A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bali vs. Hong Kong for Food, Nightlife, Beaches, and Families

Should you visit Bali or Hong Kong?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Bali and Hong Kong can help you decide which place is right for you.


Bali is a cultural, stunning, and tropical island. Visitors also love the food, scuba diving and snorkeling, and beaches.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a glamorous, diverse , and compact city. With plenty of activities and things to do, it's a huge city that draws plenty of visitors. You'll find world class beauty here as well. And you can't forget about the shopping, museums, and nightlife.

Bali and Hong Kong: Pros and Cons

  • Popular beach
  • Good for hiking
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Public transit not as usable
  • Less walkable
  • Good for hiking
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good public transit
  • Very walkable
  • Big city activities
  • Impressive beauty
  • Less attractive beach
  • Less popular with backpackers

How is Bali different from Hong Kong?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Hong Kong and Bali. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Bali or Hong Kong Better for Food?

Hong Kong

Both Bali and Hong Kong offer a number of unique restaurants to choose from.

Bali has long been recognized as a culinary destination with great restaurants. The food is rich and diverse with a lot of spices and complex flavors. Turmeric is a common spice and many dishes use coconut milk. Popular local dishes include Nasi Ayam (a chicken dish), Satay (grilled chicken), and Babi Guling (a pork dish).

Known for it's food and restaurant scene, Hong Kong is always at the top of any foodie's travel list. The city's population is famous for its frequency of dining out, and the prolific diversity of restaurants is obvious from the moment you arrive. There are street food stalls and night markets, as well as luxury award winning restaurants. The city holds tight to its culinary traditions, but fusion restaurants are creeping in as well. Some of the most famous Hong Kong foods include dim sum, sweet and sour pork, and roast goose.

Is Bali or Hong Kong Better for Nightlife?

Hong Kong

Both Bali and Hong Kong are comparable when it comes to partying.

Bali is a world class party destination. The island is known for its crazy raves and all night pool parties. There are multi-story dance clubs as well as upscale bars and beach clubs that host parties late into the night. The best nightlife areas are around Kuta, Seminyak, and Canggu.

Hong Kong has a large number of nightlife venues. The city lights up after the sun sets. You'll find a diverse range of activities in the evening ranging from night markets to concerts and parties. Many of the most popular venues are found around Central and, like everything else in Hong Kong, the venues are often compact and crowded.

Is Bali or Hong Kong Better for Beaches?

Hong Kong

Bali is considered to be a more popular beach destination.

With world-famous beaches, Bali is a very popular vacation destination. The island is large enough that it has a diversity of beach styles. There are popular beaches with water sports as well as secluded bays where you can enjoy a more peaceful setting. Some beaches are dramatic with limestone cliffs while others are lined with palm trees.

The beach in Hong Kong is worth checking out. You actually don't have to travel far from the city center to find a relatively quiet, sandy beach. The different beaches on Hong Kong Island are relatively close to each other, and each has its own atmosphere. If you need a break from the heat and the crowds, then a beach day is a fun option.

Is Bali or Hong Kong Better for Hiking?

Hong Kong

You'll find hiking in both Bali and Hong Kong.

Bali is a popular spot for hiking. Walking on the island is beautiful and with its varied landscapes you can explore scenic rice paddies or pristine rainforests. You'll find the most challenging hikes in West Bali National Park, where a guide is recommended, but there are many other shorter hikes on the island that can be explored independently.

Hong Kong has hiking trails worth exploring. You can head out of the concrete jungle into the surrounding mountains and enjoy a day of nature and hiking. The hikes will offer impressive views and dramatic rock formations. Popular hikes in the area include The Peak, Dragon's Back, and the Violet Hill and Twin Peak hike.

Is Bali or Hong Kong Better for Shopping?

Hong Kong

Both Bali and Hong Kong are good shopping destinations.

Bali is a popular shopping destination with plenty of stores. A big appeal of shopping on the island is the affordability. There are many local items that are fun to bring home including jewelry, handicrafts, furniture, and clothing.

Many people travel to Hong Kong specifically to go shopping. There is a high concentration of shopping malls in the city, and you'll likely find yourself cutting through malls to access different parts of town. The city is arguably one of the best shopping cities in the world. Popular items to purchase in the city include designer clothes, handbags, electronics, jewelry, watches, and tailor-made suits.

Is Bali or Hong Kong Better for Families?

Hong Kong

You'll find kid-friendly activities in either Bali or Hong Kong.

Bali is a very kid-friendly island. The island has countless activities that kids can enjoy. There are watersports, snorkeling, surfing lessons and beautiful beaches. You can also expose your kids to the spiritual side of the island with kid-friendly yoga classes. Animals lovers will enjoy getting to see the monkeys up close and for a unique culinary experience, you can take a family cooking class.

Hong Kong is an amazing family-friendly island to visit. In addition to its many fascinating cultural experiences like visiting the markets and historical landmarks, this city also has a diversity of kid-friendly entertainment options. The most obvious is Disneyland, but there are also other amusement parks and aquariums like Ocean Park. Make sure you check out the Symphony of Lights in the evening and head to The Peak Tower during the day.

