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The đồng (VND) is the currency of Vietnam since May 3, 1978. It is issued by the State Bank of Vietnam. It is subdivided into 10 hào. However, the hào is now worth so little that it is no longer issued. 

 

In Vietnamese, đồng literally means copper. This originates from the practice of minting coins from copper before French colonization 

 

Vietnam, as many other countries in Asia, prefers US dollars. Make sure the dollars you bring are: 

- Not worn 

- Clean, with no writing or stains 

- No older than 10 years 

 

Now  you may be able to exchange euros too. 

 

ATMs are pretty scarce in most of northern Vietnam. In HCMC there seems to be an ATM at every corner. Hanoi has a few, generally at the ANZ banks, and more are sprouting every month.  In southern Vietnam, there are ATMs around the larger towns.  

 

Most banks can change money, but whether they will is another story. The airport exchanges are hit and miss. One of the better places to change money is at a hotel. 


Links

the state bank of vietnam (central bank of vietnam) : foreign exchange rates and more - currently, the site is not available in english
Oanda
foreign exchange rates - oanda currency converter.
Xe.com
currency converter.
Visa credit card
cash machine locator.
mastercard - cash machine (atm) locator

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