A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Ayutthaya vs. Siem Reap for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Ayutthaya or Siem Reap?

Should I visit Ayutthaya or Siem Reap? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.


Once the largest city in the world, Ayutthaya, is the example of an ancient capital within a modern city. Located in the central plains of Thailand, this spot is ideally located between China, India and the Malay Archipelago creating the perfect place for trade in Asia. Eighteenth century maps from Holland and France show golden palaces, large ceremony spots and trading vessels from all over the world. Suddenly, in 1767, Ayutthaya experienced a tragic fall from grace with a Burmese invasion burning much of the city to the ground.

Siem Reap

Located in northern Cambodia, Siem Reap is the closest town to Cambodia's famous Angkor Wat. It is a comfortable and laid back town and most visitors use it as a base to explore the country's most visited destination. Although Siem Reap was once a quaint village, it has continued to grow and change to meet the needs of the many tourists who visit every year. Siem Reap has become a very touristy town with easy access to restaurants, hotels, and shops. It also has a large expatriate community and the western influences are unavoidable. Although prices remain quite low, they are higher than you might find elsewhere in Cambodia.

Which city is cheaper, Siem Reap or Ayutthaya?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Ayutthaya is $55, while the average daily cost in Siem Reap is $64. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Ayutthaya and Siem Reap in more detail.


If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $18. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Ayutthaya the cost is $36 on average.

A hotel room in Siem Reap is about $82 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ayutthaya $18
    Siem Reap $41
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ayutthaya $36
    Siem Reap $82


Ayutthaya food costs typically run travelers around $18 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.

In Siem Reap travelers spend around $12 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Ayutthaya $18
    Siem Reap $12
Typical Food prices in Ayutthaya

Some typical examples of dining costs in Ayutthaya are as follows:

  • Lunch for 2
  • Ice Cream
  • Breakfast for 2
  • Breakfast for 2

Typical Food prices in Siem Reap

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Siem Reap:

  • Breakfast for Two

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Siem Reap

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Siem Reap.

  • Apsara Dinner Show at Amazon Angkor (Free Hotel Pick Up): $14
  • Khmer Gourmet Cooking Class: $19
  • Khmer Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking Class: $19
  • Apsara Dance Performance - Including Buffet Dinner & Hotel Pickup: $25
  • Khmer Cooking Class at a Local's Home in Krong Siem Reap: $25
  • Apsara Dance Performance - Including Buffet Dinner & Hotel Pickup: $25
  • Apsara Dance Performance - Including Buffet Dinner & Hotel Pickup: $25
  • Cooking Class at Local Village: $26
  • Amazing Apsara Dance Show with Buffet Dinner & Hotel Transfers: $27
  • Cooking Class Menu C: $28
  • Cooking Class Menu A: $28
  • Khmer Culinary Cooking Class: $28

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Ayutthaya is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $24 per person, per day, on local transportation in Ayutthaya.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $6.95 per day to get around in Siem Reap.

  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ayutthaya $24
    Siem Reap $6.95
Typical Local Transportation prices in Ayutthaya

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Ayutthaya are as follows:

  • River Ferry Crossing

Typical Local Transportation prices in Siem Reap

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Siem Reap:

  • Tuk Tuk Ride
  • Bike Rentals

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Siem Reap

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Siem Reap:

  • Siem Reap Airport Transfer US$8 Only: $5.34
  • Airport Transfer (REP airport and Siem Reap town): $5.54
  • Departure Airport Transfer by Tuk Tuk: $8.00
  • Private Transfer: Hotel to Siem Reap Airport: $8.54
  • Private Transfer: Siem Reap Airport to Hotel: $9.00
  • Private Siem Reap Airport Pickup OR Hotel Transfer: $10
  • 2 Way Siem Reap Airport Transfers: $10
  • Private Transfer From Siem Reap International Airport to Siem Reap Downtown: $11
  • Arrival Airport Transfer by Tuk Tuk: $11
  • Siem Reap Airport Pickup/Transfer: $12
  • Private Transfer from Siem Reap Airport to your Hotel: $12
  • Private Transfer from Siem Reap Airport: $13

Is it cheaper to fly into Ayutthaya or Siem Reap?

Prices for flights to both Siem Reap and Ayutthaya change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.


Entertainment and activities in Ayutthaya typically cost an average of $24 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $24 per person, per day in Siem Reap. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ayutthaya $24
    Siem Reap $24
Typical Entertainment prices in Ayutthaya

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Ayutthaya are as follows:

  • Temple Entrances (2)
  • Wat Entrance

Tours and Activities in Ayutthaya

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Ayutthaya are as follows:

  • Colors of UNESCO Heritage 6 hour Bicycle Tour: $56
  • Ayutthaya Day Tour: $57
  • Bangkok Ayutthaya Private Sunset Boat Tour: $82
  • Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-In with minivan and come back with cruise: $96
  • Private : Ayutthaya Ancient Temples Day Tour: $112
  • Private : Ayutthaya Temples & Floating Market Day Tour: $119
  • Ayutthaya Day Tour By Car: $157
  • Ayutthaya Temples & Eco-Farm Private Tour from Bangkok: $175
  • Shore Excursion from Laem Cha Bang Port to Ayutthaya (Private tour): $262

Typical Entertainment prices in Siem Reap

Here are a few typical costs in Siem Reap for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:

  • Angkor Tour Guide

Tours and Activities in Siem Reap

Here are a few actual costs in Siem Reap for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Exploring Angkor Grand Circle(Private Tours): $9.00
  • Skip the Line: World's Best 3D Trick Art Museum ARTBOX in Siem Reap Ticket: $9.90
  • Angkor Sunrise Group Tour by MiniBus: $10
  • Shared Minivan Ticket Siem Reap to Phnom Penh: $11
  • Skip the Line: 3D Artbox Museum Ticket: $11
  • 2.5hrs Phsa Leu Thom Tmey Local Day Market Private Tour: $11
  • Wonderful Angkor Sunrise Joined Tour: $13
  • Full Day Explore Remarkable Angkor Wat Joined Tour: $13
  • 2.5hrs Siem Reap Local Night Market Private Tour: $15
  • Full-Day Angkor Temple Complexes Discovery Tour by Join-In Minivan: $15
  • Phnom Bakheng Sunset Tours: $15
  • Siem Reap City Tour Half-day: $15


The average person spends about $16 on alcoholic beverages in Ayutthaya per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Siem Reap may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $8.73 per day on alcoholic beverages.

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ayutthaya $16
    Siem Reap $8.73

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Ayutthaya and Siem Reap, we can see that Siem Reap is more expensive. And not only is Ayutthaya much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Ayutthaya would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Ayutthaya and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Siem Reap would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Siem Reap than you might in Ayutthaya.

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