Vietnam is cheap
One can’t often feel himself rich, but in Vietnam it’s real, because it’s cheap in Vietnam. In addition to the fact that all the bills here are thousands and it’s normal for everyone in Vietnam to own millions, the prices here are very low. Most tourists wold treat it as an additional gift and a tropical holiday for body and soul. Vietnam is cheap, really cheap.
Vietnam is cheap
You can see for yourself that it is cheap in Vietnam to:
- rent housing;
- dine in cafes or restaurants (including seafood, such as shrimp, squid, scallops, snails, oysters, crayfish, various kinds of fish);
- buy coffee and tea,
- buy traditional medicines from herbs, mushrooms, roots, snake venom;
- visit SPA and beauty salons, get massage and treat teeth;
- buy clothes and shoes, backpacks and suitcases, other items (bags, purses, belts) made of crocodile leather, pearls and precious stones;
- and what’s also cheap in Vietnam, is to travel with an English-speaking guide from Dima-tour.
Of course, as in any other country, the prices for housing vary a lot. It all depends on the personal needs of the tourist.
Here you can rent an expensive villa and a simple guest house, so it’s not difficult to find affordable housing. If the monthly rental of a villa can be close to two thousand dollars, a room in a small hotel or guest house can be rented for $10 per day (hereafter all prices are indicated in US dollars for your convenience). For that price you’ll get a clean room with shower, toilet, large bed, wardrobe and TV. Most often, such housing is located on the second line (in Mui Ne it’s about 150 meters from the sea).
How to eat not expensive and tasty food. Local restaurants and cafes offer Vietnamese, European and sometimes Russian cuisine.
You should try the traditional Vietnamese pho soup, for sure. The locals can eat this noodle soup at any time of the day.
Mui Ne is a paradise for seafood lovers. Shrimp and crabs, lobsters and scallops here are fresh, tasty and cheap (from $3 to $5 for a dish of scallops, about $30-40 for a large lobster).
On average, a good lunch in a Vietnamese restaurant will cost you $5-10.
Exotic fruits are sold at every step. Juicy mango coexist on the shelves with the amazing dragon fruit, delicious papaya and mangosteens, recognized leaders of palatability.
Speaking of alcohol, you can buy cheap local drinks. Various kinds of delicious beer are produced here, and the price starts at as much as half a US dollar. Try the local cane rum (from $3 per bottle). Another popular drink is Hanoi vodka. In bars and restaurants, the price of alcohol is higher than in stores, however, the cost of drinks is not too high and is quite affordable. For example, shots cost from $3, and long drinks – from$ 5 to $ 7 for a cocktail.
Many travel agencies in Mui Ne offer cheap excursions that will introduce you to the sights of this interesting and original country.
One of the most popular tours among the tourists coming to Mui Ne for vacations is a tour to Dalat, the Vietnamese city with a special atmosphere. Dalat was built by the French and is located in the mountains, so the climate here is cooler than on the coast.
Another popular route is one to the city of Nha Trang, with the visit to the amusement Park Vinpearl and a tour of the Nha Phu bay.
Among the attractions close to Mui Ne, here are some, that deserve your attention: the Fairy Stream, pleasing with a combination of bright colors of the canyon, White Sand Dunes, Ke Ga lighthouse, Sleeping Buddha at the mount Ta Cu, lake fishing for piranhas and other local fish, Binh Chau mineral springs and others.
It is worth paying attention to the price policy of the monsters of the tourist industry in comparison with the Vietnamese operators. Large foreign tour operators can inflate the cost of excursions by 1.5-2 times, while the services of local agencies benefit in quality due to smaller groups and more comfortable minibuses, and are cheaper, as well. For example, our travel agency Dima-Tour, registered in Vietnam, organizes excursions from Mui Ne to Vietnam and Cambodia for many years keeping very good prices. All our guides speak English. Dima-Tour employees organize all events at the highest level and always meet the needs of their customers. We can organize an individual tour or an excursion in a small group for you almost at any convenient day.
Vietnamese coffee and tea
Being among the three leaders in the export of coffee, Vietnam is famous for its endless coffee plantations. You can buy coffee for low prices, and choose among different varieties that differ in strength, aroma and flavor shades. The average cost of a kilogram of coffee is about $ 10.
Tea is almost as popular as coffee in the country. Oolong tea variety, grown in the mountainous city of Dalat, is in special demand. In many stores you can taste different teas and choose the one you like. Be sure to try the milk and ginger teas, as well as tea with Lotus, ginseng and ylang-ylang. A kilogram of oolong tea costs about $ 20 per kilogram, and the simplest green tea costs about $ 2 per a hundred-gram pack.
