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: 54,780,040 ₫
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 27,849,311 ₫
  • Cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City is cheaper than in 67% of cities in Asia (14 out of 21)
  • Cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City is cheaper than in 88% of cities in the World (250 out of 285)

List of prices in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 92,924 ₫
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 96,355 ₫
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 44,322 ₫
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 32,852 ₫
12 eggs, large 31,368 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 19,718 ₫
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 134,115 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 77,556 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 28,781 ₫
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 23,220 ₫
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 328,058 ₫
2 liters of coca-cola 22,664 ₫
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 19,826 ₫
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 23,415,200 ₫
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 14,339,100 ₫
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,431,980 ₫
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 12,665,100 ₫
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 7,869,260 ₫
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 739,738 ₫
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 212,633 ₫
40” flat screen tv 9,142,870 ₫
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,695,490 ₫
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 197,111 ₫
Hourly rate for cleaning help 75,382 ₫
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 971,864 ₫
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 884,451 ₫
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,086,950 ₫
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,395,030 ₫
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,121,270,000 ₫
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 19,871 ₫
Monthly ticket public transport 241,113 ₫
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 136,179 ₫
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 39,032 ₫
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 126,842 ₫
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 599,202 ₫
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 84,250 ₫
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 61,999 ₫
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 81,762 ₫
4 rolls of toilet paper 24,943 ₫
Tube of toothpaste 23,551 ₫
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 98,739 ₫
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 437,489 ₫
2 tickets to the movies 220,234 ₫
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 517,271 ₫
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 577,815 ₫
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 172,578 ₫
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 60,394 ₫
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 28,789 ₫
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 12,097,400 ₫
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1,609 ₫
1 month of gym membership in business district 789,327 ₫
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 25,237 ₫
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 289 prices entered by 42 different people.
Latest price update: January 21, 2020

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HCMC position in our World Ranking

the world
250th
out of 285
asia
14th
out of 21

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

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3rd
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4th
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2nd
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