We recommend private rooms in homestays and budget hotels in good locations for two travellers on a budget. Transportation can switch between flights and shared coaches in train rides. In addition, you can take a motorbike taxi ride from Hoi An to Hue if you get adventurous enough.
likely to eat up a good portion of your budget. There’s always an availability of restaurants for travellers hesitant to try out the street food. Though, you will always pay more for western dishes than for local Vietnamese cuisine. Soups such as Pho are the most affordable and can be bought at any hour of the day for $1, or even less in smaller cities. The most convenient would be to hire a car for the entire stay in one city, if your budget allows for it. We think it is a waste of time in many cities, where everything is easily accessible and taxis are easy to hire.
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A bus ride of 8 hours costs approximately $10, which is quite reasonable. Taking the train can take a long time yet it’s a cheap way to travel. Many locals use the train to return home for the Tet Lunar New Year holiday. You can choose whether you prefer a hard or soft seat or a lay-down bed in a sleeper coach. You can’t go wrong when you visit Hanoi.
Luckily the main tourist hubs are well connected and the network of trains, buses, and planes will deliver you there in one piece. Though, if you are traveling the whole country, prepare yourself for some overnight long and painful journeys. Definitely check out 12.Go Asia to book your transport for easy and comfortable options with reviews so you can know what to expect. Like all countries, food costs can range from cheap to incredibly expensive in Vietnam.
We are compiling all the travel costs from travellers like you so you can get a better idea of the cost of a trip that suits your preferences. The most expensive place was Hanoi, where I spent more like $2-3 on meals instead of my usual $1. However, I quickly found the cheaper food and coffee by heading out of the tourist areas and opening my eyes a little more to the nondescript places. Even though Hanoi was a little more expensive, it’s still amazingly cheap and easy to enjoy on a budget, and was a city I really enjoyed spending time in. Hoi An is a sweet town that is both less chaotic but still a very popular tourist destination. You’ll find all the amenities you need, such as wifi, expat food, and a community of digital nomads, entrepreneurs, and others.
While meal prices in Vietnam can vary, the average cost of food in Vietnam is d275,720 per day. Based on previous travelers’ spending habits, an average meal in Vietnam will cost around d110 288 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner.
- Although there are restaurants, street food is the best.
- You will have access to a variety of work exchanges.
- Shoestring budget – If you’re on a super tight budget, we recommend a budget of $30 per day, or $40 per day if you’re a couple.
- Unfortunately it seems like every time we turn around there are experiences we want to spend a lot of money on.
- Two people on a budget can stay in boutique hotels.
Expect to spend between $30-$50 USD per person which includes accommodation, food, transportation, and attractions. You can spend between $50-$100+ per person for a more comfortable experience. Therefore, a 2-week Vietnam trip will have an expenditure between $420-$1,400 for one person. Amy and Andrew are British expats, who works as English teachers in Hanoi.
We just got to Vietnam and are looking forward to getting back on budget. Unfortunately it seems like every time we turn around there are experiences we want to spend a lot of money on. It’s always tough to find the balance between staying on budget and not turning down the experiences we are out traveling the world for! I think it always comes down to saving when it does not matter, and splurging for the experiences that do matter. It’s nice when you find that sometimes saving can mean better experiences than splurging, like with food or accommodation options.
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With two weeks to spare you could comfortably travel to two or three different destinations without being stressed for time. This could be a combination from Hanoi-Sapa–Ha Giang–Halong Bay, or Saigon–Phu Quouc–Mui Ne–Dalat. These individual trips will vary vastly in cost; however, including flights for any two- to four-day trip, it’s safe to budget $250. This number will be closer than $100 if you travel by bus. If I had stayed in dorms and drank beer and Vietnamese coffee, I would have been able to travel on a US$30 daily budget.