Cost of Living in Vietnam

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

Cost of living in Vietnam -

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

(! All prices in VND must be x1000 !)

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


Cost of living in Vietnam - Education

Cost of International Schools

Australian International School (AIS)
Application fee: approx. 1 500 USD
Cost of tuition for a complete Academic Year: 2 500 - 19 000 USD

British International School (BIS)
Application fee: 1 000 - 3 000 USD
Cost of tuition for a complete Academic Year: 8 000 USD (Foundation) - 29 000 USD ( Secondary)

International School of Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC)
Application fee: approx. 3 000 USD
Cost of tuition for a complete Academic Year: 7 500 - 30 000 USD

Marguerite Duras French International School
Application fee: 650 USD
Cost of tuition for a complete Academic Year : 7500 - 8700 USD
Tuition for a complete Academic Year for a French student: 4 800 - 5700 USD

Saigon South International School (SSIS)
Application fee: 2 300 USD
Cost of tuition for a complete Academic Year: 15 000 - 27 000 USD


Cost of living in Vietnam - Shopping

The following cost of shopping 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.  

Cost of Dairy Products (VND/USD)

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

Cost of Meat and poultry

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

Cost of Fruits and Vegetables

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

Cost of Beverages

Mineral water (1.5L) 9 / 0,5 Orange juice (1L) 35 / 2
Soft drinks (350ml) 7 / 0,4 Local beer (350ml) 15 / 0,7

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

Cost of Miscellaneous Groceries (VND/USD)

Sugar (1kg) 20 / 1 Salt (1kg) 20 / 1
Local coffee (1kg) 70 / 3,5 Tea bags (pack) 120 / 6
Jam (250g) 60 / 3 Peanut butter (250g) 45 / 2
Nutella (250g) 105 / 5 Cookies (pack) 25 / 1
Olive oil (750ml) 150 / 7,5 Cooking oil (1L) 45 / 2
Rice (1kg) 18 / 1 Pasta (500g) 38 / 2
Flour (1kg) 21 / 1 Imported cereal (400g) 69 / 3
Mustard (300g) 60 / 3 Ketchup (300g) 18 / 1
Baked beans (can) 35 / 1,7 Potato chips (pack) 45 / 2
Ritz crackers (pack) 13 / 0,6 Bread loaf 30 / 1,5
French baguette (1pc) 13 / 0,6 Croissant 16 / 0,8

Cost of Pet Food

Pedigree Dog Food
Wet food (can 400g) 44 / 2 Dry food (1.5kg) 98 / 5
Whiskas Cat Food
Wet food (can 400g) 30 / 1,5 Dry food (1.4kg) 120 / 6

Cost of Beauty Products

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

Cost of Cleaning Products

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

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

Cost of Miscellaneous Services (VND/USD)

Dry Cleaning
Shirt or Trouser 25 / 1 Dress or Skirt 25 / 1

Cost of Salon Services

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

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

Cost of Tailors

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

Cost of living in Vietnam - Housing

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

Living in District 1 (City Center) and District 3

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

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

Living in District 2 (Thao Dien and An Phu)

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

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

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

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

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

*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.

Living in District 7 (Phu My Hung)

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

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

Cost of Monthly Utility Bills

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

Cost of living in Vietnam - Domestic Help

In Vietnam, Salaries vary depending on experience and the level of English. Please click here to access our guide for more information about the cost of domestic help.

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

Cost of living in Vietnam - 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.


Cost of living in Vietnam - Motorbike Purchase or Hire

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

Hire Cost of a 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 +

Cost of living in Vietnam - Sports and Leisure Activities

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

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

Piano lessons, pony lessons, swimming lessons, dance courses, painting courses can be found in Vietnam. The cost of  1 lesson may vary between 10/20 USD . Please click here to access our guide for more information on all available courses and cost of activities.

Cost of Travel

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

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

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

Taxi Fares One Way in Vietnam

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

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

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

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