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Vietnam, All Areas

Vietnam, All Areas

Cost of living in Vietnam, prices and what it is like to live for an Expat, quality of life / hardship, and compare cost of living for Expatriates as at October 2020.

What is it like to live in Vietnam?

Climate: The climate is tropical in the south and monsoonal in the north with a hot, rainy season (May to September) and a warm, dry season (October to March).

Language: The official language is Vietnamese. French and Chinese are also spoken. Young people are more likely to be able to speak English and proficiency is generally better in southern Vietnam than in the north.

Religion: Buddhism.

Economy: The economy of Vietnam is a developing mixed economy. Over the past 20 years, Vietnam has made a shift from a centrally planned economy to a Socialist-oriented market economy. The economy has experienced rapid growth. Vietnam is in transition from a planned economy to a market-oriented mixed economy.

Inflation: 2.98% for Vietnam as at September 2020.

Money: The currency of Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND). US dollars are also accepted. Credit cards are increasingly accepted. ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas.

Tax: In Vietnam is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 35%.

Population: 97.3 Million (2020 est.)

Expat Life: Expatriate dress code is generally smart casual. Suits are only worn for formal official meetings. The safety risk for expatriates in Vietnam is low. Risks include theft, particularly in tourist areas, bars and crowded locations, and surveillance by safety personnel.

Health Care: Health care facilities are generally adequate within cities for routine treatment. Serious or complex health care treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Cases of dengue fever and bird flu reported. The Coronavirus COVID-19 total reported cases for Vietnam as at 22 October 2020 is 1,144, with 35 deaths. The rate of deaths per 1 million population is 0.4.

Vietnam covers all areas within the country other than Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City.

Cost Of Living

What is the cost of living in Vietnam?

The cost of living for expatriates in Vietnam as at October 2020 is low in comparison to other places in the world, with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 54.9 (New York =100). We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Vietnam is as follows:

1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: Cost is average for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$800. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$14.01, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$0.96, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$1.85 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$1.57.

2) Clothing: Cost is low for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$610. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$39, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$92, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$79 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$30.

3) Communication: Cost is very low for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$92. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$11, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.08 per minute.

4) Education: Cost is average for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30,000 in New York costs USD$21900. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$14,250 for Primary School, and USD$15,858 for High School.

5) Furniture & Appliances: Cost is very low for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2,500 in New York costs USD$1200. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$565, and USD$485 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.

6) Groceries: Cost is low for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$650. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$3.74, 1 kg oranges USD$1.95, 1 head lettuce USD$0.99, 1 kg potatos USD$1.39, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$4.29, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$17.69, 1 dozen large eggs USD$1.81, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.98, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.85, and 1.5 L water USD$0.70.

7) Healthcare: Cost is low for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$560. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$45, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,394.

8) Household Accommodation: Cost is low for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5,000 in New York costs USD$1800. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,600 in a central location, and USD$1,041 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.

9) Miscellaneous: Cost is very high for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$760. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$14.84, while an international newspaper is USD$4.57.

10) Personal Care: Cost is average for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$305. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$24, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$122.

11) Recreation & Culture: Cost is very low for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$175. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$5.33, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$29 per month.

12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Cost is low for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$450. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$2.29, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.68, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$5.60, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$25.23.

13) Transport: Cost is low for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$610. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$0.90, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$43,133.

How does the cost of living in Vietnam compare?

Vietnam is -20.7% cheaper than USA for groceries, -44.4% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 28.2% more expensive for transport costs than India.

What is the quality of life / hardship in Vietnam?

Vietnam is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.The hardship premium for Vietnam for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Vietnam) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.

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