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How much should I pay for things?

Hi, I know prices in Vietnam are very low compared to Europe. I guess that, especially at the beginning when I will be the least familiar with the place, I will probably get much higher checks/prices than local people or more experienced tourists. My question is: how much more they (if it happens) will try to let me pay? E.g., will a taxi ride of a few minutes cost me 400k when it should cost 40k? Once when I was visiting an African country our local guide told us "The price they tell you is 3 times higher than what locals usually pay". Is there a similar rule or should I just know how much things are expected to cost? Thanks in advance!
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1) If worried about taxi prices, use Grab (or Uber) - the app gives you the same price as any local, and you don't have to worry about carrying cash.

2) Support the local economy. If it's still cheap for you with your travel budget, don't worry that it's more than locals pay.
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