Cost of Living

90 USD is the average local monthly salary. This amount may vary depending if one lives in a big town or not, if one works for a foreign company or not, etc. 

Education
Shopping
Housing
Domestic Help
Car Lease
Motorbike Purchase
Sports and Leisure Activities
Travel

(The listed amounts in VND/USD are only an indication and may be subject to change)


Education

International Schools

Australian International School (AIS)
Application fee: approx. 1 500 USD
Tuition for a complete Academic Year: 2 500 USD - 17 000 USD

British International School (BIS)
Application fee: 1 000 USD- 3 000 USD
Tuition for a complete Academic Year: 8 000 USD - 20 000 USD

International School of Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC)
Application fee: approx. 3 000 USD
Tuition for a complete Academic Year: 6 500 USD - 22 000 USD

Marguerite Duras French International School
Application fee: 650 USD
Tuition for a complete Academic Year: 4 600 USD - 8 300 USD

Saigon South International School (SSIS)
Application fee: 2 300 USD
Tuition for a complete Academic Year: 9 000 USD - 18 000 USD


Shopping

The following prices are representative of an international supermarket located in an expatriate residential area. The same items in a local supermarket will tend to be lower on average.  

Dairy Products

Local milk (1L) 23,000 VND /
1 USD
Imported milk (1L) 46,000 VND /
2 USD
Butter (200g) 65,000 VND /
3 USD
Eggs (10 pcs) 20,000 VND /
1 USD
Local yoghurt (100g) 5,000 VND /
0.24 cent
Imported yoghurt (1kg) 251,000 VND /
12 USD
Cheddar cheese (200g) 165,000 VND /
8 USD
Emmental cheese (200g) 100,000 VND /
5 USD
Camembert cheese 200,000 VND /
10 USD
Whipped cream (200ml) 130,000 VND /
6 USD

Meat and poultry

Local beef steak (400g) 84,000 VND /
4 USD
Australian striploin (400g) 143,000VND /
7 USD
Chicken wings (500g) 65,000 VND /
3 USD
Chicken drumsticks (500g) 60,000 VND /
3 USD
Imported ham
(4 slices)
21,000 VND /
1 USD
Australian lamb chops
(500g)
170,000 VND /
8 USD
Fish fingers (400g) 46,000 VND /
2 USD
Imported beef sausages (500g) 113,000 VND /
6 USD

Fruits and Vegetables

Tomatoes (1kg) 25,000 VND /
1 USD
Cucumber (1kg) 30,000 VND /
1,5 USD
Potatoes (1kg) 60,000 VND /
3 USD
Onions (1kg) 45,000 VND /
2 USD
Garlic (1kg) 91,000 VND /
4 USD
Iceberg lettuce (1kg) 90,000 VND /
4 USD
Cauliflower (1kg) 85,000 VND /
4 USD
Imported oranges (1kg) 120,000 VND /
6 USD
Local oranges (1kg) 35,000 VND /
2 USD
Apples (1kg) 35,000 VND /
2 USD

Beverages

Mineral water (1.5L) 9,000 VND /
0.5 USD
Orange juice (1L) 35,000 VND /
2 USD
Soft drinks (350ml) 7,000 VND /
0.4 USD
Local beer (350ml) 15,000 VND /
0.7 USD

Imported wines (US, France, Australia) 160,000 VND +  (8 USD +)

Miscellaneous Groceries

Sugar (1kg) 20,000 VND /
1 USD
Salt (1kg) 20,000 VND /
1 USD
Local coffee (1kg) 70,000 VND /
3.5 USD
Tea bags (pack) 120,000 VND /
6 USD
Jam (250g) 60,000 VND /
3 USD
Peanut butter (250g) 45,000 VND /
2 USD
Nutella (250g) 105,000 VND /
5 USD
Cookies (pack) 25,000 VND /
1 USD
Olive oil (750ml) 150,000 VND /
7.5 USD
Cooking oil (1L) 45,000 VND /
2 USD
Rice (1kg) 18,000 VND /
1 USD
Pasta (500g) 38,000 VND /
2 USD
Flour (1kg) 21,000 VND /
1 USD
Imported cereal (400g) 69,000 VND /
3 USD
Mustard (300g) 60,000 VND /
3 USD
Ketchup (300g) 18,000 VND /
1 USD
Baked beans (can) 35,000 VND /
1.7 USD
Potato chips (pack) 45,000 VND /
2 USD
Ritz crackers (pack) 13,000 VND /
0.6 USD
Bread loaf 30,000 VND /
1.5 USD
French baguette (1pc) 13,000 VND /
0.6 USD
Croissant 16,000 VND /
0.8 USD

