Cost of Visiting Vietnam for One Month

After Laos we jetted into Hanoi, Vietnam to spend a month travelling from the capital city in the north down to Ho Chi Minh City in the South. We made plenty of stops along the way, visiting historic Hué, the World Heritage Town of Hoi An, the sand dunes of Mũi Né and the highlands. During our trip we also spent our first festive season out of the UK, celebrating Christmas in the mountains of Dalat and New Year’s in crazy Saigon. Here’s how much it cost us to travel in Vietnam for one month.

Activity Costs in Vietnam

We were busier than ever whilst visiting Vietnam, there’s so much to see and do you could easily spend twice as long as we did in the country and still not experience everything. We found that many of the attractions in Vietnam were cheap; in Hanoi we visited six museums, palaces and temples for under £5 per person; we visited three in Ho Chi Minh City for a total of £1.75 per person. Our most expensive activity was our Halong Bay overnight boat trip; this included transport from and to our hotel in Hanoi as well as dinner, breakfast and lunch. This trip was originally priced at about £105 but after our complaints about the trip we received a partial refund. Taking organised tours is often the easiest way to see things in Vietnam and they’re actually pretty cheap in comparison with what we’ve seen in other countries so we ended up taking five tours while we were there.

Amy Kayaking on Halong Bay

Activity

Cost

Per Person

Cinema: Catching Fire in Hanoi

£4.30

£2.15

Halong Bay Overnight Boat Trip

£69.20

£34.60

Hoa Lo Prison, Hanoi

£1.10

£0.55

Presidential Palace, Hanoi

£1.50

£0.75

Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi

£1.50

£0.75

Army Museum, Hanoi

£2.30

£1.65

Women’s Museum, Hanoi

£1.70

£0.85

Temple of Literature, Hanoi

£1.20

£0.60

Water Puppet Show, Hanoi

£3.50

£1.75

Hué Tour

£11

£5.50

Hué Citadel and Tombs entrance Fee

£10.50

£5.25

Hué House Garden

£1.20

£0.60

Hoi An UNESCO City Entrance Fee

£7

£3.50

Mũi Né Sand Dunes Half-Day Trip

£8

£4

Dalat Flower Garden

£1.20

£0.60

Valley of Love, Dalat

£1.20

£0.60

Cam Ly Falls, Dalat

£0.60

£0.30

Crazy House, Dalat

£2.30

£1.15

Datanla Falls Entrance Fee, Dalat

£0.60

£0.30

Datanla Falls Bobsleigh

£2

£1

Datanla Falls Cable Car

£2.30

£1.15

Easyrider Dalat Day Tour

£24.10

£12.05

Dalat Cable Car

£4

£2

Dalat Tandem Bike Rental (One hour)

£0.60

£0.30

War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City  (HCMC)

£0.90

£0.45

HCMC Museum

£0.90

£0.45

HCMC Palace

£1.70

£0.85

Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple Tour

£10.60

£5.30

Cu Chi Tunnels Entrance Fee

£5.20

£2.60

Ho Chi Minh Museum, HCMC

£0.60

£0.30

Total

£182.80

£91.40

Cost of Vietnam Hotels

After Laos, Vietnam has been our cheapest country accommodation-wise; most hotels included breakfast which on the whole was good. All of our rooms were en suite private doubles with air-con (except in Dalat, where we didn’t need it), hairdryers and fridges. Our first Vietnam booking, Posh Hotel in Hanoi, turned out to be the best, the staff members were extremely attentive, the room was nice and it was in a great location. We usually booked accommodation in advance in Vietnam, choosing really well-reviewed hotels on Tripadvisor, Hostelbookers and Agoda. In Dalat and Saigon we booked our first night’s accommodation and then looked around to find good rooms for the rest of the week which worked really well for us since we managed to negotiate prices in person.

Hanoi Posh Hotel

Expense

Total

Per Person

Per Day

Accommodation

£257.50

£128.75

£8.30

Vietnam Food Costs

We had some fantastic meals in Vietnam such as the hotpot shown below, but we also had some horrid ones. Unfortunately, in our experience vegetarian doesn’t mean the same to the Vietnamese as it does to us; we ordered a number of supposedly ‘vegetarian’ meals that actually turned up with some meat in them; only once did the staff realise that this was really bad and apologised profusely, offering a discount.  One way we managed to save money on our food costs in Vietnam was by getting a couple of baguettes for lunch and using our own jar of peanut butter or cheese spread to make quick lunches. Restaurants in Vietnam were cheap overall, we could usually pick up a meal for about £2 to £3 and a 500ml bottle of Saigon beer between £0.30 and £1.

Vietnamese vegetable hot pot

Expense

Total

Per Person

Per Day

Food

£354.30

£177.15

£11.42

Cost of Transportation in Vietnam

One thing that significantly increased our Vietnam travel costs was our flight from Luang Prabang into Hanoi. We debated for a long time whether we should cross overland or not but decided to fly in the end; we’d heard too many horror stories of people making the 24-hour land crossing to attempt it. We liked the sleeper train from Hanoi to Hué; it was clean and quiet and we were in a four-berth cabin with another couple. The experience was much more pleasant than riding the sleeper trains in Thailand. Sadly our sleeper bus in Vietnam was another journey from hell though; we spent 19 hours in cramped little ‘bed-seats’ amongst way too many unwashed bodies and in particular, feet.

Vietnam Sleeper Bus

In Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City we stuck to the advised taxis and they always used the meter which turned out to be very reasonably priced. One of the journeys we spent the most (per kilometre) on was our cyclo, we could have got a taxi for much cheaper and later learned that we could have got about an hour’s use from the driver for what we paid for a ten-minute ride.

