Cost of living in Hanoi, Vietnam

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Food [Edit]
VND USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 56,752 ₫ ($2.50)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 83,808 ₫ ($3.69)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 42,574 ₫ ($1.87)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 32,606 ₫ ($1.44)
12 eggs, large 38,565 ₫ ($1.70)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 20,027 ₫ ($0.88)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 145,069 ₫ ($6)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 65,000 ₫ ($2.86)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 26,030 ₫ ($1.15)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 15,743 ₫ ($0.69)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 214,990 ₫ ($9)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 24,180 ₫ ($1.06)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 9,235 ₫ ($0.41)
Housing [Edit]
VND USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 17,560,400 ₫ ($773)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 7,941,130 ₫ ($350)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,143,010 ₫ ($50)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 6,830,200 ₫ ($301)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 4,567,570 ₫ ($201)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 551,818 ₫ ($24)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 253,378 ₫ ($11)
40” flat screen TV 9,825,240 ₫ ($433)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,320,000 ₫ ($102)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 150,840 ₫ ($7)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 65,837 ₫ ($2.90)
Clothes [Edit]
VND USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 1,123,940 ₫ ($49)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 363,068 ₫ ($16)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,870,700 ₫ ($82)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 983,273 ₫ ($43)
Transportation [Edit]
VND USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,003,780,000 ₫ ($44,202)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 16,858 ₫ ($0.74)
Monthly ticket public transport 200,563 ₫ ($9)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 105,736 ₫ ($4.66)
Personal Care [Edit]
VND USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 87,911 ₫ ($3.87)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 147,023 ₫ ($6)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 176,840 ₫ ($8)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 53,370 ₫ ($2.35)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 60,933 ₫ ($2.68)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 86,790 ₫ ($3.82)
4 rolls of toilet paper 21,062 ₫ ($0.93)
Tube of toothpaste 28,761 ₫ ($1.27)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 82,098 ₫ ($3.62)
Entertainment [Edit]
VND USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 334,091 ₫ ($15)
2 tickets to the movies 173,829 ₫ ($8)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 670,745 ₫ ($30)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 455,739 ₫ ($20)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 102,222 ₫ ($4.50)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 41,542 ₫ ($1.83)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 16,327 ₫ ($0.72)
iPod nano 16GB 3,805,340 ₫ ($168)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1,528 ₫ ($0.07)
1 month of gym membership in business district 881,365 ₫ ($39)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 24,066 ₫ ($1.06)
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 322 prices entered by 46 different people.
Latest price update: June 28, 2017.

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