Travelling throughout Vietnam could be challenging for first timers especially if you didn’t do any kind of homework. Being all smiley and friendly to locals could be nice, but knowing some Vietnamese phrases could go a very long way.
For everyones convenience, we have listed below the basic Vietnamese phrases that you should use when travelling around the country; either you’re in touristy places such as Ha Long Bay and Hoi An or doing something different like Quy Nhon or Ha Giang, for sure, these phrases will bring you a thousand smiles and plenty of new local friends.
1. Chao Ban (Tsaw ban)
Pronounced as “tsaw ban”, “chào bạn” directly translates to “hello friend” in the English language. This is one of the most common used phrases when meeting new friends and acquaintances.
2. Ban co khoe khong? (Ban ko kweh kom)
This one is the most common used phrase when you want to make friends in Vietnam. It’s direct translation is “How are you?” in English.
3. Ban ten la gi? (Ban ten la zi)
One very good way to know people personally is to first ask what their names are. “Bạn tên là gì?” is the Vietnamese version for “What is your name?“. Make sure you pronounce it correctly!
4. Cai nay bao nhieu tien? (Kai nai baw new tien)
This probably is the most essential Vietnamese phrase you will ever use especially when you’re travelling around very touristic places such as Ha Long Bay and Sa Pa. Your bargaining skills won’t be completed unless you start saying these words which means “How much is this?“.
5. Cam on rat nhieu (Cam on zat new)
Saying “thank you” in any language is a must when travelling. When speaking the Vietnamese language, people would love to hear foreigners say this phrase in a more respectful way which translates to “thank you very much“.
Vietnamese in general are very friendly people. Most of them will be a bit hesitant to talk to during the first time so learning these few basic phrases will surely break the ice between you and the locals. To know more about the proper pronunciation, please talk to our Destination Experts ready to help you in any way they can!
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