat, the beginning price is around 450.000VND. Halong Bay tours from Hanoi start around 850.000 VND for two-day trips. To discover Cu Chi Tunnels, you are expected to pay around 850.000VND.

 
Halong Bay Cruise is one of the most popular activities in Vietnam for foreigners.
Halong Bay Cruise is one of the most popular activities in Vietnam for foreigners.
 

Money Saving Tips

  • Try delicious street food –With around only 20.000VND, you can enjoy some excellent street foods including the street side food, bread, meat sandwiches, donuts, etc., The interesting thing is that you can watch the foods being cooked in front of you.

Traditional foods of Vietnamese: a hot bowl of rice-noodle will make you happy.
Traditional foods of Vietnamese: a hot bowl of rice-noodle will make you happy with very proper prices.

  • Take the tourist bus –Tourist bus is always cheaper to get around the country than local transportation. It costs you around 1.200.000VND to travel from one end of the country to another. 
  • Cheap flights – Vietnam’s no– frilledairlinesare the great options for people with limited time to explore different regions of Vietnam. VietJet and Jetsta rare some of extremely inexpensive which adding luggage to your flight can cost as little as 150.000 VND.  
  • Bargain hard – Tourists tend to be charged more than locals for everything from cycles (a three-wheel bicycle taxi) to clothes to street food. Bargain harder than you would ordinarily, and don’t underestimate the value of walking away.
Before the world of souvenirs, don't forget to bargain.
Before the world of souvenirs, don't forget to bargain.

  • Ask your hotel staff – Before leaving the hostel, ask them to estimate how much what you want to do should cost. How much should a ride to the museum cost?  How much should I pay to have a gown like this made? They will be able to give you bargaining guidelines.