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Bought something in Vietnam, anything from food/drink to a bus ride or experience or hotel stay?

Or found something for an amazing value/price?
 

Snap a quick photo and write the place or town and the price to let others know the cost of living/travelling here.

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I will start it off, with this reasonably affordable priced meal in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC also known as Saigon).....

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Broken rice and (very tender) pork chop with an egg on top + an iced tea. Grand total of only 50k dong = $2.06 USD or £1.65 GBP at the time of writing. Also served with fish sauce and optional chilli sauce.


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No serviettes and the wet tissues/wipes you need to pay for if needed, but they are only 2k dong each $0.09 USD or £0.07 


50k Vietnamese dong 🇻🇳
$2.06 USD
£1.65 GBP

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Technically didn’t buy but noticed these in Circle K. I’ve never seen cola and Fanta in these types of cans before.

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HCMC, Vietnam 🇻🇳 

57k dong = $2.34 USD or £1.88 

 

 

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HCMC, Vietnam 🇻🇳 

Phin Deli, which is a chain similar to Highlands Coffee but much less branches.

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They offer a smart modern decorated interior with WiFi, the same you would expect at a Starbucks or other large coffee shop chain, but at a fraction of the price.

Starbucks in Asia is usually not that much cheaper (if at all) than you would get back in London. 

Phil Deli prices seem to be even more reasonable than highlands coffee as well.

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Ordered their regular size which is larger of the sizes they they offer. This Vietnamese white coffee was only 40k dong

40k dong 🇻🇳 
$1.64 USD
£1.32 GBP 

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Not food or drink, but a cheap and regular day trip from Saigon.

The Cu Chi tunnels

I joined a tour and we took a large van (Merc Sprinter?) to the site, there are cheaper alternatives.

'Located in the outskirts of Saigon, Cu Chi Tunnels is another historical witness of the Indochina War and Vietnam War. The whole tunnel is actually an underground city having all the needed facilities like hospitals, meeting rooms, kitchens, and hundreds of kilometers of road tunnels connected. The deepest layer is 10 meters under the ground and only about 0.8-meter high – enough for one crawling person at a time. Now, for visiting purposes, certain parts of the tunnel were expanded so you can go in the tunnel and imagine living in it for days or months.

There are local buses running between Saigon downtown and Cu Chi Tunnel. From District 1, it is easy to catch bus No.13 directly to Cu Chi Bus Station for only 7,000 VND (30 cents). From there, take the No.63 bus to get to the site.

Entrance ticket: 110,000 VND/person (included snacks)

Address: Tinh Lo 15 St, Phu Hiep Ward, Cu Chi District'

https://vietnamnomad.com/destinations/ho-chi-minh-city/

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There was no way I was going to fit here! I took a more 'easy' option!

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An abundance of booby traps.

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Claustrophobic

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A 'Western' entrance

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I ordered what was called ’choco’ at a local independent Vietnamese coffee shop assuming it would be some sort of mocha. Seems to be a chocolate milkshake, it’s incredible good and only 40k

40,000 dong 
$1.64
£1.32 GBP

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I also had forgotten that at some local Vietnamese coffee shops it’s customary to serve a free glass of iced tea with your coffee. A nice touch 

Looking at the menu I can also see now that they do have a Mocha style drink, ‘Cacao Cà Phé’ for only 30k dong

30,000 dong 🇻🇳 
$1.23 USD
£0.99

They also have regular coffee for just 25-28k

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HMCC (Ho Chi Minh City) Grab food order.

Could share these between 2 people

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Duck fried rice 60k dong

60,000 Vietnamese dong 🇻🇳 
$2.46 USD
£1.98 GBP
 

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Stir fried Okra with garlic, 45k dong

45,000 Vietnamese dong 🇻🇳 
$1.85 USD
£1.49 GBP

 

Total:

Total only 117k dong with delivery and discount.

117,000 Vietnamese dong 🇻🇳 
$4.80 USD
£3.86

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On 11/19/2023 at 4:38 PM, TheTravelForum-Chris said:

Technically didn’t buy but noticed these in Circle K. I’ve never seen cola and Fanta in these types of cans before.

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HCMC, Vietnam 🇻🇳 

57k dong = $2.34 USD or £1.88 

 

 

I believe it's imported from Japan. It would explain why the price is so ridiculous (normal 330ml coca cola cans are 14k dong here, 1/4th of the price)

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HCMC, Vietnam

Boa Bun grab order from Pao Bén Thành

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59,000 Vietnamese dong 🇻🇳 
$2.42 USD
£1.95 GBP

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47,000 Vietnamese dong 🇻🇳 
$1.93 USD
£1.55 GBP


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The traditional Taiwanese was very nice and quite interesting, (has peanuts so be careful if you have a nut allergy) the PaO with spicy sauce with an undeclared meat (guessing it was chicken) was a more expected bao bun filling (with Korean style carrots/slaw) that you likely have tried before. 

 

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Ordered over 100k to get the 15k Grab subscription discount but also clicked through and found an offer which took a massive 29k off of the order! Which resulted in a total order with delivery and fees of just 81k dong!

81,000 Vietnamese dong 🇻🇳 
$3.32 USD
£2.67 GBP

2x Bao Buns delivered for £2.67 GBP! Very nice 👌🏼 

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HCMC, Vietnam

This one is more pricy that the other place in this topic as the restaurant in this particular post is in the very centre of district 1 on nguyen hue walking street.

