The Vietnamese Dong?
The Dong has been the official currency of Vietnam since 1978. The dong was once subdivided into 10 hào, which were then further subdivided into 10 xu. Neither are used today. The Dong has quite a large number of different banknote denominations with 11 different notes, that’s more than double what Australia has. The denominations for Vietnamese Dong are coins of 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 and polymer banknotes of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000, 50000, 100000, 200000. Although coins are technically still a legal tender most retail stores do not accept them anymore, but most banks will.
How much cash do you need in Vietnam? Food and drink are predominantly inexpensive compared to Australia. If you’re on a budget try eating at smaller traditional vietnamese restaurants as they will be significantly cheaper than western restaurants, and if you want to eat super cheaply try ordering food from local street vendors where you can save big bucks.
Bottle of water: 6000 ₫
Bottle of beer: 20000₫
Meal at traditional vietnamese restaurant: 40000₫
Meal at western restaurant: 150000₫
Street Food: 25000₫
Meal at Mcdonalds ( or equivalent): 100000₫