Useful price list of things that will save you some serious money!
Scooter and bicycle rentals:
The best way to get by around Hoi An is to rent a scooter or a bicycle:
Scooter rental / 24h. Price: from 80,000 vnd to 100,000 vnd
Bicycle rental / 24h. Price: 20,000 vnd
Caution: Most scooter renters try to get the most out of their bikes without doing any proper maintenance. Check the brakes, the wheels (unless you want to subscribe to punctures) and the headlights. Without forgetting the horn which in Vietnam sorts of replace the purpose of the mirrors…
For scooters, they will always rent them out almost out of gazoline so head up to the nearest station from your rental place, ask them for directions.
The price of petrol is around 1 usd / litre obviously with some fluctuation. When you head to the petrol station watch the meter reading carefully, their favorite scam in Hoi An is to not reset the meter and pretty much make you pay for the previous client.
For example, you ask for 80,000 vnd (which should set your scooter full) and the previous client took 50,000 vnd, they will charge you 80,000 vnd and only fill in 30,000 vnd. A classic scam which happens all time.
Don’t buy from small petrol vendors unless you are really out – they often mix their petrol with water…
Caution: foreign International Driving Licenses are NOT valid in Vietnam and in case of accident, a foreigner driving a motorcycle without a valid license is at fault and will have have to cover the damages! Your insurance may also not be valid if the driver has not got a valid driving license.
Please remember that traffic in Vietnam is very dangerous and if you are not use to riding a scooter, drive slowly or don’t drive at all.
Don’t negotiate with the taxi just rely on the meter reading, if you negotiate they will switch off the meter and you will in fact pay more to get where you want to go.
To get to Da Nang, best to use a private car, it will cost you around 240,000 vnd one way, a taxi will be a lot more. This driver speaks good English, Mr. Doan: 0915101901
Price: 3,000 – 5,000 vnd / motorbike
Price: 2,000 vnd / bicycle
The old quarter of Hoi An is closed most times of the day and at this point only pedestrians and bicycles are allowed to enter the old town. There are parking lots all around the entry points of town but you will need to remain vigilant.
Parking for locals is 3000 vnd, but for ‘tourists’ 5,000 – 10,000 vnd is acceptable.
Caution: If you park your scooter unintended, it is at your own risk, if the rental is stolen you will need to compensate the renter and they will ask you a lot more than what the bike is worth.
Souvenirs, the classics
You might have noticed by now that a lot of the shops are selling exactly the same things when it comes to souvenirs. They will have scarfs (apparently 100% silk), chopsticks, conical hats, T-shirts, polos of famous brands (fake of course) and so on. Here is a short price list of some of the classic items for sell:
Table runners… never really got that one but why not? Table runners (40 cm x 2m) cost around 100,000 vnd in shops in Hoi An. So unless the shopkeeper can explain why the table runners are more don’t accept to pay more than 100,000 vnd. Since a lot of shops are selling the same thing, look for the one that is more reasonable, I would love to recommend but shopkeepers come and go so better to spot the right shop while you are here.
Chopsticks – the must have item in your kitchen that you will be very proud to use when ordering Chinese takeaway, you will struggle to use but will not give up. There are different kinds of chopsticks normally sold in sets of 10 chopsticks. The cheapest set would cost around 30,000 vnd and up to 100,000 vnd for the better ones.
Scarfs – Always a good light gift to bring back from your travels these scarfs are everywhere and that’s not just Hoi An. A scarf will cost from 40,000 vnd to 120,000 vnd for better fabric.
Placemats – Again something you will see in many shops in Hoi An, they do really nice ones in bamboo many different color, these come in sets of 10 and cost around 80,000 vnd.
Handmade bags – Nice bags with different patterns and colors. These bags cost between 100,000 to 200,000 vnd.
Fan – Another classic costs between 15,000 vnd to 45,000 vnd
Lanterns – Hard to fold and but nice to bring home… The smallest ones will cost 20,000 vnd and the biggest at 100,000 vnd.
Will be adding some more soon, please comment on any items you will like to see in this list.