Here you can also find inexpensive medicines that strengthen the immune and reproductive systems, promoting the healthy skin and hair, veins, gastrointestinal tract, heart and many other organs and systems. These are exclusive natural products based on natural ingredients, produced only in Asia. In Europe, these miraculous remedies are offered in stores or online ten times more expensive.
Among them, Cobratox, the ointment on the basis of snake venom ($ 1 per tube), which is known as an effective remedy to cure joint pain; White Tiger cream (about $ 1 per jar), based on natural oils, that relieves pain of sprained muscles; ginseng root (about 10$ for 100 grams, that’s about one-month course), that stimulates the immune system and prolongs life; Lingzhi mushrooms in capsules (about 3 $ per pack), immunomodulatory agents, that helps to prevent cancer, stand out.
You can get you teeth treated In Saigon and Mui Ne at low price. Dental services are much cheaper than in Europe. For example, in Ho Chi Minh city, professional teeth cleaning costs about $ 5, and for $ 15 you can trat your caries. The crown costs around $150. The dentistry is of a good quality, cabinets and equipment are modern.
SPA and massage
Among other pleasures, you can enjoy inexpensive SPA treatments. SPA centers are countless here, and you will surely find several inviting signs offering massage next to your hotel. Traditional Vietnamese massage costs about $ 7, hot stone massage $ 10, facial treatment with natural ingredients would cost roughly the same. In Mui Ne you can also try a four-hand massage and a soothing massage with aloe.
Hairdressing, manicure and pedicure
Not only massage treatments are cheap in Vietnam. Many centres offer inexpensive hairdressing services, as well as manicure and pedicure. For example, a manicure with a coating costs about $ 7. Some centres offer nail and eyelash extensions, eyebrow coloring, sugaring and other procedures popular among women. Massage chairs are provided to the clients absolutely free of charge.
Jewelry made of silver, pearls and precious stones
It should be noted that the country is famous for its shops specializing in jewelry. In Mui Ne you can buy inexpensive pearls, silver and precious stones.
The price of pearls can be vary a lot: on the street they can be much cheaper than in malls, but the street stalls are full of fakes made of artificial mother-of-pearl. The cost of pearls depends on the thickness of the pearl layer and the shape of the pearl. Pay attention to the strength of the clasp when you choose your jewelry. It is best, of course, to purchase jewelry in the store, where an experienced seller can consult you. A good quality pearl necklace costs about $ 50.
In addition to pearls, there is a large selection of silver and jewelry with precious stones: sapphires, rubies, emeralds and topaz. Prices for such products start from $ 100.
Browsing through cloth shops women can buy beautiful dresses made of natural silk, and men – comfortable shirts made of bamboo. Despite the hot climate of the coast, you can buy not only cheap summer clothes, but sports equipment for the winter. For example, a Burton ski suit will cost you $ 180. Summer dresses, shorts, jeans cost here about $ 10-15.
Bags, backpacks and suitcases
Many tourists, when it comes time to go home, may find out that their bags are too small to accommodate all purchases. It’s not a big deal, because you can buy travel bags and suitcases at low price in Mui Ne. Buying a suitcase, pay attention to the strength of the wheels and handles and specify what weight it can withstand. A small suitcase costs about $ 40-50. D&G, Roxy, Burton and other backpacks cost about $ 15.
Despite the fact that not all products are genuine, they are durable, beautiful and will last for a very long time (we tested them on ourselves and our friends).
Crocodile leather bags
Due to the large number of crocodile farms in the country, you can buy cheap products made of genuine crocodile leather in Mui Ne: bags, purses, belts, shoes and cell phone cases. You can find many shops specializing in this product in Mui Ne. The sellers will tell you how to care for the product, so that it retains its appearance for a long time.
The simplest crocodile wallet costs about $ 40, a good quality medium-sized bag costs about $ 250-300. In Europe, such a product will cost you at least 3-5 times more.
So what’s cheap in Vietnam?
In fact, almost everything is cheap here. You will see for yourself if you come, and you will not regret it. Sure, we have here beautiful nature and warm sea, exotic fruits and Vietnamese massage, but it’s also very easy to make any purchases here, from clothes to pearls and electronics . Come to Mui Ne, and we will help you to get from the airport, choose a tour, buy medicines, change currency, we will provide you with cheap mobile communication and Internet, as well as prompt addresses of good dentists, delicious cafes, high-quality and respected SPA and nail salons.
We are happy to show and tell you everything we know.