Living in Vietnam on a Budget: Cần Giuộc, near Ho Chi Minh City, week 9

Living in Long An province is quiet, inexpensive, and exactly what we needed to get stuff done! I'll keep it short this week -- we worked and went to the gym every day, came up with epic YouTube channel ideas, and learned a lot. We also were a bit sick this week... which makes life pretty simple! 

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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: Cần Giuộc, Vietnam
  • Weekly spending: $127.75
  • Avg. spending per day: $18.25
  • Avg. spending per day incl. bills back home: $21.45 
  • Avg. spending per day overall in Asia: $43.65 
So what are our living expenses in Vietnam this week?

  • Conversion rate: 22,175 Vietnamese Dong (VND) = US$1.00 (100,000VND is about $4.50)
  • Accommodation: $64.28
  • Food and drinks: $62.48
    • All Vietnamese food, all the time.
From fried banana slices for breakfast...

To $0.65 street noodles for dinner...

...to yellow watermelon and mango for dessert!
  • Entertainment/miscellaneous: $0.99
    • Have you seen the Shape of Water? We rented it for $0.99 with a discount code... but haven't watched it yet. No spoilers, please.
    • Random side note? I ran a 5k this week! Fun! Maybe that's why I got sick?

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