Pet Food

Pedigree Dog Food
Wet food (can 400g) 44,000 VND /
2 USD
Dry food (1.5kg) 98,000 VND /
5 USD
Whiskas Cat Food
Wet food (can 400g) 30,000 VND /
1.5 USD
Dry food (1.4kg) 120,000 VND /
6 USD

Beauty Products

Shampoo (200ml) 60,000 VND /
3 USD
Conditioner (200ml) 60,000 VND /
3 USD
Body moisturizer (250ml) 80,000 VND /
4 USD
Shower gel (750ml) 105,000 VND /
5 USD
Toilet paper (6 rolls) 25,000 VND /
1 USD
Kleenex (box) 18,000 VND /
1 USD
Toothpaste (tube) 34,000 VND /
1.5 USD
Toothbrush (pc) 22,000 VND /
1 USD
Tampons (box of 12) 44,000 VND /
2 USD
Sanitary pads (6pcs) 44,000 VND /
2 USD

Cleaning Products

Bathroom cleaner (250ml) 44,000 VND /
2 USD
Toilet cleaner (250ml) 44,000 VND /
2 USD
Kitchen cleaner (250ml) 44,000 VND /
2 USD
Bleach (250ml) 18,000 VND /
1 USD
Floor cleaner (250ml) 23,000 VND /
1 USD
Glass cleaner (250ml) 25,000 VND /
1 USD
Washing liquid (250ml) 25,000 VND /
1 USD
Softener (250ml) 44,000 VND /
2 USD

In general most common brands can be found in HCMC. Please click here to consult our guide for items which are not always readily available and that you may wish to bring with you.

Miscellaneous Services

Dry Cleaning
Shirt or Trouser 25,000 VND / 1 USD Dress or Skirt 25,000 VND / 1 USD

Salon Services

Body massage (1hr) 200,000 VND /
10 USD
Manicure + Pedicure 100,000 VND /
5 USD
Hair wash/blow dry 60,000 VND /
3 USD
Hair cut 300,000 VND /
15 USD   

Local hair salon prices are much lower than expat run salons which generally use imported beauty products and techniques.

Tailors

Minor alterations (hem) 20,000 VND /
1 USD
Shorts with fabric 120,000 VND /
6 USD
Shirt with fabric 250,000 VND/
15 USD
Suit with fabric 1,500,000 VND / 75USD

Housing

Rental prices vary depending on older/newer housing options and the popularity of a residential area. 

District 1 (City Center) and District 3

Monthly Rentals
1 bedroom apartment : 1,500 USD
2 bedroom apartment : 1,800 USD
3 bedroom apartment : 2,500 USD
4 bedroom and more  : 3,500 USD+

2 bedroom house : 1,500 USD
3 bedroom house : 2,000 USD
4 bedroom house : 3,500 USD
5 bedroom house : 4,500 USD

District 2 (Thao Dien and An Phu)

Monthly Rentals 
1 bedroom apartment : 1,200 USD
2 bedroom apartment : 1,800 USD
3 bedroom apartment : 2,200 USD
4 bedroom and more :  3,500 USD

3 bedroom house : 2,200 USD
4 bedroom house : 2,200 USD - 5,000 USD
5 bedroom house : 2,200 USD - 7,000 USD

BP Compound (most popular compound in An Phu – District 2)

Monthly Rentals
2 bedroom apartment (125 – 127 m2) : 3,200 USD
3 bedroom apartment (147 – 151 m2) : 4,000 USD
4 bedroom apartment (259 -265 m2) : 5,000 USD
Penthouse : 5,400 USD

Monthly Rentals 
3 bedroom house : 3,800 USD - 5,000 USD
4 bedroom house : 4,500 USD - 6,500 USD
5 bedroom house : 6,500 USD +

*This compound is very popular with families who have children for its’ convenient location and child friendly layout and facilities. Houses in this compound tend to be old with very little or no gardens and are on the higher end price range.

