Living in Vietnam on a Budget: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, week 3

This week in Vietnam we had to keep a Ho Chi Minh City bus above 50mph, all while trying to diffuse a bomb! Just kidding, that's the plot of the movie Speed. We did normal things, like go to the gym and Vietnamese lessons, plus we ate some pretty good Italian food and Warren decided to write a book -- EBook coming soon! Monica's book is coming along much slower...

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Our goal: $50 per day total, including transportation, accommodation, visas, and bills back home. For two people.

In every budget update I will add a prorated estimate of our bills back home (loans, phone plan, etc. which may vary slightly by month), to include in our $50/day travel budget. I am not including travel insurance -- this would add about $5.75 per day to our total.
  • Days: 7
  • Location: Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam
  • Avg. spending per day: $23.94
  • Avg. spending per day incl. bills back home: $27.14
  • Avg. spending per day overall in Asia: $45.40  
STREET MEAT! These pork bellies (bottom) got made into our breakfast banh mi sandwiches.

So what are our living expenses in Ho Chi Minh City this week?
  • Conversion rate: 22,079 Vietnamese Dong (VND) = US$1.00 (100,000VND is about $4.53)
  • Accommodation: $64.62 
    • We love our District 8 AirBnB homestay which is hosted by the most lovely lady, and is under $10 a day.
Take a (tiny) seat and watch the world go by! Many chairs are hilariously short in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Transportation: $4.17
    •  It is still SO FUN to take a Grab motorbike taxi around town. It's never more than $2, even for an over 30 minute ride. You've gotta try it if you make your way out to Saigon!
This guy transports steel via motorbike truck all around D8.
  • Food and drinks: $98.79
    • We got a bit of a craving this week and got home made pasta from Mr. Li Quan, which was tasty... but I still love Vietnamese food the most! I can get breakfast spare ribs!
Ribs and grilled chicken for breakfast, can you believe anyone can be so lucky?

As a congratulations for reading another tedious weekly budget post, here are some cute Vietnamese dogs.

Bar dog!

Street fluffy!

Restaurant butt!

Puppy tongue!

Check out some other posts about Vietnam!

We had another super cheap week living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It's a relaxing place with great food and people. Learning Vietnamese has been fun, and seeking out adorable dogs gives me the inspiration to get out and be social everyday. Ho Chi Minh City is a great budget travel destination for couples, singles, digital nomads, and definitely foodies.


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