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Vietnam Cost of Living – Monthly Budget

December 9, 2019


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  • Reply Patrick Faiola February 9, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Do they have gyms in the area, and I am curios about the prices. Gyms here in Manila are about the same prices as in the states.

  • Reply Kriss Bartlett February 9, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Very nice but that border run is annoying hey

  • Reply Jack D February 9, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Nice video. Good info wish my entertainment budget was as low as yours.

  • Reply Black American Expat February 9, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Great deal

  • Reply Live My Ass Off February 9, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    we have a word in Coronado for $662.74 for monthly expenses… FREE. while I have enjoyed the 'travel paradigm' with a home base of the island for about 6 years, as of this year, I am LASER focused on moving to Vietnam… for some reason This Year I am not "at home" here any longer… amidst the earning potential over the next 8 years (that we chatted about) I'm at the stage of reviewing what Quality of Life really means for me… and its all coming up Phu Quoc!! (can you say that on TV?) GREAT VIDEO man. Miss you brother! These videos are AWESOME. Thank you.

  • Reply M D February 9, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Besides getting better service, being safer and having a much better infrastructure in Vietnam, is your budget less there than it was in the Philippines?

  • Reply Peter Montez February 9, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Hola Reekay, I enjoy your channel and relate to you very well on many levels. There are so many living and relationship options outside of the USA. I have traveled to SEA many times, but now getting serious of making a move soon. Your January expenditures total less than what I spend just in liability insurance for the month. I am sick & tired of the high costs here in California: sky high property taxes, high Income taxes, and Liberal Politicians sticking it to us to fund their BS! Keep up the great work! Pete

  • Reply Gary&Tess February 9, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks for the accurate info. Are there any taxes? What is the difference between there and the Philippines for comparative services, if that is even possible? TIA

  • Reply Jeff Smith February 9, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Thank You. Great video on cost of living! I’m not sure of your age but add on 100 to 150 a month for healthcare insurance. I’m not familiar with grab bikes but is it an app for scooter taxi’s or just hailing them from the street?

  • Reply Joel Finnigan February 9, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Great content as always. I would like to see a video on how you got your visa there and the difference between leaving the country every 90 days and why you need a visa.

  • Reply ~giN February 10, 2019 at 12:49 am

    The one year business visa for foreigners (non-US citizen) has been suspended. The agent told me it's temporary and that this has happened before. But when it will be reinstated no one knows. Just an heads up.

  • Reply John Carter February 10, 2019 at 1:30 am

    try living in hannoi, and do cost comparison between two cities…

  • Reply sunshine864 February 10, 2019 at 2:09 am

    Love your videos. Would be interested in info about health care options. Such as doctors, dentists, hospitals. Costs and quality. I know you are new in area. But if you learn anything it might make for a video. Be safe. I wish you the best.

  • Reply jerry hayes February 10, 2019 at 3:55 am

    nice budget but I don't see anything for entertainment.

  • Reply B W February 10, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Pretty good bang for the buck!

  • Reply John Doe February 10, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    You are making me consider Vietnam. Need a 6'4" 37 year-old wing man? LOL

  • Reply Curtis Ake February 10, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Nice budget. Although you didn't show it, I am assuming you have an emergency fund for various possible issues, to include medical care. And also funds for going out, entertainment, etc. Thanks for sharing. Dude, you ROCK!!! Awesome!!!!

  • Reply Mark February 10, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks for the breakdown!

  • Reply Tanah Merah February 11, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Incredible bang for the buck for living in a more developed big city/country.
    Check out the beautiful beach towns along the coast such as Nha Trang and Da Nang.

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  • Reply Perry Jones February 11, 2019 at 6:03 am

    good stuff
    Keep the video coming.

  • Reply Traveler February 11, 2019 at 6:05 am

    What about money transfers?
    Does it cost much to transfer funds to your Vietnam bank (I assume from your USA Bank)?

  • Reply Traveler February 11, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Another good video.
    Keep em coming.

  • Reply David McNeal February 11, 2019 at 6:34 am

    I made a couple of comments regarding the reliability of the electrical grid and the Internet in Vietnam, which have both been surprisingly good during the month I've been here. Based upon an experience I had yesterday, I think one big weakness in the infrastructure here is the road network. We traveled back from west of Can Tho to Cu Chi using an experienced driver who makes similar runs several times weekly, but we got caught in horrible traffic caused by people returning home after the Tet holiday. The numerous traffic jams and a three–hour back up at the ferry crossing in Long Xuyen turned a 200 km road trip into a 19-hour endurance test. The trip south earlier in the week probably took about five hours and would have been quite a bit shorter without the Long Xuyen ferry crossing. If my wife and I ever visit her relatives near Can Tho again, we would probably fly instead of drive.

