A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bali vs. Sihanoukville for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bali or Sihanoukville?

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 Sihanoukville can help you decide which place is right for you.

Bali

Known as the "Island of the Gods," it's not difficult to see why the Gods would want to set up shop in Bali. With a beautifully diverse landscape of hills, mountains, coastlines, beaches, vibrant rice fields and volcanic hillsides, you'll easily go into sensory overload.

Bali is home to 4 million people who all hold true to a deeply spiritual and unique culture. With champion surfing, world class resorts and challenging hiking trails, this Indonesian island accommodates travelers from every walk of life. It's often called, "paradise on earth, " and no one disagrees.

Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville, also known by locals as Kompong Som, was named after King Sihanouk. Also Cambodia's youngest city, construction started in 1955 to build Cambodia's first and only deep water port so that ships would no longer have to go through the Mekong Delta in order to trade with Cambodia. Today, many visit Sihanoukville as a hub to visit Cambodia's islands.

Which city is cheaper, Sihanoukville or Bali?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bali is $65, while the average daily cost in Sihanoukville is $40. 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 Bali and Sihanoukville in more detail.



Accommodation

Bali's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $74. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $37.

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 Sihanoukville the cost is $36 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bali $37
    Sihanoukville $18
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bali $74
    Sihanoukville $36

Food

Bali 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.

The price of a meal in Sihanoukville can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $14 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $5.60 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Bali $18
    Sihanoukville $14
Typical Food prices in Bali

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


  • Coffee
    $1.40
  • Lunch for Two
    $15
  • Bali Cafe for Two
    $30
  • Lunch for Two
    $9.12
  • Lunch for 2
    $10
  • Dinner for 2
    $11

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bali

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

  • Seafood Dinner in Jimbaran Bali: $4.59
  • Bandung Street Food Tour: $5.40
  • Omah Kecebong Fun Outbound and Dinner Experience in Yogyakarta: $11
  • Yogyakarta Historical Walking and Food Tour: $13
  • Pirate Dinner Cruise by Sea Safari Cruise in Bali: $13
  • Online Cooking Class with Chef Juna by Kelas.com: $18
  • Cooking Class in Ubud: $21
  • Indonesia Food Online Cooking Class by Masakonline: $21
  • Cooking Class and Village Tour Experience at Bukit Lawang: $21
  • Eat while chef is cooking in front of you: $24
  • Jambangan Bali Cooking Class in Ubud: $25
  • Visesa Cooking Class in Ubud : $27

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sihanoukville

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

  • Koulen Restaurant Apsara Cultural Show and Dinner: $12
  • Buffet Dinner with Traditional Khmer Show in Amazon Angkor Restaurant: $14
  • Kanika Sunset or Dinner Cruise in Phnom Penh: $15
  • Paper Tiger Cooking Class in Siem Reap: $21
  • Khmer Cooking Class at a Local's Home: $21
  • Cooking Class in Herb Garden: $27
  • Cooking Class Tour in Siam Reap (Small Group): $45
  • Phnom Penh Hidden Bars Tour by Lost Plate Food Tours: $51
  • Phnom Penh Food Tour by Lost Plate Food Tours: $56
  • Evening Urban Food Tour in Phnom Penh: $60
  • Siem Reap Night Treats Food Tour: $60
  • Siem Reap Evening Food Tour: $65

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Bali is $8.17 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $11 per day to get around in Sihanoukville.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bali $8.17
    Sihanoukville $11
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bali

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


  • Motorbike Rental
    $3.51

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bali

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bali:

  • Private H.A.S. Hanandjoeddin International Airport (TJQ) Transfers for Belitung: $6.35
  • Private Husein Sastranegara International Airport Transfers (BDO) for Bandung: $5.45
  • Private Juanda Airport Transfer (SUB) for Surabaya: $5.99
  • Private Lombok International Airport Transfer (LOP) for Lombok: $11
  • Private Ngurah Rai International Airport Transfers (DPS) in Bali by Bali Made: $6.59
  • Private Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK) Transfers for Greater Jakarta: $9.09
  • Shared Transfer Sightseeing to South Bali: $7.75
  • Airport Transfer Service from Area Ubud / Tanah Lot / Pecatu: $23
  • Airport Transfer Service from Area Ubud / Tanah Lot / Pecatu (13 Seater): $52
  • Airport Transfer Service from Area Ubud / Tanah Lot / Pecatu (8 seater): $41
  • Airport Transfers: $16
  • Airport transfer and tour service: $56

