Vietnam is one of the most attractive destinations in Southeast Asia. How do you plan your trip to Vietnam? In our opinion, besides planning a detailed itinerary, finding information about places, weather and climate, learning about the costs of traveling to Vietnam is indispensable. A trip with many interesting experiences still ensures a reasonable cost and budget. This is the goal of most people.
In this article, we want to talk about two types of tourism. One is that you plan and organize the trip by yourself, the other is that you choose a travel agency to organize a tour package for you. The costs for these two options are completely different. Let’s find out in detail what these costs are.
The estimated expenses when you organize a trip to Vietnam
When you organize your own trip to Vietnam, you will be free to choose the schedule, the service you like so you can reduce travel costs, but you need a lot of time to learn about it. Especially foreign trips with different cultures are always risky. Below are some main expenses for a self-organized trip to Vietnam, excluding international airfare to Vietnam.
Vietnam Visa fee
If you are not a citizen of countries exempt from visa requirements to enter Vietnam, you will need to apply for a tourist visa before departure. The visa fees vary depending on the country, but on average, they range from $25 to $35 per person.
The accommodation cost depends on the hotel category you choose based on your travel budget. In Vietnam, you have a variety of accommodation options such as guesthouses, homestays, hotels (2-star, 3-star, 4-star, 5-star) with prices ranging from $15 per night to around $200 per night or more. You can easily book rooms through websites like Agoda, Booking, etc., but it’s advisable to make reservations early for better prices.
The cost for meals
Vietnamese cuisine is very diverse, offering you a range of choices from street food to affordable and upscale dining. Enjoying street food in Vietnam is highly popular and reasonably priced. You can try famous Vietnamese dishes such as banh mi, bun cha, and pho on most streets in major cities, with prices ranging from $1.5 to $3.
Additionally, if you prefer a more comfortable setting, you can easily find a restaurant serving a variety of local dishes at affordable prices, typically ranging from $5 to $15.
If you visit a coffee shop to savor different beverages, the price per cup of coffee varies depending on whether it’s a budget or upscale establishment. Generally, the cost per cup of coffee is around $1.5 to $2.5, while fruit drinks may range from $2 to $4.
In cities in Vietnam, you can use various transportation services, including buses, taxis, app-based car rentals, motorbike taxis (“xe om”), or even rent a motorbike to drive yourself.
- Buses are the most budget-friendly option, costing around $0.5 per trip. However, they can be crowded, and sometimes they may not go to your desired destination.
- Taxis typically cost around $0.7 per kilometer. If you choose this option, be cautious to avoid fake taxis.
- Booking cars or motorbikes through apps: This method helps you avoid scams associated with traditional taxis. However, you need to spend some time creating an account on the app. In Vietnam, some popular apps include Grab, Bee, or Xanh SM. The cost of booking through these apps is similar to taking a taxi, but you can estimate the total cost before making a decision.
- “Xe ôm” (motorbike taxis): You need to negotiate with the driver about the destination and agree on the fare before deciding to book, as drivers may ask for a higher price than usual.
- If you rent a motorbike to drive yourself: You need a motorcycle license and driving experience because traffic in Vietnam can be dense and challenging. The cost is usually in the range of $7 to $15 per day, depending on the type of bike.
If you move from one city to another, you can choose to take a train or a plane. It is quite easy to check rate and book online through their websites: https://dsvn.vn , https://www.vietnamairlines.com , https://www.vietjetair.com , …
Cost of sightseeing tickets
Only a few tourist destinations and historical sites in Vietnam are open to the public for free; however, most places charge an entrance fee, the amount of which varies for each location. You can check the ticket prices at the entrance of each site.
Here are the prices for some popular attractions in Vietnam:
- Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu Quốc Tử Giám): $1.5
- Halong Bay tour: $14
- Hoi An visit: $5
- Thang Long Imperial Citadel, Hoa Lo Prison: $1.5
- Cu Chi Tunnels: $3.
The cost of day tours
Day tours are conducted to visit nearby attractions from the city. You can easily book them at the hotel reception or tour desks in the city center. The costs for day tours are usually affordable and reasonable.
To check the prices for day tours in Hanoi, please see: Hanoi day tours
To find out about prices for day tours in Hoi An, see: Hoi An & Hue day tours
To find out about prices for day tours in Ho Chi Minh City, see: Ho Chi Minh day tours
Each tourist destination usually has its own shopping area. For example, the Old Quarter in Hanoi, the Ancient Town in Hoi An, or Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City are good choices for shopping. You can buy souvenirs or any traditional Vietnamese items there. However, remember to haggle when making purchases as sellers often initially quote prices higher than the actual value.
The cost when you book an tour package in Vietnam
Free traveling are always interesting for those who conquer and discover a new place by themselves. However, there are always potential risks that you have not foreseen such as: car breakdown on the road, high prices, frauds, unguaranteed service quality. Therefore, booking a package tour to Vietnam provided by reputable travel agencies is the first choice of many travelers.
For example, if you book a package tour at SVietnam Travel, you will be included: domestic flights, transportation on the tour (private car, boat, or train), accommodation with good hotel selection from 3 stars (including daily breakfast), private guides, sight seeing tickets to taxes, etc. You just need to estimate some extra personal expense:
- Some meals (lunch and dinner)
For only $800, you will have 8 days to explore most of Vietnam’s prominent tourist destinations with premium services. Please contact our sales department for more information.
We have just listed the main costs for your trip to Vietnam. Spending more or less depends on the needs of each person and kind of service. In fact, Vietnam is still a low-cost destination compared to other countries in the world. The services are always diverse to meet all your consumption. We wish you have an pleased and economical trip.