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Vietnam

$ $ $ $ ($26.46 per day)
Affordable (between US$25 and US$50 per day)
26 entries for Vietnam

Jul 17, 2019

Hanoi, Vietnam

Lots of mixed feelings in my last full day in Southeast Asia. I decided to take it slow, going back to a couple of places that I loved, and to a couple of new ones that were recommended. Finally, I couldn't think of a better way to say goodbye to Hanoi than cheering with 5k beers.

Food
Breakfast (incl. in hostel) ₫0.00
$0.00
Groceries
Bottled water (x2) ₫22,000.00
$0.95
Food
Egg coffee at "Giang Cafe" ₫25,000.00
$1.08
Groceries
Fresh fruit at Hom Market ₫20,000.00
$0.86
Food
Lunch at "Bun Cha Huong Lien" ₫90,000.00
$3.88
Food
Coffee at "OTree Coffee" ₫30,000.00
$1.29
Food
Coffee at "Tranquil Books & Coffee" ₫55,000.00
$2.37
Food
Dinner at "Pho Thin" ₫50,000.00
$2.15
Food
Pastries ₫30,000.00
$1.29
Alcohol
Beers at "Bia Hoi Corner" (5k each) ₫20,000.00
$0.86
Accomodation
Little Hanoi Hostel $20.00
$20.00
TOTAL $20.00 + ₫342,000.00
TOTAL (USD) $34.74

Jul 16, 2019

Sa Pa, Vietnam

Sa Pa town is no longer the cute hill village it used to be. Because of its recent tourist boom, new tall hotel buildings are built every day, polluting Sa Pa's skyline. I recommend staying in town only long enough to catch your bus to Hanoi or your transportation to your homestay.

Food
Breakfast (incl. in homestay) ₫0.00
$0.00
Food
Coffee ₫30,000.00
$1.29
Groceries
Bottled water ₫15,000.00
$0.65
Urban transport
Moto taxi to Sa Pa town ₫100,000.00
$4.31
Food
Lunch ₫30,000.00
$1.29
Intercity transport
Bus to Hanoi ₫250,000.00
$10.77
Food
Snacks ₫53,000.00
$2.28
Accomodation
Little Hanoi Hostel $20.00
$20.00
TOTAL $20.00 + ₫478,000.00
TOTAL (USD) $40.60

Jul 15, 2019

Sa Pa, Vietnam

When staying in small towns and rural areas mostly devoted to tourism, I usually try to spend my money in as many different businesses as possible. Most likely the hostel or homestay will also serve you as restaurant/supermarket/coffee shop, but instead I try eating lunch, buying my bottled water and having my coffee somewhere else. Am I really helping the local economy? Not sure, but it doesn't hurt trying.

Food
Breakfast (incl. in homestay) ₫0.00
$0.00
Food
Coffee ₫30,000.00
$1.29
Groceries
Bottled water ₫20,000.00
$0.86
Food
Lunch ₫50,000.00
$2.15
Food
Iced coffee ₫20,000.00
$0.86
Food
Sweet potato fries ₫35,000.00
$1.51
Food
Dinner ₫80,000.00
$3.45
Alcohol
Glass of homemade rice wine ₫25,000.00
$1.08
Accomodation
The Little Hmong House ₫100,000.00
$4.31
TOTAL ₫360,000.00
TOTAL (USD) $15.51

Jul 14, 2019

Sa Pa, Vietnam

Sa Pa was on my itinerary pretty much since I started this trip. Every traveler that mentioned Vietnam, mentioned Sa Pa as well. When you think of Sa Pa, think of valleys filled with rice fields, misty mountains, and friendly homestays. Do yourself a favor and stay at least 2 nights here. It's worth it.

Urban transport
Moto taxi to homestay ₫100,000.00
$4.31
Food
Breakfast at "The Little Hmong House" ₫30,000.00
$1.29
Food
Lunch ₫50,000.00
$2.15
Groceries
Bottled water ₫15,000.00
$0.65
Food
Snacks ₫56,000.00
$2.41
Food
Coffee ₫20,000.00
$0.86
Food
Dinner ₫60,000.00
$2.59
Accomodation
The Little Hmong House ₫100,000.00
$4.31
TOTAL ₫431,000.00
TOTAL (USD) $18.57

Jul 13, 2019

Hanoi, Vietnam

Remember my whole rant back when I was in HCMC about big cities and how quickly I get tired of them? Well, Hanoi is different. It feels like a big city but at the same time it doesn't. It has a perfect mix of everything: culture, food, tourist attractions, nightlife, nature. I'm a big fan of Hanoi. I could not have picked a better city as last stop in Vietnam.

Food
Breakfast (incl. in hostel) ₫0.00
$0.00
Others
Laundry ₫57,000.00
$2.46
Groceries
Bottled water (x2) ₫20,000.00
$0.86
Tourist attractions
Entrance fee to "Temple of Literature" ₫30,000.00
$1.29
Tourist attractions
Entrance fee to "Ho Chi Minh Complex" ₫40,000.00
$1.72
Urban transport
Moto taxi ₫22,000.00
$0.95
Food
Lunch at "Xoi Yen" ₫63,000.00
$2.71
Food
Coconut coffee at "Cafe Nola" ₫45,000.00
$1.94
Gifts and souvenirs
Flag patches (x7) ₫100,000.00
$4.31
Shopping
New backpack ₫200,000.00
$8.62
Food
Dinner at "Mien Xao Luon" ₫50,000.00
$2.15
Intercity transport
Sleeper bus to Sa Pa ₫250,000.00
$10.77
TOTAL ₫877,000.00
TOTAL (USD) $37.79

Jul 12, 2019

Hanoi, Vietnam

Back in Hanoi for a couple days. I was going to head straight to Sa Pa after Halong Bay but I realized that if I did that, I would miss the famous Hanoi night market, which happens only on weekends. And if there's something you know about me at this point is that I'm a BIG fan of night markets. Hanoi goes all out with its night market. A bunch of streets in the Old Quarter are closed to traffic, and they become a festival of music, sports, and delicious food.

Food
Breakfast at "Cua Hang Banh Goi" ₫33,000.00
$1.42
Tourist attractions
Entrance fee to "Ngoc Son Temple" ₫30,000.00
$1.29
Groceries
Bottled water (x2) ₫21,000.00
$0.90
Food
Lunch at "Banh Mi Hanoi" ₫26,000.00
$1.12
Food
Snacks ₫30,000.00
$1.29
Entertainment
Ticket to Hanoi Water Puppet Show ₫150,000.00
$6.46
Food
Dinner at "New Day Restaurant" ₫80,000.00
$3.45
Shopping
USB charger ₫100,000.00
$4.31
Food
Ice cream ₫8,000.00
$0.34
Accomodation
Chien Hostel ₫113,000.00
$4.87
TOTAL ₫591,000.00
TOTAL (USD) $25.46

Jul 11, 2019

Halong Bay, Vietnam

There's something about sleeping on a boat that I really enjoy. It might be the rocking movement of the water, the quietness of the night, or just the novelty of it. Either way, I slept like a baby. The second day was again full of activities: kayaking, swimming, visiting caves, and lots of chill time.

Luxury activities
Halong Bay cruise (day 2/2) $60.00
$60.00
Food
Dinner at "Cua Hang Banh Goi" ₫48,000.00
$2.07
Food
Egg coffee at "Giang Cafe" ₫25,000.00
$1.08
Groceries
Bottled water ₫11,000.00
$0.47
TOTAL $60.00 + ₫84,000.00
TOTAL (USD) $63.62