Prices and Bartering
Welcome to the Hoi An Guide. Here you will find everything you need to know about your Vietnam travel and Hoi An. Vietnam is a country where negotiation (or barter) is normal practice. For many tourists this causes frustration as we are used to having price tags on everything. To this end, here is a very basic price guide for common items around Hoi An. Keep in mind that prices will likely be more expensive at hotels, resorts, and in the heart of Hoi An Ancient Town.
Price Guide For Some Basic Items
Prices given below for items such as T shirts are approximates and relevant only to the market stalls where there is no set price. Also if a garment is of better quality (100% cotton for instance) expect to pay more.
Raincoat/poncho: 10,000 vnd – 15,000 vnd
Flip Flops: 40,000 – 80,000 vnd
Conical Hat: 30,000 – 40,000 vnd
Sunglasses: 80,000 – 100,000 vnd
Souvenir T-shirts: 80,000 – 140,000 vnd
English language newspaper: 40,000 vnd
Tiger Balm: 20,000 – 30,000 vnd
Peanuts: 10,000 vnd per bag
Quail eggs: 20,000 vnd per bag
Taxi (Hoi An Old Town – Beach): 80,000 – 100,000vnd
Taxi (Hoi An – Da Nang, one way): 450,000 vnd
Hire a Car/Driver (Hoi An – Da Nang, one way): 250,000 vnd
Petrol to Fill up Motorbike Tank: 60,000 – 90,000vnd
Motorbike Hire: 80,000 – 100,000 vnd per day
Water: 7 – 10,000 vnd – 15,000 vnd
Soft drinks: 10,000 vnd – 20,000 vnd
Drip Coffee Filter: 20,000 vnd + small coffee bag 30,000 vnd
Beer: 15,000 or 20,000 vnd
Market Prices with Miss Ha
Want to know what you should pay for street food or at the markets? Check out our videos below.
‘I hate bartering, life would be so much easier if prices were listed.”
“I just feel everyone’s out to rip me off.”
These are frequent complaints from tourists and expats. But here’s the thing, bartering is an intrinsic part of Vietnamese culture. A friend in Hue once told me her mother went to the same fruit seller for 30 years. They were friends and even though they both knew the prices they bartered every day as if they’d just met for the first time. To learn how to haggle like a pro, just keep reading….
Smile, engage in conversation and be pleasant with the seller, they are only trying to make a living after all.
Begin bartering at 60-65% of the original asking price. Sellers are aware that tourists are far more savvy these days so prices aren’t as inflated as you may think.
Have a rough idea how much you want to spend and what your limit is.
Go up in small increments – depending on the original price.
Enjoy the experience, this really is part of the culture here so soak it all in!
Remember that some of these people really do make very little money and have families to support, don’t be stingy; come to an agreement that is good for both parties.
Be ostentatious; keep flashy jewelry and designer clothes to a minimum. If not the seller WILL over-inflate the price.
Ask out of curiosity, nothing frustrates a seller more than a person asking and just walking away without even trying to make a deal. Browsing doesn’t really exist here!
Get defensive or aggressive. It’s nothing personal, just business and part of the culture in Vietnam.
Argue over small change.
Walk away and expect the seller to accept your price. More and more, they won’t.
Engage in a lengthy battle just to walk away empty handed, its fun to barter but don’t waste your time and theirs. You can almost always come to some agreement.
Little Bit of Insight
Most shop-sellers work very, very hard, for long hours, seven days a week. They do not earn a lot of money and life can be really, really tough in low seasons. Shop-sellers are usually very nice people. From their point of view they cannot understand why foreigners haggle over small amounts of money like 10,000vnd when we have so much more than them.