My costs start at Cai Rong ferry terminal and include:
- Ferry and transfer from Cai Rong to Quan Lan Town
- 3 nights in a GRANDPAcking hotel
- Food & Drink
- 1x Scooter Hire (with Petrol)
- Mobile Data / Communications
- Visa cost apportionment
- Ferry to Halong
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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 ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’ Double with aircon and local TV (4 Vietnamese channels) in Quan Lan Town. No breakfast included.
Transport: You can walk around town. I rented a scooter for 1 day to tour the island.
Communications & Fees: In Saigon, I had already purchased a 1 month Viettel SIMcard which I had already ‘topped up’ with another 1.5Gb of data in Hoi An. I needed it as the wifi in my hotel had no internet connection.
Food: I averaged VND202k / day but I ate above GRANDPAcking standard.
LIVING Costs: There isn’t much to do in Quan Lan except relax. I spent very little on LIVING. I got my haircut for VND50k which included a shave.
My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was VND309k / NZ$22 / US$15 / €13 / £10.
This put a ‘good’ roof over my head, gave me necessary transport & other basic necessities, fed me 3 times each day in my hotel, and paid for my refreshments.
My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were VND837k / NZ$58 / US$40 / €36 / £27.
My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at VND473k / NZ$33 / US$22 / €20 / £15 per day. This was only 41% of my total budget… I still had 59% of my budget left.
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 walk in off the street and get a GRANDPAcking Standard room for VND300k / night (US$14 / night) for your first couple of nights. This should be in Quan Lan Town and excludes breakfast. For VND200k / night, you should be able to negotiate a long term rental excluding breakfast.
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: You should be able to get a Fried Eggs and baguette breakfast with Vietnamese black coffee and water for VND50k each. For Lunch and Dinner, I have included a budget for eating in local cafes – but there aren’t many to choose from.
The ‘Costs Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about VND551k / NZ$38 / US$26 / €24 / £18 per day.
This is about VND594k per day to LIVE on (i.e. 52% of your GRANDPAcking budget).
With that money you could:
- Upgrade your dinner to something like a seafood hotpot (and still have VND300-400k left)
- Drink 40 cans of beer
- Rent a scooter with petrol for the day (and still have over VND400k left)
With that amount of LIVING funds available each day, every day is a good day.
Come in Shoulder Season when you get sunny weather and can get the best out of what the island has to offer. Be careful and avoid Vietnamese peak holiday times and festivals as you may find the accommodation booked out by locals.
In Quan Lan, you can LIVE a 3 STAR lifestyle on a Retired Couple’s State Pension.
However, I don’t think that it is a long-term destination… you will go ‘stir crazy’ if you stay too long. 1 month would be more than enough.
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