  • Reply garry smith February 11, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    my traveling hero

  • Reply Terry Spies February 11, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Is this $800.00 more than or less than what you would spend in the Philippines?In other words, how does this number compare with what you have spent in the Philippines all else equal?

  • Reply Joe Sapienza February 12, 2019 at 4:00 am

    I'm confused. One purchases a 1 year visa and still has to make a border run every 90 days ? Sounds like a money grab and hassle all combined into one. I would think with the 1 year visa , boom , you're set for 1 entire year before having to make a border run.

  • Reply Derrick Lane February 12, 2019 at 6:36 am

    Hi Reekay, I know that you are not a drinker. Can you compare and contrast Vietnamese beer? I enjoy San Migal and Red Horse in the Philippines. How much is beer in Vietnam in the market verse in a restaurant?

  • Reply Thomas Quinn February 12, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Is it less costly than the Philippines? It looks like it is!

  • Reply Regina O February 12, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Hi Reekay. That's quite a savings on electric compared to Cebu. Seems like a great budget overall.

  • Reply Stephen Monash February 12, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    So, to include any health issues..or unforeseen costs.. a thousand a month US.. is more than enuf…I mean 220 for health.. which would be a savings too if not used.. and you could have two and a half roughly by years end.. if not dramas… Then you could just keep it going… (good idea) or treat yourself with some of it for a special trip or occasion. But yeah.. doubt you could live that nicely in Thailand. My only concern is the ease of meeting a lady… in VN… and if you did…..then more or less double the cost of living.. Even then.. it is only 24 grand a year.

  • Reply Berhanu Youssouf February 13, 2019 at 12:00 am

    hi witch visa did you get? one year multiple tourist visa or one year business visa. thanks

  • Reply Traveler February 13, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Laundry and Water?

  • Reply Bob Weiser February 13, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Does your apartment come furnished?

  • Reply Sir 2k6 February 13, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Holy cow 1 month all you spent was $663.00 unreal, a person can live there easily on a tiny pension. Great video. ????

  • Reply Bill k February 15, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Wow great video. After migrating here in the Philippines in September you make a strong case for Vietnam. Here in the Philippines they really nickle and dime you and the expenses start to add up. I look forward to your future videos and expenses. Are you going to show videos of like the mall and just basically the atmosphere there. How accepting are they for foreigners. Thank you for the great videos.

  • Reply Jasko c February 16, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Thank you, very good video. I was thinking about the Phillipines, but Vietnam seems very interesting now. I was wondering about the cost of health insurance because you did not mention it. Since i am Canadian, if I move there, I will need it eventually.

  • Reply Tom and Ruth Philippine Adventures February 16, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Reekay, I have to say that is cheaper there than here really if you think about it. Dining out, and groceries, and your internet, just for internet I pay both Pldt and globe. 48 USD. Great video

  • Reply PeeKen February 16, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    As ReeKay mentioned, If you are not an experienced motorcyclist you really, really want to strongly consider NOT ridding in Vietnam. I drove a bike every day while in both Thailand and the Philippines so I am extremely used to unconventional southeast Asia rules of the road so to speak. Even so, I may not ride while in Vietnam, not because it is any more dangerous….not at all. Its just an unnecessary risk that I will not need to take while there.

  • Reply Alan Daniel February 17, 2019 at 6:03 am

    great vlog well shown and sounds great value. what about water

  • Reply Vince Pham February 22, 2019 at 10:38 am

    “US travelers can only stay for a maximum of 90 days in Vietnam for the purpose of tourism. You can stay for 6 months if the purpose of the stay is to visit relatives. One year for business purposes.” Since I am Vietnamese American with a 5-year visa, a custom officer probably assumes that I am there to visit relatives, and thus always gives me 6 months. I wonder if you can claim to be visiting relatives and get to stay for 6 months too.

  • Reply Traveling Pho Real February 23, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Thank you for this visual explanation. This really helps us out.

  • Reply Robert Maddelena February 24, 2019 at 1:39 am

    Thats really affordable. And you have plenty to do right. Im coming to VN. When i can. I think i prefer Hoi Anh area. Its closer to the beach as well. What do you think.

  • Reply charanjit meher February 25, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Buddy if uve 1yr visa why uve to go out of Vietnam every 90days? Thx mike Australia

  • Reply shortmemory February 26, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    You get Netflix for free?

  • Reply Nick Struan February 28, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Another great video, Thank you so much. Will go there soon. cheers

  • Reply Chuck Found March 3, 2019 at 6:19 am

    If you can get a 1 year Visa why do you do border runs?

