In Vietnam, people have used the currency called “Vietnam Dong” (VND) with its official appearance in two versions which are paper notes and polymer notes (polymer has been issued since 2003), depending on the value of money.
500,000VND is the most valuable Vietnamese currency. The denominations: 500,000VND; 200,000VND; 100,000VND; 50,000VND; 20,000VND; 10,000VND are presented in polymer form which is waterproof. While other small ones such as 5,000VND; 2,000VND and 1,000VND or 500VND (this is rare nowadays because it is so small) are in paper note form. You can see and hear “000” – “thousand” and then feel it may be a very big value but actually, Vietnamese currency is the third cheap one in the world. To be concrete, you can see the exchange rate table below.
The Exchange Rate of Vietnam Money
Vietnamese Currency Converted to US Dollars
The exchange rate between Vietnam Dong and US dollars is:
|Vietnam Dong (VND)
|US Dollars ($)
The denominations such as 5,000VND; 2,000VND and 1,000VND are too small to convert.
Vietnamese Currency Converted to Other Popular Currencies
British Pound: 1 GBP ≈ 29,000 VND
Euro: 1 EUR ≈ 26,000 VND
Japanese Yen: 1 JPY ≈ 209 VND
Australian Dollar: 1 AUD ≈ 16,000 VND
Singaporean Dollar: 1 SGD ≈ 16,500 VND
Malaysian Ringgit: 1 MYR ≈ 5,600 VND
Hong Kong Dollar: 1 HKD ≈ 3,000 VND
Russian Ruble: 1 RUB ≈ 333 VND
Thai: 1 THB ≈ 724 VND
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Vietnamese Money in Polymer Note
500,000 Polymer Note
200,000 Polymer Note
100,000 Polymer Note
50,000 Polymer Note
20,000 Polymer Note
10,000 Polymer Note
Vietnamese Money in Paper Note
5,000 Polymer Note
2,000 Polymer Note
1,000 Polymer Note
500 Polymer Note
Payment Methods in Vietnam
Cash (Vietnam Dong) is the most popular payment method in Vietnam nowadays. It is totally used to directly exchange in any local store or shopping center. Vietnamese local people rarely use cards or if having cards, these are domestic cards people use to send, receive, or withdraw money from banks and ATMs. So that is the reason that cash is commonly used. In many tourist attractions of Vietnam, foreigners can pay in US dollars. However, there is sometimes no change in money because people always pay in Vietnam Dong.
By Debit or Credit Card
Besides, tourists can pay by card which is a visa or master card as most common. Usually, the fee of 3% extra is applied for card use but it also depends on your own bank, and then the fee charges can vary. In luxurious places, hotels, restaurants or shopping malls, people can easily pay by cards.
The best way is that you should bring your cash during your Vietnam tour and try to convert it into Vietnam Dong for the most convenient use. If you bring cash from your country, you can completely change it into Vietnamese currency in many places. See the following information.
Where to Change Foreign Currencies into Vietnam Money
At the Airport & Bank
Maybe you cannot change your cash into Vietnamese Currency in your country because Vietnam Dong is not a popular currency in the world. At the international airports of Vietnam, you can change your money into the currency of Vietnam for reliability and convenience.
In the case that you forget to change your money at the airports or the amount of Vietnam Dong money you already own after converting is not enough for use, you can change money in Vietnamese banks. However, Vietnamese banks usually just accept US dollars, so if you keep other currencies, you should go to gold and jewelry shops which can convert almost foreign currency into Vietnam Dong.
Below is a suggestion for the addresses of gold shops in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city (the 2 largest cities of Vietnam).
Gold & Jewelry Shops in Hanoi
Gold Shops in Hanoi are on the Ha Trung Street, Hang Bong Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, and on Hang Bac Street. Travelers almost can change money in any gold shops because this Ha Trung Street and Hang Bac are the two most common gold shops full of gold shops and in the area of Hanoi Old Quarter, which is really convenient.
Gold & Jewelry Shops in Ho Chi Minh city
In general, almost gold shops provide services for foreign currency exchange. So in Ho Chi Minh City, you can also go to any gold shops in the city. Like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City has a “gold silver street” which is full of gold shops. It includes Nhieu Tam, Nghia Thuc, and Bui Huu Nghia Streets in Ward 5, District 5 of Ho Chi Minh city.
Detailed address for some other big gold shops in Ho Chi Minh City:
Kim Mai Gold Store: 84C, Cong Quynh, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
Ha Tam Gold Store: 2 Nguyen An Ninh, Ben Thanh, District 1 (near Ben Thanh Market)
Vietnam Money Tips for Travelers
Take notice: Polymer money notes stick: polymer is made of long-lasting polymer, not paper. Therefore, the polymer notes can stick with each other, which can make you overpay for your goods. Check your polymer notes carefully when you pay for something.
Avoid paying high denomination – 500,000VND: Local stores or many street vendors in Vietnam rarely have enough change money to return the excess money for you when you use 500,000VND to pay. So for them, try to use the smaller denominations.
Don’t mistake about multiple zeros “000”: The multiple zeros can make you feel confused. You can see VND denominations look similar because you are not familiar with them. So be careful to avoid overpayment.
Vietnamese symbol “K” is as “thousand”: For example, 50K = 50,000VND; 100K = 100,000VND; 1000K = 1,000,000VND…
Comma, instead of dot: In other countries, the dot is used for decimal numbers, a comma is used for thousand units. However, in Vietnam, there is a converse use of dot and comma. This means that Vietnamese use dot for a thousand units, for example, people write the price 100.000VND instead of 100,000VND. So remember this carefully, otherwise, you can misunderstand denomination 500,000VND like 500VND when five hundred thousand Vietnam Dong is written as 500.000VND.