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sihanoukville

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Sihanoukville:

  • Private Siem Reap International Airport Tuk-tuk Transfers (REP) for Siem Reap: $5.00
  • Private Siem Reap International Airport (REP) Transfers for Siem Reap: $9.00
  • Private Siem Reap International Airport Transfers (REP) for Siem Reap: $11
  • Shared Bus Transfer between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville by Giant Ibis: $13
  • Private Siem Reap International Airport (REP) Transfers for Siem Reap (Van): $13
  • Shared Bus Transfers between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville by Giant Ibis: $13
  • Private Phnom Penh International Airport Transfers (PNH) for Phnom Penh: $15
  • Shared Bus Transfers between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh by Giant Ibis: $15
  • Shared Bus Transfer between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh by Giant Ibis: $15
  • Private Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) Transfers for Phnom Penh: $18
  • Private Transfer from airport or hotel to hotel or airport in Shinaouk Ville: $19
  • Sihanoukville Airport Transfer (Airport - Hotel - Airport): $20

Is it cheaper to fly into Bali or Sihanoukville?

Prices for flights to both Sihanoukville 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.





Entertainment

Bali's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $9.79 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $4.24 per person, per day in Sihanoukville. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bali $9.79
    Sihanoukville $4.24
Typical Entertainment prices in Bali

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


  • Spa for Two
    $61
  • Snorkelling Trip
    $14
  • Cooking School
    $32

Tours and Activities in Bali

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

  • Hutan Pinus Pal 16 Cikole Lembang Ticket in Bandung: $0.39
  • Puncak 9 Bukit Ngisis Ticket in Kulon Progo: $0.65
  • Mount Halimun National Park and Camping Experience: $0.69
  • Blue Lagoon Waterfall (Puncak Sari) Ticket in Bali: $0.89
  • Taman Pelangi Yogyakarta Admission Ticket: $0.95
  • Jembong Waterfall Ticket in Buleleng Bali: $0.95
  • Kroya Waterfall Ticket in North Bali: $0.95
  • Mangli Skyview Ticket in Magelang: $1.00
  • Rumah Belanda Ticket in Bandung: $1.19
  • Indonesian Islamic Art Museum Ticket in Lamongan: $1.25
  • Banyumala Twin Waterfall Ticket in Wanagiri: $1.29
  • Gereja Ayam Bukit Rhema Ticket in Magelang: $1.59

Tours and Activities in Sihanoukville

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

  • Phsar Leu Thom Thmey Market Tour: $3.00
  • Siem Reap Angkor Wat Private Sunrise Tour: $8.80
  • Siem Reap Night Markets Foodie Tour: $9.00
  • ArtBox Trick Art Museum Admission Ticket: $9.40
  • Classic Angkor Wat Full Day with Sunset Tour: $9.70
  • Angkor Temple Complex Sunset Tour over Bakheng Hill from Siem Reap: $10
  • [Online Tour Guide] Explore Angkor Wat Tour: $10
  • Angkor Wat Day Tour (Small Group): $11
  • Angkor Temples Sunrise Tour: $11
  • Angkor National Museum Admission Ticket: $12
  • Angkor Wat Sunrise Tour (Small Group): $12
  • Angkor Wat Sunset Tour in Siem Reap: $12

Alcohol

The average person spends about $2.89 on alcoholic beverages in Bali 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 Sihanoukville may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $3.49 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bali $2.89
    Sihanoukville $3.49

Sample the Local Flavors in Bali

Also in Bali, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Sababay Winery Tour with Wine Tasting in Bali: $13


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

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