The foreign newspaper suggests economical travel in Ho Chi Minh City

According to The Travel, the cost in Ho Chi Minh City is among the most expensive in Vietnam, but if calculated properly, it will not be expensive.

The world’s leading travel magazine The Travel on January 10 introduced details of fees when coming to Ho Chi Minh City, as a suggestion for the next vacation of international visitors to Vietnam. The cost in Ho Chi Minh City is high, but visitors do not have to worry because just learn carefully, and there will be a reasonable way to spend.

Western guests at Bui Vien pedestrian street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City in the summer of 2022. Photo: Thanh Tung
Western guests at Bui Vien pedestrian street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City in the summer of 2022. Photo: Thanh Tung


There are many types of accommodation for guests to choose from, from luxury resorts to mid-range hotels and motels. If you want to stay in a luxurious or central place, the Canadian magazine suggests that visitors should rent in the area of ​​Ben Nghe ward, district 1. For those who want to save money, they can look to Pham Ngu Lao ward, also district 1. This is where many guests “Western backpack”, backpackers rent rooms.

Hotel prices average from 35 USD per person or 70 USD for the whole family.


Airfare depends on the time of booking. If you book a month in advance, there will be cheaper tickets. November is the cheapest time to buy tickets to Ho Chi Minh City. Traveling in the city, The Travel said that taxis are more expensive than public transport. Motorcycles are the most popular means of transportation in the city because of their convenience, and fun. In addition, guests can rent a car.

Average cost of travel: 13 USD per person per day

Taxi from the airport to the city center: About more than 8 USD

Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City.  Photo: Quynh Tran
Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quynh Tran


City cuisine “excellent, rich food” and prices “anywhere available”. Breakfast is usually cheaper than lunch and dinner, especially when choosing sidewalk shops and street vendors.

Average cost of meals: 12 USD a day

Dining cost: 5 USD per meal


Ho Chi Minh City has the advantage of many free entertainment spots. If there is a fee, the price is very affordable. The average for sightseeing and entertainment activities during the day is 17 USD per person.


Tipping is quite common in Vietnam, although not mandatory. Visitors can tip to thank the service person, usually 5-10% of the bill.

For the total costs mentioned above, with a one-week trip, international visitors need to prepare a budget of about $1,200 per person, or double if using more advanced services. If going with the whole family, the figure is about 4,000 USD for a comfortable stay.

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