Cost of living in Hanoi, Vietnam

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Food [Edit]
VND USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 57,808 ₫ ($2.54)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 81,735 ₫ ($3.60)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 42,574 ₫ ($1.87)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 34,104 ₫ ($1.50)
12 eggs, large 40,275 ₫ ($1.77)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 20,569 ₫ ($0.91)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 106,184 ₫ ($4.67)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 65,532 ₫ ($2.88)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 27,661 ₫ ($1.22)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 16,221 ₫ ($0.71)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 242,211 ₫ ($11)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 21,533 ₫ ($0.95)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 10,698 ₫ ($0.47)
Housing [Edit]
VND USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 12,425,400 ₫ ($547)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 8,679,280 ₫ ($382)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,355,020 ₫ ($60)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 7,809,520 ₫ ($344)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 4,566,080 ₫ ($201)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 584,504 ₫ ($26)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 233,635 ₫ ($10)
40” flat screen TV 9,441,140 ₫ ($415)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,389,490 ₫ ($105)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 161,077 ₫ ($7)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 63,247 ₫ ($2.78)
Clothes [Edit]
VND USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 1,286,080 ₫ ($57)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 447,232 ₫ ($20)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,889,580 ₫ ($83)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,333,990 ₫ ($59)
Transportation [Edit]
VND USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,086,910,000 ₫ ($47,827)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 16,655 ₫ ($0.73)
Monthly ticket public transport 182,457 ₫ ($8)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 107,358 ₫ ($4.72)
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) 140,000 ₫ ($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 ₫ ($3.61)
Entertainment [Edit]
VND USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 327,757 ₫ ($14)
2 tickets to the movies 188,295 ₫ ($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 448,071 ₫ ($20)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 102,222 ₫ ($4.50)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 41,829 ₫ ($1.84)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 16,669 ₫ ($0.73)
iPod nano 16GB 3,805,340 ₫ ($167)
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 333 prices entered by 46 different people.
Latest price update: August 18, 2017.

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