8 money saving tips for your trip to Vietnam
Travelling to Vietnam on a shoestring budget can be simple. With a wide selection of budget-friendly accommodations, food and drink, Vietnam is the perfect destination for anyone looking to travel on a budget. Here are eight helpful tips for making the most of your Dong.
1. Torn money? No thank you.
Never accept torn or damaged Dong. It will NOT be accepted anywhere. The same holds true for US currency.
2. Haggle to your heart's content.
Don't be shy if you want to make the most of your Dong. Tourists tend to be charged more than locals for everything so make sure you haggle in the markets to get the best price on everything. Vendors will expect you to ask for a discount, so there's no need to feel embarrassed. Bargain hard and you will walk away with a few extra Dong in your pocket.
3. Lock in your taxi rate before jumping in.
You'll find an abundance of tuk tuks and taxis in most towns and cities, but be sure to know the exact address of your destination and agree on a price for your trip before getting in -- and try asking for a discount. By doing this, you'll avoid getting short-changed at the end of your journey.
4. Eat local.
As the saying goes, "Do what the locals do..." and eat what the locals eat. You'll save money by sticking to the local food. Some of the freshest and cheapest food can be found on the streets of Vietnam. Pick a popular food stall and you will surely savour the flavours of Vietnam.
5. Travel at night.
Booking a night train or bus will not only save you on the cost of your tickets, but it will also save you on the cost of a night's accommodation. Long distance travel in Vietnam is common and cheaper than daytime fare. Plus, you'll be able to make the most of your daytime hours spent sightseeing.
6. Stay hydrated.
Both beer and water are very inexpensive in Vietnam. Although beer can be refreshing in the extreme heat, keeping hydrated with water is important. Try to buy bottles of water at small stores or stands. Bottles of water at hotels and restaurants can be very expensive. If you're in the mood, order tra da, or iced tea. A glass of refreshing tea will cost much less than bottled water.
7. Lodging for less.
Budget-friendly accommodations are plentiful in Vietnam. Although there is quite a range in price from city to city, you will find it easy to find a room for about $30 per night. In cities, rooms are often cheaper on the upper floors.
8. Forego the guidebooks.
If you're reading this article, you're already on the right track. Forego the heavy and expensive guidebooks and make use of online blogs and websites. Talking to locals when you arrive will also help you experience Vietnam to the fullest.