Hello can anyone help with which best currency to take to hanoi? Dollar or Vietnam currency.
Definitely get VND if you're in Hanoi or any other city in Vietnam. That's what the prices for items are usually listed as and you won't have to worry about the exchange rate on the street.
If you can get Vietnam dong, best to just take that - then you're only converting once. Some places will take us dollars, but many of the smaller shops and markets will just take dong, and in any case you'll get a better price with dong.
Unlike places like Cambodia that are much more open to US currency, Vietnam is very much local VND based. Get a global bank account like HSBC and simply use your ATM card to access local currency as you need. US currency will be of no use other than to change to the local currency.
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