Cheapest City to Live in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh – Cheapest City to Live in Vietnam


Ho Chi Minh has been recognized as the cheapest city to live in Vietnam. Based on the InterNation’s survey, an average American expat can live in the city with approximately $462.62 as a monthly budget.

InterNation is the largest network of people living and at the same time working abroad. It has currently ranked more than 50 respondents based on expats living in major cities across the globe and is based on the cost of living in a city, finances and housing capacity.

The cost of a typical 1-bedroom apartment in Ho Chi Minh is at $560.86 which is lower than its competitors like Bangkok at $665.44 and Montreal at $982.57

77% of surveyed expats residing in Ho Chi Minh said they are more than delighted with their financial status and lifestyle. According to official data from last year, there are approximately around 90,000 foreigners working and living in Vietnam with great numbers found in Ho Chi Minh and the country’s capital – Hanoi.

Ho Chi Minh is the largest city in the country and is considered the business capital of Vietnam. It offers plenty of employment opportunities for both locals and foreigners.

The city also boasts several attractions and recreational activities. Alongside this are delectable dishes, Vietnamese and international cuisines that can be found in the streets and restaurants.

Plus, transportation is never an issue in this city. Not to mention most of the shops found here are open 24 hours – perfect for anyone hustling even at night time. Most expat communities can be found at Binh Than’s district 1, 2 and 7 which offers several accommodation options that are very affordable to expats.

The city is never a boring place with a lot of things to see and do. Ho Chi Minh is also close to one of the top destinations in the country such as the Mekong Delta, Mui Ne, Phu Quoc, Da Lat, and Vung Tau – a weekend escapade that expats can enjoy!

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