Currency (Vietnam)

The local currency is the đong and is written as “đ” or “VNД (Viet Nam Ðong). It is available in notes of 200đ up to 500,000đ although the lesser notes are rarely seen and larger value notes are being converted to plastic. Shop keepers will sometimes quote a price in USD, but it may be better to ask for price in VNÐ.

We recommend that you take a combination or cash and card with you.

Cash can be exchanged at hotels and banks, but you will need to check with your Local Guide before travelling to smaller towns. USD can be exchanged everywhere so if you have any left over from another trip, you can bring this also. US Dollars should be from the new series from the year 2003 onwards. Old series notes can be difficult to exchange, apart from some national banks in Vietnam, such as Vietcombank. We suggest for your convenience that you ensure your US Dollars are from the new series to avoid any difficulties exchanging money during your trip. When exchanging, the largest note usually given is 100,000đ so you will have a huge wad of notes. Please only carry what you will need each day to avoid unwanted attention.

Reliable ATMs can be found in most major cities and towns including Hanoi, Saigon, Hue, Hoi An, Danang, Nha Trang, Can Tho, Phu Quoc and Vung Tau. Try to withdraw as few times as possible because overseas withdrawal fees can be very high. Check with your bank before departing on your tour. All ATMs in Vietnam dispense VNÐ notes only.

We recommend you alert your bank of your travel plans prior to departure to avoid your card being blocked or in case of any fraudulent activity. 

Here is a reference table of approximate exchange rates (for up-to-date exchange rates, please check before you travel):

1 unit of current Vietnam VND
AU$1 15,970
NZ$1 14,860
US$1 24,356

Correct as of December 2023