Cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 65,560 ₫
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 93,461 ₫
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 46,744 ₫
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 34,808 ₫
12 eggs, large 40,687 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 20,140 ₫
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 128,922 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 62,317 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 27,390 ₫
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 18,204 ₫
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 305,417 ₫
2 liters of Coca-Cola 25,368 ₫
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 19,563 ₫
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 22,854,200 ₫
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 13,982,900 ₫
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,366,130 ₫
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 13,344,300 ₫
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 7,103,340 ₫
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,078,020 ₫
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 221,319 ₫
40” flat screen TV 7,876,610 ₫
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,871,940 ₫
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 170,546 ₫
Hourly rate for cleaning help 78,383 ₫
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 914,317 ₫
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 774,533 ₫
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,964,890 ₫
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,331,450 ₫
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,111,520,000 ₫
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 18,825 ₫
Monthly ticket public transport 978,381 ₫
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 133,048 ₫
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 41,168 ₫
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 126,842 ₫
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 891,489 ₫
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 82,650 ₫
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 50,846 ₫
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 69,617 ₫
4 rolls of toilet paper 31,138 ₫
Tube of toothpaste 24,278 ₫
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 109,620 ₫
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 472,848 ₫
2 tickets to the movies 191,788 ₫
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 509,149 ₫
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 469,389 ₫
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 186,533 ₫
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 45,586 ₫
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 27,562 ₫
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 13,756,800 ₫
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1,647 ₫
1 month of gym membership in business district 605,723 ₫
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 25,375 ₫
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 495 prices entered by 83 different people.
Latest price update: May 23, 2018.

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HCMC position in our World Ranking

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276th
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14th
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