One of the easiest ways to stretch your Vietnam travel budget is to exchange your currency before leaving your country. By doing so you ensure that you’ll get a better rate and you won’t have to pay the Vietnamese bank a commission for doing something you can easily do at home.
Waiting in Line is the Worst
Airports in Vietnam charge hefty fees because they know many travels come unprepared. Do your research early to find the best exchange rate possible. Then travel with ease knowing you have the Vietnamese dong needed to take care of your expenses straight off the airplane. Waiting in line wastes valuable time and you’re ready for some relaxation after that long flight, right?
Act Like a Local
Some other tips that help you manage your money better is to do as the locals do. It may sound cliché but if you want to immerse yourself in another culture, you need to learn its people’s secrets. Strike up a conversation with Vietnamese people. Ask what they recommend you see, eat, and visit.
Some of the experiences you can have in Vietnam include visiting the beautiful pagodas throughout the country. Visit Hanoi and feel the energy of the bustling city. Crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels. Find out what it was like to be a part of the Viet Cong in the 1960s. Last but not least, don’t miss the beauty of Cuc Phuong National Park. It’s home to over 2,000 species of trees as well as beautiful wildlife like the Clouded leopard.
Eat local food
Eating local food is one of the best ways to get the full Vietnam experience and you will spend much less money on local food than you would at restaurants. The quality of local food is often just as good if not better than what you would find at a restaurant. There are even websites where you can meet local hosts and cook with them or pay for them to cook for you, and there are thousands of options for street vendors and other vendors who sell different local meals. Do a bit of research on the area that you are traveling to and get some information about the type of food there, and find the local vendors and avoid going to well known restaurant chains.
Take the Bus or Train
Traveling in Vietnam by bus is cost-effective. The train from Danang to Hanoi costs around 758,000 Vietnamese dong. If you’re interested in taking a private tour, learn who offers the best deal. Keep in mind that although tipping is not a requirement, it reflects well on you as a person. Having some basic knowledge of the currency allows you to control the situation with ease by compensating your driver or guide with the right amount of dong each day.
Tipping is a Generous Gesture
Keep Vietnamese dong in different denominations to give to the people who help you get around while traveling. They’ll appreciate the gesture and you’ll have access to someone who knows a city inside and out. They’ll tell you where the best places to eat, drink, and enjoy entertainment are at.