My costs start at the International Airport, Nha Trang and include:
- A minibus from the Airport to Nha Trang City (Cam Ranh)
- 4 nights in ‘backpacker’ accommodation (below GRANDPAcker Standard)
- Mobile Data / Communications
- A 1-Day / 3 Dive SCUBA Dive Trip
- A taxi from my Hotel back to Nha Trang international Airport
- The flight from Nha Trang to Da Nang
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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 a below ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’ room with aircon in the ‘backpacker’ area of town. It had cable TV with ‘average’ reception and good in-room wifi. The ensuite had ‘hot water’ which was only available 50% of the time and, when it was available, it wasn’t enough to get the shower past ‘warm’. the ensuite also smelt ‘musky’.
Transport: I went everywhere on foot.
Communications & Fees: In Saigon, I had already purchased a 1 month Viettel SIMcard but that month had run out; so, I purchased a VND200k ‘scratchy’ top up.
Food: I averaged about VDN150k / day but I didn’t fully follow the ‘GRANDPAcking standard’; I didn’t always have fruit juices with lunch nor dinner. In addition, when I find Tourist places like this, I tend to go over-board in trying to find the cheapest places possible… the food isn’t always that great (but, I enjoy the challenge).
LIVING Costs: As usual, some 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 3-4 bottles of beer per night. On top of that, I spent a whopping VND1,777k (US$75) on the SCUBA Dive Trip.
My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was VDN326k / NZ$23 / US$15 / €14 / £10. This was significantly less than my costs in Saigon and Phu Quoc. But, as I have said, I was ‘backpacking’ rather than ‘GRANDPAcking’. This put an ‘acceptable’ roof over my head, gave me necessary transport & other basic necessities, fed me 3 times each day in a ‘local cafe’ or ‘on the street’, and paid for my refreshments.
My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were VDN801k / NZ$57 / US$38 / €35 / £21.
My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at VDN1,068k / NZ$76 / US$50 / €47 / £33 per day INCLUSIVE of my SCUBA Diving trip and flight to Da Nang.
This is 95% of GRANDPAcking budget. If I remove the flight cost, this would be 73% of budget. If I remove the SCUBA Dive as well, this would be 41% of budget.
I had more than enough LIVING funds to have fun as and when I wanted to.
WHAT IT SHOULD COST 2 GRANDPAckers:
Accommodation: You should be able to book something ‘reasonable’ on-line for about VND375k / night (US$17.50) for your first couple of nights. This will be away from the beach but should include breakfast. For VND325k (US$14), you should be able to negotiate a long term rental in a nicer Hotel 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.
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, there are not many cheap options around town. I have included a budget for the ‘lower quartile’ of items on the menu in a ‘local’ cafe.
The ‘Costs Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about VDN618k / NZ$44 / US$29 / €27 / £19 per day.
This is about VDN508k per day to LIVE on (i.e. 45% of your GRANDPAcking budget).
With that money you could:
- Upgrade your dinner and eat in a ‘westernised’ Restaurant (and have money left)
- Drink 50 Happy Hour beers
- Drink 20 Happy Hour cocktails
- Rent 2 scooters with petrol for the day (and have money left)
- Save up for 1 week and both go on a 1 Day SCUBA Dive trip
With that amount of LIVING funds available each day, every day is a good day.
Nha Trang is definitely worth a visit, but it is really just a tourist trap.
There are much nicer places in Vietnam.
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