Cost of living in Vietnam

Summary of cost of living in Vietnam

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 65,275,114 ₫
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 31,723,531 ₫
  • Cost of living in Vietnam is cheaper than in 64% of countries in Asia (7 out of 11)
  • Cost of living in Vietnam is cheaper than in 77% of countries in the World (56 out of 73)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 105,483 ₫
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 83,805 ₫
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 60,838 ₫
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 30,218 ₫
12 eggs, large 30,237 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 15,000 ₫
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 173,832 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 94,349 ₫
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 39,798 ₫
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 14,723 ₫
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 479,608 ₫
2 liters of coca-cola 27,234 ₫
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 19,581 ₫
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 31,661,000 ₫
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 12,020,000 ₫
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 7,143,900 ₫
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 11,457,400 ₫
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 7,493,590 ₫
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,781,460 ₫
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 273,267 ₫
40” flat screen tv 3,206,280 ₫
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,775,250 ₫
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 185,000 ₫
Hourly rate for cleaning help 139,618 ₫
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) -
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,000,000 ₫
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,232,240 ₫
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes -
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 836,158,000 ₫
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 25,012 ₫
Monthly ticket public transport 661,935 ₫
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 187,838 ₫
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 139,693 ₫
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 3,000,000 ₫
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 160,000 ₫
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 87,500 ₫
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 80,000 ₫
4 rolls of toilet paper 31,443 ₫
Tube of toothpaste 31,840 ₫
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 102,468 ₫
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 378,508 ₫
2 tickets to the movies 201,820 ₫
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 366,238 ₫
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 796,579 ₫
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 151,824 ₫
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 52,588 ₫
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 38,426 ₫
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 12,540,300 ₫
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1,817 ₫
1 month of gym membership in business district 560,684 ₫
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 32,050 ₫

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This map shows only the top cities in Vietnam. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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