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1. Posted by Travelbug60 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

My friend and l are traveling to Vietnam in Jan for 3 weeks. My question is should we go to Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi.
We went to Cambodia last year and they all accepted American dollars is this the same in Vietnam?
Any tips will help us.
Thanks. :)

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1047 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Why not visit both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Start from either; and work your way to the other, visiting other places on the way. Your U.S. dollars can be exchanged for dong (VND). The current rate, according to, is about 23,314 VND to $1US.

3. Posted by Windyrosy (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Yep, you could do both in 3 weeks. Start from Hanoi then work your way down to the South or the other way around.
I would exchange USD to VND in any bank, the exchange rate doesn't vary too much. In Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh, you can use your dollars but check the rate before paying. Some other places you need to spend VND
Enjoy your time!

4. Posted by Locin (Budding Member 7 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Definitely do both maybe start in Hanoi take in Halong Bay then head south Hue, Danang, Hoi An, perhaps a day or two on the beach in Nah Trang then on to Ho Chi Minh. Try to use public transport on some of your shorter hops, the trains are an experience not to be missed, but avoid overnight buses they can be very crowded and uncomfortable.

5. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1868 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

It is about a thousand miles from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi, so not cheap, whatever method of travel you use.

Could you travel into one destination and home from the other, so you only pay one way in Vietnam?

As post 4 shows, if you choose one destination, Hanoi is probably best.

6. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1047 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Please do not be deterred in traveling the length of Vietnam during your three-week trip. You need not incur substantial expense if you use a mix of transportation, including flights. Suggest an open-jaw ticket, flying into Hanoi and out from Ho Chi Minh City, for example. In my experience, domestic flights can be cheaper if bought within Vietnam.