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Vietnam Travel Budget: How Much It Costs To Travel Vietnam

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Traveling in Vietnam is a fantastic experience! The people are friendly, getting around is easy and the food is delicious.

Plus, travel in Vietnam is not expensive at all! Curious about the costs of a trip to Vietnam? Check the infographic for our Vietnam travel budget and a detailed breakdown of our Vietnam costs.

Vietnam travel budget

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Halong Bay Vietnam

Vietnam on a budget

Read all about the costs of traveling in Vietnam(accommodation, transport, food&drinks and activities).

How much does it cost to travel around Vietnam: facts and figures

  • I traveled with my husband, all Vietnam travel costs are for the two of us together.
  • We spent a month in Vietnam, traveling from the North to the South, you can find our Vietnam itinerary here.
  • I quote prices in Vietnam Dong (VND) as well as € and $. Obviously, the exchange rate varies from day to day, but when we were in Vietnam €1 was approx. 25000VND and $1 was around 22200 VND.

In total, we spend 44 million VND / (€1764 / $1986 in the 30 days we were in the country. This comes down to a budget per day of 1.470.000 VND / €59 / $66 per day.

This includes all expenses in Vietnam plus transportation costs for the trip from Phu Quoc, (Vietnam) to Kampot (Cambodia). It does not include the plane ticket from Manila to Hanoi.

Vietnam Dong

Vietnam budget travel

Our Vietnam budget is divided into four categories

  1. Accommodation: 18% of our daily travel budget
  2. Transportation: 22% of our daily travel budget
  3. Food & Drinks: 39% of our daily travel budget
  4. Paid activities: 17% of our daily travel budget

These categories add up to 95%, the other 5% is attributed to the $45 1-month single entry visa that we bought to enter Vietnam ($90 for two people, which comes down to $3/€2,7/66700 VND a day).

Fisherman in Vietnam

1. Best budget accommodation in Vietnam

During our one-month trip in Vietnam we spent 7.852.250 VND / €314 / $354 in total on accommodation, which comes down to 261.742 VND / €10,50 / $11,80 per day.

We stayed in private rooms with our own bathroom, often breakfast was included! In the table below you can find the hotels I stayed at.

You can read more details about this accommodation in our Vietnam itinerary.

CityHotel nameRatingPriceAgodaBooking
HanoiHanoi Serenity Hotel8.5/10€15/$16Click hereClick here
Tam CocTuan Ngoc Hotel8.7/10€16/$17Click hereClick here
HueCharming Riverside Homestay8.6/10€19/$20Click hereClick here
Hoi AnJolie Villa Homestay9.3/10€11/$12Click hereClick here
Hoi AnSac Xanh Homestay8.3/10€9/$10Click hereClick here
DalatCam Ly Homestay8.9/10€13/$14Click hereClick here
Ho Chi MinhThao Nhi Hotel8.2/10€11/$12Click hereClick here
Phu QuocFortuna Hotel9.4/10€17/$18Click hereClick here

Note: Prices for these hotels depend on the time of year and how far in advance you book. Therefore, the prices mentioned above are a rough indication of the price per night to help you compare the different options. Use ‘click here’ to see the latest prices on Agoda and Booking and book ahead to get the best deal.

2. Cheap transport in Vietnam

During our trip around Vietnam, we traveled by night train, taxi, plane, bus, bike and more! In total we spent 9.480.000 VND / €379 / $427 on transportation, on average 316.000 VND / €12,60/ $14,20 per day.

3. Cost of food and drinks in Vietnam

In total, we spent 17.145.000 VND / €686 / $772 on food and drinks which comes down to an average of 571.500 VND / €23/ $25,70 per day.

The food in Vietnam is fantastic! Everything is fresh, you can add spices if you like, eat soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and find delicious smoothies on every corner. Banh Mi was another favorite of mine.

4. Activities in Vietnam

The fourth component of our Vietnam cost of travel is the activities we did during our trip.

In total we spend 7.613.000 VND / €305 / $343 on paid activities, which comes down to 253.767 VND / €10,20 / $11,40 a day. Activity costs include things like museum tickets, tours, bike rental, etc.

Vietnam rice fields

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Vietnam on a budget: in conclusion

These are the most important costs to take into account when you are traveling in Vietnam. As you can see Vietnam is a very budget-friendly destination and totally worth a trip!

I found Vietnam an intriguing country with a very interesting history, beautiful temples and pagodas, friendly people, and delicious food.

You can download the infographic with all the information about our Vietnam trip budget below. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

This post was updated in July 2022.

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Alice

Friday 16th of November 2018

Awesome blog Lotte!!! This is informative & especially relevant for a traveler on budget. Thank you so much. :D

Lotte

Friday 16th of November 2018

Thank you Alice, happy to hear that!

Amanda

Thursday 2nd of November 2017

Nice post! I'm planning to go to Hanoi on January to experience the winter, and the snow perhaps:p.

I'll be there for 4 days, would it be enough if I bring 8.5 million dong? The budget for accommodation and the ticket will be calculated separately. I'll travel solo:).

Thanks!

Lotte

Thursday 2nd of November 2017

Hi Amanda,

Thank you for reading the post! In my opinion 8,5 million dong should be more than enough, especially if you won't use that money for accommodation or your flight. Food is very cheap in Vietnam, but if you plan on doing a cruise in Halong Bay it will cost you around 80 USD. If you don't have enough money you can always get cash from an ATM. Just make sure you have a couple of different bank cards (Maestro Card and Mastercard).

Have a great trip! Lotte

Kevin

Friday 17th of February 2017

Lotte I am so impressed with your detailed breakdown of costs, you must have recorded every cent! I am taking 30 days to backpack Vietnam so your guide has been fascinating reading, very informative and interesting. Thank you x

Lotte

Sunday 19th of February 2017

Haha thanks Kevin, I did exactly that;-). But happy to hear my slight OCD has been helpful in your travel planning, have a great trip to Vietnam!

Jennifer Melroy

Tuesday 9th of February 2016

You did a good job at saving money. I have never really looked into the costs about daily travel. I should really track these things more.

Lotte

Tuesday 9th of February 2016

Haha I did Jennifer, I just didn't want to have to go back to the Netherlands before my unpaid leave was up because I ran out of money;-)

Joe Ankenbauer

Monday 8th of February 2016

Excellent article and very informative! This will be very helpful!

Lotte

Monday 8th of February 2016

Thank you Joe!