The official language is Vietnamese but English is widely spoken.
Vietnamese dong (VND)
£1 = 30,000 VND. You'll be rich when you hit this country!
A bottle of local beer from a bar or restaurant should cost you under 30,000 VND (£1). Head to Hanoi's bustling Bia Hoi stalls, where a pint of locally brewed stuff can cost as little as 10p. Yes - 10p!
A meal from a cheap restaurant or café will normally set you back 60,000 VND (£2). Something a bit fancier, for example a dinner in a sit-down restaurant will cost around £5 per head, whereas you'll find street food such as pho and Vietnamese spring rolls for under £1 if you search.
A half-hour taxi ride will cost you around £5 - the same amount as for a scooter per day.
Long-haul luxury coaches from one city to the next are usually £15 or under. The biggest transport expense you'll find yourself paying in Vietnam will probably be a boat trip around Ha Long Bay. These cruises can cost anywhere between £60 and £130 depending on the grade of boat.
A dorm bed in a hostel can cost anything between 115,150 VND (£4) and 400,000 VND (£12) depending on the level of luxury, or size. A single room will set you back about the same, whereas a double room can cost around £10-15.
You can often find rooms in midrange hotels and family run guesthouses for very reasonable prices. Expect to pay under £20, sometimes even under £10 a night!
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There is also a railway that runs the length of Vietnam. The trains tend to be comfortable and offer great views. Fares from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City start from £30 for a seat, and go up to £45 for a comfortable air conditioned sleeper.
If you're short on time in the country and want to cover large distances, we can help you book domestic flights when you plan your trip, or you can check out one of our tours!
The second kind of 30-day visa is an e-visa, which you can apply for easily online here, but these are limited to certain entry points such as Virtnam's major airports. Call a travel expert for help, or to find out more.