Costs and Payments

Depending on your taste and comfort demand, the travel cost in Vietnam varies between $15 and 250$/day. Travel cost today is a little more expensive than in the past due to the constantly high inflation in key cities. However Vietnam cost is still a great deal compared with many parts of Southeast Asia.

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The national currency in Vietnam is dong (VND), but USD is pretty widely accepted. Most tourist centers will accept both kinds of currency, whereas other businesses may prefer VND. Whenever tourists go packing, you should have enough local currency.

Room rates can be at least $5 in busy tourist centers. Spending $10 to $30, tourists will have a well-equipped room with air-conditioner, satellite TV, fridge and warm water. A room in a three-star hotel often costs $50. At the price of $100 or more, it’s five-star hotel. However, hotels in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City tend to be more expensive than those in other provinces. Tourists are free to negotiate for a discount in low tourist season. Better to book in advance than to wait until the last minutes.

Dining out is great in Vietnam. At street stalls and markets, meals can cost only $1.5 or less. Local restaurants are more comfortable and tourists will have a good meal with the cost only between $2 and $5. In some Vietnamese gourmet restaurants, drinks can cost $15; and good wines could cost $50. If you love beer hoi, enjoy 4 glasses of Hanoi beer for just $ 1.

Domestic flights are quite good for long journeys, particularly with low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific on the scene. The price of a one-way ticket Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City is around $100. Trains with soft sleepers are also very comfortable for long distances such as Hanoi-Hue or Ho Chi Minh - Nha Trang.

Bus travel is getting higher fares due to increases in oil prices. Public bus lines between major destinations are fixed, but it is often overcharging for buses to remote areas. To maximize flexibility, a lot of travelers prefer to rent a car or 4WD with a guide. The cost is from about $30 for a city tour up to $100 or more for a day up-country tour (including food and lodging for driver). Cost for a guide is from $15 to $50, depending on the destination.



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- Getting Around Vietnam

Vietnam is just like any other developing countries. In key cities like Hanoi and Saigon, tourists will see beggars and street vendors who try to earn a dollar a day.

Why this sounds so poor, and you may say it is the poverty that forces them to choose that way of living. Some social studies by famous professors have indicated that it is not the poverty but the kindness of tourists that attracts people onto the streets.

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Often when you start to eat a delicious meal, you feel a tug on our shirt sleeve. This latest ‘annoyance’ is a bony, eight-year-old boy holding his three-year-old sister in his arms. The little girl has a distended stomach and her hungry eyes are fixed on your full plate.

When you are sightseeing, a street vendor come up and ask you to buy her few bananas. She will try to grasp you, and even intimidate you. How do you deal with these situations?

Taking the matter into your own hands by giving out money or gifts to people on the streets can cause more damage than good. The more people are given handouts, the more reliant and attracted to life on the streets they become. When money is tight, people recognize that life on the streets is no longer so fruitful. This will hopefully discourage parents and ‘pimps’ forcing children and beggars onto the streets.

One way to contribute and help improve the situation is to invest just a few hours to find out about local organizations that work with street vendors, street kids and disadvantaged people. These groups are likely to make sure contributions are used in the most effective way possible to help those who need it. 

However, if you want to do something on the spot, at least avoid giving money or anything that can be sold. The elderly and the young are easily controlled and are ideal begging tools. Never to give something directly to a beggar, it’s better to give food than money. Be firm and say no if necessary.



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- Vietnam Cuisine

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Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave is located on Bo Hon Island, some 10 kms from the Bai Chay Tourist Wharf. The Cave is one of the most beautiful and widest caves in Hạ Long Bay with the highest number of stalagmites and stalactites of unique shapes. Sung Sot Cave is one of the typical caves with high scientific value, which was discovered by the French archeologist in 1901. It was called then “Grotte des surprises”. Thank to its grandiose beauty, in early 2012, Sung Sot Cave was voted one of the top 10 beautiful caves in the world by the association of tourist offices and agencies in the Czech Republic.

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From the boat, tourists will climb up 50 steep stone steps and then down about twenty stone steps to reach the entrance of the cave with a height of about 25 m. The cave has an area of 10,000 square meters with thousands of stalagmites, stalactites and a stone-paved passage system along 500 m from the entrance to the exit. The way to Sung Sot cave is quite steep through transplanted stone steps, which brings tourists not only an interesting feeling of trekking but also an eager feeling of a way to reach the haven.

The cave is divided into two main parts.  The first one seems to be a large theater with a ceiling covered with a layer of shimmering valet-rug, numerous sparkling chandeliers of stalactites, and stone statues of elephants, seals, raspberries, and flowers, which all together vibrate between real and dream lives. The ceiling is approximate 30 m high and the walls are almost perfectly smooth as if they were built by human beings and decorated by multi-colors that blend with the setting of the area. In the cave, there are a lot of strange images such as century-old tree with a lush foliage, fur seals and dinosaurs, etc. At the highest peak of the cave is a royal garden with charming scenery of clear water lakes and various plants and birds living here. On nice days groups of monkeys might go there for fruits and create agitation in the cave.

Passing through a narrow passage, tourists can reach the second part of the cave which is so immense that it can contain thousands of people at one time. Inside the cave, there are a lot of other interesting things. On the ceiling are numerous stalactites with odd forms. Nearby the entrance is a stone of a horse and a long sword forms related to an ancient legend telling that after conquering the An invaders from China, the hero Thanh Giong returned to the Haven leaving his horse and sword to reassure the public and expel demons. Currently, in the cave, many natural images seem to be the marks of fierce battle, the footmark of the horse became small beautiful lakes. Coming there, tourists can admire not only the beauty but also the impressiveness of nature. Each scene in the cave also gives tourists the feeling of novelty and surprise.

Sung Sot Cave is one of the highlights in any cruise routes in Halong Bay. Whether it is a day cruise, or 2 day one night cruise, most will stop at the Island for visitors to get stunned by the magnificence of the Cave.



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