My costs start at the Ferry Terminal in Phu Quoc and include:
- A minibus from the Ferry to Duong Dong
- A shared taxi from Duong Dong to my Hotel
- 23 days / 22 nights in Phu Quoc
- 21 days Scooter Hire
- A 1 Day Fishing & Snorkelling Trip in the South
- A Sunset BBQ & Squid Fishing Trip
- The flight from Phu Quoc to Nha Trang
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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: For the first 4 nights, my accommodation was a ‘GRANDPAcking Terraced Double Room’ with aircon in a resort on Long Beach with beach access. For the next 18 nights my accommodation was a ‘GRANDPAcking Double Bungalow’ with Cable TV and aircon. Both had poor in-room wifi.
Transport: I hired a scooter for 21 days.
Communications & Fees: In Saigon, I had already purchased a 1 month Viettel SIMcard with 3GB of 3G Data, unlimited 256k data after 3GB is used up, and VDN50k of talk time.
Food: I averaged about VDN164k / 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 3-4 large Saigons and / or Heinekens per night. On top of that, I spent VND790k on tours and entertainment.
My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was VDN442k / NZ$51 / US$34 / €31 / £22. This was significantly more than my costs in Saigon. This put an ‘nice’ roof over my head, gave me necessary transport & other basic necessities, fed me 3 times each day in a ‘local cafe’, and paid for my refreshments.
My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were VDN397k / NZ$29 / US$20 / €18 / £13.
My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at VDN941k / NZ$69 / US$47 / €42 / £30 per day INCLUDING my tours, scooter hire, and flight to Nha Trang.
This is 87% of GRANDPAcking budget. If I removed the flight, this would still be 79% of budget. I had 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 VND450k / night for your first couple of nights. This may be away from the beach. For that same sum, you should be able to negotiate a long term rental in a much nicer Bungalow set around gardens; but don’t expect beach access at that price… expect to walk about 50m to the beach.
Transport: I have included a scooter each for 1 day each week (including petrol) so that you can get out of town on excursions. I have, also, included a taxi to / from the Ferry or Airport and 2 return taxi trips into Duong Dong.
Food: There are not many cheap options around the target Long Beach area. 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 VDN825k / NZ$61 / US$41 / €37 / £26 per day.
This is about VDN263k per day to LIVE on (i.e. 24% of your GRANDPAcking budget).
With that money you could:
- Upgrade your dinner and eat in a ‘westernised’ Restaurant
- Drink 26 large Saigon Greens in Happy Hour
- Rent 2 scooters with petrol for the day
- Save up for 2 days to go on one of the cheaper ‘day trips’
There are many other places that give you far better LIVING options; in Phu Quoc, money will feel a bit ‘tight’.
Phu Quoc is definitely worth a visit. If you are happy to live away from the beachfront and more ‘on the fringe’ of the tourist area, you can get your Costs Of Existence (COE) down and have more LIVING funds.
But, there are much more affordable places in Vietnam.
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