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Get Dong in the UK or in Vietnam

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Get Dong in the UK or in Vietnam

Could someone please advise if it's better to obtain Dong in the UK before travelling or whether it's cheaper and easier to do it in Vietnam - we fly out on Thursday to Hanoi

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1. Re: Get Dong in the UK or in Vietnam

Definitely in Vietnam - the rate is appalling in the UK. Pounds sterling are easy to exchange in Vietnam and there are ATMs all over the place.

Bangkok, Thailand
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2. Re: Get Dong in the UK or in Vietnam

You can't get dong outside Vietnam. Just take a few USD with you to get you through the first couple of hours, then use an ATM - fees are cheap there.

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"You can't get dong outside Vietnam."

Oh yes you can - in the UK and Australia for a start.

Absolutely no need for anyone in the UK to buy USD either, thereby unnecessarily incurring two exchange transaction costs.

Bangkok, Thailand
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Must be a new thing then. To be fair it's a long time since I tried!

Milan, Italy
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5. Re: Get Dong in the UK or in Vietnam

Technically dongs are not exchanged outside Vietnam like Yuan...and if you find them the exchange is ridiculous.

I have seen Dong only at Bangkok, where they sell everything...

But there is no need to exchange anything, apart 45$ for VOA and some cash you have in the pocket for just the money for taxi and food for one day (500.000d), just to avoid using the first ATM you find that may be not the best one.

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6. Re: Get Dong in the UK or in Vietnam

Thank you

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Thanks

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Thank you, what will we need to allow per day for food, drinks etc, there will be 2 of us

Milan, Italy
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tripadvisor.com/Travel-g293921-s601/Vietnam:…

I hope you have a low fee ATM...

Vietnam is still cheap, 200.000d per person per meal in small restaurants.

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10. Re: Get Dong in the UK or in Vietnam

Hard to say how much, depends on whether you eat street food or restaurants. Drinks are very cheap, a dollar for a beer or 11p if its a local Bia Hoi brew! Tea and coffee are around a dollar in most places unless you are in western coffee houses where you will pay a lot more. We never spent more than £20 a day between two of us for food and drink but we ate in cheaper places and rarely ate western food as the local cuisine was lovely.