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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 in 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. They eat local food, bargain well at the market, find good prices on drinks and picks, and choose their optional activities wisely! Often likely to continue travelling after their FNEZ trip is complete.
The Backpacker saves up about $850-$1000 spending money. A bit more frivolous, but is aware of their budget. They take in most activities they are interested in, without going too extravagant. The backpacker likes to party, but is always looking for a good deal.
The Rock Star throws down $1000 - $1300+: They are not too worried about their budget and they'll do almost everything, including lavish amounts of shopping 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. All prices in USD.
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 Massage: $8