Cost of living in Hanoi, Vietnam

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Food [Edit]
VND USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 77,933 ₫ ($3.43)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 77,242 ₫ ($3.40)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 44,808 ₫ ($1.97)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 31,268 ₫ ($1.38)
12 eggs, large 41,229 ₫ ($1.82)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 21,354 ₫ ($0.94)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 97,146 ₫ ($4.28)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 69,892 ₫ ($3.08)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 23,160 ₫ ($1.02)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 17,086 ₫ ($0.75)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 245,100 ₫ ($11)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 21,751 ₫ ($0.96)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 12,766 ₫ ($0.56)
Housing [Edit]
VND USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 14,246,900 ₫ ($628)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 8,929,280 ₫ ($393)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,332,710 ₫ ($59)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 8,416,320 ₫ ($371)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 4,618,620 ₫ ($204)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 580,692 ₫ ($26)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 227,861 ₫ ($10)
40” flat screen TV 9,441,140 ₫ ($416)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,389,490 ₫ ($105)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 159,684 ₫ ($7)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 62,112 ₫ ($2.74)
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) 491,845 ₫ ($22)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,778,680 ₫ ($78)
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 ₫ ($47,894)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 16,376 ₫ ($0.72)
Monthly ticket public transport 184,963 ₫ ($8)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 106,902 ₫ ($4.71)
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) 112,313 ₫ ($4.95)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 292,453 ₫ ($13)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 37,714 ₫ ($1.66)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 59,200 ₫ ($2.61)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 83,997 ₫ ($3.70)
4 rolls of toilet paper 24,263 ₫ ($1.07)
Tube of toothpaste 28,761 ₫ ($1.27)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 75,422 ₫ ($3.32)
Entertainment [Edit]
VND USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 304,971 ₫ ($13)
2 tickets to the movies 186,382 ₫ ($8)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,033,330 ₫ ($46)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 725,296 ₫ ($32)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 99,888 ₫ ($4.40)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 41,870 ₫ ($1.84)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 18,918 ₫ ($0.83)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 12,425,000 ₫ ($548)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1,528 ₫ ($0.07)
1 month of gym membership in business district 802,312 ₫ ($35)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 24,743 ₫ ($1.09)
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 294 prices entered by 50 different people.
Latest price update: February 21, 2018.

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