3 tips for Canadians to save money for a backpacking Vietnam trip

Money is one of the most important things if you are planning for backpacking abroad in general and Vietnam in particular. To help you save money in Vietnam, some useful tips will be mentioned here.

1. Plan ahead

Write about what you are going to pay for your trip and the amount of money, then compare it to your financial budget. After that, create a detailed plan as well as goals to save money such as watch TV instead of going to the cinema. Also, please remember to set a strict spending budget so that you cannot spend too much money on the things that are not necessary. You should often monitor your plan as well as scrutinize the budget for suitable adjustments.

Food, transportation, and accommodations are there main things that should be considered. Food in Vietnam is quite cheap, especially street food while there are also many public vehicles at a cheap price to choose in Vietnam such as buses and motorcycles. As for accommodations, if you want to know the price of accommodations in Vietnam, the best ways is access website like booking.com or agoda.com, of which you can not only have an overlook of the rooms and the accommodation but can compare the price between the others. Therefore, you can choose the one that suits your plan and your preferences.

2. Eat out less often

Eating out, especially in restaurants cost a lot of money therefore if you want to save money, let’s cook and eat at home. Just cook food such as rice, beans, chicken, pasta, potatoes, and vegetables as it is not only simple but also cheap and healthy. If you don’t know how to cook, there are many recipes on the Internet, or you can ask your friends or your parents to teach you some dishes that are easy to be made.

3. Buy necessities only

You should think before you decide to buy anything if you want to save money so just buy the things that are necessary to your daily life and your trip. You can make a list of what needed. Moreover, try your best to purchase brand name clothes and luxury items and look for promotions and discounts is an ideal way for you to buy things at a cheap price.

Just-in: Vietnam visa requirement for Canada passport holders

Vietnam visa is required for all Canadian citizens entering Vietnam. And at the moment, there are up to  2 ways to get Vietnam visa for Canadians as follows:

How to get Vietnam visa for Canadians
How to get Vietnam visa for Canadians

– Get Vietnam visa at Embassy of Vietnam in Canada

Getting visa at Embassy of Vietnam in Canada is a traditional way to obtain the visa as you have to go directly to there to apply for the visa and get the visa already stick in original passport after about 4 or 5 working days. When applying for Vietnam visa, there are some documents and fee that you must submit, please contact Embassy of Vietnam in Canada for detail instructions.


  • Address: 55 MacKay Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1M 2B2, CANADA
  • Phone: (1613) 236 0772
  • Fax: (1613) 236 2704
  • Email: vietem@istar.ca | vietnamembassy@rogers.com

– Get Vietnam visa on arrival for Canadians

Vietnam visa on Arrival can be considered as the easiest way to get Vietnam visa if you travel to Vietnam by air only as all the processes are done online and you can apply for it anywhere. After 1 or 2 working days, a Visa Approval Letter will be sent to applicants and then they will get full visa stamped on original passport at Vietnam airport. The full process of getting the visa on arrival to Vietnam can be found here.

Details of these two options are available at https://www.vietnam-visa.com/guide/canada/.

Although it is not expensive to Vietnam, an amount of money should be well prepared when you are going backpacking in a foreign country. Hope our tips can help you have a better plan to save money for your trip in Vietnam.

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