Is Bali or Hong Kong Better for Couples?

Hong Kong

Both Bali and Hong Kong are good destinations to visit as a couple.

For those traveling as a couple, Bali has plenty to offer. This beautiful island offers stunning beaches, adventure sports, and world class snorkeling. There are beautiful resorts with spas as well as couples yoga classes impressive natural areas.

Hong Kong has so much to offer for a romantic couple's vacation. This city is filled with luxury hotels, beautiful parks, and impressive restaurants. For a romantic evening, check out the Symphony of Lights over Victoria Harbour after the sun sets.

Is Bali or Hong Kong Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Hong Kong

While Hong Kong and Bali are both good for backpackers, overall Bali is more popular.

Backpackers and budget travelers come from all over the world to visit Bali. Backpackers flock to this beautiful island for its stunning setting and affordable accommodation. There are many nice places where backpackers can hang out and get to know other travelers. If you want to get off the beaten path, it's best to head into the countryside and away from the main tourist hubs.

Plenty of backpackers visit Hong Kong. The city is more expensive than many places, but cheap eateries and free activities are abundant. Many backpackers stay in the Tsim Sha Shui area of Kowloon. This is where you'll find the frequently talked about Chungking Mansions. Times are changing though, and you'll find more hostels on Hong Kong Island these days as well.

Is Bali or Hong Kong Better for Public Transit?

Hong Kong

While Bali and Hong Kong both provide public transit, overall the system in Hong Kong is considered to be better.

Hong Kong has a world-class public transit network to take passengers everywhere in the city. Land transportation includes the MTR (Mass Transit Railway), buses, minibuses, and tramways. There are also ferries that connect the different parts of the city.

Bali has some public transit options. There are minibuses and tourist shuttle buses around the island. You can also hire a taxi or rent a car, scooter, or bicycle.

Is Bali or Hong Kong a more walkable city?

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is considered more walkable than Bali.

It is easy to get around Hong Kong on foot. The city has many parks and walking paths that connect different areas.

Bali is generally not a very walkable island. There are some walkable towns and cities on the island, but many areas can be challenging to navigate on foot.

Should I spend more time in Hong Kong or Bali?

How long in Bali or Hong Kong?

Both Bali and Hong Kong have a number of activities to choose from. You can spend a similar amount of time exploring either.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Bali is 5-7 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Hong Kong is 3-7 days.

  • How many days in Bali or Hong Kong? Ideal Length of Stay
    Bali 5-7 
    Hong Kong 3-7

One day in Bali or Hong Kong?

You'll find scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping around the island of Bali. People often spend their time relaxing at one of the resorts. Since there is so much to do in the area, one day is probably not enough for all of it. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

Hong Kong is a big city destination where you can fill many days. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. With so much to do, one day is probably not enough time to see everything.

A weekend in Bali or Hong Kong?

You'll find shopping and nightlife around the stunning destination of Bali. Hikers are also drawn to this area. A weekend is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do. This island offers a variety of activities to choose from.

Hong Kong is a fun place to experience. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than a weekend exploring. The entire region has so many activities, and you'll want time to do everything.

Five days in Bali or Hong Kong?

You'll find nightlife and food around the lush island of Bali. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision. If you have five days, this island makes for a great vacation. It's also a relaxing resort destination. Five days should give you a good understanding of everything this island has to offer.

Hong Kong is a glamorous big city where you can fill many days. This city offers something for everyone. Plenty of people spend five days in the area when traveling. Five days is often enough time to do most activities.

A week in Bali or Hong Kong?

Bali is a popular choice for travelers. One week here is typical. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. While some people choose to spend more or less time in Bali, one week is sufficent for most. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan city where you can fill many days. Many people spend one week here. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. Because of this, one week is usually enough time for a trip here.

Which city is cheaper, Hong Kong or Bali?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bali is $59, while the average daily cost in Hong Kong is $128. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Bali and Hong Kong in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bali $33
    Hong Kong $60
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bali $66
    Hong Kong $120
Compare Hotels in Bali and Hong Kong

Looking for a hotel in Bali or Hong Kong? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Bali

Hotels in Hong Kong

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bali $7.46
    Hong Kong $6.99
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bali

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Bali:

  • Motorbike Rental

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bali

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bali:

  • Ubud: Jungle Trampoline, Swing & Luwak Coffee with Transfer: $57
  • Private Transfer from Bali to Sitia (JSH) Airport: $394
  • Nusa Dua: Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) Transfer: $12
  • Ngurah Rai Bali Airport Private Transfer: $15
  • Departure Private Transfer Nusa Dua or Seminyak to Bali Airport DPS by Minivan: $52
  • Denpasar : Private Transfer to/from Ngurah Rai Intl. Airport: $14
  • Crete Private Transfer from Bali city to Heraklion (HER) Airport: $108
  • Return Private Transfer for Night Safari: $41
  • Private Transfer between Airport (DPS) and Seminyak: $12
  • Private One-Way Transfer Between Legian & DPS Airport: $17
  • Bali Departure Private Transfers from Bali Central to Bali Airport DPS: $83
  • Bali Airport: Luxury Private Transfer by Alphard Vellfire: $65

