We leave you with just one warning: one visit to Vietnam won't seen like enough - you'll want to return again and again!
The official language is Vietnamese, but English is widely spoken.
Vietnamese dong (VND)
$1 = 22725.00VND. You'll be rich when you hit this country!
UTC + 7:00, making Vietnam Vietnam 10 hours ahead of Los Angeles and 13 hours ahead of NYC.
A bottle of local beer from a bar or restaurant should cost you under 30,000 VND ($1.50). Or if that isn’t enough of a bargain, you can head to Hanoi's bustling Bia Hoi stalls, where a pint of locally brewed stuff can cost as little as 10 cents. Yes – 10 cents!
A meal from a cheap or local restaurant or café will normally set you back 60,000 VND ($2.60). Something a bit fancier, for example, table service in a sit-down restaurant will cost around $6.50 per head. However, if you search, you'll find street food such as pho and Vietnamese spring rolls for under $1.
A thirty minute taxi ride will cost you around $7 - the same amount as hiring a scooter for the day, (so basically if you have confidence, a drivers license and a helmet, getting a scooter is money better spent).
Long-haul luxury coaches from one city to the next are usually $20 or under. You can usually buy a multi-stop pass for around $60. The biggest transport expense you will be faced with will probably be a boat trip around Ha Long Bay. These cruises can cost anywhere between $80 and $170 depending on the grade of the boat - you get what you pay for, but any trip to Ha Long is mind-blowing, and well worth the dollar.
A dorm bed in a hostel can cost anything between 115,150 VND ($5) and 400,000 VND ($16) depending on the level of luxury, size or if it is a party hostel. A single room will set you back about the same, whereas a double room can cost around $13-20.
You can often find rooms in midrange hotels and family run guesthouses for very reasonable prices. Expect to pay under $26, sometimes even under $13 a night!
There is also a railway that runs the length of Vietnam. The trains tend to be comfortable and offer great views. Fares from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City start from $40 for a seat and go up to $60 for a comfortably air-conditioned sleeper.
If you're short on time in the country and want to cover large distances, we can help you book domestic flights when you plan your trip, or you can check out one of our tours!