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    Netter using Dong over 6 years ago

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    I mean better over 6 years ago

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    USD is widely accepted in all major cities in Vietnam. I used USD all the time in HCMC and Hanoi. Unless you plan to eat street food by the roadside, otherwise USD is fine. over 6 years ago

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    When we were in Vietnam a month ago, we use Dong. Unlike Cambodia where everyone quotes everything in USD, in Vietnam, Dong is still the primary currency. over 6 years ago

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    From my experience the prefer USD over 6 years ago

    Answered by vchoong via Site_iconAsk a Nomad iPad app
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    You will get better value for your money by using the Dong. Enjoy Vietnam. over 6 years ago

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    You can use either really. But there are benefits to using Dong: Think of it this way... 1 USD = 21,000 dong (official rate on xe.com today). When you rock up at that market stall and want to by some fruit it might be worth about 50 cents. The seller can either sell it to you for 10,000 dong - better value, or 1 USD - not such good value. They only trade in whole dollars and can only offer you prices in whole dollars. Now this isn't a problem when paying for your $15 a night hotel, but it's the little incidentals that you spend money on every day that will really add up if you're only using USD.
    When i arrived, i used USD for the first two days, knowing that I was probably paying a bit over the odds, then I got a handle on the exchange rate, how to bargain etc and felt much better using Dong. There's plenty of places you can change money once you get there. over 6 years ago

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    If you want enjoy the food, drink in restaurant, USD is ok but if you want enjoy some delicious foods not in restaurant you need to exchange to VND before. over 6 years ago

    Answered by Hotel Nikko Saigon via Site_iconWorldNomads.com

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