My costs start at the Airport, Da Nang and include:
- A taxi from the Airport to my Hotel on My Khe Beach
- 4 nights in a nice room in a nice Hostel
- Mobile Data / Communications
- A 1-Day Scooter Hire (with petrol)
- A big partying night out
- A local bus from Da Nang to Hoi An
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Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures.
MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON GRANDPAcking COSTS:
Accommodation: My accommodation was an above ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’ suite with aircon in the ‘budget’ area of town about 100m from My Khe Beach. It had a kitchenette, a dining area, a lounge area, a balcony, cable TV with English Sports & Movie channels but ‘average’ in-room wifi (it was too slow for me to work on). The ensuite had ‘hot water’.
Transport: You can walk most of the time. My Hostel provided free bicycles for getting around larger distances. I rented a scooter for 1 day to have a look around Da Nang city centre and the immediate countryside.
Communications & Fees: In Saigon, I had already purchased a 1 month Viettel SIMcard which I had already ‘topped up’ with another 1.5GB for VND120k. This lasted me in Da Nang. There are so many places providing free internet that I hardly used any of my data.
Food: I averaged just over VND90k / day but I didn’t fully follow the ‘GRANDPAcking standard’; I didn’t always have fruit juices with lunch nor dinner.
LIVING Costs: As usual, most of my LIVING Costs went on beer. I tended to have a drink in the evenings in Happy Hour and / or with my evening meal. I averaged 4-5 bottles of beer per night. On top of that, I had a big ‘party night’ down at the Rovers Return Pub when they had a live band playing.
My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was VDN382k / NZ$27 / US$19 / €17 / £12. This was significantly less than my costs in Saigon and Phu Quoc but similar to my costs in Nha Trang. But, in Nha Trang, I was ‘backpacking’ rather than ‘GRANDPAcking’. In Da Nang, I was GRANDPAcking.
This put an ‘above standard’ roof over my head, gave me necessary transport & other basic necessities, fed me 3 times each day in ‘local cafes’ & cheap ‘westernised cafes’, and paid for my refreshments.
My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were VDN731k / NZ$53 / US$35 / €32 / £23.
My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at VDN564k / NZ$41 / US$27 / €25 / £18 per day.
I had more than enough LIVING funds to have fun as and when I wanted to. I would, normally, have used up more of my LIVING funds SCUBA Diving, snorkelling, or going out on boat trips… but, alas, it was the wrong season for that.
WHAT IT SHOULD COST 2 GRANDPAckers:
Accommodation: You should be able to book a GRANDPAcking Standard room on-line for about VND350k / night (US$17) for your first couple of nights. This will be away from the beach but should include breakfast. For VND300k (US$15), you should be able to negotiate a long term rental in a nicer Hotel / Hostel / Guesthouse inclusive of breakfast. Make sure that you get breakfast included (and make sure that it’s a decent one).
Transport: I have included a shared scooter for 1 day each week (including petrol) so that you can get out of town on excursions (including up to the Airport to get more cheap Travel Money at an ATM dispensing VND5.6m).
Communications: I have included a prepaid 1 Month Viettel 3GB package with 30 minutes of talk time.
Food: Having breakfast included in your accommodation will save you about VND70k each day (and, should, provide you with a better breakfast) – but, you will still need to buy a couple of large bottles of water. For Lunch and Dinner, you will need to shop around and find some local cafes / cheap places to eat. I have included a budget for either ‘local cafes’ or the ‘lower quartile’ of items on the menu in a more ‘westernised’ cafe.
The ‘Costs Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about VDN585k / NZ$42 / US$28 / €26 / £18 per day.
This is about VDN528k per day to LIVE on (i.e. 47% of your GRANDPAcking budget).
With that money you could:
- Upgrade your dinner and eat in a ‘westernised’ Restaurant (and have money left)
- Drink 30 Happy Hour beers
- Drink 12 Happy Hour cocktails
- Rent 2 scooters with petrol for the day (and have money left)
With that amount of LIVING funds available each day, every day is a good day.
Da Nang is a MUST SEE location when you are in Vietnam. It is not a Tourist trap (like Nha Trang) and maintains a real Vietnam city-living experience… near a very nice beach.
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