Vietnam travel guide – Money saving tips
Vietnam is a fairly cheap country and you do not need to do many things to go backpacking or travel here on a limited budget. It is already a fairly cheap country to visit. However, if you are looking to travel even cheaper and save some money, here are some tips on how to save in Vietnam:
Eat delicious street food: the food is usually excellent, very cheap, and you can watch it cooking in front of you. Stay with the local food and you will save money. Street pho, bread, sandwiches (called bahn mi), donuts and bananas are his best offers, which can be found for around 20,000 VND (1 USD).
Travel at night: if you are traveling on a long trip, try to take the “sleeper” buses or trains late at night, as this will save you the cost of one night’s accommodation. Depending on the company, you may even have the opportunity to lie down comfortably while traveling through the dark countryside to your next destination.
Take the tourist bus: actually, it is cheaper to take the tourist bus across the country than local transport because of the “tourist” price you get at the bus station. Tickets from one end of the country to the other will cost around 1,200,000 VND (50 USD).
Fly low cost: low cost airlines from Vietnam, VietJet and FlyVietnam are extremely cheap and adding luggage to your flight can cost as little as 150,000 VND (6 USD). This is an excellent option for people with limited time to explore different regions of Vietnam. Both airlines often offer special offers: at the time of writing, Hanoi to Da Nang has only 818,635 VND (35 USD)! That is a trip of 13 hours.
Difficult negotiations: tourists tend to charge more than locals for everything from bicycles (a three-wheeled taxi) to clothing and street food. Negotiate harder than you normally would and do not underestimate the value of moving away.
Skip the SIM card. Vietnam is highly connected to WiFi. You can find it in almost all hotels, shops, restaurants and convenience stores for free! Unless you need to have connectivity during a long bus ride or in rural areas, I will relinquish the SIM card and take a break from connectivity.
Ask the staff of your shelter: before leaving the shelter, ask them to calculate how much it should cost what they want to do. How much does a trip to the museum cost? How much do I have to pay to have a robe made like this? They can give you negotiation guidelines.
Prepare a bottle of water: a bottle of water with a purifier will be especially useful in Southeast Asia, since you can not drink the tap water. Save money and thousands of plastic bottles and get a bottle that can purify tap water for you. My favorite bottle is LifeStraw ($ 49.99).