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Exchange Rate Update

I went to exchange money for the first time in a couple months today and was a little surprised by the current rate for the dollar.  The gold shops are currently giving 19,500 Vietnamese Dong for $1.  That’s about the highest I’ve seen it even as it seems that the dollar is weakening against most […]

Gold Shops No More?

Exchanging U.S. Dollars

I went to exchange some U.S. Dollars (USD)  into Vietnamese Dong (VND) today for the first time in a couple of months.  I was surprised how much things have changed since then.   It used to be that the gold shops around Vietnam offered a much higher currency exchange rate than the banks […]

US Dollars, Vietnamese Dong or Credit Cards?

Vietnamese Dong

Update November 2010:  $1 = 21,000VND at gold shops, only 19,500VND at Banks.

I’ve seen a lot of questions on travel boards about the best way to pay for things when traveling to Vietnam.  Although you can use traveler’s checks and/or credit cards at many of the bigger hotels, restaurants and other tourist destinations, […]