For those who love nature or are the gourmets, Vietnam must be a top place on your traveling list. Interesting adventures, unique experiences, irresistible food, and friendly locals are things that Vietnam will bring to visitors. Especially, if you want to save maximum traveling money while you can still enjoy the great things during the time in Vietnam, this article is for you with three main points:
- Eat like a local
- Move like a local
- Recommendable places to stay and shop
Nowadays, it is not difficult for you to find a place to stay at an affordable price. However, for saving most, we recommend you to book a hotel or motel before coming to Vietnam, and especially do not forget to hunt attractive deals. Sometimes when you search and book the inn directly, the price is higher than usual. Because they know that you require a place of refuge, and you will be willing to pay any price for a room.
The most economical option is in a dorm room with bunk beds and sharing a room with everyone. Although the dorm may be able to give you a thoroughly memorable experience as well as you can meet and interact with new and exciting people, you may face a drunken roommate and completely disrespect your privacy or rest time. If you are a person who still prefers comfort and convenience rather than saving a little bit, the hotel is not a wrong choice in this case. Vietnam has more affordable hotels, including guesthouses in Western countries. To find cheap hotels, try to find in non-central districts such as District four and District 5, which are not too far from District 1.
In addition to the conventional means of transport such as taxis, motorbike taxi, buses to save maximum traveling costs, Vietnamese people often travel by motorbike. To rent a car, ask where you rent a room or where to rent a motorbike. At less than 300,000vnd / day, you will easily hire a pretty good motorbike to move. Scooter rentals will be available, but keep in mind that scooters will not be the right choice for long journeys, and scooter repairs will cost more than manual gear. Do not forget to wear a helmet when traveling by motor in Vietnam; only God knows what will come to you.
If you cannot ride a motorbike, using the bus is an excellent choice for you. Sometimes, traffic in Vietnam is not for those who have a weak heart and not get used to driving on Vietnam’s roads. The bus is very affordable for both your safety and money. In case you travel out of town, exploring by bus better than usual options like trains or airplanes. In Vietnam, a train ticket is cheaper than a bus ticket, but you have to spend 1 or 2 days to go by train while traveling by bus is only equal or even less than the time-traveling by train.
Depending on your stamina and discipline, you may save much money at this point. You may be afraid to experience and want to return to familiar dishes in your home country. Fortunately, it will not be difficult for you to choose an Italian, Indian, American, French, or Thai restaurant. However, Like all countries, food costs can range from cheap to incredibly expensive in Vietnam. If you are fond of dining in hotels and high-end restaurants and have a taste for a glass of excellent wine, it is entirely possible to spend $200 or more on a meal for two in a high-end restaurant in Saigon, which will make you quickly ruin your savings plan.
However, if your purpose of coming to Vietnam is to experience the local food, congratulations, Vietnam is heaven for you with various delicious meals for less than 100,000 VND for a dish. Pho is already a traditional dish in Vietnam, but do not forget to try other typical dishes such as noodles, bread, and go on.
I have an advice for you; it is better to avoid meals at your hotel or motel because these places usually are serving food at high prices. Going out and try street foods, it will not be hard to try many local dishes that are both delicious and cheap. What is about speaking Vietnamese? No problem. The menu here is usually printed with pictures symbol, and you can point at the item you want to try. Almost young Vietnamese know English quite well, you can ask them to help you in this situation.
Except for shopping at shopping centers or stores with high fixed prices, shopping can be a difficult task when you want to buy things at a reasonable price. To avoid being overpriced, you should visit convenient stores or supermarkets to buy food or daily items. Remember to bargain for buying souvenirs.
Foreign visitors often have to pay a higher price for the items than local people unconsciously. Salers know how much money for a similar item in your home country, so they offer a lower price and make you think you are buying things at a reasonable price, but not! So be careful! Another tip is to not showing your excited or interested in an item because the seller will grasp your weaknesses, and they will not accept your bargain.