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The Low Down on Vietnamese Currency


Vietnamese dong

Currency code:


Central Bank:

State Bank of Vietnam

Currency symbol:

₫ (doong)

Bank notes:

1,000₫, 2,000₫, 5,000₫, 10,000₫, 20,000₫, 50,000₫, 100,000₫, 200,000₫, 500,000₫


200₫, 500₫, 1000₫, 2000₫

The official currency of Vietnam is the dong which is abbreviated to the currency code VND.

Unlike certain other currencies which derive their names from more unusual circumstances, the term ‘dong’ originates from ‘dong tien’ literally meaning ‘money’.

Want to be a millionaire in Vietnam? If travelling from Australia and you exchange $100 AUD you’ll end up with approximately 1,433,902 dong^!

The use of coins has significantly decreased since 2012 and retail stores generally don’t accept them; however they are still accepted by certain banks.

What to spend your Vietnamese dong dollars on:

  • *

    Local bus ticket

    7,000 VND *

  • *

    1 km taxi ride

    12,000 VND *

  • *

    Street food meal

    40,000 VND *

  • *

    Bottle of beer

    20,000 VND *

  • *

    Water puppet show ticket

    100,000 VND *

How many Vietnamese dongs will I need?**

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Total spending money needed:

  • *A budget
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Must-See Places in Vietnam

  • Hoi An
  • Wander along the lantern-adorned streets of Hoi An’s old town; or cycle to nearby rivers and beaches, exploring the blend of cultures that make this one of Vietnam’s unmissable destinations.
  • Hanoi
  • The grand old city of Hanoi boasts stunning French-colonial architecture, extraordinary lakes, irresistible cuisine and some of the best shopping Vietnam has to offer.
  • Ha Long Bay
  • Cruise through the tranquil beauty of Ha Long Bay’s towering limestone pillars and inlets to find hidden beaches, cave systems and mysterious floating villages.

Buying Vietnamese dong Online is Easy

Simply order your Vietnamese dong online to lock in the rate, then choose to collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly, or get it delivered to your home!

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy VND Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

  • 3. Pay online
  • Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!

Prefer to Buy in Store?

Prefer to Buy in Store?

If buying online is not your thing, visit your nearest Travelex store around and one of our friendly sales consultants will help you organise your dongs for your trip to Vietnam.

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Travelling to Vietnam in the Future?

Travelling to Vietnam in the Future?

Track Rates and get notified when the Vietnamese Dong matches your ideal rate so you can decide if it’s a good time to buy!

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Vietnam Travel Guide

Vietnam Travel Guide

Before you head off, check out our Travel Guide which includes some not-to-miss highlights when you visit Vietnam!


FAQ Relating to Vietnamese Currency

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  • What credit cards are accepted in Vietnam?

    As in most countries, Visa and Mastercard are the most widely-accepted major credit cards in Vietnam, followed by American Express.

  • Are US dollars accepted in Vietnam?

    Certain larger businesses such as hotels and large shopping centres may accept US dollars. You can also take US dollars to Vietnam and exchange these into dong once you arrive.

  • When was the dong introduced?

    The dong was introduced in 1978 as the official currency of Vietnam.

Friendly service

Friendly service, Prompt exchange pick up, exchange rate could be a little better

David Geoffrey Calcott

Ease of Use Great!

Staff helpful in-store, App is easy to use and handy on the go.


always reliable for me.

always reliable for me.


Easy to order and to pick up.

Easy to order and to pick up.


great service once again

great service once again. So easy to use website to order and delivery to shop front for pickup.

Rodney James Stevens

Very easy to organise

Very easy to organise, lovely friendly customer service

Nicola Anderson

Service was prompt

Service was prompt, timeframe exactly as promised, currency was in various denominations. The one thing not mentioned was whether surplus currency would be purchased back.


It is a good way to organise travel…

It is a good way to organise travel funds. Collecting the funds from the post office is also good. Overall the system works well.

Charles Michael Nelson

First time to use prepaid card for travel

First time to use prepaid card for overseas travel, it was seamless and worked very well. Ordering online was also convenient (although the server/website was down for a day or so just when I tried ordering so had to keep going back and trying again). I would use the card again, however I find the phone application a little odd in its user interface and usability.

John Pollard

I have subtracted 1 star because of…

I have subtracted 1 star because of intrusive way of obtaining feedback.


very quick and efficient

very quick and efficient

Robyn Ruth Calleja

Easy process

The whole process was very easy - my only minor “criticism” is that, once I placed my order, I received a confirmation stating my order would be ready ON or AFTER my requested date (which was my departure date from the airport where I was picking it up) It certainly would have been no use to me AFTER so I was slightly concerned but forty I received notification that it was ready. Also when we got to the airport there are now 3 Travelex outlets so I wasn’t 100% sure which one to go to - one was unmanned and there was a large queue at one so I went to the other (which is where I have collected on previous occasions) and it happened to be the right one.


Great service

Great service

Trudy Naylor

Grafton review.

All as described. Good to deal with.

Paul Farrell

Use Travelex every time we travel

Use Travelex every time we travel - great service wspecially living in a regional area and the ability to collect from Post Office

Julie Lynette Beck

*Rates are subject to change throughout the day. In-store rates vary compared to online.

**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

^^Based on mid-market and Travelex Online AUD to FX exchange rates as of the date of the relevant social media post and/or email communication. Rates are subject to change throughout the day. Any rates and savings are quoted as a guide only.

Travelex Limited (ABN 36 004 179 953, AFSL Number 222444) arranges for and sells Online Foreign Currency via its Online Ordering Facility. You should consider the Online Foreign Currency Product Disclosure Statement and Terms and Conditions before deciding whether to acquire the product.