  • Reply Brian P March 13, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing that Henry , really interesting. That looks like a pretty good standard of living for the money .
    Very nice apartment, with good and free internet , good food and cheap transport . Glad you are enjoying your time there .

  • Reply Mail Postcards For Cash March 14, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Rickay i know this is off the subject topic but need to ask you, when you were living in Valencia Dumaguete with lynn in a small cute home can you tell me what was the name of that housing community?? Valencia is a great place.

  • Reply Nirmal Lalwani March 18, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Very nicely explained sir. thanks.

  • Reply Mark messick March 19, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Great information please keep up the good work

  • Reply American Expat March 22, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Rickay as i recalled you used to live in valancia cute little home home in dumaguete what community name was that by that way???

  • Reply Shawn's Silver Stacking March 22, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Excellent budget review and very helpful. I think you covered all of the basic and expected budget items and things can be adjusted accordingly. Many thanks Reekay.

  • Reply Philip Janek March 23, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Just to remind you didn't include the price of your smart HDTV or was it included in the price for the apartment.

  • Reply Philip Janek March 23, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    By the way have you eaten any cats since you been there JK lol

  • Reply Philip Janek March 23, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    I was there 1st lol I brought the babies out of Saigon April 26th 1975 last flight out before Ho Chi Minh City only people left there were the CIA and the Marines at the US Embassy

  • Reply The Philippine Experience March 27, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    I guess I'll be walking. Lol.

  • Reply The Philippine Experience March 27, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    The ants in the Philippines ate my laptop. Yes I'm serious.

  • Reply David Scott March 29, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    What was your process finding an apt?…

  • Reply PAPISAN LOVE March 31, 2019 at 3:10 am

    Great info Thank you Sir

  • Reply Alex Stewart March 31, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    I'm seriously considering Vietnam as my next vacation after watching your videos that's a good budget for a month good video.

  • Reply Phillip Birt April 1, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Wow, that data is eye opening. Actually, compared to the cost of living in the UK it's mind blowing. Thanks for the financial data. Cheers ?????

  • Reply Mario Soto April 3, 2019 at 7:37 am

    I don't know,I have a problem with a country that its currency is a dong,kind of hard tho!?

  • Reply Carlos Cardama April 11, 2019 at 9:29 am

    I can tell you we are in no less than 2k a month with all you mention . …and the wifi APESTA UNA MIERDA ..te contare mas de mis expensas ..saludos

  • Reply Scott Gordon April 12, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Never forget your Mom's birthday 🙂 Had to smile when you talk about hiring a scooter 🙂 Not for the faint of heart , yet that is mostly for Saigon and Hanoi . For the rest of the country is acceptable .
    My first stop there was Hue , busy , yes , yet still acceptable .
    Hanoi , not 🙂
    I got the busy part in Bkk , Hanoi is different .
    Caught a Vina Sun taxi there .
    Hired a scooter in Hoi An,Da Lat and Phu Quoc , was a breeze .
    A well balanced view 🙂
    As you say , might be cheaper on the outskirts , just if you are wanting to be around D1 , you will commute .
    Going from D3 to D12 took forever almost , more than an hour . .
    I forget the drive from D3 to D7 🙂 Even from D3 to D1 was 20 -30 mins
    A very nice area though , lots of new buildings .
    Your spot looks great , wifi at home and most places you visit 🙂
    I saw when you bought your scooter , was reasonable . And place under your flat to park at night ?
    While am not looking to re locate there any time soon , would be the first place I would go 🙂
    Keep on having fun .

  • Reply Andrea Allen April 15, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    This is really helpful. Thank-you 🙂

  • Reply ALM April 16, 2019 at 5:14 am

    Well explained budget and reflect a doable budget for any expats. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Steve Frazer April 18, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Just my opinion, but this is way high! I lived in Costa Rica for less than 400 a month. Im in South Dakota and live here on less than 900 a month no problem.

  • Reply Patrick McDonald April 20, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Phone? I will be in Da Nang in 10 days. Three months there. Then to Thailand 1 month, then Philippines. Buy one there or not? As to the "chip" ? What type of that should I get.? Secondary, a guide and or translator. I have seen on line companies, well I am going to help orphanages in the area. I am doing this on my own,(God put it on my heart) to help "agent orange children ". You give good advise. I could use your information.

  • Reply Marc Sawyer April 23, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Sounds alot cheaper but isn't gas like 1 something a litre, almost 4 litres in a gallon alot for gas but that's just what I heard,2.29 a gallon where I am

  • Reply tim kahn April 23, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    great as always

  • Reply Rebecca Meyenberg May 12, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Did your rent your apartment furnished?

