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How Much Does a Vietnam Trip Cost? (With Cost Breakdown)

How Much Does a Vietnam Trip Cost? (With Cost Breakdown)

By CindyUpdated Aug. 23, 2023

If you're thinking of visiting Vietnam, you might be wondering how much a trip to Vietnam will cost you. The good news is that Vietnam is one of the most affordable travel destinations in Southeast Asia.

One way to maximize your time and money is by investing in a well-organized and efficient private tour, which is what we at Asia Highlights are experts in. In this article, we'll break down the costs of visiting Vietnam and share tips on how to plan a memorable and cost-effective trip.

How Much Is a Private Vietnam Tour Package?

Private tours in Vietnam are very affordable compared to those in Western countries. You can typically enjoy a high-quality, personalized experience without breaking the bank.

The cost of a private Vietnam tour package can vary widely depending on several factors such as the length of the tour, the level of accommodation, the activities included, and the number of people in the group.

Here are the prices for a private tour based on a group of 2 people during the peak season, for your reference:

  • On a medium budget, touring Vietnam typically costs around US$200–250 USD per day per person (including 4-or-5-star hotels, airfares within Vietnam, attractions, guides, and transfers).
  • For a higher budget of US$250–350 per day per person, more comfort can be enjoyed (including the top available 5-star+ hotels and the above).
  • Kids under 10 usually travel at 30 to 50 percent off.

Here are some of our best-selling products and their prices. The prices below are per person, based on a great-quality 2-person experience (4/5-star hotels, private transfers, guide service, etc.).

November to April is the peak season in Vietnam. We suggest that you book a tour at least 6 months in advance to secure the best deals and enjoy maximum availability. Additionally, inviting family or friends to share costs can result in more savings.

The Cost of International Flights to Vietnam

The cost of international flights to Vietnam can varies based on the season, airline, and departure city.

From Europe: Direct flights are available, taking approximately 12 hours. If you wish to split the journey into two equal-length flights, we advise you to opt for Emirates and make a stopover in Dubai.

From the USA and Canada: There are very few direct flights from North America to Vietnam. If you are flying from the West Coast, you could make a stopover in Taipei or Tokyo. If you fly from the East Coast, you could make a stopover in Hong Kong or Doha.

On average, flights from the USA to Vietnam can cost around 600-1,600 USD per person per round trip. Flights from Europe can cost around 700 to 1500 USD per person for a round trip.

Concerning the arrival airport, you would most likely land in either Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi which are the two main cities in Vietnam. In general, the cheapest flights to Vietnam will fly into Ho Chi Minh City as it services more airlines.

The cheapest time to fly to Vietnam is during the travel off-travel seasons (roughly from April to May, and September to October) when there are not many tourists visiting the country. In general, booking 6 months in advance will give you the best deals on flight tickets.

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The Cost of Accommodation in Vietnam

Vietnam offers a range of accommodations, including budget-friendly hostels and luxurious hotels. The cost of accommodation varies depending on your budget, location, and preferences.

The average cost per night for four-star accommodation is approximately US$80–120 per night, and it is about US$120–300 per night for five-star.

If you'd like two adjoining rooms or a family suite at a four or five-star hotel in a city center, plan to spend US$200–600 per night. If you have the budget, you'll be within walking distance of many attractions with luxury hotel services like a concierge, on-site fine dining, etc.

Early reservation to ensure your preferred hotel choices (at least 6 months in advance) is suggested.

The Cost of Transportation in Vietnam

Domestic flights are very affordable: about US$40 to 100 for economy seats. It is recommended to take flights, if possible, for longer journeys.

Local buses are the cheapest way, costing only a few dollars for long-distance journeys, but rides are long and more-motion-sickness-inducing on Vietnam's narrow winding roads.

For shorter intercity journeys or city tours, we recommended you take a private car with a driver, costing US$50 to 100 for a full day of service. It is the most efficient and comfortable way.

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The Cost of Food in Vietnam

Food expenses can be difficult to budget because they can vary so drastically based on personal preferences.

Vietnamese cuisine is delicious and affordable. Street food is widely available and can cost as low as 1 to 3 USD per dish. Restaurants offer a wider range of options, and a good meal can cost around 5 to 10 USD per person. Western-style restaurants can be more expensive, with meals ranging from 10 to 20 USD per person.

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Cost of Attractions/Activities in Vietnam

Vietnam offers a lot of things to see and do. Prices for attractions and activities can vary, but most are budget-friendly. Most museums and historical sites have an entrance fee of US$2–5 per person. Nature parks typically have fees of US$10–20 per person.

For some unique cultural experiences, such as cooking classes and foodie tours, the prices are about US$30–50 per person.

Tips for Maximizing Your Money on a Vietnam Trip

  • Plan and research in advance: Research the best time for your travel, budget-friendly accommodation options, local transportation options, and food prices to get an idea of the overall cost of the trip. We are experts in this. Let us know your requirements and budget, and we will happily personalize a trip for you.
  • Be flexible: Try to be flexible with your travel dates and times, as prices may vary depending on the season and time of day (especially during the festive season around Christmas and New Year). This can help you save money on airfares, hotels, and other expenses.
  • Eat like a local: Local street food is relatively cheap and is an excellent way to experience the culture of the country while saving money. Avoid eating in touristy areas as food prices are generally higher in such places.
  • Travel with a local travel agency: Research and select a reliable and local travel agency that offers affordable packages and deals to help you save money.
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