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: 57,055,521 ₫
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 29,608,241 ₫
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List of prices in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 94,145 ₫
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 93,022 ₫
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 44,322 ₫
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 32,532 ₫
12 eggs, large 31,096 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 19,718 ₫
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 134,138 ₫
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 22,089 ₫
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 328,058 ₫
2 liters of coca-cola 22,487 ₫
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 19,826 ₫
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 25,970,500 ₫
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 15,140,600 ₫
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,575,120 ₫
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 11,517,800 ₫
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 8,114,460 ₫
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 766,813 ₫
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 208,123 ₫
40” flat screen tv 8,671,020 ₫
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 73,249 ₫
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 20,143 ₫
Monthly ticket public transport 252,830 ₫
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 135,767 ₫
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 38,682 ₫
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 129,807 ₫
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 782,378 ₫
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 28,174 ₫
Tube of toothpaste 22,724 ₫
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 110,450 ₫
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 474,704 ₫
2 tickets to the movies 211,783 ₫
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 617,907 ₫
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 906,573 ₫
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 172,578 ₫
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 65,300 ₫
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 28,363 ₫
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 11,164,000 ₫
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1,633 ₫
1 month of gym membership in business district 831,377 ₫
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 25,237 ₫
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 87 prices entered by 38 different people.
Latest price update: January 25, 2021

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