Cost of living in Vietnam

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 82,181 ₫
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 84,661 ₫
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 43,395 ₫
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 33,600 ₫
12 eggs, large 38,607 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 22,918 ₫
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 146,642 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 65,450 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 28,836 ₫
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 19,725 ₫
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 325,710 ₫
2 liters of Coca-Cola 22,808 ₫
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 13,173 ₫
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 15,721,800 ₫
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 9,210,240 ₫
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,415,730 ₫
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 10,348,800 ₫
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 5,707,180 ₫
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,054,940 ₫
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 179,172 ₫
40” flat screen TV 8,667,660 ₫
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,382,590 ₫
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 178,885 ₫
Hourly rate for cleaning help 57,825 ₫
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 1,100,010 ₫
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 885,778 ₫
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,127,890 ₫
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,677,290 ₫
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,173,960,000 ₫
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 17,687 ₫
Monthly ticket public transport 197,358 ₫
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 20,060 ₫
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 133,263 ₫
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 201,676 ₫
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 75,698 ₫
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 59,465 ₫
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 61,024 ₫
4 rolls of toilet paper 33,170 ₫
Tube of toothpaste 24,656 ₫
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 88,636 ₫
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 281,242 ₫
2 tickets to the movies 175,656 ₫
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 478,090 ₫
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 817,136 ₫
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 136,984 ₫
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 46,958 ₫
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 25,364 ₫
iPad Air 2, 64GB 11,637,200 ₫
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1,680 ₫
1 month of gym membership in business district 746,227 ₫
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 25,540 ₫

Map of Cost of Living in Vietnam

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This map shows only the top cities in Vietnam. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Ho Chi Minh City costs 1.00 ₫ (about 14 hours ago)
  • 12 doses box of antibiotics in Hanoi costs 15,000 ₫ (3 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Ho Chi Minh City costs 200,000 ₫ (4 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Ho Chi Minh City costs 1,500,000 ₫ (4 days ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Ho Chi Minh City costs 2,000 ₫ (4 days ago)
  • Ipad air 2, 64gb in Ho Chi Minh City costs 15,000,000 ₫ (4 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Ho Chi Minh City costs 200,000 ₫ (4 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Ho Chi Minh City costs 700,000 ₫ (4 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Ho Chi Minh City costs 150,000 ₫ (4 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Ho Chi Minh City costs 600,000 ₫ (4 days ago)