My 60 Days Spending Breakdown While Travelling in Vietnam + Trip Report

After putting together my spending breakdown while travelling in Vietnam, I was shocked at the huge difference between my first and second months in the country. For context purposes, I travelled to Vietnam as a digital nomad as opposed to a tourist. I’ve done the whole tourist thing in the past

My flight to Vietnam was interesting also as I ran into former co-workers in Canada at the Singapore airport. We ended up hanging out on the second day there together.

My first 30 days of spending breakdown while travelling in Vietnam

  • Flight from Vancouver to San Fransisco to Singapore – 2,252,221 VND ($122.96 CAD, $90.22 USD)
  • Flight from Singapore to Vietnam with Vietjet – 3,162,744 VND ($172.67 CAD, $126.69 USD)
  • 3-Month Vietnam E-VISA – 1,207,750 VND ($70.05 CAD, $51.40 USD)
  • ATM fee charged on my debit card – 434,655 VND ($23.73 CAD, $17.41 USD)
  • Airbnb for 30 days in Vietnam in District 1 of Saigon – 9,000,000 VND ($548.64 CAD, $402.54 USD)
  • SIM Card – 300,000 VND ($16.38 CAD, $12.02 USD)
  • Cleaning supplies – 107,000 VND ($5.84 CAD, $4.28 USD)
  • Grab (food and transportation) – 680,000 VND ($37.12 CAD, $27.24 USD)
  • Food and beverages – 2,096,000 VND ($114.43 CAD, $83.96 USD)
  • Hand Soap – 14,000 VND ($0.76, $0.56 USD)
  • Room cleaning – 300,000 VND ($16.38 CAD, $12.02 USD)
  • Gym – 415,000 VND ($22.66 CAD, $16.63 USD)
  • Dentist Teeth Cleaning – 500,000 VND ($28.10 CAD, $20.03 USD)
  • PC Gaming Cafe – 50,000 VND ($2.73 CAD, $2 USD)
  • Food poisoning medication – 80,000 VND ($4.37 CAD, $3.21 USD)
  • AMEX verification fee – 2,000 VND ($0.11 CAD, $0.08 USD)
  • Dang Khoa Photocopy – 2,000 VND ($0.11 CAD, $0.08 USD)

Total cost of travelling in Vietnam with international flights first month

  • 21,742,651 VND ($1187.04 CAD, $870.93 USD)

The average daily cost of travelling in Vietnam with flights first month

  • 724,755 VND ($39.57 CAD, $29.03 USD)

Total cost of travelling in Vietnam without international flights first month

  • 16,327,686 VND ($891.41 CAD, $654.03 USD)

The average daily cost of travelling in Vietnam without international flights first month

  • 544,256 VND ($29.71 CAD, $21.80 USD)

My first-month spending wasn’t bad at all! Although despite not spending as much, my first month living in Vietnam was horrible. First, my landlord was a sicko that was trying to sexually harass me. He wanted to stay over my place at 10 pm because he got “locked out” of his home. The weird thing is, he manages several properties and has over 30 tenants so why did he contact me of all people? The answer is obvious.

My first accommodation looked okay at first; however, on my first night staying here, a cockroach infestation started. I had 6 cockroaches my first night and two more the next morning. For the next week, I was getting one new cockroach attacking my room. These cockroaches were also mutant-size flying ones. The biggest I’ve seen in all the countries I’ve travelled to. It wasn’t until the cleaning lady sealed all the holes and the drain to stop these horrendous cockroaches from infesting my room.

Travelling in Vietnam

Travelling in Vietnam

I also got food poisoning my first month after eating a bad chicken at the Ben Thanh market. Then, I got sick shortly after. Not a good first month. The only saving grace was my friends from Canada visiting me for a few days which was fun.

And of course, food is pretty good in Vietnam and they had decent a gym available.

