Cost of a trip to Vietnam
To find out what
a trip to Vietnam costs, look at
the total price for:
- Flights to and from Vietnam
- Cost of overnight stays at the hotel or hostel
- Cost of the activities you expect to purchase
- Cost of your daily food budget
- Any pocket money for shopping
In this entry we will provide price examples, so you can easily
what a trip to Vietnam costs. You can also scroll down to the
bottom of the page and see a specific travel budget.
Air fares to Vietnam
The first costs associated with
your trip to Vietnam are flights. The
prices of tickets vary depending on whether it is high season or low
Low season is from last part of January and up to June (except week 7 in
February). During this period you can buy airfares for promotion prices
for a trip to Vietnam with arrival in
However, if you want to
travel to Vietnam in high season, which is in
June, July and August, and at the end of December and early January, you
can expect that the flights to Vietnam will rise a few thousand.
Accommodation in Vietnam
hotel in Vietnam costs about 50 usd/night in a twin room.
Vietnam authorities don't allow hotels to rent rooms for tourists if
there is no air conditioning and bathroom so a standard hotel will
always have this and typically also a fridge and a television. Hotels
that have 4-5 stars typically cost from 150 - 200 usd/night.
If you are backpackers and are traveling on a budget you can find
hostels in Hanoi and
Saigon for around $ 20 per person/night.
Independent travelers can also look for signs that say "Cho Thue Phong"
which means "rooms for rent", thus staying at a family room in Vietnam.
Here you will typically be offered a room with a mattress (and not quite
much else) for around 15-20 $/night
It can be a very positive experience to
stay with a family for a day or
two because it gives you a unique insight into Vietnamese culture. If
you want to be sure of a good standard.
Food, drinks and shopping in Vietnam
If you are traveling in high season, be prepared that it is generally
50% more expensive. That is, prices on activities, food and
accommodation will cost more in this period.
However, the price level in Vietnam is generally low and it does not
cost much to eat out. You can save a lot of money on the food budget if
you eat at the delicious street-food places, found throughout Vietnam.
Here you can get a meal from 5$. Of course, you should pay extra
attention to hygiene and preferably choose foods that are well cooked -
just use your common sense before choosing your meal.
At restaurants you can eat the Vietnamese noodle soup "Pho" for around $3, while a larger local meal is priced at about 5-7$.
Shopping in Vietnam is also something most travelers would recommend,
especially the many local markets are worth a visit if you like to
wonder about the price and save money. At the same time, it also gives
you a fun experience of the Vietnamese trade culture.
Tips and gratuities.
If you experience a good level of service, smile and helpfulness on your
trip to Vietnam, it will of course be rewarded. Therefore, it is a good
practice to pay gratuities when you are out to eat, participate in
activities or the like. A good rule of thumb is that you must give a
minimum of 10% in cash. Doing so, you will experience extraordinary good
service throughout your trip in Vietnam.
Example of travel budget to Vietnam
To give you an insight into how the prices of a trip to Vietnam would be
like, we have designed a guiding budget for a trip for 2 people
departing in March and for 2 week's time. The travel budget includes
flights, hotels, sightseeing fees and food.
Air fares to and from Vietnam
Travel program that includes
all of Vietnam's highlights eg Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Hue,
Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh and Mekong Delta, Including overnight
stay at standard hotel, including all transportation on the
food and drinks
* Note: Prices above are indicative and intended
for two people traveling together.