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Cost of Living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Prices in Ho Chi Minh City

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 45.26
Rent Index: 17.33
Groceries Index: 40.04
Restaurants Index: 25.11
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 31.78
Local Purchasing Power: 22.13

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 55,000.00 ₫
40,000.00
90,000.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 350,000.00 ₫
260,000.00
500,000.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 89,410.50 ₫
75,000.00
102,001.44
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 20,000.00 ₫
18,000.00
30,000.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 40,000.00 ₫
25,000.00
60,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 47,628.42 ₫
30,000.00
60,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 10,359.21 ₫
8,000.00
15,000.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 6,511.77 ₫
5,000.00
10,000.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 31,330.00 ₫
22,300.00
36,000.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 21,248.33 ₫
15,000.00
30,000.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 14,500.00 ₫
10,000.00
20,000.00
Eggs (12) 24,157.81 ₫
20,000.00
30,000.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 174,166.67 ₫
95,000.00
200,000.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 69,100.71 ₫
50,000.00
80,000.00
Apples (1kg) 55,000.00 ₫
40,000.00
70,000.00
Oranges (1kg) 38,625.00 ₫
30,000.00
54,000.00
Tomato (1kg) 13,000.00 ₫
10,000.00
15,000.00
Potato (1kg) 15,250.00 ₫
10,000.00
20,000.00
Lettuce (1 head) 10,833.33 ₫
7,000.00
15,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 12,074.10 ₫
10,000.00
18,000.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 175,000.00 ₫
86,000.00
225,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 14,875.00 ₫
12,000.00
20,000.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 30,428.57 ₫
20,000.00
40,000.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 22,000.00 ₫
20,000.00
25,000.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5,000.00 ₫
4,000.00
5,000.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 150,000.00 ₫
120,000.00
180,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12,000.00 ₫
12,000.00
15,000.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 14,000.00 ₫
12,000.00
16,000.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 19,500.00 ₫
16,000.00
25,000.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 24,291.67 ₫
23,000.00
25,000.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,000,000,000.00 ₫
550,000,000.00
1,274,100,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 1,331,210.71 ₫
850,000.00
2,123,500.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 2,375.00 ₫
2,000.00
3,000.00
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 317,871.67 ₫
275,000.00
382,230.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,264,208.33 ₫
1,061,750.00
1,500,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 200,000.00 ₫
100,000.00
300,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 90,000.00 ₫
80,000.00
100,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 924,202.81 ₫
400,000.00
1,500,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 620,000.00 ₫
500,000.00
800,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 1,683,333.33 ₫
1,000,000.00
2,000,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 899,495.14 ₫
485,315.96
1,911,150.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 9,054,222.22 ₫
5,000,000.00
12,000,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 5,679,055.56 ₫
3,185,250.00
8,494,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 21,812,745.35 ₫
16,000,000.00
31,852,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 10,482,312.50 ₫
8,000,000.00
12,741,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 33,754,020.00 ₫
25,000,000.00
42,000,000.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 14,338,400.00 ₫
12,000,000.00
16,692,000.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 6,600,000.00 ₫
5,000,000.00
10,000,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 11.54
10.00
13.80

