Cost of living in Vietnam

Summary of cost of living in Vietnam

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 50,948,121 ₫
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 25,742,369 ₫
  • Vietnam is the 3rd cheapest country in Asia (11 out of 13)
  • Cost of living in Vietnam is cheaper than in 86% of countries in the World (80 out of 93)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 75,005 ₫
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 85,126 ₫
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 59,362 ₫
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 34,542 ₫
12 eggs, large 39,486 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 23,678 ₫
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 113,299 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 80,505 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 29,375 ₫
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 19,621 ₫
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 324,523 ₫
2 liters of coca-cola 27,653 ₫
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 22,862 ₫
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 23,547,900 ₫
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 11,118,700 ₫
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,426,670 ₫
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 10,685,100 ₫
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 8,170,840 ₫
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 855,268 ₫
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 193,656 ₫
40” flat screen tv 8,356,750 ₫
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,564,410 ₫
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 96,948 ₫
Hourly rate for cleaning help 145,991 ₫
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 977,870 ₫
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 497,585 ₫
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,119,620 ₫
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,283,390 ₫
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 886,113,000 ₫
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 20,641 ₫
Monthly ticket public transport 204,987 ₫
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 50,536 ₫
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 1,169,260 ₫
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 41,347 ₫
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 57,666 ₫
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 102,759 ₫
4 rolls of toilet paper 17,754 ₫
Tube of toothpaste 23,831 ₫
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 50,000 ₫
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 379,763 ₫
2 tickets to the movies 188,627 ₫
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 765,286 ₫
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 637,353 ₫
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 134,117 ₫
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 54,586 ₫
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 54,352 ₫
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 14,516,800 ₫
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1,547 ₫
1 month of gym membership in business district 533,216 ₫
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 32,128 ₫

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:
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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  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Ho Chi Minh City costs 14,000,000 ₫ (6 days ago)