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Cost of Living in Vietnam

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is the cost of living in Vietnam? Hear what expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Vietnam have to say about the cost of housing, health insurance and general living costs.

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"Exceeded them. I live on half of my retirement income and I live very well. It is possible for a married couple to live well on $1,200 per month," added another person living in Ho Chi Minh.

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What is the average cost of housing in Vietnam?

If you are thinking about moving to Vietnam, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"Vietnamese love good living, food, style, high tech gazettes and travelling in vacation with family. Their average renting apartments are well equipped with all amenities and facilities. Love them they will help out of way. You can stay at cheapest hostels to lavish apartment depends on your budget. You will always feel like king in Vietnam. They are friendly and helpful. Welcome their smile with smile. You can get shelter at minimum 100 USD per month to no maximum limit for villa," said another expat in Vietnam.

"Rental costs are slightly lower than in my area of Australia and much lower than cities such as Sydney and Melbourne. Depending on the size and standard of apartment in HCMC, median apartment costs would be 400-800 USD a month in my area. I think they are slightly higher in District 1," remarked another in Ho Chi Minh City.

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What are typical rental prices for expats in Vietnam?

" In Ho Chi Minh City, most expats live in District 1, 2, 3, Binh Thanh, Tan Binh, and Phu nhuan and rental properties in these areas can range from $250/month to upwards of $10,000/month. You can rent a decent fully furnished apartment for around $500 in Binh Thanh District but the same apartment would cost more than $2000 in District 1. In comparison, $2500 is usually the starting price for bungalows outside the city centre in District 2," said one expat living in Ho Chi Minh City.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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