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Common Vietnamese Phrases for Tourists

Whenever you travel to a foreign country, knowing a few essential phrases can make a big difference. Here are some of the most common Vietnamese phrases you’ll need, with pronunciations included where helpful.

Common Vietnamese Phrases for Tourists
Common Vietnamese Phrases for Tourists

Vietnamese greetings and basics

  • Hello: Xin chào (sin chow)

  • Goodbye: Tạm biệt (tahm byeet)

  • Thank you: Cảm ơn (gahm un)

  • Yes: Vâng (vung) or Dạ (yah)

  • No: Không (khom)


Vietnamese polite phrases

  • Excuse me / Sorry: Xin lỗi (sin loy)

  • Please: Làm ơn (lahm un)

  • I don’t understand: Tôi không hiểu (toy khom hee-oo)

  • How much?: Bao nhiêu? (bow nyeoo)


Vietnamese phrase for getting around

  • Where is...?: Ở đâu...? (uh dow)

    • Example: Where is the bathroom? Nhà vệ sinh ở đâu? (nyah vay sin uh dow)

  • I need a taxi**: *Tôi cần một chiếc taxi* (toy kuhn mot chek taxi)

  • Left: Trái (chai)

  • Right: Phải (fai)

  • Straight ahead: Đi thẳng (dee thung)


Vietnamese phrases for ordering food

  • I’d like...: Tôi muốn... (toy moo-un)

    • Example: I’d like a coffee. Tôi muốn một ly cà phê. (toy moo-un mot lee kah fay)

  • Menu, please: Cho tôi xem thực đơn (chaw toy sem thook dun)

  • Delicious: Ngon (nawng)


Useful Questions in Vietnamese

  • What is this?: Đây là gì? (day lah zee)

  • Do you speak English?: Bạn có nói tiếng Anh không? (bahn kaw noy tee-eng ang khom)

  • Where are you from?: Bạn đến từ đâu? (bahn den tu dow)


How to say numbers in Vietnamese

  • One: Một (mot)

  • Two: Hai (hi)

  • Three: Ba (bah)

  • Four: Bốn (bohn)

  • Five: Năm (num)

  • Ten: Mười (moo-yee)


Vietnamese phrases used for emergency cases

  • Help!: Cứu! (koo)

  • I’m lost: Tôi bị lạc (toy bee lack)

  • Call the police: Gọi cảnh sát (goy canh saht)

  • I am sick: Tôi bị ốm (toy bee ohm)

  • I need to go to the hospital: Tôi cần đến bệnh viện (toy can den ben vien)


Learning a few basic Vietnamese phrases can make your trip more enjoyable and immersive. The locals will appreciate your effort, and you’ll have a richer travel experience. So give these phrases a try, have fun, and enjoy your adventure in Vietnam!


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