Always Set a Price
Before you do anything,find out the asking price or set a price yourself. You can always ask your tour guides or hotel/hostel staff what the prices should be close to.
However, this can often be confusing because the Vietnamese currency (the Dong) has a very high note denomination. Currently,1 USD is equal to more than 22,000 Dong! Check the exchange rate daily because it is constantly changing.
One of the most popular and easy ways to scamyouis with a menu that has no prices listed. These restaurants are hoping you won't notice so they can overcharge you.
Don't fall into this trap. Always check for a price, and if you can't find one move on to another restaurant or try your luck with bargaining for a price.
Along with hidden prices, restaurants will often place tissues, bottles of water, and small snacks on or near the table. These things are usually not complimentary but are put there in the hope that you will use them so they can charge you for them - sometimes at triple the normal asking price.
So try to remember to ask about prices before using anything.
Street food is a fun and cheap alternative to a more Western-style restaurant, but many of these places won't have prices listed. So, the best way to make sure you're paying the best price is to see how much locals pay for the same thing.
This way, the vendor can't try to charge you three times as much for the same meal, and if locals are eating there you know it has to be good.
Taxis are one of the easiest ways to get around Vietnam, and taxi drivers know that once you're inside their cabs you're obligated to pay. To make sure that they don't charge you more than they should, try to use official taxi companies, such as Mai Linh, Vinasun, or Taxi Group.
Often, illegal taxi drivers will have modified meters that run faster in order to charge you unbelievably expensive fares, or they will take longer routes to increase the cost.
You can always ask your hotel or hostel to call a taxi for you. You can also ask them for estimates on how much it should cost to travel from place to place.
Anytime you want to take a boat trip, we recommend booking a return ticket instead of a one-way ticket. Often, when you try to buy the return ticket separately it will more challenging and cost you more money, which you could be spending on fun excursions.
Especially when walking around, but even on the back of motorcycles and tuktuks, your bags are easy targets for professional thieves in Southeast Asia. Try not to show off your expensive belongings.
When traveling, always keep your personal belongings very close. It may even be best to keep a hand on top of your belongings to help keep them safe. Hotels, Hostels, and Tours