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Vietnamese Currency.

Find out what currency is used in Vietnam, tips and tricks for Vietnamese currency exchange, and how you can save money on your visit with the Wise Vietnamese dong card.
Vietnamese currency

What is the currency in Vietnam?

The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese dong. Each dong is divided into 10 hào.

When you’re buying currency for Vietnam, look out for the currency code VND. And once you’re in Vietnam, you’ll see the symbol ₫ used to show prices.

You’ll find Vietnamese banknotes in denominations of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000 and 500000.

Vietnamese coins come in 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000.

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Use the Wise Vietnamese dong card to spend in Vietnamese currency.

The Wise Vietnamese dong travel money card lets you top up in your local currency, and switch to dong to spend when you’re in Vietnam. You’ll get the best rate for spending in Vietnamese dong - and can also hold and spend 50+ other currencies with the same card.

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Simply top up your card and convert to the currency you need in real time using the Wise app.

You’ll always get the real exchange rate with no hidden costs, and you’ll avoid foreign transaction fees while withdrawing from ATMs abroad, paying in restaurants and shops, and buying your accommodation and flights.

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Tips for exchanging currency in Vietnam.

Familiarise yourself with the mid-market rate before your trip.
The mid-market rate is the true exchange rate - with no sneaky hidden fees. Use an online currency converter before your trip to get a feel for what your money is worth and make sure you get a fair rate when you buy your travel money.
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Choose to be charged in Vietnam currency when withdrawing from ATMs.
Being offered to pay in your own currency at an ATM is a sneaky trick and causes many travellers to pay more than they need to. Always choose to pay in the local currency - in this case, dong - to cut your costs and get the best rates available.
Avoid changing currency at airports or hotels.
Currency exchange desks at airports and hotels often markup the exchange rates they use, and may charge hidden fees. Avoid this expensive option whenever you can.
Use the Wise debit card to spend in Vietnam without rip-off fees.
Withdraw money, pay for meals in restaurants or spend in shops in Vietnamese dong, all at the real exchange rate with the Wise debit card.
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Spending money in Vietnam.

Paying by credit or debit card in Vietnam

You'll be able to use your card in Vietnamese cities and tourist sites - but may need to pay a surcharge of 3% - 4%. Carry cash to beat the extra fee, and for picking up fruit and snacks at the roadside.

It's also good to check in advance if card payments are possible in restaurants as network faults can mean service outages.

ATMs in Vietnam

If you're in cities or visiting any of Vietnam's more common tourist sites, you'll have no problem finding an ATM.

However, if you're in Vietnam to trek, to tour rural areas or to explore the wilds, you'll need to get cash before leaving the cities.

To get the best deal when spending on card or withdrawing money in Vietnam, don’t forget to use the Wise debit card to avoid sneaky exchange rate markups and excessive fees.

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Vietnamese currency services.

Convert GBP to Vietnamese dong

Convert GBP to Vietnamese dong

Use our currency converter to see how much your money is worth in Vietnamese dong and familiarise yourself with the mid-market rate before your trip.

Send money to Vietnam

Send money to Vietnam

Need to send GBP to Vietnam? Use Wise for fast, low-cost, and secure online money transfers from the United Kingdom to Vietnam.

See the best Vietnamese dong exchange rates

See the best Vietnamese dong exchange rates

Compare live Vietnamese dong exchange rates and see how much you could save with Wise.

Vietnamese currency FAQs.

The currency in Hanoi is the Vietnamese dong. Each dong is divided into 10 h√†o. When you’re in Vietnam you’ll see the symbol ₫ written down in shops and on menus, and the currency code VND used in exchange offices.

US dollars are not normally accepted in Vietnam, and merchants can't legally require customers to pay in USD. It's not unheard of for hotels, tours and services which deal with foreigners a lot to accept USD payments, but you're likely to pay a fee hidden in a hiked up exchange rate.

Your best bet when travelling to Vietnam is paying in the official Vietnamese currency: the dong. To switch easily between currencies, use the Wise debit card.

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