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They also charge VAT in addition to the stated price on the menu (though menu does indicate this) Some places do charge + 10 for VAT and some also some also in addition to this + 8% service.

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Traditional broken rice with pork chop. 77k dong + 10% VAT 

84,700 Vietnamese dong 🇻🇳 
$3.47 USD
£2.71 GBP

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A nice little find, a small eatery ran out of a window with a few stalls by the window. Very clean and nicely priced.

In the very centre, near Starbucks New world. Coffee here at Thì Vi is just 25k dong for black, white (with milk) or milk coffee (with condensed milk) VS ~106k at Starbucks.

Always good to support local small businesses.

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Noddles with grilled beef and Vietnamese pork sausages, just 45k dong.

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Total for white coffee + noodles dish + wet wipe tissue was 72k dong 

72,000 Vietnamese dong 🇻🇳 
$2.95 USD
£2.30 GBP

All in a meal and a coffee for 25% less than just a coffee alone at Starbucks just on the roundabout right near this place. 

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Found a nice small restaurant in Phu Quoc, ordered Com Tam also knows as Broken Rice for VND 45k = $1.85 or £1.44. 

The weather was hot so I ordered orange juice which tasted like orange soda with pulp, not what I was expecting after looking at the picture from the menu. It was for VND 35k = $1.44 or £1.12

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The place is called Drujba restaurant, I’ve mentioned the details below.

Restaurant Drujba
93 Đường Trần Hưng Đạo, Khu phố 7, Phú Quốc, Kiên Giang, Vietnam
+84 988 927 961

 

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80,000 Vietnamese dong 🇻🇳 
$3.28 USD
£2.56 GBP

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Found a really nice small restaurant with 5 star reviews on Google Maps.

Phở Hòa, 128 D Trần Hưng Đạo, Dương Đông, Phú quốc, Kiên Giang
 

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Chicken fried rice with free iced tea 🫖 

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Chicken soup

Total cost for the whole meal

90,000 Vietnamese Dong 🇻🇳
$3.69 USD
£2.88 GBP

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Sunset Town, Phụ Quốc, Vietnam

A little on the pricier side, though there was a place that had regular coffee for just 40k along the same road.
 

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Coconut Coffee, 40k dong

This place unfortunately doesn’t accept card. You can find their coffee shop and spa here: https://maps.app.goo.gl/ExMcSLmMfHMZC34H7?g_st=ic

75,000 Vietnamese dong 🇻🇳
$3.08 USD
£2.40 GBP 

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HCMC, Vietnam 

Tonkin Garden Coffee.

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This coffee shop is slightly hidden away. Found out about this place from an offer found on Google Maps, @Sam will post more details of that in a post below.

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White coffee, served in an interesting way. 59k dong 

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59,000 Vietnamese dong 🇻🇳
$2.42 USD
£1.89 GBP

 

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I was just walking around Bui Vien street, which is a really famous party street in Ho Chi Minh City, just after 2 mins walk I came across a small alleyway which looked like an entrance to some old building, I thought let’s check this out. 
 

the streets looked liked this 

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When I checked the google maps I really liked the cafe nearby and found out that they have a free 7 spiced coffee offer 

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while walking towards the cafe I realised the street is filled with really nice and cute cafes.

I tried the free 7 spiced coffee which was really good

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Definitely worth a visit, have mentioned the location below.

https://maps.app.goo.gl/ciQtLXp3bJeEq7yv9?g_st=ic

 

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Den Da Coffee (On Google maps as Den Da Phu Dong  https://maps.app.goo.gl/idWyFba6TmDU1XAT7?g_st=ic)

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4 level building that looks nice at night. There are many coffee shops around this roundabout as is standard for HCMC with multiple coffee shops around every corner. Including the Starbucks new world if for some reason you are inclined to spend over 100k dong on a coffee. If you would like a cheap coffee there is also this place here, mentioned above that has coffee for just 25k, but has only a few outside stools. So if you are looking for somewhere to work from or an indoor space with chairs and tables then Den Da could be nice.
 

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The interior is simple and sort of a mix between industrial and the 20th century. The building has 4 floors in total and the upper floors offer a great few of this busy roundabout area, where Starbucks New world and the New World hotel is located, which could arguably be called the centre of district 1 as it is within the centre of and walking distance of all of the main attractions in HCMC. 



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On Fridays they have a free ‘upsize’ offer so this medium coffee with milk was 37k instead of 44k. The menu was a little complicated with lots of different coffee options, so I have attached it above so you can see.


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37k dong for a medium on ‘free upsize day’ / Friday :) 

 

37,000 Vietnamese Dong 🇻🇳 
$1.52 USD
£1.18 GBP

 

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Ho Chin Minh City, Vietnam 🇻🇳 


Just near the city hall in Ho Chin Minh City there’s a really cool apartment which is filled with cafés.

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Out of so many options we decided to go to 21Grams Vegetarian - Bếp Chay & Cafe Nguyễn Huệ

We tried the Vietnamese Coconut coffee, and it was really delicious.

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Price of the Coffee:

55k Vietnamese Dong
$2.26 USD
£1.76 GBP

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