Cost of Living in Ho Chi Minh City

Summary about cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 50,000.00 ₫ 35,000.00-100,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 500,000.00 ₫ 350,000.00-1,000,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 100,000.00 ₫ 86,969.00-115,938.72
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 20,000.00 ₫ 15,000.00-50,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 37,500.00 ₫ 25,000.00-69,563.23
Cappuccino (regular) 47,074.43 ₫ 20,000.00-65,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 12,044.86 ₫ 10,000.00-25,000.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 7,553.75 ₫ 5,000.00-20,000.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 121,235.11 ₫ 105,991.55-151,416.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 16,867.74 ₫ 5,000.01-36,287.43
Rice (white), (1 lb) 8,432.35 ₫ 6,123.50-11,339.82
Eggs (regular) (12) 32,431.74 ₫ 21,600.00-48,000.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 141,407.17 ₫ 77,110.79-226,796.45
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 31,137.67 ₫ 15,875.75-45,359.29
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 119,099.31 ₫ 81,646.72-158,757.52
Apples (1 lb) 28,749.48 ₫ 11,339.82-63,049.41
Banana (1 lb) 9,738.64 ₫ 5,443.11-18,143.72
Oranges (1 lb) 15,643.86 ₫ 7,711.08-27,215.57
Tomato (1 lb) 9,424.16 ₫ 5,443.11-13,607.79
Potato (1 lb) 11,669.17 ₫ 5,896.71-18,143.72
Onion (1 lb) 11,348.61 ₫ 7,711.08-18,143.72
Lettuce (1 head) 19,953.61 ₫ 5,000.00-35,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 12,140.20 ₫ 9,000.00-20,000.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 250,000.00 ₫ 100,000.00-400,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 19,760.45 ₫ 13,000.00-30,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 30,596.25 ₫ 20,000.00-45,000.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 25,500.00 ₫ 22,000.00-35,000.00
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 6,000.00 ₫ 6,000.00-7,000.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 150,000.00 ₫ 120,000.00-300,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12,000.00 ₫ 11,000.00-15,000.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 22,530.82 ₫ 16,093.44-27,358.86
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 31,927.05 ₫ 20,000.00-60,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 80,964.75 ₫ 56,781.19-94,635.31
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,000,000,000.00 ₫ 962,147,667.00-1,200,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 803,175,650.88 ₫ 740,000,000.00-900,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,569,893.84 ₫ 1,000,000.00-3,000,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 2,023.21 ₫ 800.00-3,000.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 277,425.77 ₫ 200,000.00-450,000.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 559,478.66 ₫ 300,000.00-1,166,666.67
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 187,050.79 ₫ 100,000.00-250,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 100,000.00 ₫ 90,000.00-130,000.00
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,837,498.76 ₫ 1,500,000.00-6,000,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 228,409,290.41 ₫ 120,000,000.00-420,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 1,091,680.33 ₫ 500,000.00-1,800,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 680,414.46 ₫ 280,000.00-1,000,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 2,299,408.26 ₫ 1,500,000.00-3,000,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 2,099,134.62 ₫ 800,000.00-3,500,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 13,136,619.46 ₫ 8,000,000.00-20,868,969.22
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 9,384,205.14 ₫ 6,000,000.00-15,000,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 28,275,227.92 ₫ 20,000,000.00-46,375,487.17
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 18,448,840.31 ₫ 12,000,000.00-30,000,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 6,266,622.24 ₫ 4,645,113.34-10,683,760.68
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,786,299.03 ₫ 2,162,857.67-4,645,113.34
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 10,680,311.10 ₫
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.21 7.00-14.00

Prices in Ho Chi Minh City

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Last update: December 2020
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11 Comments so far
Costa De Vida on Jan 14, 2020:
Vietnam isn't the place to cone to if you are looking for fun or women especially nice ones. Most of the girls here are ugly, rude conservative, cold hearted, materialistic, and money obsessed.

