In America and Western Europe, Vietnamese food has become trendy. All the major culinary magazines are calling it “the next big thing,” and people are paying $25 to $40 a meal just to try it.
This cracks me up.
Because, in Vietnam, you can eat a complete meal for less than five dollars.
In this article, we’ll look at one of the nation’s staple dishes, pho, and how much its price around the country. This will give you a good idea of how cheap living, and eating, in Vietnam is.
Pho Costs Around Vietnam
(This Pho Cost $1.69 And Included A Free Drink)
If you’ve never tried it before, pho is a gigantic bowl of steaming hot soup. There are several different varieties (like ones with pork or beef), but they all follow a similar recipe: broth, noodles, veggies, and some type of protein.
This is one of the most common meals throughout Vietnam, and you’ll find it in small restaurants all over the country.
From my travels, here are the usual pho prices per city:
- Hoi An – $2.00 to $3.50 (Since this is a tourist town prices are higher than average).
- Can Tho – $0.95 to $1.00 (There are a ton of great little eateries here with cheap pho costing less than a buck).
- Da Nang – $1.00 to $1.50 (Very inexpensive).
- Ho Chi Minh City – $1.50 to $2.00 (For a major city, pho prices are still low).
Vietnam is very affordable. You can eat a big meal for less than five bucks, and a bowl of pho costs as little as one dollar in many cities.
This low-cost of living makes Vietnam the perfect place for anyone looking to permanently relocate. Whether you’re a young digital nomad, or someone planning to retire, this is an excellent country for doing so.
Everything is cheap, including the food, and you can easily live here on less than $2,000 a month.
P.S. Do you like Vietnamese food? What’s your favorite dish? Leave a comment to let me know.