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Are credit cards widely accepted in Vietnam?

I know the hotels accept credit cards, but what about restaurants, cabs, small shops?  - Jane - Guest

credit cards accepted vietnam
No, they are not. You certainly can't buy street pho without cash. Credit cards are not as widely accepted by smaller shops in Vietnam. Only large hotels and high-end restaurants, shops, and department stores will honor your Mastercard. Larger taxi companies also accept payment by credit card, but the extra charges are quite steep. This is why tourists visiting Hanoi are better off bringing cash. Unless you are doing some serious shopping, you only need a small amount -- maybe the Dong equivalent of $100 a day. That should be more than enough to pay for museum passes, meals, and transport. Save your credit card for larger items (hotels, fancy restaurants, etc). For everything else, you need local currency. Having some cash on you all the time will make your trip easier.


Hi! Some of the silk shops and boutiques on Hang Gai (Hanoi's fashion street) accept credit cards. You have to go to the bigger air conditioned shops, though, and expect to pay a surcharge for using a credit card. I was able to buy a silk-lined coat using my Visa. The original cost of the coat was around $80 and I paid $95.

Not all restaurants in Hanoi accept credit cards; even the busiest family-run joints only take cash. If you are a serious food lover, you will want to bring money. There are plenty of secure, well-lit ATMs around the city, so drawing cash shouldn't be a problem.
 

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