A cyclo driver was accused of giving the change of joss money to French tourists after a ride from Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum according to a video posted on Facebook recently. The incident has caused great frustration in public opinion and is under investigation now. In this guideline, we will help you understand and identify Vietnamese currency to have the best experience while travelling here.
Cyclo driver accused of giving joss money to tourists – July 17
In Vietnam, most of the citizens are considered as “millionaires” since there are too many zeros on the money. This complication leads to great confusion among tourists when they use money in purchasing and exchanging.
Tourists confused about the multiple zeros on Vietnamese money
Since 2011, people have stopped using the coins due to their inconvenience; therefore, we only have two kinds of materials which are polymer and paper.
Firstly, in the front side is the image of Ho Chi Minh president, the national hero of Vietnam. Beside that are relevant contents such as the series, national emblem and the sentence “The Socialist Republic of Vietnam” in the middle.
In the back side contains famous landmarks in Vietnam with the sentence “The National Bank of Vietnam” in the middle and the bank note written in both words and numbers.
Now we will have a look at those landmarks from the biggest note to the smallest one.
The 500.000 dong note contains the image of Ho Chi Minh’s cottage in his hometown, Sen Village, Nam Đàn, Nghệ An
The 200.000 dong note is the sacred Đỉnh Hương island in Hạ Long Bay
The 100.000 dong note contains the image of Constellation of Literature pavilion in the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam
Nghênh Lương Đình and Phu Văn Lâu are famous landmarks built under the Nguyễn dynasty and used as the stop for the King to rest before he went down the Hương river
The famous Cầu bridge in Hội An built in 17th century
The Bạch Hổ oil field, the main oil field in Vietnam, located in the Southeast, aparts from Vũng Tàu beach 145km
The Trị An Hydropower Plant in Đồng Nai printed in the 5000 dong note, built in 1984 with the support of the Soviet Union
Textile factory in Nam Định printed in the 2000 dong note
The 1000 dong note is the image of loggers riding elephants
The 500 dong note is the image of Hai Phong port, the largest seaport in the North.
The 200 dong note is the image of farmers working in rice fields in Vietnam.
The joss money
In Vietnam, joss money is burned or buried in special occasions such as funerals, death anniversary. This tradition is believed to offer a lot of good things for the spirits in their afterlife. Joss money can be distinguished by its poor quality and the image of Jade Emperor in the front with the sentence “The Hell Bank”. However, most colors are the same with the real money, so an attention is a must in case someone scam you with it.
Short notice for using Vietnamese currency
- You should spend an amount of time in getting familiar with the details on the money sheets.
- Checking out the money when someone give back the changes for you and counting the zeros carefully. The money should be in good shape without being torn, taped, or cut.
- Do not let anyone take the money out of your wallet without your permission
- Since the 500.000 VND and the 20.000 VND slightly have the same color, please be cautious while paying.
- Remembering that you can buy nothing with low value notes such as 500 VND and 200 VND; however, you still can keep it as a souvenir or making origami.