Cost of Living in Ho Chi Minh City

Summary about cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 40,000.00 ₫ 30,000.00-60,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 400,000.00 ₫ 250,000.00-600,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 82,500.00 ₫ 80,000.00-100,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 20,000.00 ₫ 15,000.00-32,577.42
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 37,500.00 ₫ 25,000.00-50,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 44,060.67 ₫ 30,000.00-56,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 12,400.00 ₫ 8,000.00-20,000.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 7,462.96 ₫ 5,000.00-15,000.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 143,372.50 ₫ 113,562.38-170,343.56
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 17,071.59 ₫ 7,257.49-36,287.43
Rice (white), (1 lb) 7,873.08 ₫ 6,649.60-9,071.86
Eggs (regular) (12) 27,070.38 ₫ 20,000.00-34,000.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 184,461.12 ₫ 68,038.94-362,874.33
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 26,012.24 ₫ 20,411.68-34,019.47
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 109,816.27 ₫ 40,823.36-154,221.59
Apples (1 lb) 26,610.78 ₫ 13,607.79-39,008.99
Banana (1 lb) 8,618.27 ₫ 4,535.93-13,607.79
Oranges (1 lb) 14,136.98 ₫ 9,071.86-22,679.65
Tomato (1 lb) 8,467.07 ₫ 5,443.11-13,607.79
Potato (1 lb) 11,843.81 ₫ 9,071.86-18,143.72
Onion (1 lb) 9,147.46 ₫ 4,195.73-13,607.79
Lettuce (1 head) 11,600.00 ₫ 5,000.00-20,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 10,857.14 ₫ 9,000.00-20,000.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 250,000.00 ₫ 200,000.00-375,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 15,517.08 ₫ 9,868.42-30,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 26,803.20 ₫ 17,000.00-45,000.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 24,000.00 ₫ 20,000.00-25,000.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 6,000.00 ₫ 6,000.00-8,000.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 140,000.00 ₫ 120,000.00-200,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12,000.00 ₫ 11,000.00-15,000.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 21,726.15 ₫ 19,312.13-26,554.18
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30,000.00 ₫ 30,000.00-50,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 77,236.36 ₫ 71,922.84-83,279.08
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,023,495,335.00 ₫ 680,000,000.00-1,400,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 833,636,363.64 ₫ 700,000,000.00-1,000,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,130,622.48 ₫ 700,000.00-1,926,666.67
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1,767.27 ₫ 1,000.00-3,000.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 264,354.84 ₫ 160,000.00-400,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 548,666.67 ₫ 300,000.00-1,000,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 208,571.43 ₫ 100,000.00-300,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 80,000.00 ₫ 60,000.00-100,000.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,523,809.52 ₫ 2,000,000.00-7,000,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 185,596,822.72 ₫ 100,000,000.00-300,000,000.01
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 968,000.00 ₫ 500,000.00-2,000,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 716,541.10 ₫ 450,000.00-1,300,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 2,099,696.41 ₫ 1,500,000.00-2,500,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,851,257.56 ₫ 1,000,000.00-3,000,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 10,231,865.32 ₫ 6,000,000.00-16,000,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 6,510,662.08 ₫ 4,000,000.00-10,000,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 22,399,779.14 ₫ 15,000,000.00-34,829,535.26
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 14,537,878.02 ₫ 9,000,000.00-22,000,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 4,849,861.78 ₫ 3,251,579.34-8,628,647.41
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,408,491.27 ₫ 1,393,534.00-3,235,742.78
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 8,340,306.90 ₫
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 8.88 7.00-10.50

Prices in Ho Chi Minh City

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Last update: December 2018
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18 Comments so far

#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.
#inHCM on Nov 19, 2016 :
simply said, this list is ridiculous.

"local" people will not use half of it - and the other half, that is what well-paid expats pay (paid in low Western salaries)
that is, reading the prices says nothing. if you want to paid this, you can. you also can go somewhere else, and pay almost nothing for it - maybe it's not clean then, but maybe, even it is.

one word to health care (that is a meaningful question). it is good, in general. BUT it might be, that there is no expert available for special issue. or the only expert is in Hanoi (say: in another city in VN). That is - you might have to fly out to your country (if it can wait), or to Singapore or BKK (have heard about this) - then it is expensive. That is - when you are from a more developed county, and in need or something, and you know in advance, maybe to check where in the area (of SEA) a medical expert is working .. and when s/he has days off/vacations! .. knowledge is _not_ available in abundance, neither in the medical field.
#inHCM on Nov 19, 2016 :
health care, pharma - more affordable than in the Western countries. If international quality - same as Europe East.

