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The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND) and comes in bills only in the following denominations: 200; 1000; 2,000; 5,000; 10,000; 20,000; 50,000, 100,000, and a newly issued 500,000 worth approx. 30 American dollars. Vietnamese Dong are not allowed to bring out of the country, remaining amounts can be changed into USD, although this may not always be easy.

You may bring in an unlimited amount of foreign currency as long as it is declared on the forms provided by customs officers. Foreign currency can be exchanged for dong at your hotel or at a bank.

The U.S. dollar is more or less a second currency in Vietnam. Other foreign currencies are not readily accepted. A large supply of US$1, US$5 and US$10 are almost essential for tipping, for small expenses and for hotel bills. U.S. money is so common that change will frequently be given in dollars.


Tipping is not expected in Vietnam. However, it is highly appreciated. For a person who earns 100 USD a month, 1 USD tip is already a lot. The income of tour guides and drivers is partly based on tips, ...

Traveler cheques
Vietcombank as well as other banks change travellers cheques and give cash advances. There are also ATM’s along main streets. Vietcombank, 17 D Quang Trung Street, is open Monday thru Friday. ...

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