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coins in Vietnam?

Posted by Patrick01 on 13/12/2011 at 22:07

Is there coinage in Vietnam?It is unclear to me,after looking on Wykepedia.I like to have some coinage in the wallet,so I can feel it,and make sure it is still there.Hundreds of little slips of paper(VD)do little to ensure me that my money purse is still safely tucked into the deepest recesses of my cargo pants!

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Posted by eastwest on 13/12/2011 at 22:30

There are coins.
Not widely used but also not rare and you shouldn't have trouble finding some. The biggest coin is 5000 dong, which is roughly $0.25. Buy something small in a local shop or (super)market and you can get some.

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Posted by Patrick01 on 13/12/2011 at 23:27

Thanks man,like I said,I like having that wallet weighed down by some coins!

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Posted by daawgon on 21/12/2011 at 11:47

The very rare vending machine needs coins - I've seen machines vending juice boxes in Saigon's parks

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 23/12/2011 at 07:48

Posted from within Vietnam.

I've had quite a few 1000 Dong notes worth about 5 cents, but no coins thus far.

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Posted by Ngoalong_ts on 24/12/2011 at 10:54

Posted from within Vietnam.

Hi there,
I agree with all comments above. The biggest coin is 5,000 VND, it's around 0,25 US dollar and I think you may feel uncomfortable when change all your money to Vietnam coins to pay or to keep ^^! and we also rarely use coins.
I'm a volunteer in the central part of Viet Nam. If you need any help, I'm willing to help ^^!
WELCOME TO VIET NAM.

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Posted by travellingsarah on 24/12/2011 at 14:22 TF writer

Exceedingly rare in Hanoi. In fact I don't think I've ever been given any there. I do have some coins - 1,000/2,000/5,000 - but that's been from elsewhere in the country and often people don't accept them. In fact last time I was given some as change was in a service station type place - I went to the next shop and they wouldn't accept them. Sounds like it may be different in the south.

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 3/1/2012 at 08:22

Posted from within Vietnam.

Now I've had a couple of 500 dong notes too. Still no coins but!

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Posted by ComeAndGoVietnam on 4/1/2012 at 23:59

Posted from within Vietnam.

There are 500, 1000, 2000 & 5000 denomination coins. However, they're now as rare as hen's teeth as for some reason the locals don't like using them & hoard them at home. Haven't seen a coin in at least 2 years now. A shame as they're much nicer to use than those smelly old 2000VND notes.

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 9/1/2012 at 03:47

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Ok, I finally saw some coins - in the bottom of a giant chamber pot located within Hue's old Citadel walls.

Those coins must be worth all of half a cent!

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