$1 can exchange for more than 22,000 VND according to current monetary exchange rate publiced by Vietnam banks. Even though the cost of living in Vietnam has increaseed tremendously in recent years, you can still buy various goods to consume by yourself during your Vietnam tour or as souvenirs for your friends and relatives. Below is a quick particular summary of what your one dollar can be worth in various cities in Vietnam as your reference.
“Bia hoi” (draught beer)
Sold at 5,000-6,000 VND per glass, $1 will make you to be belly fairly full of 4 glasses of beer. For travelers, Hanoi Old Quarter, Ta Hien street in Hanoi and Pham Ngu Lao street in Saigon are best places for your beer.
Vietnam bread with pork
The Vietnamese “Banh mi” is a delicious and ever-varying combination of pate, deli-style pork, sauces and veggies (cilantro, think carrots, cucumber, etc), stuffed into a crunchy outside while soft inside baguette. This delicious meal costs only $1.
Fruits, lots of fruits
Fruits in the cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City can be expensive, somestime comparable to what you got at your local grocery. However in rural area, especially where these fruits are grown, you can get a lot of fruits for your buck: 4 kilos of dragon fruit in Ninh Thuan, 10 kilos of rambutan in Mekong Delta, 30 guavas in Bac Ninh, 8 mangoes in Nha Trang, to name a few.
With 1USD you can buy a bamboo dragonfly or 1 paper fan and handmade items… To give presents to relatives and friends.
So if you do not know the destination for your vacation, Vietnam is an ideal destination for you. A place with famous destinations, friendly people and not too high cost of living. So there’s no reason to deny a vacation here