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How much for dinner in VND?

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Bundaberg, Australia
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How much for dinner in VND?

Hi, it's our first post so we thought we better ask a newb question!

We are travelling to Vietnam and we are wanting to budget how much cash to take. Everything is pretty much paid for except lunches and dinners. My friend said we would eat well really cheaply but my travel agent says to budget for US$45 for a family 2 adults 2 little kids. I don't think US$45 is cheap so what is a realistic price for a family meal in a local restaurant, not a ****Holiday Inn which I suspect is what my travel agent is thinking of?

I'm a chef and we eat a lot of Vietnamese here in Australia so we are prepared to experiment and try new stuff. We don't want to eat resort style western food.



Ho Chi Minh City...
posts: 361
1. Re: How much for dinner in VND?

I can eat a filling meal for VND27,000 in HCMC. More up country.

If you were to budget USD$30 AVERAGE a day would likely to be high.

One good thing about heat is that it decreases a persons appetite.

You can eat ban mi (bun sandwiches) which cost as little as VND6,000 from street vendors.

The best restaurants to eat at are those swarming with Vietnamese because their criteria are as fussy as yours.

Buy milk (VND20,000/litre)(long life) and water (VND8,000/1.25 L) from supermarkets or where the locals buy from. Avoid stores like Circle K in HCMC, a Quebec owned company that simply rips off tourists by upping prices 150%.

Semporna, Malaysia
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2. Re: How much for dinner in VND?

In a local restaurant, soup can be 30,000 VND to 60,000 VND / big bowl and all of you share. Stir fried vegetable costs about 25,000 VND to 50,000 VND / dish. Main course costs 35,000 VND to 120,000 VND / dish. 10,000 VND per soft drink.

One dinner for 2 adults and 2 little children often include 1 soup, 1 stir fried dish, 2 to 4 main dishes.

posts: 2,030
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3. Re: How much for dinner in VND?

If you go buy what land_premier has estimated then you will be on the low side 130000 to 230000 highside for 1 meal. In dollars that is low $7.30 to $12.93 Highside You agent then is about correct at about $38 a day. If you do beer then add about $1 a beer to what you are eating. If you have smaller meals then the amout will be less. If the hotel you stay in offers free breakfast with the room then you could easily be in the $24 a day range.

Portland, Oregon
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4. Re: How much for dinner in VND?

If you want to eat like the local people eat, you'll spend very little. It also depends on where you are and what type of place you choose to eat in. Stay out of tourist restaurants, ask the Vietnamese where they eat, and you will be surprised what a filling meal you can have for 30,000VND. Tourists, on the other hand, frequent places like Highland's Coffee or City View Cafe (Hanoi) and they pay inflated prices.

By the way, fresh beer can be had for much less than $1. - most tourists opt for Tiger for premium prices. It's all up to you - this country has endless eating/drinking choices.

Bundaberg, Australia
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5. Re: How much for dinner in VND?

Thanks for the replies that is more inline with what I was told by my friend.

The travel agents figure was per meal..... I am sure they are thinking we will be eating inhouse.


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