Vietnam is a very cheap place to travel, which is just one of many reasons that makes it so much fun! Your personal spending on the trip will include your food, drinks, shopping, entertainment and any activities outside of those included your FNEZ adventure.
For the entirety of our 20 Day Vietnam Trip -- "A Cultural Paradise", we would recommend a budget of $700 - $1200. Any travel budget will fluctuate between personalities, so ask yourself: "What type of traveller are you?"
The Hippie: Brings about $700-$850 for the 20 days. Eats local food, bargains well at the market, finds good prices on drinks and picks, and chooses their optional activities wisely! Often likely to continue travelling after their FNEZ trip is complete.
The Backpacker: $850-$1000 spending money. A bit more frivolous, but is aware of their budget. Takes in most activities they are interested in, without going too extravagant. Likes to party, but always looking for a good deal.
The Rock Star: Not too worried about their budget, the rock star might spend $1000 - $1300 on this trip. They'll do almost everything, including lavish amounts of shopping and tailor-made clothes in Hoi An and partying often. There won't be too much holding them back from activities, as this is their trip and don't want to let anything pass them by.
To help you work out your budget, here are some examples to give you an idea what you will be spending in Vietnam.
Food and Drink:
Bowl of Pho: $1.50 - $2
Western Meal: $4-$6
Two-Liter pitcher of Draft Beer: 60¢ – $1
3 Course Vietnamese Dinner: $8-$12
Iced Coffee: $0.50
Bottle of Water (1.5L): $0.80
Cocktail at a Bar: $2-$5
Bottle of Beer at Market: $0.75
Entertainment & Activities:
All Day Snorkel Trip w/ lunch: $40
Full Day Cooking Class: $25
Fun Dive (Already Certified) – $82
Discover Scuba-Diving (1 Dive): $70
Discover Scuba-Diving (2 Dives): $94
"Open Water" PADI Lifetime Certification – $370
Shopping & Miscellaneous:
Tailor-made dress: $15 - $20
Tailor-made Jacket: $25-$35
Tailor-made Suit, w/ shirt and tie: $90-$130
T-shirts: $3 - $5
1 Hour Thai Massage: $8