Travel to Vietnam yourselves and look for a cheap trip? Check out our ideas on how to visit Vietnam with a tight budget.
Travelling can be quite a difficult task to manage at times if not properly planned ahead of time. It can be a heartbreaking experience if you want to try out a new thing but don’t have enough money to go for it. Traveling in Vietnam is comparatively cheap for a person with limited means, but you can save quite a few more bucks if you follow the below mentioned circuit and are smart enough to identify the areas where you can cut down on your expenses.
If you are traveling to Vietnam without using a Vietnam local tour operator, the following ideas can help you save money without tarnishing the experience of traveling to the country.
Use Vietnam visa on arrival
If you are not on Vietnam visa exemption list, it is a must to obtain entry visa to Vietnam. However, choosing an appropriate method to apply for Vietnam visa is a necessary step not to hurt your pocket much as applying via Vietnam Embassy often costs more with lengthy procedures. Alternatively, you can apply for Vietnam visa online to obtain an approval letter for the airport entrance then get the visa stamped at arrival airport in Vietnam. There are quite a few travel agencies who can assist you in getting such approval letters issued by Vietnam department of immigration. Even the government recently has opened online gateway for e-visa with the acceptance for 40 countries.
Check for cheap international and Vietnam domestic flights
Although there are several carriers providing daily flights to Vietnam, you should book flight tickets the sooner the better to get the lowest airfares. Another option is to take connecting flights from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan or South Korea… they usually come cheaper compared to direct flights from American or European countries.
Once you are in Vietnam, you can choose to travel between cities by air with Vietjet Air, Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar. In Vietnam, Vietjet Air and JetStar are cheap airlines with a lot of promotions.
Use cheap accommodations
When you are travelling on the budget, instead of renting out hotel rooms, you can always go for hostels and dormitories. While booking rooms in cities like Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hue, Hanoi… might cost around $20 – $30 per night, you can easily get hostels and dorm beds in the range of US$5 – US$10. Most of these places cover the basic facilities like lockers, AC rooms, Wi-Fi, laundry services, to name a few. Also, some of them provide complimentary breakfasts as well.
Check out local restaurants – street foods
You can let go of worry when it comes to food and drink in Vietnam because Vietnam offers a plethora of local restaurants and street food options to appeal to your taste. Be it Hanoi, Da Nang or Saigon, you would be spoilt for choices if you want to try out the local food joints. Also Vietnamese food cost far less than what a plate of western food normally charges you. You will also find that the drinks are quite inexpensive too. Among all the things in Vietnam, eating and drinking wouldn’t hurt your pocket much and you can find a good meal at average price of $1.5.
Use public transportations
Traveling inside Vietnam could be quite tricky as the road conditions are not too conducive for non-experienced travelers especially when they want to visit mountainous areas. In such the case, taking a local bus to move within the city or booking a shuttle bus to visit another city seems to be the easiest way. The local buses are quite crowded during the peak hours but it can be easily avoided if you start early in the morning or travel at night. Another way to save big while travelling in Vietnam is to go by trains between cities. This way the travel cost will be reduced than taking a flight and you have time to observe the beauty of scenery across the country.
Take daily city tours
Vietnam boasts a rich cultural heritage and has a well-preserved history that dates back to more than 1000 years. Most of the historical and cultural sites are located inside the city center especially in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. You can get in touch with any of the local tour operators to get a glimpse of such places. The local operators conduct daily city tours at a very friendly-pocket rate and they can give you better insight into the history of the place.
Do part-time jobs during your travel time
Not just cutting down expenses, it’s a great idea for you to earn more money while travelling too. You can volunteer for some NGOs, work as a linguistic teacher to teach a foreign language for the locals, take up some computer classes for the kids in a locality to earn a few quick bucks while on the go. Moreover, if you do some research you will see that getting paid to travel is not a far-sighted option. In fact, there are a lot of websites that pay you decent money to travel, share your experiences in their blogs, sell your photos online or try out the local delicacies and write a feedback on them. If you can find such clients, your financial status during travelling is already taken care of.
Internet and connectivity
Vietnam is well connected to internet in many big cities so if you just stay for short time, you do not need to buy a SIM card with costly international roaming plans. The hotels, restaurants and other public places are equipped with wi-fi routers which is free to use by anyone who is in close proximity of them. Even many towns and villages can provide you with seamless connectivity to the internet. You may face some problem while traveling from one destination to another, but overall you can enjoy your time quite efficiently without going for an international roaming pack on your mobile.
Traveling to and around Vietnam will not cost you a fortune if you know how to cut down on the lavish travel plan. Vietnam is one of the cheapest destinations in the world and cheap travel to Vietnam is quite a possibility if you can compromise on a few unnecessary luxuries.
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