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 isn't expensive. In fact, some would say it's 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. 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 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 February 2020.

Accommodation (monthly rent)

Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

VND 20,000,000 - 30,000,000

Three-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

VND 12,000,000 - 16,000,000

One-bedroom apartment in city centre

VND 9,000,000 - 13,000,000

One-bedroom apartment outside city centre

VND 6,000,000 - 8,000,000


Milk (1 litre)

VND 32,000

Dozen eggs

VND 32,000

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 95,000


VND 45,000

Local beer

VND 20,000

Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant

VND 450,000


Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile) 

VND 2,000

Internet (uncapped – average per month) 

VND 270,000

Electricity (average per month for standard household)

VND 1,000,000

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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