Avg salary - hahaha. What do you expect @OpenWater .. ?? average paid people _do not take a taxi_ and _do not shop in the city_ ..

so with 200/month, if living in their area, going by motorcycle and buy in markets, _and live in their own house_ living is ok. You might not know _because the city is like another planet_ ..
#Amy Nguyen on Oct 11, 2016 :
The average montly salary from official source is lower than reality for sure because most Vietnamese people put a low number to pay less tax while their real salary is much higher.
#Amy Nguyen on Oct 11, 2016 :
I am from HCMC and regarding to another Vietnamese student has said below, I don't think it's correct. Average salary for fresh graduates is 7,000,000VND. It starts from 4,000,000 - 12,000,000 depends on the person. Teachers don't make good money here but some make much more through extra classes.

I think the average salary of this table is wrong. I would say its the average salary for FRESH GRADUATES.
#Anonymous on Sep 29, 2016 :
The current average salary in Ho Chi Minh as of 2016 is 461.5$ (according to
#Anonymous on Jun 15, 2016 :
I am a Vietnamese student and I've been living in HCMC since my birth. I would like to say that the salary of a senior high school teacher is about 4,000,000VND/month. New graduates from universities get 3,000,000VND as their basic salary. For graduates from vocational school and workers in factories, their basic salary is just 2,300,000VND. And for a student who get a job as part-timer is only paid 15,000VND/hour, some Vietnamese restaurants and stores pay less than that.
#OpenWaterMigrant on Apr 27, 2016 :
I've visited HCM City several times a year through the past few years. I'm pretty sure that that as of today April, 2016 the average monthly salary here isn't $266 per month (roughly $10 USD a day).

Of course, I'm just basing this off of my observations of what things cost in the area (such as eating out, transportation, etc.) For instance, taking a taxi from HCM airport to City Center (District 1) is currently about 220,000 VND ($10 USD), and that's just a 20 or 30 minute ride.

Perhaps the $266 per month is common among street laborers or lower end restaurant workers (no offense intended), but for the many that actually received a higher education (for instance someone works in Information Tech, or Business Management, or Tourism). Their salary seems to be about 3 times or more higher per month.

I think a more correct estimate of a current average salary would be about $600 per month.
#ken magee on Dec 01, 2015 :
Very good information if i retired to vietnam would i still recieve my ssi
#spookytoot on Oct 27, 2015 :
can anybody tell me about the cost of healthcare or pharmaceuticals. Can you purchase insurance and how much is it? Do I have to apply for a visa or can I just go on a tourist visa and then make all the relevant applications to become a resident while I am there? Many thanks
#ref on Oct 01, 2015 :
People does this mean Vietnam is more expensive than Thailand when it comes cost of clothes? Are they importing them?
#Trieu Chat Han on Aug 30, 2015 :
To be honest to say, I live in Ho Chi Minh city for my whole life, so there are something not pretty true.
In every Vietnamese meals, no families use cheese to cook, the only cheese we can see in the market or super market frequently is the laughing cow which is snack for kids.
About the clothing, actually Vietnamese people mostly use the local brand which is much cheaper, it around 500.000VND = 25$ for a good one. About the the real brand is cost crazy expensive, for 1 pair of Nike shoes in US 100$ = 2.000.000VND, but they will sell around 3.000.0000VND to 4.000.000VND = 150$-200$
Taxi I unexpectedly cheap, for a long way around 1hour it will take 250.000 to 350.000vnd = 12.5$ to 17.5$
Mostly no one leave tips after eating at restaurant whatever how good is the service, Also there are no tips for any kind of commercial.
There are no additional taxes when you buy stuffs, the taxes is included in the price.
However, you should take care of your stuffs, no holding phone on the street or when you're riding, some bad guys will come and steal it.
Remember to asking the price before using any services, you can ask them for cheaper, it is okay to do that
#Shuu on Jun 19, 2015 :
Well I think the cost of jeans and the average salary is incorrect. The Jeans is higher: a pair of jeans (Levis, Lee, Guess, Esprit..) is about 1.200.000VND ($58) and the salary is lower: 5.000.000VND/ month for avarage. And the price of room for rent - apartment, abit higher then reality. Beside, Vietnamese prefer hiring a house with yard, not apartment and this chart is a bit unreal. But if this the apartment means a house with yard, then the price in this research is exactly.
#Anh Nguyen on Apr 22, 2015 :
Well I lived in Vietnam, it was my birth country. I never know that rent a apartment per month with that expensive price. 19,818,000.00 ? Phu My Hung is not that expensive yet. Which apartment is it?
#vw on Feb 14, 2015 :
Not to self: don't buy a vw in Vietnam.