Cost of living in Vietnam

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 66,188 ₫
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 91,568 ₫
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 45,051 ₫
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 33,903 ₫
12 eggs, large 36,850 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 20,441 ₫
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 122,321 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 64,501 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 27,764 ₫
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 17,106 ₫
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 294,428 ₫
2 liters of Coca-Cola 23,422 ₫
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 18,839 ₫
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 19,429,100 ₫
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 12,207,500 ₫
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,466,540 ₫
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 12,921,600 ₫
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 6,880,900 ₫
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 988,732 ₫
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 206,185 ₫
40” flat screen TV 8,567,570 ₫
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 3,268,740 ₫
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 198,379 ₫
Hourly rate for cleaning help 89,634 ₫
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 972,262 ₫
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 722,131 ₫
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,964,460 ₫
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,286,860 ₫
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,181,750,000 ₫
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 18,189 ₫
Monthly ticket public transport 209,354 ₫
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 48,000 ₫
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 68,182 ₫
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 567,255 ₫
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 54,891 ₫
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 50,798 ₫
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 67,241 ₫
4 rolls of toilet paper 33,338 ₫
Tube of toothpaste 23,575 ₫
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 86,761 ₫
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 374,457 ₫
2 tickets to the movies 187,180 ₫
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 2,000,000 ₫
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 561,536 ₫
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 136,072 ₫
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 47,363 ₫
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 25,333 ₫
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 11,588,300 ₫
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1,666 ₫
1 month of gym membership in business district 711,554 ₫
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 24,652 ₫

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.

Are you moving to Vietnam? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

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Recent Prices Added

  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Ho Chi Minh City costs 10,000 ₫ (1 day ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Ho Chi Minh City costs 1,500,000 ₫ (1 day ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Ho Chi Minh City costs 120,000 ₫ (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Ho Chi Minh City costs 8,000,000 ₫ (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Ho Chi Minh City costs 12,000,000 ₫ (1 day ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Ho Chi Minh City costs 14,000,000 ₫ (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Ho Chi Minh City costs 20,000,000 ₫ (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Ho Chi Minh City costs 20,000 ₫ (1 day ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Ho Chi Minh City costs 30,000 ₫ (1 day ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Ho Chi Minh City costs 800,000 ₫ (1 day ago)