Ho Chi Minh City Monthly Expenses

What’s up readers? Not like I care in the slightest.

I tracked every single one of my expenses for the month of February. My total monthly expenses (including rent) totaled approximately $413 for February.

$340 for my apartment.

$73 for food and everything else.

I know I’m a super big spender over here. Just kidding, that’s a cheap month compared to most Ho Chi Minh City expats.

Keep in mind Tet made February cheaper than other months. There are four reasons Tet was such a cheap month for me:

  • Most food stalls were closed.
  • Most bars were closed. Not like I go out to bars that often, but still.
  • Everyone goes back to their farm for two weeks (no dates).
  • I didn’t go on vacation.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still frugal the other 11 months of the year, but February was an anomaly. Vietnam is so cheap for me compared to others because I only eat street food. Yeah, I know….

“But isn’t street food unhealthy? It’s gross.”

Everyone tells me that. And it just isn’t true.

Most street food in Ho Chi Minh City is safe if you know how to find good Vietnamese street food. And it’s delicious because they put so much MSG in it.

Is MSG in Vietnamese food bad for you?

Hell no. Don’t take my word for it though. Just look at the mountain of evidence pointing to the fact that MSG is not bad for you.

On top of that, it literally gives you superpowers. For reference, I’ve yet to get sick from any Asian street food, or tapwater, in a total of five months in Asia… and I eat some crazy food.

Bag of MSG in Ho Chi Minh City

Super seasoning that gives you super powers.

The food from street stalls will make your poop a little loose. That isn’t really an issue because you can spray your ass with a jet of water. Much more effective than toilet paper.

Apartment Update

Last week I finally moved out of my first apartment in Vietnam. Yes, that 3rd world prison looking “apartment” I talked about in my other article.

My new Saigon apartment looks slightly better. At least when I bring over Tinder dates they don’t look at me like I’m an idiot for living in a crap apartment. The apartment still doesn’t have an outdoor facing window to see the amazing Saigon view. No balcony or kitchen either.

Who the hell needs a kitchen anyway with all the street food in Ho Chi Minh City?

Serviced Apartment in Ho Chi Minh City

My serviced apartment in Ho Chi Minh City

Bathroom In Saigon Serviced Apartment

My amazing bathroom. No bathtub in this one.

View of Saigon

Amazing view of Saigon.


      1. Thank Neo, I will search on the FB group recommended. Can you recommend a few guesthouses from your experience, where security doesn’t kill with looks every time I enter the room?

        1. In District 1, 171 Co Bac Street (it’s an alley) has a bunch of guesthouses you can get for month-to-month. Walking distance to Bui Vien and security is chill at all the places. Just ask about guest policy, none of them care, but some won’t open the gate after 1AM. I know a few people that live on that alley and have no issues with girls. Ngoc Hue gives you free breakfast too and they don’t charge for overnight guests even though they say they do.

          The rooms look pretty awful though.

          18A Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai also has a bunch for month-to-month. You get a kitchen too.

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