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 88,765 ₫
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 85,568 ₫
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 46,381 ₫
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 33,597 ₫
12 eggs, large 40,426 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 21,642 ₫
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 134,126 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 62,529 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 30,286 ₫
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 24,724 ₫
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 322,126 ₫
2 liters of Coca-Cola 24,588 ₫
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 13,871 ₫
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 18,786,300 ₫
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 9,873,240 ₫
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,320,330 ₫
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 12,669,200 ₫
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 6,805,840 ₫
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 657,691 ₫
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 199,597 ₫
40” flat screen TV 8,329,930 ₫
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,231,240 ₫
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 172,473 ₫
Hourly rate for cleaning help 52,016 ₫
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 1,094,250 ₫
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,068,770 ₫
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,260,230 ₫
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,552,400 ₫
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,141,260,000 ₫
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 17,770 ₫
Monthly ticket public transport 189,429 ₫
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 129,716 ₫
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 33,900 ₫
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 123,304 ₫
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 784,324 ₫
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 89,101 ₫
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 51,861 ₫
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 70,527 ₫
4 rolls of toilet paper 33,398 ₫
Tube of toothpaste 23,096 ₫
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 101,358 ₫
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 286,926 ₫
2 tickets to the movies 170,457 ₫
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 496,904 ₫
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 943,503 ₫
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 120,605 ₫
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 50,000 ₫
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 28,935 ₫
iPad Air 2, 64GB 14,274,800 ₫
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1,802 ₫
1 month of gym membership in business district 985,835 ₫
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 25,498 ₫
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 459 prices entered by 71 different people.
Latest price update: October 19, 2017.

HCMC position in our World Ranking

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275th
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asia
12th
out of 30

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