Stick to Thailand.
Sandy on Jul 17, 2019:
All items are costly as compaire India Vietnam is costly place.
Michael on Jun 08, 2019:
If you are paying these prices for housing you are a retard. I see video bloggers talking about how "cheap" their rental is when in actually they are getting ripped off.
Richter Phan on May 07, 2019:
I used to live in Hanoi, and until now, I have spent 1.5 years in Ho Chi Minh city. The general prices from all providers are a little bit higher than I see. In HCM city, the average net salary is about 270 USD (about 6,000,000 VND). You can live a standard life with 250$. Only when you stay in the central areas, it will take you more to cover the living cost. If you want to know more about life in HCM city, please contact me:
Miri Dubai on Mar 19, 2019:
Tons of real estate scams here with agents preying on poor foreigners. Beware.
Anonymous on Mar 11, 2019:
There are no scammers like Vietnamese all over the world who feel no shame cheating foreigners endlessly and its communist government also stands with its scammers against foreigner by not returning justice to foreigner so if you got cheated in Vietnam, the scammers would be fined a little bit of money but the scammer happily keep the scammed money from foreigners. The fine is usually less than 5% of the scammed money.

If human were dog, Vietnamese must be the lowest grade dog like Hyenea.

Even Myanmar reported the news of the most dishonest Vietnamese at the link below.

Tourist scams hold back Vietnam’s spearhead economy

Any foreigner recommending anyone to visit Vietnam without ever suffering the scam of Vietnam as a normal tourist, is a liar who must be paid from behind to serve the interest of the world greatest tourist scammer

Anyway, Vietnam should act like a dignified nation and should not encourage foreign tourism with the intention of scamming and ripping off.

You are shameless but we feel shameful because you're still human like everyone of us and hope you're human.
Nguyễn Thị Hà on Feb 20, 2019:
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Mika on Apr 27, 2018:
buying a motorbike: a Honda Air blade new 2018, very popular model, may be not average, is about 52 to 55 mio VND. I had one before. Now I bought a new Honda Vario 150 (Indonesia made) for 64.Mio. The nasty aspect is that in Indonesia you buy the same scooter for just 32 mio VND (22 mio rupiahs). So the ASEAN treaty of killing all import tariffs between the ASEAN countries by Jan 1st, 2018 does still NOT WORK.
Mika on Apr 27, 2018:
I live in HCM for 5 years now. I see that the vietnamese relatives of my wife are earning 6-15.000.000VND /mo.
Local markets are cheap, buying vegetables and fresh shrimps e.g. is very cheap. Local fish same.
If you go to one of the Malls (Vivo, Aeon,...) or to the US market and you buy Australian or US meat and apples/grapes or Korean strawberries instead from Da Lat, you pay a fortune and no average income person could afford that.
Even as a European, one time a day I eat very good Crumbs bread (70.000/550g for 8 days), french Emmentaler or Camembert cheese (100.000/200g good for 10-12 days), eat french liver pate (39.000 for 10 days), these things are affordable, not too expensive. This is to avoid MacDo breakfast.
The only thing I saw skyrocketing were prices for real estate (floor and houses). 100-120sqm houses in far D.8 outside, or Nha Bé, or D.7 have beeen rising up by 25% at least up to 50% more than last year in the identical vicinity. Not even Hongkong / Paris / London / NYC had ever seen skyrocketing prices like that, just incredible.

So we stay very local, pay a rent 3.000.000 VND/mo. for a small 60 sqm VN house in central D.8.
But we have roosters crying at 5 am, many dogs barking half nite, lousy neighbors nobody takes care of any neighbor, everybody is friendly but reckless, nobody takes care of other neighbors, too many people drinking too much beer, every second day karaoke, at evening you can hear 10 different TV stations at the same time, very very noisy.
I want to switch to an appartement, but latest after the Carina Plaza fire, my wife refuses to move to any appartement. Very few Westerners would accept all these issues.

Altogether, we need about 40 Mio VND every month for 2 adults and a child, including some extra teaching and some local health care and everything.
Yes could be much cheaper, but 2 times a month we go to one of the malls and spend 3-4 mio.
This is a mix of some Western lifestyle with much Vietnamese lifestyle.
Nguyen on Nov 16, 2017:
Those Vietnamese commenting below can not see the big picture. Honestly, they looked at the minority only ... .
openwaterraver on Jun 23, 2017:
I was just noticing... on my last post here April 2016, the average monthly salary listed here was $266 USD, and today June 2017, it's gone up to $453..!!

Even if that's remotely accurate, that would be about a 70% increase in the salary in just 14 months.. amazing IF that's true.