Cost of living in Hanoi, Vietnam

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Food [Edit]
VND USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 51,401 ₫ ($2.27)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 77,692 ₫ ($3.44)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 45,448 ₫ ($2.01)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 32,943 ₫ ($1.46)
12 eggs, large 38,344 ₫ ($1.70)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 21,186 ₫ ($0.94)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 145,069 ₫ ($6)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 71,452 ₫ ($3.16)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 21,877 ₫ ($0.97)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 14,952 ₫ ($0.66)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 375,282 ₫ ($17)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 22,251 ₫ ($0.98)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 11,667 ₫ ($0.52)
Housing [Edit]
VND USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 14,935,800 ₫ ($661)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 7,941,130 ₫ ($351)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,262,040 ₫ ($56)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 7,945,770 ₫ ($352)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 5,522,410 ₫ ($244)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 927,838 ₫ ($41)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 217,679 ₫ ($10)
40” flat screen TV 9,825,240 ₫ ($435)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,091,490 ₫ ($93)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 135,841 ₫ ($6)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 49,604 ₫ ($2.19)
Clothes [Edit]
VND USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 1,123,940 ₫ ($50)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 570,325 ₫ ($25)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,893,520 ₫ ($84)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 983,273 ₫ ($44)
Transportation [Edit]
VND USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,003,780,000 ₫ ($44,417)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 16,858 ₫ ($0.75)
Monthly ticket public transport 200,563 ₫ ($9)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 105,736 ₫ ($4.68)
Personal Care [Edit]
VND USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 87,911 ₫ ($3.89)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 147,023 ₫ ($7)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 176,840 ₫ ($8)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 53,370 ₫ ($2.36)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 60,933 ₫ ($2.70)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 86,790 ₫ ($3.84)
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 ₫ ($3.63)
Entertainment [Edit]
VND USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 334,091 ₫ ($15)
2 tickets to the movies 164,240 ₫ ($7)
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 393,674 ₫ ($17)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 102,222 ₫ ($4.52)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 41,542 ₫ ($1.84)
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 615,330 ₫ ($27)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 25,840 ₫ ($1.14)
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 289 prices entered by 44 different people.
Latest price update: May 23, 2017.

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