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Money in Vietnam


The dong (VND) is Vietnam’s official currency. Paper notes come in denominations of 200d, 500d, 1000d, 2000d, 5000d, 10,000d, 20,000d, 50,000d, 100,000d, and 500,000d. Only recently, in 2003, coins were reintroduced in denominations of 200d, 500d, 1000d, 2,000d and 5,000d.


Arriving tourists can change their dollars at banks, hotels, and authorized exchange bureaus.

Major hotels often offer the same rate as banks. Smaller hotels may charge an extra fee for exchange.

The government-run Vietcombank can exchange dong for the following currencies:

US, Australian, Canadian, Hong Kong, and Singaporean Dollars

British Pounds Sterling

Thai Baht

Japanese Yen

Vietnamese banks will not accept torn or damaged notes. If you deposit a damaged note, the bank will charge you 2% of the note’s value.

Banks are open on weekdays from 8am to 3pm, with a lunch break from 11:30am to 1pm.

You’ll be able to change foreign currencies and travelers’ checks in urban bank branches, but not always in smaller towns.