Expense

Total

Per Person

Flights

Luang Prabang (Laos) to Hanoi: £116.30

£58.30

Trains

Hanoi to Hue Overnight Sleeper: £61.20

£30.60

Hue to Danang: £8.70

£4.35

Buses

Minibus Hanoi Airport to Hotel: £5

£2.50

Danang to Hoi An: £1.70

£0.85

Hoi An to Mui Ne Overnight Sleeper: £28

£14

Mui Ne to Dalat: £7.50

£3.75

Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City: £11.60

£5.80

Taxis

Nine Taxis in total: £11.70

£5.85

Scooter

24 Hour Hire: £2.90, Fuel: £2.90

£2.90

Cyclo

One Ride: £2.90

£1.95

Total:

£261.70

£130.85

Miscellaneous Costs

Another hefty addition to our Vietnam travel costs was our 31-day Visas which we organised in Luang Prabang, Laos, for £40 each. We later found out that you can get an e-Visa if you are flying into the country for just £30, however, we weren’t sure whether we’d be flying into Vietnam or crossing overland to begin with and you can only use the e-visa at airports. We had the usual laundry and toiletry costs, it was Christmas time so we also sent a few greetings cards, Amy needed a new pair of sunglasses after hers fell apart  and since we were getting pretty cold I bought a new hoodie too.

Lanterns in Hoi An

Expense

Total

Per Person

31 Day Visas

£80

£40

Laundry (x4)

£11.50

£5.75

Toiletries and Medicines

£14.40

£7.20

Cards, Stamps, Hoody, Sunglasses

£12.10

£6.05

Miscellaneous

£118

£59

Total Costs for Visiting Vietnam for One Month

Despite filling our time with numerous activities and covering lots of ground in Vietnam we still managed to keep our costs pretty low thanks mainly to the cheap yet high quality accommodation on offer. After Laos and Indonesia Vietnam is our cheapest country yet. We can’t wait to see what Cambodia has to offer! Here are our total costs for visiting Vietnam for one month.

Vietnam Travel Costs for one month

Pin Me!

Expense

Total

Per Person

Per Day

Activities

£182.80

£91.40

£5.90

Accommodation

£257.50

£128.75

£8.30

Food

£354.30

£177.15

£11.42

Transport

£261.70

£130.85

£8.44

Miscellaneous

£118

£59

£3.81

Total

£1174.30

£587.15

£37.88




As always, we use Trail Wallet to track all of our spending; you can see all of our cost break-downs by country here.

You may also like...

20 thoughts on “Cost of Visiting Vietnam for One Month

    • I know Stefan! I couldn’t believe it either, I used to spend a relative fortune on cinema tickets and film festivals when I was in London, even with my Curzon membership. When we get back to Hanoi we’re going to the cinema every week 🙂

    • Hi Kerri, Vietnam was really cheap for us, the most expensive things were the visas and flights in – we loved it 🙂

    • That’s true Rob, Vietnam can be pretty cheap; we’re heading back in august form the uk, we found some pretty good flights (£305 each) but only by booking separately via Sweden and Bangkok. Hope you get there yourselves! 🙂

    • Thanks Mig, the cinema was a great budget activity in Vietnam and a great way to relax. Overall we were impressed by what you get for your money in Vietnam, hotels were especially nice and super cheap – I’d recommend it!

  1. Well done guys. You did extremely well. Your posts bring back lovely memories. Vietnam is a great location and a lovely country. I like the way that when everything is broken down it leads to just $37.88 per day which would be €27.30. I went to a production show yesterday and cheap seats cost €25.00. It’s so cool to remember that travelling doesn’t really cost a lot when it’s broken down as we spend much, much, more when we’re in our home countries and we don’t even think about it!
    Victoria recently posted..If you’re looking for a cheap holiday. The Polish Baltic Sea is pretty alright!My Profile

    • Thanks Victoria, perhaps you think we managed to travel much cheaper than we actually did; we spent £37.88 which comes to about €46 per day, but since that’s €23 per person that’s pretty good! We could have easily spent triple the amount in our home country though, travel can be so cheap! 🙂

  2. Im travelling to Vietnam this summer for 2 months and have roughly about £1,400 spending money. I was a little worried beforehand that this wouldn’t be enough but after reading this article it has reassured me immensaly! I hope you guys enjoyed Cambodia!!

    Jamie

    • We loved Cambodia Jamie and we’re currently in living in Hanoi, Vietnam because we loved it here so much on our first visit 🙂 Have an awesome time in Vietnam; don’t miss the caves at Phong Nha, we’ve heard they’re spectacular and we’ll be checking them out for ourselves soon.

  3. Hi,

    Looks like you stayed at some good hotels at the budget end in Vietnam – please would you be able to share a list of hotels you stayed at?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Lee, it was quite a while ago so I don’t remember the exact names of most of them I’m afraid. There are tons of good quality, cheap hotels in Vietnam though, just have a browse on Tripadvisor and you should be set.

  4. Realy nice!!When did you go?I find it very cheap.Searching in lonely planet it cost a lot more.about 1000euro budget…

    • Hi, thanks for reading and commenting. These costs are from our month-long trip which we took in December 2013; we also lived in Vietnam from Sept 2014 – May 2015 and found it to be even cheaper than it. Vietnam really is an affordable country, but of course you can easily pay up to 1,000 euro budget if you stayed in fancier accommodation and took expensive tours.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge