Saigon – Vietnam – GRANDPAcking Costs

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OCTOBER 2015:



OVERVIEW:

My costs start in Saigon International Airport and include:

  • A taxi from the airport to my budget Hotel in District 1
  • 5 days / 4 nights in Saigon
  • A 2 day / 2 night Mekong Delta Tour
  • The Ferry from Rach Gia to Phu Quoc (included in my tour)

CROSS REFERENCES:

For more information, read my post on Saigon and the Mekong Delta Tour.

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Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country.

Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures.


SPREADSHEET SUMMARY:

Saigon GRANDPAcking Costs


MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON GRANDPAcking COSTS:

Accommodation: My accommodation was an ‘only just qualified as a ‘GRANDPAcking Double’ in a budget hotel in the heart of District 1. My room was small yet comfortable (albeit, probably, a bit ‘cosy’ for 2 people), it had excellent in-room WiFi and a TV with cable channels.

Transport: I went everywhere on foot.

Communications & Fees: I 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 VDN100k / 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 Tigers per night. On top of that, I spent almost VDN1.6m on the Mekong Delta Tour (including all expenses).

My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was VDN442k / NZ$31 / US$21 / €18 / £13. This put an ‘average’ 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 VDN717k / NZ$49 / US$33 / €30 / £22.

I spent most of my time working and getting organised for my trip to Phu Quoc.

My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at VDN873k / NZ$60 / US$41 / €36 / £26 per day INCLUDING my Mekong Delta Tour.

I had plenty of LIVING funds to have fun as and when I wanted to.


WHAT IT SHOULD COST 2 GRANDPAckers:

Accommodation: It is hard to get anything ‘decent’ on-line  for less than US$20 / night. But, if you book the first couple of nights on-line in something ‘reasonable’, you should easily be able to walk the streets and find something to ‘GRANDPAcking standard’ at a good price… there are hotels everywhere.

Transport: I have not included any budget for transport. You can do District 1 on foot. Use your LIVING Funds to get around sightseeing.

Food: There are several cheap options around town for VDN20-40k / meal. This is mainly Noodle Soups and rice dishes.

The ‘Costs Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about VDN642k / NZ$44 / US$30 / €26 / £19 per day.

This is about VDN517k per day to LIVE on (i.e. 45% of your GRANDPAcking budget).

With that money you could:

  • Upgrade every meal and eat in the best Restaurants and have money left
  • Drink 50 large Saigon Greens in Happy Hour
  • Rent 2 scooters with petrol for the day and have money left

Having such funds available day after day means that every day is a good day. You can have lots of fun with that amount of money.


CONCLUSION:

Saigon District 1 is a touristy and hedonistic place that is definitely worth a visit.

But, for the real Vietnam, you will want to get out to other districts or get out of town.


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