  • Reply Alex May 17, 2019 at 12:27 am

    A critical post about the real cost of living, it's far from being that cheap :

    Also, there is problems with the toxicity of food in VN :

    I guess it happen also in the other in development countries. You have to be careful. It's cheap for a reason.

    I don't even speak about the effect of air pollution on health and the road accidents :

    I do not post to demotivate people to go there but just to warn, and to balance with the often too idealist videos/blogs about VN (I lived there 5 months and did quite long research on the benefit of living there) and others in development countries.

  • Reply smithwesson June 4, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    What will happen if the rented scooter gets stolen? are you insuranced or do you gotta pay up the whole cost?

  • Reply thomascarver99 June 11, 2019 at 4:16 am

    Can I email you with questions. Thank you for your wonderful break down of your budget!

  • Reply kenneth wiley June 16, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Very informative vlog. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply mitokechi a weeb June 16, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    wow, this is exactly the information I needed. great upload! thank you

  • Reply Alex Blaze June 20, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Thank you so much Reekay. This video could not have come at a better time for me as I’m playing on moving to Vietnam in the next several months. I’m retired from the Air Force and your budget spreadsheets really put things into real life perspective (as opposed to the Cost of Living Websites which tend to address these issues in more general and highly variable terms). Well done!

  • Reply Touch Smith June 25, 2019 at 2:26 am

    hello Reekay I would like to ask a personal question about moving there do you have a email i could ask you my question

  • Reply Mike Chisel July 9, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Nice video

  • Reply Roger Roger July 21, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Thank you sir.

  • Reply VeryNice August 3, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Good video. I'm curious why you opted for the 1 year tourist visa which requires border runs instead of a 1 year business visa that doesn't afaik.

  • Reply Ding Dong August 4, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    In the Phils there are backup solution for internet such as Globe pocket wifi or HomeWifi. is there a backup in Vietnam? very important to me. ??

  • Reply Maegic Dude September 11, 2019 at 3:48 am

    riding a scooter is not for a novice anywhere in asia…lol

  • Reply Brian Hoang Afser73 September 11, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    hello reekay, i am thinking to follow your trail. tks for sharing this important budget info. one burning question. what is the best way to transfer fund or access my fund it the fund is in another country, in my case is in the u.s., while in viet nam. probably unwise to bring lots of cash on hand. tks

  • Reply quemeese September 12, 2019 at 4:40 am

    is there any real difference budget wise between Da Nang and Da Lat?

  • Reply Leo Sorbello September 15, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Wow ,you have seen the light mate .I'm so happy you found a good place to live ,the woman are better ,I think I will subscribe again now ,hope we meet when I go back .

  • Reply Judi Grace September 16, 2019 at 4:33 am

    Please God help us. ❤️???.

    Thank you. ❤️???

  • Reply Timo Crompinen September 23, 2019 at 11:06 am

    My budget was 1million dong a day but I amortized the purchase of my motorbike. Worked out at £1000 a month. Was a few years ago.

  • Reply Noodle October 3, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Wow your rent is expensive, idk how my mom did it but she got a 3 stories house for 3mil dong a month in DA NANG.

  • Reply John G October 4, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Great video, but anybody who lives in any country without health insurance either has a lot of cash in the bank or is an absolute risk taking moron

  • Reply Demonetized Dreams October 17, 2019 at 1:15 am

    $662? That is literally nothing. According to my calculations, I make about 306,000,000 VND per month. Damn, I could go there and live like the top 1%.

  • Reply T baz October 28, 2019 at 2:53 am

    Can a foreigner by a condo in Vietnam?

  • Reply Wisconsin Archer October 29, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Regarding rent, are you charged extra if you share a room with your spouse?

  • Reply MR Paradox name? November 5, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    How much for an average house??

  • Reply Ourdogseven November 7, 2019 at 7:03 am

    How many Dongs LoL…

  • Reply NevMcc November 18, 2019 at 12:28 am

    Average wage in HCMC is about $450US/m. $662 is spending big compared to Locals.

  • Reply Giovanni Bellavita November 18, 2019 at 11:28 am

    what would be a 2 bedroom … like at a really nice aria if you could put 1800$ into it .. what would you do …, baby sea view or even 10000 $ a month with security … or any under ground parking … could that be done with 1000$ a month and internet and maid … I'm in then

  • Reply Justmyopinionlol December 8, 2019 at 4:31 am

    what is your ethnicity? How do the locals react when you tell them you are American?

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