How Expensive is Da Nang

How Expensive is Da Nang?

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How expensive is Da Nang to live in? A common question from Expats that sees this city as a potential living place.

Da Nang is one of the preferred cities to live for Expats. Aside from being an affordable living place, the city is fast growing with several employment options to offer. Based on the Cost of Living Comparison, Da Nang’s cost of living is 10% cheaper compared to Hanoi, while 8% more affordable Ho Chi Minh.

Of the three best cities to live in Vietnam, Da Nang is hailed at the top. But then, how expensive is Da Nang?

Food Expenses:

Da Nang is a food haven that anyone would dream of. Delectable dishes here are budget friendly and don’t cost much – appealing to students.

A hearty meal for breakfast is around 10,000 – 15,000 VND which lunch and dinner can range from 15,000 – 25,000 VND. The city offers a variety of culinary masterpieces that feeds the soul of all nationalities. From notable authentic Vietnamese cuisines to internationally renowned menus. Each corner of the main city is packed with food shops that offer affordable dishes such as Bánh mì (sandwich with eggs and meat) costs around 15,000 VND, a bowl of Phở around 30,000 VND, a rice buffet (Cơm Bình Dân) will set you full for about 25,000 VND. A huge meal with a drink on the side won’t exceed 50,000 VND.

For vegans, a vegetarian rice buffet situated in the An Thuong area is at 25,000 VND.

If you are tight on budget, it would be ideal to cook a meal for yourself. Local markets around Da Nang offer a variety of fresh produce to make your favorite meal. Just don’t forget to try and haggle before buying. An ideal place to go for grocery is My An market or Han market

Accommodations:

Da Nang offers several accommodations for travellers depending on your budget. A studio type room or apartment can cost around 800,000 VND to 2,500,000 VND. Obtaining a part-time job can mean living comfortably in this city.

The monthly rental cost that includes utilities can cost 5 million VND but still pretty much affordable. Most expats rent an apartment, but before doing so, it might be best to check the area first. Try booking a few nights through Airbnb so you can see the area and decide for yourself!

Transportation:

Transportation can be part of the major item on your how expensive Da Nang is list. The city is undergoing massive development projects and innovations that its infrastructures and transportation system are evolving.

It offers an international gateway right at the heart of the city. With plenty of transportation options to offer any traveller.

The most convenient transportation option in the city is a motorbike which costs around 7 million VND for a used Honda Wave.

Rush hours are from 7-9 AM and 4-6 PM but are still less chaotic than that of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. Should you opt into renting a vehicle, it can cost around 1 million VND per month but note that you have to secure an international driving license before you can rent one. Or try checking out the lifetime Vietnamese driving license should you have the intention to stay longer.

A liter of gas in Da Nang can cost around 15,000 VND. If you’re someone who drives a lot, you’ll be looking at spending an average of 100,000 – 200,000 VND each week on gasoline. Plus bike maintenance at around 100,000 VND for changing oil every 1,000 km.

If in the event you haven’t secured a driving license, don’t fret. Grab is widely used in the city and so are buses. Heading to the beach by a bus can cost around 60,000 VND while short distances are around 20,000 VND.

4G Internet

Amongst the internet providers in the city, the most preferred one is Vinaphone. MobiFone offers 120 GB per month approximately 90,000 VND.

4G internet connection is pretty much stable in the city. A phone number with a data plan can cost 250,000 VND in the airport while 200,000 VND at official stores in the city.

The country offers the lowest mobile cost in the world. Make sure to get a sim card at the official store rather than a local shop where the risk of leaking some of your personal information can be inevitable.

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