Costs of Living in Vietnam

2 February 2014

Vietnam is a fantastic destination to kick off your TEFL career; the scenery is incredible, the food delicious and the warmth of the people will stay in your heart forever.

With so much to see and do in this country, knowing how to budget effectively will be important if you are going to get the most out of your experience, here’s what you need to know:

TEFL salaries in Vietnam

You can expect to earn around US$1,000 – 2,000 per month teaching English in Vietnam. The cost of living is so low that you should be able to live comfortably and some TEFL teachers even manage to save some money. As a bonus to this, accommodation is also often included in your contract package.


One of the major benefits of teaching English in Vietnam is that your employer will often arrange your accommodation for you as it is often included in your teaching package.

If you plan to find your own place to live your best bet is to look for a shared apartment. You should expect to earn between $200 and $400 each month in HCMC, Hanoi is a little less expensive ($150- $250 a month).


Travelling around Vietnam is cheap, which is great news as that is surely all you’d want to do at weekends! A trip from Hanoi to HCMC will not set you back more than around $60. Make sure you pay the local price, and at just a few dollars a ride, taxis are a great way to get around the city.

Food and Drink

Eating in Vietnam is as eye wateringly cheap as the food is mouth-watering. You can eat from street stalls for a round 50p a dish and pay only slightly more from a local restaurant. Beer also costs around the same as a water.

Top tip: make sure you don’t leave the country without trying the national dish, Pho – a steaming bowl of beef soup.

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