Vietnam Budget Report (26 nights) 2013

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

This is a summary of all our travel expenses for the 26 nights / 27 days we spent in Vietnam during April / May 2013. We flew into Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the South of Vietnam, where we had purchased a 125cc Suzuki GN motorbike named “Jerry”. We travelled the length of Vietnam two up on our little bike all the way up to Hanoi, where we sold our faithful “Jerry” to the next couple of travellers making their way south! We stayed in the north for a few days to explore Halong Bay and then flew back to Ho Chi Minh City for our return flight back home.

Riding the length of Vietnam independently was a fantastic experience and although one does end up paying a premium for doing so, we feel that it was every cent worthwhile. Vietnam’s weather varies greatly across the country and although we generally had fairly good weather, we also experienced everything from rainy downpours, to unbearable heat and even some coolness in the higher inland regions of Dalat.

Vietnam is definitely a great budget destination, with even the touristy areas still being very affordable. If you venture away from the easier to reach touristy spots, things get even cheaper. If you travel by means of public transport, you should be able to reduce your travel expenses but this would be an entirely different experience. That being said, you will be able to cover distance quicker as travelling by motorbike (especially two up) is very slow going!

Accommodation in Vietnam is really affordable and in the more popular areas you will find everything from backpackers hostels to fancy hotels. In the smaller towns, you will have less choice, but we never had a problem finding a place to stay in the last minute. Food in Vietnam is very cheap and mostly very tasty and enjoyable. It was only in the smaller towns with the language barrier that we sometimes struggled to find something to eat. We were wonderfully surprised with the delicious coffee and beer culture in Vietnam and will happily return just for this!

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(Note that the following spending does not include flights to and from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.)