Money Saving Tips

 Special traveling tips...
Eat delicious street food – The food is usually excellent, really cheap and you can watch it being cooked in front of you. Stick to the local food and you’ll save money. The street-side pho, bread, meat sandwiches (called bahn mi), donuts, and bananas are your best deals all of which can be found around 20,000 VND on the streets.
Late-night travel – If traveling long journeys, try to take the late night “sleeper” buses or trains as this will save you the cost of a night’s accommodation.  Depending on the company, you may even have a chance to comfortably lie flat as you ride through the dark countryside to your next destination.
Take the tourist bus – It is actually cheaper to take the tourist bus around the country than taking local transportation because of the “tourist” price you get at the bus station.

Don’t be afraid of taxis – Metered taxis in this country are affordable.  If you are moving around town at night, this is a good, safe, cheap option (especially if you’re splitting the cost with a few others).  A 30-minute ride will set you back around 130,000 VND. The best taxi companies are Mai Linh and Vinasun.
Fly for cheap – Vietnam’s low-cost airlines: VietJet and FlyVietnam are extremely inexpensive and adding luggage to your flight can cost as little s 120,000 VND.  This is a great option for people with limited time to explore different regions of Vietnam.
Bargain hard – Tourists tend to be charged more than locals for everything from cycles (a three-wheel bicycle taxi) to clothes to street food. Bargain harder than you would ordinarily, and don’t underestimate the value of walking away.

Skip the SIM Card – Vietnam is highly connected to Wi-Fi.  You can hook into Wi-Fi in just about every hotel, shop, restaurant, and convenience store for free! Unless you need to have connectivity during long bus rides or rural areas, I’d forgo the SIM card and take a break from connectivity.

Ask your hostel staff – Before you leave the hostel, ask them to estimate how much what you want to do should cost. How much should a ride to the museum cost?  How much should I pay to have a gown like this made? They will be able to give you bargaining guidelines.
Stay a while – You’ll hear tales from many backpackers who have been to many different Vietnamese regions on a very short trip.  A good way to save money and savor the experience is to slow down. Divide your time between a few spots and enjoy.

Factor in visa fees – Visiting Vietnam comes with a much higher visa fees than the surrounding Southeast Asian countries.  Look up the visa requirements and fees before you arrive. Better to be safe than sorry!