How Much Should I Budget for Vietnam? | 2019 Travel Costs

As awesome as Travel is, most of us don’t get paid to do it! So, it is important that we dedicate some time to the important task of budgeting.

Here is your 2019 travel budget guide for Vietnam.

Tours will cost you extra, they are worth the money though!

Tours will cost you extra, they are worth the money though!

Daily Budget (Costs)

We have separated the Daily Budget into 3 cost groups; Backpacker, Mid-range Traveler & Luxury Traveler. Consider your budget and pick the group that best suits your needs, not everyone can live off noodles so be realistic about your budget. The last thing you want to do is run out of money with days or weeks until your return flight.

All three budgets are based on US dollars, per day, per person.

Backpacker - Up to $55 per day (US Dollar)

Vietnam is a low cost travel destination but it is easy to spend money when prices are so low, be conscious of your daily spend & save money for the tours. If you are serious about saving your money, you can live comfortably in Vietnam on as little as $24USD per day.

Accomodation: $9 - $16 per night
Food: $7 - $10 per day
Water: $1 - $2 per day
Transport: $2 - $7 per day
Entertainment: $5 - $10 per day
Tips: $0 - $5 per day
Alcohol: $0 - $5 per day


Mid-Range Traveler - $55 - $110 per day (US Dollar)

Are you the kind of traveler that wants the occasional restaurant meal? Does a hotel room, with a view & a pool sound like a weekly must for you? Do you usually opt for the upgraded tour? If you enjoy the occasional upgrade then this is the budget for you.

Accomodation: $20 - $50 per night
Food: $10 - $24 per day
Water: $1 - $2 per day
Transport: $2 - $10 per day
Entertainment: $10 - $26 per day
Tips: $0 - $5 per day
Alcohol: $0 - $5 per day


Luxury Traveler - $110 + per day (US Dollar)

Want the hotel experience? Enjoy the best food & entertainment? Then be prepared to spend more money. Vietnam is cheap, so even a week or two of luxury won’t break the bank.

Accomodation: $80+
Food: $24 - $60
Water: $1 - $2 per day
Transport: $10+
Entertainment: $30+
Tips: $5 - $20
Alcohol: $10+

Having your budget sorted is the first step, getting the money saved is the second step but it is step three that is often overlooked. How do you access your money?

There are ATM’s all over Vietnam and cash is king. Hotels and some restaurants offer the option to pay by credit or debit card. If you plan on spending most of your travels in the smaller towns, exploring the countryside & spending your nights in backpackers/budget accomodation, bring cash.

Plan ahead, know where & when you will be drawing out more cash. Scamming & theft can be a problem in Vietnam, invest in secure storage for your cash and travel documents.


Tipping

Tipping is not common in Vietnam and is very rarely expected. Just remember that your guides and instructors earn very little, if you have an amazing experience then show them by tipping.

  • Hotels: Not expected. You can leave small tips for staff if you have an exceptional experience.

  • Restaurants: Not expected. Locals don’t tip but in smart restaurants it is common for travelers to tip 5% - 10% for good service.

  • Guides/Tour Operators: $2 - $5 dollars (50,000 - 110,000 VND) for day trips if the service was good. $5+ for longer trips.

  • Transport: Not Expected. Loose change is always appreciated though.

  • Bars: Not Expected.

If you budget correctly you will have more money to spend on the stuff you want to do & see.

If you budget correctly you will have more money to spend on the stuff you want to do & see.

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