District 7 (Phu My Hung)

Monthly Rentals
1 bedroom apartment : 600 USD
2 bedroom apartment : 800 USD
3 bedroom apartment : 1,300 USD
4 bedroom and more  : 2,000 USD

3 bedroom house : 2,000 USD
4 bedroom house : 2,500 USD

Monthly Utility Bills

Large House/Garden Small House
Water  2,500,000 VND /
120 USD
Water  900,000 VND /
43 USD
Electricity  3,500,000 VND /
167 USD
Electricity  1,500,000 VND /
71 USD
Garbage  60,000 VND /
3 USD
Ipad 3G internet connection (unlimited access)  120,000 VND /
6 USD
Home internet  300,000 VND /
15 USD
Gas bottle 420,000 VND /
21 USD

Domestic Help

Salaries vary depending on experience and the level of English. Please click here to access our guide for more information.

Position Monthly Salary Availability
House cleaner 150 - 250 USD High
Cook 250 - 350 USD Limited
Nanny 250 – 400 USD Limited
All around helper 250 – 450 USD Limited
Gardener/Pool man 150 – 200 USD High
Day guard 150 – 200 USD High
Night guard 150 – 250 USD Limited

Car Lease

Driving a car in Vietnam is not recommended, therefore a car lease package with a driver included is a common practice amongst the expat community.  Following is an example of a popular vehicle leased over a 12 month period. Short term leases are also available at higher rates.

Toyota: 1 000 USD + per month with a driver. 800 USD + per month for the car alone.


Motorbike Purchase or Hire

Expats may wish to purchase or hire motorbikes as this is the most popular form of transportation in Vietnam. 

Hire Full Day
Vespa/Scooter 6 USD
Purchase New Second Hand
Motorbike (Honda 125) 2,000 USD 500 - 800 USD
Vespa/Scooter 3,000 USD 1,000 USD +

Sports and Leisure Activities

There are numerous sport clubs around the city depending on sport preferences and budgets.

Clubs Monthly Membership Annual Membership
The Manor (Binh Than) 71 USD 639 USD
Nutrifort Gym Club (D2) 220 USD 945 USD
Thao Dien Village (D2) 140 USD 800 USD
Riverside and tennis courts (D2) 100 USD 950 USD
Parkland and tennis courts (D2) 150 USD
Renaissance Hotel (D1) 150 USD 1,200 USD
BP Compound and tennis courts 150 USD 1,190 USD 
K1 Fight Factory 90 USD
3 times/week
1,000 USD
3 times/week
Private Lessons
Tennis lessons 10 USD for 1 lesson
Personal trainer 35 USD 1 lesson

Piano lessons, pony lessons, swimming lessons, dance courses, painting courses: 10/20 usd per lesson. Please click here to access our guide for more information on all available courses and activities.

Travel

There are numerous options for traveling in and around Vietnam depending on preferences and budgets.

Please click here to access our guide for more information on travel and tourism.

Domestic Flights from HCMC Economy Round Trip
Vietnam Airlines to Hanoi 250 USD
Vietnam Airlines to Nha Trang 150 USD
Vietnam Airlines to Danang 190 USD
International Flights from HCMC Economy Round Trip
Air Asia to Bangkok, Thailand (low cost) 170 USD
Tiger Airways to Singapore (low cost) 120 USD
Vietnam Airlines to Paris, France 1300 USD
Vietnam Airlines to Sydney, Australia 1500 USD
Vietnam Airlines to LA, USA 1500 USD
Vietnam Airlines to Boston, USA 2800 USD
Train from HCMC 1st Class Round Trip 2nd Class Round Trip
Hanoi 1,600,000 VND 1,250,000 VND
Nha Trang 450,000 VND 330,000 VND
Danang 960,000 VND 740,000 VND
Mui Ne 270,000 VND 270,000 VND
Bus from HCMC 1st Class Round Trip 2nd Class Round Trip
Hanoi 920,000 VND 860,000 VND
Nha Trang 190,000 VND 160,000 VND
Danang 415,000 VND 350,000 VND
Phnom Penh, Cambodia (6hrs) 400,000 VND 400,000 VND

Taxi Fares One Way

Airport – District 1       130,000VND / 7 USD
Airport – District 2       200,000 VND / 10 USD
Airport – District 7       220,000 VND / 12 USD     

District 1 – District 2    100,000 VND / 5 USD
District 2 – District 7    100,000 VND / 5 USD
District 1 – District 7    100,000 VND / 5 USD

(Please note that all indicated prices may vary with peak holiday periods)