$1 can exchange for more than 22,000 VND according to current monetary exchange rate publiced by Vietnam banks. Even though the cost of living in Vietnam has increaseed tremendously in recent years, you can still buy various goods to consume by yourself during your Vietnam tour or as souvenirs for your friends and relatives. Below is a quick particular summary of what your one dollar can be worth in various cities in Vietnam as your reference.
4 glasses of “Bia hoi” (draught beer)
Vietnam is well-known as a country with consumed beer the highest in the world. Especially on summer time when weather is hot, you can easily spot a few crowded “street bars” where people enjoy the chilled beer. Sold at 5,000-6,000 VND per glass, $1 will make you to be belly fairly full of 4 glasses of beer. For travelers, Hanoi Old Quarter, Ta Hien street in Hanoi and Pham Ngu Lao street in Saigon are best places for your beer. That is so interesting. Joining in Vietnam tours, please remember to taste local beer in Vietnam to get sweet memories.
1 Vietnam bread with pork
The Vietnamese “Banh mi” is a delicious and ever-varying combination of pate, deli-style pork, sauces and veggies (cilantro, think carrots, cucumber, etc), stuffed into a crunchy outside while soft inside baguette. This delicious meal costs only $1. Regional variations in Vietnam involve adding different ingredients such as in Hoi An, vendors cover the outside of bread with a layer of bee honey to make it more crispy, fragrant and attractive. You also can order 2 breads with egg or hot dog flavor with $1.
1.3 litre of gasoline
Before it starts to be charged at higher price again, let’s enjoy the affordable gasonline cost. You are hiring a motorbike for travel around Vietnam tourist spots, having cheaper fuel price just means you can go for a longer distance with the same budget.
Fruits, lots of fruits
Fruits in the cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City can be expensive, somestime comparable to what you got at your local grocery. However in rural area, especially where these fruits are grown, you can get a lot of fruits for your buck: 3 kilos of dragon fruit in Ninh Thuan, 2 kilos of rambutan in Mekong Delta, 30 guavas in Bac Ninh, 8 mangoes in Nha Trang, to name a few.
1 Vietnamese conical hat (non la)
Non La is one of Vietnam’s symbol charm recognized worldwide. It is made of such available and simple material as bark of Moc tree, palm leaves and bamboo. The image of Non La has become strongly associated with peasant lives of Vietnam. Take a non la to your home will be a special memory for Vietnam tours.
1 Bamboo dragonfly
1 Paper fan
1 day of bicycle rental in Hoi An
Discovering the ancient town of Hoi An by a bicycle for full day is a cheap way to add in your Vietnam tour itinerary. Bicycling around Hoi An was definitely a highlight to explore the beautiful Vietnamese countryside and to experience life outside of Hoi An. $1 is really too cheap for that moments