Is it cheap to eat in Vietnam? Generally, the country offers an affordable lifestyle for everyone and so does the food!
One of the frequently asked questions by travelers is: is it cheap to eat in Vietnam? Tons of foreigners flock the country to settle due to its affordability.
Wages are rising, but still low on an international scale. Consequently, the labour cost that goes into your lunch is considerably lower than in other countries, which beats down the prices and also creates a demand for reasonably priced food.
On a daily basis, you won’t spend more than a dollar or two and there are many options who sell food at this range.
More so in the mainstream cities in Vietnam – Hanoi and Saigon. If you want to have lunch for VND20,000, you’ll find that.
However, if you fancy fine dining and high end ingredients then you’ll find the same prices with other pricey countries.
A 10-pack of eggs merely puts you back VND25,000. You could easily buy a whole bagful of vegetables like carrots or local greens, or fruits like bananas or passion fruits and not spend more than VND60,000.
In the countryside that has coastlines and beaches, seafood is abundant, fresh and yes, comes at a very affordable price too!
The usual office lunch, for instance, offers a range of local specialities from cơm tấm to hủ tiếu at VND35,000. While portions are not US-sized, this will fill you up; and it is delicious!
Vietnam has plenty of mid-range street restaurants that are fixed in a house or on a street corner.
Prices hover around VND30,000-70,000 per dish, food quality is good and the taste is to drop to your knees for.
If you think these bargains are limited to street food, think again. Even more sophisticated eateries up to Vietnam’s dining temples are highly affordable compared to international prices. For local fare, you’ll rarely pay more than VND250,000 per dish.