Typical Local Transportation prices in Hong Kong

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Hong Kong:

  • MTR (for 2)
  • Local Bus
  • Ferry Ticket
  • Hong Kong Airport Express Train Ticket

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hong Kong

Also for Hong Kong, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Hong Kong Shared Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport: $30
  • Hong Kong Shared Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel: $30
  • Private Airport Transfer: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to Hong Kong: $32
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Hong Kong to Hong Kong Int. Airport (HKG): $32
  • HongKong airport Private transfer to Tsim Sha Tsui or Kowlong City maxi 9 person: $35
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Hong Kong Airport to Hong Kong Island or City Center: $38
  • Private Departure Transfer from Hong Kong Island or City to Hong Kong Airport: $38
  • HongKong airport Private transfer to or from HongKong Island maximum 9 person: $39
  • HKG Private Arrival Transfer from Hong Kong Airport to Hotel: $48
  • HKG Private Departure Transfer from Hong Kong/Kowloon Hotel to Hong Kong Airport: $48
  • Hong Kong City to Cruise Port Hong Kong - Private Car Transfer: $49
  • Hong Kong City to Hong Kong Airport (HKG) - Departure Private Transfer: $62

Is it cheaper to fly into Bali or Hong Kong?

Prices for flights to both Hong Kong and Bali 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.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Bali $17
    Hong Kong $26
Typical Food prices in Bali

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

  • Coffee
  • Lunch for Two
  • Bali Cafe for Two
  • Lunch for Two
  • Lunch for 2
  • Dinner for 2

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bali

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

  • Eat while chef is cooking in front of you: $24
  • Sidemen: Firewood Cooking Class & Organic Farm Tour: $28
  • From Ubud: Balinese Cooking Class at an Organic Farm: $30
  • Withlocals your Way: 100% Personalised Bali Private Food Tour: $39
  • Bali Cooking Class: $39
  • Ubud: Romantic Barbecue Dinner by the Pool: $57
  • Private Full or Half-Day Authentic Food Tour: $58
  • Romantic Dinner by Oceana Restaurant & Bar: $74
  • Ubud: Romantic Dinner among the Rice Fields: $110
  • Ubud: Romantic Dinner on a Forest Tree Deck: $214

Typical Food prices in Hong Kong

For Hong Kong, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Dinner for 2

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hong Kong

For Hong Kong, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • E-Ticket: Symphony of Lights Dinner Cruise and Free Transfer: $64
  • 2-Hour Dinner & Shows on Victoria Harbour Night Cruise: $81
  • Hong Kong Market Tour and Cantonese Cooking Class with a Local Chef: $154
  • Private Food Tour: The Best Bites of Mongkok: $204
  • Private Food Tour: The Best Bites of Hong Kong Island: $204
  • Private Romantic Dinner for 2 on Luxury Yacht: $1,549

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bali $8.94
    Hong Kong $76
Typical Entertainment prices in Bali

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

  • Spa for Two
  • Snorkelling Trip
  • Cooking School

Tours and Activities in Bali

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

  • 2 Days Rinjani Trekking Tour: $250
  • Amazing Nusa Penida Snorkeling Experience: $63
  • Ancient Tour to Yeh Pulu and Goa Gajah: $45
  • Ayung River: All Inclusive Rafting Adventure: $26
  • Bali - Kintamani Tour: $65
  • Bali - Ubud Tour: $60
  • Bali 5 Days Tour & Activities - All Included: $306
  • Bali ATV or Quad Bike Tandem Tour Package: $101
  • Bali Alternative Temples Private Group Tour: $74
  • Bali Bird Park 1-Day Admission Ticket: $25
  • Bali Countryside Bike Tour Package: $101
  • Bali Full-Day Private Customized Tour: $50

Typical Entertainment prices in Hong Kong

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Hong Kong's activities, tours, and tickets:

  • Peak Tram
  • Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

Tours and Activities in Hong Kong

For Hong Kong, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • A Food Adventure in Hong Kong with a Local Foodie: $2.64
  • Peak Tram Sky Pass: Tram Ticket, Hong Kong Sky Tour and Sky Terrace 428 Entry: $13
  • E-Ticket: Peak Tram Round Trip and Sky Terrace: $17
  • sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck Admission Ticket: $19
  • Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Ticket on Lantau Island: $21
  • Skip the line: E-Tickets in Macau: $23
  • Victoria Peak Hong Kong (Tai Ping Shan) Ticket: $24
  • Hong Kong Sky100 Admission Ticket: $24
  • Victoria Harbour Cruise by Aqua Luna: $28
  • Central Street Art Walking Tour: $28
  • sky100 Admission Ticket for Two Person with One Free CafĂ© 100 Dining Voucher: $31
  • Skip The Line: Ngong Ping Cable Car Round Trip Voucher: $31

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bali $2.64
    Hong Kong $17

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bali and Hong Kong, we can see that Hong Kong is more expensive. And not only is Bali much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Bali would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Bali 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 Hong Kong would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Hong Kong than you might in Bali.

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