Like the majority of Southeast Asia, Vietnam offers many cheap and delicious choices. And at $1-2 per meal, Vietnam is sure to please your taste buds and your wallet.
Pho noodle soup and fresh spring rolls were my favorite with mint, basil, chilies, and lime creating a filling but healthier alternative to other fried foods.
Traditional Vietnamese Coffee is a refreshing way to start your day. Just head to the street stall with all the old men sitting on small undersized plastic chairs and you are sure to find the best cup. Served over ice, rich black coffee combines with sweet condensed milk providing the perfect pick me up for as little as 50 cents.
And don’t fear, if you are feeling a bit fuzzy from the night before, pair that coffee with a cold Saigon beer. Breakfast of champions, (or backpackers) for just a dollar!
Fresh Fruit can also be found almost anywhere. Watermelon, oranges, pineapple, jackfruit, and more are sold for cheap from street side vendors on every block. Just don’t get ripped off like I did, fruit should be no more than $1 per choice.
Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City’s popular District 1 is also a great place to check out more Vietnamese cuisine. The market does however close relatively early so get there no later than 7pm for the real experience and choice of vendors.
From brightly colored coconut sticky rice to stir fried noodle dishes, this market provides travelers a deeper look into the daily life and food culture of this vibrant city.