Travelling in Vietnam

Travelling in Vietnam

Travelling in Vietnam

Travelling in Vietnam

Travelling in Vietnam

Travelling in Vietnam

Travelling in Vietnam

Travelling in Vietnam

My second 30 days spending breakdown while travelling in Vietnam

  • Flight back to Vietnam after travelling to Iran – 1,785,878 VND ($97.50 CAD, $71.54 USD)
  • Simcard – 250,000 VND ($13.65 CAD, $10.02 USD)
  • Accommodation in District 7 in Saigon – 16,790,000 VND ($916.65 CAD, $672.55 USD)
  • Data top-up – 100,000 VND ($5.46 CAD, $4.01 USD)
  • Melatonin – 160,000 VND ($8.74 CAD, $6.41 USD)
  • 1-Month Gym Membership – 1,000,000 VND ($54.59 CAD, $40.05 USD)
  • Movie ticket – 125,000 VND ($6.82 CAD, $5 USD)
  • Excess Baggage Fee – 2,981,000 VND ($162.75 CAD, $119.41 USD)
  • Bank ATM Fee – 466,324 VND ($25.46 CAD, $18.68 USD)
  • Cough Syrup – 85,000 VND ($4.64 CAD, $3.40 USD)
  • Haircut – 100,000 VND ($5.46 CAD, $4.01 USD)
  • Grab (food and transportation) – 734,000 VND ($40.07 CAD, $29.40 USD)
  • Food and beverages – 7,604,000 VND ($415.14 CAD, $304.59 USD)

Total cost of travelling in Vietnam with international flights second month

  • 32,181,152 VND ($1,756.93 CAD, $1,289.06 USD)

The average daily cost of travelling in Vietnam with flights second month

  • 1,072,705 VND ($58.57 CAD, $42.97 USD)

Total cost of travelling in Vietnam without international flights second month

  • 30,395,274 VND ($1,659.43 CAD, $1,217.53 USD)

The average daily cost of travelling in Vietnam without international flights second month

  • 1,1013,176 VND ($55.31 CAD, $40.58 USD)

My second month in Vietnam was shockingly expensive. This was because I moved from district 1 to district 7. The new location turned out to be an affluent location for rich Vietnamese people and foreigners working in Vietnam. There were tons of Koreans, Americans, Europeans, and pretty much everyone that’s not Vietnamese was living in this area. It was a nice area, I enjoyed my stay in this place minus the cost.

As you can see, accommodation was pretty much double the cost and the same for food. You get what you pay for as my accommodation didn’t have a single cockroach appear during my entire stay. The cleaning lady was a lazy when she cleaned my room because she basically barely cleaned it unless I specified what I wanted cleaned.

Travelling in Vietnam

Regardless, I would stay in District 7 again in a heartbeat. I loved this area and I’m glad I got to experience living here.

The Grand Total Cost of Living in Vietnam for 60 days

Total cost of travelling in Vietnam with international flights

  • 53,923,803 VND ($2,943.97 CAD, $2,159.99 USD)

The average daily cost of travelling in Vietnam with flights

  • 898,730 VND ($49.07 CAD, $36 USD)

Total cost of travelling in Vietnam without international flights

  • 46,722,960 VND ($2,550.84 CAD, $1,871.56 USD)

The average daily cost of travelling in Vietnam without international flights

  • 778,716 VND ($42.51 CAD, $31.19 USD)

Total points and miles spent while travelling in Vietnam

  • Flight to Vietnam from Canada (YVR-SFO-SIN) – 82,400 Aeroplan Points
  • Flight from Iran to Vietnam (DBX-BAH-SIN-SGN) – 60,000 Aeroplan Points

Spending nearly $3000 for two months in Vietnam, in my opinion, is really high. I mean, it could be because of inflation as it was a lot cheaper when I went to Vietnam back in 2017. However, I did go to Ho Chi Minh which is the most expensive city in the country. Looking back, I could’ve went back to Da Nang if I wanted to save money living in this country.

Conclusion

My work productivity was horrible in my first accommodation since I was dealing with the cockroaches and the sick fuck landlord. With my second accommodation, my productivity work-wise was better but it still wasn’t good. Mainly because the accommodation wasn’t conducive for long hours of working. The chair was hard and the table wasn’t ergonomic. Internet was slightly spotty too at times.

Overall, I’d say Vietnam is a good place to go for a vacation but not to setup base as a digital nomad. The only exception is if you are leaving Thailand during the smoke season months between February to June. Then I’d say Da Nang would be a good temporary budget substitute as a digital nomad hub.

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