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Last update: July, 2014

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9 Comments so far

#Vence on Apr 04, 2014 :
What i don't get is the rate of rent vs. the disposable income. Such a bad ratio.
#Vence on Apr 04, 2014 :
What i don't get is the rate of rent vs. the disposable income. Such a bad ratio.
#Emma on Dec 28, 2013 :
Hi, we are a family of 2 adults and one teenager from the UK, who want to move out to Vietnam (Ho Chi Min). Me and my husband are currently in negotiations with a UK based company as to what a reasonable salary should be out there. We just want to be comfortable, as it's about a change in lifestyle for us (for the better we hope!)and not about making money as ex-pats for us. So we are looking for what is a genuine reasonable salary, not for how much we could make.
We are in IT project management and sales.
We are looking at the British school out there for our son, so we have to take into account school fees.
We also have cats and a dog that we want to take with us, any experiences on pet transport would also be much appreciated to receive :)
Any advice will be very much appreciated!
Happy New Year All :)
#Anand on Jul 12, 2013 :
No, it looks almost right (I'm looking at it in USD). The 3 months I spent living in District 1 and Phu Nuan compare well to these stats. I don't know about the rent though. When I search listings it seems to be close, maybe even under. Rent is expensive. The comment that says $25 must mean per day. Ben Tanh market is rather expensive too unless you have the energy to go through a long bargaining process as if you were buying a used car. BUT even if you buy groceries at the store in the mall it's doable and the prices above reflect well. Entertainment may not be expensive but it adds up and becomes the primary expense after rent, because in Saigon you will have an active daily social life - it's almost unavoidable :). The vietnamese spend a lot of money.

For restaurents, I often paid $2 to $3 for stellar meals. $11 at a fancy place. I've had dates and nice restaurants that came to USD $11 for two of us. Taxis are affordable, and everyone owns a bike and your friends will give you a ride. It only cost me maybe $7 to go from District 1 to District 7, and that's a long drive.

A phone plan is so cheap it is negligible. The best cell system in the world as far as I'm concerned. I mostly text though. I think rent+utilities is where it throws any concept of living without working out the window.
#Khanh on Jun 21, 2013 :
I will say more about the budget choices, for me the most of the price above is midrange. The budget option is much lower. Say 25 dollars(500,000vnd) for 1 room apartment, with free water and electricity near the city center. 80 bucks(1,5m vnd) for a month of packed food from some supermarket. It is cheaper if you eat outside but supermarket food is considered more hygienic. Goods from big markets sell much cheaper stuff.
Travel can be expensive, say 10 dollar (200,000vnd) for petro if you commute by bike (double for cars). Many of foreigners use electric bicycle, very smart. Registration for motorbike is a long and tiring process for most people.
For a hard month all I need is 100 dollars for basics. Usually its 150, with 200 you are already making good savings. Entertainment can be cheap, the city public libray on Vo Van Tan street offers tons of books and computer usage for just 1 dollar a month. Clothing from second hand shops can be a bargain if you spare sometime selecting.
Last point, the best place to buy fresh ingredients is big market, Ben Thanh for example, good for quality and worth the price. Good supermarket chains are Co-op mart and Metro.
#Saigon Nov 2012 on Nov 28, 2012 :
A waitress's salary for a day is 60,000 vmd including a standard daily meal offered to the staff by the boss. Tips don't apply as it isn't a norm in the culture and restaurants that do take tips are enjoyed by the boss or shared as a collective among staff. 1 liter of Dutch Lady Milk is 23,500 vnd. Other European UHT milks are sold in the 40,000 - 60,000 vnd range. Generally, buying 1 liter of milk wouldn't be what a Vietnamese waitress would spend 1/3 of her day's salary on. She wouldn't have a refrigerator to keep the remainder of what she couldn't drink at one time, nor the income and for a luxury like milk. She'd be expected to share it with her 2 other roommates. She'd buy soy milk in a small glass or more likely drink water, tea, or coffee with ice at a much lower cost.
#Ben on Aug 09, 2012 :
At least this is quite accurate for the price of milk compare to the U.S.A though. I am still wondering how Vietnamese people can manage with the amount of monthly salary.
#Anonymous on Jun 06, 2012 :
I am quite surprised with the prices of food of this article, most of them are totally fake, or should have been taken in gourmet shops.

Water, eggs, chicken, beer and other basic products are more than half prices if you go to local markets.

The shoes and jeans prices are also pretty high.

Take care
#Stan on Mar 02, 2012 :
how about adding the cost of a round of golf and also a printer friendly format with a print page button?
Thanks for the consideration,
Stan

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