Cost of Living in Ho Chi Minh City

The cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City is relatively cheap when compared to many countries in the West. Expats from North America or Western Europe, in particular, can afford to maintain their standard of living from home here, if not increase some luxuries.

Many expats dine out often as it is not expensive. In fact, some would say it is cheaper to eat out than cook at home in Ho Chi Minh City. 

The cost of accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City is a fraction of what it is in the United States or Europe.

The more expensive goods tend to be those that are imported and the more expensive prices tend to be found in the nice bars, restaurants and shops in the city centre or District 1. To save money, try to buy local produce from street vendors. This tends to be fresher than what is available at supermarkets and it is a great way to support the local economy.

Cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City chart

(Note that prices may vary depending on location and service provider and the table below is based on average prices for July 2019)

Accommodation (monthly rent)

Furnished one-bedroom apartment

VND 15,000,000

Unfurnished one-bedroom apartment

VND 12,000,000

Furnished two-bedroom apartment

VND 25,000,000

Unfurnished two-bedroom apartment

VND 20,000,000


Milk (1 litre)

VND 32,000

Dozen eggs

VND 31,000

Loaf of white bread

VND 18,000

Pack of chicken breasts (1kg)

VND 64,000

Pack of cigarettes 

VND 25,000

Eating out

Big Mac Meal

VND 90,000


VND 44,000

Local beer

VND 20,000

Three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant

VND 200,000


Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile) 

VND 2,000

Internet (Uncapped – average per month) 

VND 270,000

Electricity (average per month for a standard household)

VND 800,000

Transport and driving

City centre bus fare

VND 6,000

Taxi (rate per km)

VND 14,000

Petrol (per litre) 

VND 20,000

Deirdre Appel Our Expat Expert

Dierdre is a recent college graduate from United States of America who has moved abroad to Asia to embark on a year of travelling, teaching, and learning. As a public policy and international relations major, she hopes that travel and exploration stay in her future and this marks only the beginning. Read more on her blog.


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