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: 56,423,267 ₫
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 30,394,047 ₫
  • Cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City is cheaper than in 73% of cities in Asia (11 out of 15)
  • Cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City is cheaper than in 85% of cities in the World (143 out of 168)
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List of prices in Ho Chi Minh City
Current as of Jan 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 57,502 ₫
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 95,350 ₫
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 36,320 ₫
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 34,056 ₫
12 eggs, large 31,070 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 22,632 ₫
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 128,717 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 61,292 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 30,119 ₫
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 24,150 ₫
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 340,806 ₫
2 liters of coca-cola 22,487 ₫
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 23,062 ₫
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 25,318,200 ₫
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 18,058,500 ₫
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 12,597,000 ₫
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 8,694,160 ₫
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 766,813 ₫
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 279,600 ₫
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 72,689 ₫
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 993,010 ₫
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 775,181 ₫
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,365,010 ₫
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,580,210 ₫
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,086,160,000 ₫
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 18,772 ₫
Monthly ticket public transport 174,561 ₫
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 131,701 ₫
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 43,639 ₫
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 120,704 ₫
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 782,378 ₫
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 96,240 ₫
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 30,905 ₫
Tube of toothpaste 22,724 ₫
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 110,450 ₫
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 474,704 ₫
2 tickets to the movies 207,030 ₫
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 604,866 ₫
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 618,513 ₫
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 172,204 ₫
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 47,709 ₫
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 25,264 ₫
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 11,164,000 ₫
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1,751 ₫
1 month of gym membership in business district 551,396 ₫
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 28,181 ₫
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 94 prices entered by 16 different people.
Latest price update: January 26, 2022

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HCMC position in our World Ranking

the world
143rd
out of 168
asia
11th
out of 15

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

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