You should know that traveling around Vietnam can be extremely cheap or expensive as well. Backpackers should budget around $10-$15USD per day or less. But if are the type who want to enjoy the luxury side of Vietnam, by staying in 5-star hotels and eating at the finest restaurants, you can budget through $150USD or more per day. Then there’s everything in between. I’ll be giving you an idea of what things cost below, This budget assumes you will take buses and trains from the north to the south (or vice versa).
Transportation in Vietnam
Getting around Vietnam is really rather simple. Because of the small, narrow geography of the country. The most popular means of transportation to get around within a city is via a motorcycle taxi, called ‘xe om’–short trips cost 10,000 VND, longer trips are a bit more, The average car-taxi ride should only be 20 or 30,000 VND. Taking bus around Vietnam is usually about 1 USD or less for every 50 km or one hour of travel time. These buses are often overcrowded and uncomfortable, and paying a bit more for a first-class bus or a tour bus will make life easier. One cool thing about these is that you can choose sleeper seats and always have a bed for those overnight journeys. The perfect option you can choose here is to get an open tour bus ticket. One between Saigon and Hanoi costs about 32 USD, lasts for three months, and allows you to get off the bus wherever you like, and get back on whenever you please, for one flat rate. There are also a few train journeys in Vietnam, but they are not as prevalent as buses and are more expensive. The comfort is better than a bus in most cases, and there are different classes of seats, each one going up in both comfort and price. Another great way to see the city for yourself is to rent or buy a motorbike and take your own road trip. I wouldn’t recommend this for those who have never ridden one before or have limited experience.
Accommodation in Vietnam
Here in Vietnam Hotels start 100,000 VND per night, that’s much right the great part is that each hotel room consist of air-con, maybe a fridge, private bath, and cable television. There amenities are also big here they have complimentary soap, shampoo, toothbrush, fresh towels and many others. But then there are also dorm rooms available in those cities for as little as 2 USD per night. If you’re really want to save, look for signs that say ‘Nha Tro’ or ‘Nha Phong,’ which means ‘boarding house.’ Also, ‘Co Thue Phong’ means ‘we rent rooms.’ Or also a dorm room with a fan (hopefully), shared bathrooms which the price is about $5. Many places also throw in breakfast of banana pancakes as well.
Food in Vietnam
Food is also a significant budget concern when travelling, as there is nothing worse than having to resist indulging in new and exotic foods after not having accounted for their expense beforehand. To get the most out of your culinary experience of Vietnam, count around 2 USD or 3 or 4,000 dong for a local meal or street food, and from 15 USD for an outing at a gourmet restaurant. The Vietnamese eat steaming bowls of noodle soup for breakfasts (called ‘pho,’ sounds like ‘fur’ without the ‘r’) which go for 10 to 20,000 dong. Cheap enough, but many hotels offer complimentary breakfast: however, this can amount to an indifferently prepared pile of scrambled eggs stuffed in a stale baguette with a cup of instant coffee, so seek out your own breakfast if you can. A full, western breakfast is going to cost about 40,000 VND (2.50 USD). You could eat three meals a day for 20,000 VND each if you’re on a super tight budget, but then you’d miss out on a lot of great local food, and there’s western-style fare to be had in the tourist centers. You’ll be looking at 30 to 50,000 VND (3 or 4 USD) for a small pizza or a plate of pasta, 100,000 VND for an Indian dish with flat bread, and a steak imported from New Zealand will cost 300,000 to 600,000 VND (20 to 40 USD).
To round it up, 20 USD a day for a solo backpacker is quite doable. A married couple could get buy on 30 USD a day, since they make out well on accommodation. A family of four could squeak by on 60 USD a day, but someone had better be keeping a very close eye on the family purse. If you can add fifty percent to those figures, you can travel comfortably, albeit not lavishly. For luxury travellers – well, that’s between you and your gold card.