Cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Summary of cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 59,925,639 ₫
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 32,215,947 ₫
  • Ho Chi Minh City is the 4th cheapest city in Asia (14 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City is cheaper than in 96% of cities in the World (185 out of 192)
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List of prices in Ho Chi Minh City
Current as of Mar 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 52,393 ₫
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 101,696 ₫
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 44,553 ₫
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 35,716 ₫
12 eggs, large 37,794 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 30,779 ₫
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 127,423 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 80,705 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 33,097 ₫
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 21,757 ₫
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 260,233 ₫
2 liters of coca-cola 21,533 ₫
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 29,250 ₫
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 30,153,700 ₫
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 15,698,100 ₫
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,223,790 ₫
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 12,392,900 ₫
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 7,174,960 ₫
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,580,330 ₫
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 281,377 ₫
40” flat screen tv 9,410,900 ₫
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 3,288,680 ₫
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 191,994 ₫
Hourly rate for cleaning help 98,933 ₫
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,030,560 ₫
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 877,640 ₫
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,263,700 ₫
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,270,790 ₫
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,040,750,000 ₫
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 24,371 ₫
Monthly ticket public transport 146,485 ₫
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 145,741 ₫
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 43,639 ₫
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 122,285 ₫
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 782,378 ₫
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 105,182 ₫
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 61,999 ₫
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 84,163 ₫
4 rolls of toilet paper 30,216 ₫
Tube of toothpaste 20,886 ₫
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 95,691 ₫
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 436,772 ₫
2 tickets to the movies 180,825 ₫
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 527,033 ₫
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 642,006 ₫
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 190,400 ₫
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 52,965 ₫
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 25,608 ₫
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 13,053,100 ₫
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1,408 ₫
1 month of gym membership in business district 646,296 ₫
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 30,851 ₫
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 99 prices entered by 26 different people.
Latest price update: March 04, 2024

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HCMC position in our World Ranking

the world
185th
out of 192
asia
14th
out of 17

Cheapest and most expensive products in HCMC compared to other cities:

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3rd
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