Tuesday, May 22, 2012

How Much I Paid for a Coconut

Street vendor? Nah. Just tried it for the experience.
It was the street vendor's lucky day. Silly me impulsively bought a coconut from him while walking around Ho Chi Minh City. They were too cute to resist! (The coconuts, ha!)

He offered me one for 120,000 Vietnamese dong (VND). I didn’t bother trying to convert it to peso since I thought, "How much could a coconut possibly cost?" 

Honestly, though, I just didn't know how to convert and I was dying in the heat!

Automatically, I bargained, even if it was just for the sake of it. I even felt proud for bringing the cost down to 100,000 VND, which I eventually realized was 200 pesos!!!

Imagine! 200 pesos for a tiny coconut?! *facepalm*

My ever so expensive but really really really yummy coconut!

It was definitely his lucky day. I later found out that the average cost of a coconut is 15,000 VND. That's just 30 pesos! 

Charged to experience. In full!

Tip on how to roughly convert Vietnamese Dong (VND) to Philippine Peso (Php): 
Remove the last three 0’s in the figure then multiply the remaining number by 2. 
Example: 10,000 VND = Php 20. 

Thanks for the tip, Yoa! If only I knew this early on.


  1. haha... this happened to us too!!! and it looks like at the same place... that's behind the war memorial museum right?

    1. Hahaha! Yep. Right around that area! :)