It is probably a good idea to bring a stash of U.S. Dollars with you if most of your time will be spent in Hanoi or HCMC. U.S. dollars are welcome in places frequented by tourists but you will most likely be offered a less than favorable rate. Most hotels offer the same rate as banks but may charge an extra fee for the exchange. Don’t exchange too much at one time as you will get a less than favourable rate when selling back your Dong.
Bao Tin Minh Chau, 29 Tran Nhan Tong / 04 3822 6119; Open 7 days a week from 8am - 6:30pm
Thinh Quang, 33 Ha Trung / 04 3928 9482; Open 7 days a week from 8am - 7pm
Hoang Nam, 218 Lo Duc / 04 3821 1234; Open 7 days a week from 8am - 6pm