My costs start on arrival in Hoi An by local bus and include:
- 3 nights in a Delux Double room in a nice new-build Homestay
- 21 nights in a Double Room in a Hotel with a small swimming pool
- 1x Bicycle Hire
- Mobile Data / Communications
- Visa cost apportionment
- 2 Flights from Da Nang to Hai Phong (to get to Cat Ba Island)
- Minibus from Hoi An to Da Nang Airport
- Lots of partying and entertainment
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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 initial accommodation was a ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’ Deluxe Double with aircon in the ‘outskirts’ area of town about 30 minutes walk to the Old Town. It had breakfast included, an hot water ensuite, cable TV with English Sports & Movie channels and good in-room wifi. I moved from there to a GRANDPAcking Standard Double room on An Hoi Island with breakfast included, hot water ensuite, shower-over-bath, Cable TV (with English sports and movie channels), good in-room wifi and a small swimming pool.
Transport: You can walk everywhere. My initial Hotel provided free bicycles for getting around larger distances. In town centre, I rented a bicycle for VND20k for one day from my hotel. This was a reasonable rate as prices start at VND30k for 1 day out on the street. I didn’t spend as much on transport as I have elsewhere; there wasn’t any need for transport around town and there wasn’t much need to get out of town either.
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 in Nha Trang. This lasted me in Da Nang but I had to top it up again in Hoi An. I still had VND80k of credit, so I only needed to buy a VND50k ‘scratchy’ to get enough to buy another 1.5Gb of data for another month. There are so many places providing free internet that I hardly used any of my data.
Food: I averaged VND86k / day but I didn’t fully follow the ‘GRANDPAcking standard’. Having breakfast included in my hotel saved me about VND55k / day (food at VND25k and 2 coffees at VND15k each).
LIVING Costs: In Hoi An I partied. Under normal circumstances, my ‘Happy Hour and Bia Hoi’ evening drinks would have averaged about VND47k / night. However, I partied a lot and ended up spending an average of VND135k / night on beer, partying, and entertainment.
My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was VND405k / NZ$29 / US$20 / €18 / £13. This was similar to my costs in Nha Trang and Da Nang. But, in Nha Trang, I was ‘backpacking’ rather than ‘GRANDPAcking’. In Da Nang, I was GRANDPAcking.
This put a ‘good’ 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 VND710k / NZ$51 / US$34 / €32 / £23.
My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at VND659k / NZ$47 / US$32 / €29 / £21 per day. This was only 59% of my total budget AFTER all of the fun that I had… I still had 41% of my budget left.
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. If I had, I would have eaten into that remaining 41%… and had a whale of a time!
WHAT IT SHOULD COST 2 GRANDPAckers:
Accommodation: You should be able to book a GRANDPAcking Standard room on-line for under VND300k / night (US$14 / night) for your first couple of nights. This will be away from the Old Town but should include breakfast. For the same price, you should be able to negotiate a long term rental in a nicer place out-of-center 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. You should get free bicycles from your Hotel.
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 / 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, I have included a budget for eating in local cafes, the market, or on the street – there are many to choose from at this price.
The ‘Costs Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about VND523k / NZ$38 / US$25 / €23 / £17 per day.
This is about VND592k per day to LIVE on (i.e. 53% of your GRANDPAcking budget).
With that money you could:
- Upgrade your dinner and eat in a ‘westernised’ Restaurant (and still have VND300-400k left)
- Drink 59 Happy Hour beers
- Drink 296 glasses of Bia Hoi
- Drink 24 Happy Hour cocktails
- Drink unlimited Mixers (eg Gin & Tonic) all night with a shared Shisha (and still have VND400k left)
- Rent 2 scooters with petrol for the day (and still have VND300k left)
- Tour around on your bicycles for free
- Cycle to the beach for the day free
With that amount of LIVING funds available each day, every day is a good day.
If you come to Vietnam and don’t come to Hoi An, you will be missing out.
Hoi An is a MUST SEE location and is only a short bus trip away from Da Nang (another MUST SEE destination).
In Hoi An, you can LIVE a 3 STAR lifestyle on a Retired Couple’s State Pension.
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