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Vietnam Money

  Vietnam currency is the dong (abbreviated to “d”).

Vietnam Money

Vietnam currency is the dong (abbreviated to “d”). Banknotes come in denominations of 500d, 1000d, 2000d, 5000d, 10,000d, 20,000d, 50,000d, 100,000d, 200,000d, and 500,000d. There were once coins including 500d, 1000d, 2000d and 5000d but now they are not available and not accepted in public transactions.


ATMs are now very widespread in Vietnam and are present in virtually every town in the country except well off the beaten track. You shouldn’t have any troubles in getting cash with a regular Meastro/Cirrus debit card, or with a Visa or MasterCard debit or credit card. However, be aware of withdrawal fees (typically 20,000d to 30,000d) and withdrawal limits. Credit cards like Visa, MasterCard and JCB cards are accepted in upmarket hotels, major cities and many tourist centres but rarely in budget guesthouses or local restaurants. Commission charges (around 3%) are sometimes required.


The US dollar can be exchanged and used almost everywhere in Vietnam. Other major currencies can be exchanged at leading banks like BIDV, Vietcombank, HSBC. Make sure that any dollar bills you take do not look too tatty, because no body will accept them in Vietnam. You cannot legally take dong out of Vietnam but you can reconvert reasonable amounts of it into US dollars on departure.


Travellers cheques can only be exchanged at authorized foreign exchange banks, but these are not popular in Vietnam. Banks charge 0.5% to 2% commission to cheques to cash. Travellers cheques in currencies other than US dollars cannot be used beyond big cities.

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