This Vietnam budget baller guide is for all who want to have a good time without breaking the bank. This is for travelers who don’t want to “thrive” on less than $25 or $10 a day. I don’t know about crazy budget bloggers, but that’s not an option for some of us (including myself). This post excludes those extreme people who only stay at questionable places because they’re cheap or rely solely on Couch Surfing.
Hence, this guide was born for the budget ballers. This is for those who like to spend a little bit extra to be comfortable. For those who like to travel and save awhile to fund their comfortable travels, then read on.
1. Decent Flights
Use everything in your power to get those cheap flights. Use Skyscanner, Kayak, check The Flight Deal twitter, and get price updates. Flying in from Seoul, this is how much we spent on flights throughout the country. All the prices below will be in USD. There’s a budget airline that flies from South Korea to Vietnam called Vietjet Air. We also used Jetstar because flights leaving on time is a 50/50 with Vietjet Air.
- One way from Seoul to Ho Chi Minh $171.44
- One way from Ho Chi Minh to Da Nang $49. 83
- One way from Da Nang to Hanoi $56.95
Total Cost: $278.22
You can probably cut the cost of transportation down by taking trains or buses. We were pressed for time due to me only having 10 days of vacation time. (Boo, Korea, give me more.)
2. Hostels, Hotels, Couch Surfing
Vietnam is super cheap for the budget travelers and everything from hotels to hostels are super cheap. I would definitely recommend booking online via Hostelworld or just going and seeing what you can find! We used Funtastic Hostel in Da Nang, Couch Surfing in Hanoi, and (hostels in Cat Ba).
- Funtastic Hostel private room for 2 days in Da Nang $38
- Couch Surfing in Hanoi $0
- Hotel in Cat Ba $50 for 3 nights
Total Cost: $88
I highly recommend Funtastic Hostel in Danang. I’m not getting anything out of this, but I wanted to let you know, it’s worth the stay. They offer amenities such as a free breakfast, a bus to Hoi An, and airport drop off, breakfast, and beer for guests booking a private room. Their hosts are super nice and helpful! We had loads of questions and they patiently answered them all and gave us awesome suggestions. They’re so good, they’re one of the number one picks from Trip Advisor!
What you pay is what you get. I highly recommend getting a scooter while in Vietnam. The driving is crazy, but I would like to point out it’s organized chaos. Everyone is driving slowly, looking in every direction and generally trying not to hit each other. We paid about $6 for a 24 hour rental scooter and less than $3 for gas to fill up the tank. For how much we moved around Vietnam, it was very cheap, reasonable and affordable.
Total Cost: $35
The food in Vietnam is delicious and dirt cheap then you don’t know what’s up! I would explain it as an explosion of tropical flavors like coriander, mint, and some chili sauce on the side. If you need a guide to the food porn, check out my friend Izzy’s post on The Next Somewhere blog for An Illustrated Guide to the Lunch Lady. We ate everything we could get our hands on and the street food was also pretty good. #noregrets
Total Cost: $76
5. Sightseeing & Miscellaneous
I thought these should have their own special group. While in Vietnam we did a Halong Bay tour and we had to pay to get up the Marble Mountain in Danang. Most of what we did was free and I loved every part of it. Some of the miscellanios costs include rain jackets, massages, laundry and sunburn cream.
Total Cost: $69
Vietnam has been one of the most beautiful countries I have ever been to and I can’t believe I haven’t traveled there sooner. Would I totally go back? In a heartbeat! Where can you get a 6 day holiday for about $550 eating and drinking as you please while living life? This budget depends on how you live your life. If you drink more, your holiday will cost a bit more. Aaron and I don’t really drink, so we didn’t spend much on booze, but we enjoyed our holiday nonetheless. Have you ever been to Vietnam? Would you go to this beautiful country and travel like royalty?
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