How much does it cost to travel to Vietnam?

Created by Tu Nam Nguyen at 2024-06-14 16:57:28 , Updated by Tu Nam Nguyen at 2024-06-15 08:28:33
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Vietnam is a wonderland waiting for you to unveil. Nature is like a beautiful symphony with high notes of the magnificent mountains, low notes of the boundless sea and melodies of green plains. Vietnamese identity is imprinted on every street, every temple, every dish.

You will enjoy this in Vietnam

You will enjoy this in Vietnam

But actually how much does it cost to explore Vietnam? The answer depends on your budget, but Asia King Travel can help you make the most of your trip. We believe a great trip is one that satisfies your wanderlust and fits your wallet. 

Prices in Vietnam

At the current exchange rate, one US dollar equals 25,500 Vietnamese Dongs after rounding up. In general, prices in Vietnam are quite cheap. Vietnam has been known as a budget-friendly destination by many foreign tourists. You can easily fill up your stomach for around a dollar.

Vegetables and fruits in Vietnam is very cheap

Vegetables and fruits in Vietnam is very cheap

This means you don't need a large budget to enjoy a trip to Vietnam. However, to tailor your experience to your budget and preferences, here are some suggestions to add to your itinerary.

Notes about Vietnam visa fees and entry procedures

Visa fees

If you're planning a trip to Vietnam, understanding the visa fees is crucial. Travel agencies often include visa fees in their Vietnam tour packages, so you don't have to worry about it. On the other hand, if you're traveling independently you need to be aware of the costs involved in obtaining a visa.

Always keep in mind visa issues

Always keep in mind visa issues

Current standard Vietnam visa fees for foreigners are USD 25 for a single-entry visa and USD 50 for a multiple-entry visa valid for up to 3 months. In urgent cases with insufficient time to obtain a regular visa, a VOA (Visa On Arrival) will cost you USD 25 - 155.

Entry procedures

According to Vietnamese customs regulations, individuals must declare cash amounts exceeding USD 5,000 or equivalent in other currencies, and VND 15,000,000 at customs gates. This requirement does not apply to payment instruments such as traveler's checks, bank cards, savings books, securities, and other valuable documents.

Accommodation Prices

Budget accommodation

The price of budget accommodations in Vietnam currently ranges from USD 6 to USD 10  per night. This is the typical price for hostels or budget guesthouses. Basic amenities are in rooms, and a casual eatery is often on-site. But hygiene and security problems will not be guaranteed.

Mid-range motels

The prices for mid-range accommodation in Vietnam currently vary widely, depending on the location, type, amenities, and services included. You can refer to the following prices:

  • 3-star hotels: USD 21 - 63 per night
  • 4-star hotels: USD 63 -  126 per night
  • Homestays/Villas: USD 42 - 168 per night

With these prices, you can comfortably stay in well-equipped rooms and enjoy the accompanying room services. 

Mid-range hotels are most common choices in Vietnam

Mid-range hotels are most common choices in Vietnam

Luxury Resorts

The prices for luxury accommodation in Vietnam can range from a lot to a whole lot of money.

5-star hotels:

  • Standard rooms: From USD 150 -  400 per night
  • Suites: From USD 400 - 1000 per night
  • Villas: From USD 1000 per night and up

Luxury resorts:

  • Villas: From USD 500 -  2000 per night
  • Overwater villas: From USD 2000 per night and up

You wouldn't pay USD 2000 per night just to sleep on the water, would you?

Food prices

Local eateries

The cost of food and drinks in Vietnam is incredibly cheap for foreign tourists. A banh mi or a pack of sticky rice costs only USD 0.5 - 1. Local specialties like pho, vermicelli, and noodles are around USD 2 for a full bowl. And it costs less than USD 1 for a refreshing drink. Besides I can ensure you will be full before spending all USD 4 on street food snacks.

Not luxury dishes, Vietnamese street food is a must-try

Not luxury dishes, Vietnamese street food is a must-try

Full course meal

Casual dining in a mid-range Vietnamese restaurant including an appetizer, main course, and dessert, typically ranges from USD 10 - 20 per person. The meal usually consists of local specialties and basic side dishes. 

Fine dining

Luxury restaurants are often located in major tourist cities such as Hanoi, Da Nang, and Nha Trang. In addition to their well-designed spaces, these restaurants source high-quality ingredients and feature diverse menus representing a wide array of culinary traditions around the world. 

To give you an estimate, here are some reference prices for a meal at a luxury restaurant in Vietnam:

A la carte:

  • Appetizers: USD 8.5 - 21 per dish
  • Main courses: USD 13 - 42 per dish
  • Desserts: USD 4 - 13 per dish

Set menu: From USD 34 - to USD 85 and up, depending on the number of courses and the quality of the ingredients.

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Tourism activities

Free to visit or under USD 5

Vietnam has many exciting destinations that are easy on the wallet. In Hanoi, you can wander around Hoan Kiem Lake and explore the Old Quarter for free. For just USD 1.30, you can visit the Temple of Literature. In Ninh Binh, Bai Dinh Pagoda is free to enter. 

Hue's Thien Mu Pagoda is also free to visit. Da Nang features several free attractions, including Dragon Bridge and My Khe Beach. Marble Mountains only cost USD 1.70 for admission. In Quang Nam, the well-known Hoi An Ancient Town can be thoroughly explored for just USD 4.71.

In Saigon, you can visit Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office without spending a dime. The notable Independence Palace has an entrance fee of USD 1.70 - 2.80.

From USD 10 to USD 30 

  • Cu Chi Tunnels day trip (USD 25-30): Visitors can crawl through the narrow tunnels to get insight into Vietnamese soldiers’ lives
  • Mekong Delta boat tour (USD 20-30): An affordable yet unforgettable waterway tour. Experience the rural lifestyle of the Mekong Delta people
  • Hoi An cooking classes and cycling tours (USD 15-25): Learn to cook Vietnamese dishes with fresh market ingredients or cycle through the countryside.

USD 50 and over

With a budget of over USD 50 per day, you can indulge in more luxurious accommodations. Combination tours typically start at USD 50 per person and combine city sightseeing with nature exploration. Surely bring you a well-rounded experience.

Vietnam boasts two ranked among the top 100 most beautiful golf courses in the world.

Vietnam boasts two ranked among the top 100 most beautiful golf courses in the world.

Indulge in relaxing spa and massage services. The skilled hands of therapists will help you relieve stress and fatigue. You feel more energetic after a spa retreat than being a lazy potato. Golf is also a popular luxury pastime in Vietnam. The country is becoming an attractive destination for golfers due to temperate climate and scenic landscapes.

How much money should you bring when traveling to Vietnam

After researching many aspects, it's clear that Vietnam is an attraction suitable for all budgets. We can summarize that for budget travelers a daily expenditure of USD 10 to USD 30 can cover basic needs. 

Middle-class tourists can spend between USD 50 and USD 200 per day for more comfortable experiences. Meanwhile, high-end travelers with a daily budget over USD 500 can indulge in beyond expectations.


Estimating your expenses for a trip to Vietnam can help you avoid unexpected financial issues. It's also advisable to carry extra cash for peace of mind. Or if you have a budget but are unsure where to go, contact Asia King Travel to plan the perfect itinerary. 

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