What’s my daily budget in Vietnam?
Daily budgets. A subject that haunts even the most experienced traveler. Hours and hours spent tracking your budget can get very tiresome, but it doesn’t need to be that way. It all depends on your lifestyle and what kind of person you are.
Living on a shoestring
Vietnam is a very cheap country, one of the cheapest countries in the world in fact so it’s perfect for the budget traveler. You need to be careful though. If you’re the kind of person who needs there morning ‘pick me up’ coffee then be aware that coffee can be the same price as a bowl of yummy ‘pho’ a Vietnamese, noodle soup. So, you need to weigh up your options beforehand. Here are some ideas of what $15 can get you during a day in the Vietnamese capital, Ho Chi Minh City.
- A bed in a budget hostel-$4
- A bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup-$1
- A bottle of water-50c
- 2 local beers-$1
- Banh mi, a Vietnamese style sandwich- $1.10
You get the idea. Vietnam can be very cheap if you’re prepared to sacrifice some luxuries. Bus tickets, however, can be pricey, around $10-$15 depending on where you are going. It’s a good idea to pay a bit more and travel further, that way you can forgo the price of a hostel because you will be sleeping on the bus. The sleeper buses in Vietnam are very good quality, so don’t be worried about spending 15 hours in a stress position.
The ‘baller’ budget
if you have a bulge in your pocket that would make Ron Jeremy blush, then Vietnam can be a very fun place to visit. Vietnam is a very big place but the long, narrow shape of the country makes it easy to get around, especially by car. Renting a car can be an amazing way to see what Vietnam has to offer. 2 routes come to mind when talking about this subject:
QL.1A – the QL.1A is a road that runs from the north to the south of Vietnam. Covering around 2301km and is perfect for somebody wanting to see the entirety of this spectacular place. Some of the highlights of this route are, Ninh Binh, an overlooked natural paradise. This beautiful place boasts some of the most breath-taking landscapes in Southeast Asia. Or hoi An, a sleepy, picturesque city in the middle of Vietnam. If you like the sound of locals chattering in bustling markets or narrow, cobbled streets filled with petit art galleries, then Hoi An is the place for you.
QL.32- this road running from Sapa in the north of Vietnam to Hanoi is in my opinion, the best road in the world for experiencing life-changing mountain views. There’re a few places in the world that have had me in awe of what I was seeing, the views along the QL.32 was one of them. Get in your car, turn the key and take in this stunning area of the world.