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

Should you visit Bali or Sihanoukville?

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

Where Should I go: Bali or Sihanoukville?


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, 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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Tours for Seniors to Indonesia, The Best G Adventures Tours to Indonesia, The Best Bicycle Tours in Cambodia, and The Best Adventure Tours to Cambodia.

Which place 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 $74, while the average daily cost in Sihanoukville is $51. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Bali and Sihanoukville in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bali $42
    Sihanoukville $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bali $84
    Sihanoukville $46
Compare Hotels in Bali and Sihanoukville

Looking for a hotel in Bali or Sihanoukville? 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 Sihanoukville

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Bali Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bali $9.12
    Sihanoukville $14
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:

  • BALI PARAGLIDING Fly, Swing and Soaring above the sea with private transfer: $103
  • Bali DPS Airport Private Transfer from-to Uluwatu & South Kuta: $31
  • Bali Massage with Transfer to International Bali Airport (DPS): $58
  • Bali Parasailing Adventure with Including Hotel Transfer: $45
  • Bali Parasailing Adventure,Banana Boat,Jet Ski and Donut Boat with Transfers: $59
  • Bali Quad and Buggy Discovery Tour, Including Round-Trip Transfer: $76
  • Bali Tours 4U Airport and Seaport transfers. 24 hours a day.: $21
  • Bali Water Sport : Sea Walker,Donut Boat and Banana Boat with Hotel Transfers: $64
  • Bali White Water Rafting with Lunch and Private Transfer: $48
  • Bali and Nusa Penida: Fast Boat Transfers: $29
  • Bali and Trawangan: Fastboat with Optional Bali Transfer: $48
  • Bali to/from Gili Air: Fast Boat with Optional Bali Transfer: $48

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sihanoukville

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Sihanoukville:

  • Private Transfer From Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh: $24
  • Private Transfer between Sihanoukville Airport and Hotels or Port: $25
  • Private Shuttle Transfer From Sihanoukville - Phnom Penh: $57
  • Private Taxi Transfer Sihanoukville - Battambang Car - Mini-Van: $107
  • Private Taxi transfer from Sihanoukvile to Battambang City: $145
  • Private Taxi transfer from Sihanoukvile to Battambang City: $145
  • Private Taxi transfer from Sihanoukvile to Battambang City: $145
  • Private Transfer in Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh by Alphard 2010: $180
  • Private taxi transfer from Sihanoukville to Battambang: $290

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.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Bali $21
    Sihanoukville $18
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.

  • Private Tour Rafting Uluwatu Kecak Dance Sunset and Dinner in Jimbaran Bay: $28
  • Romantic Seafood Dinner under sunset in the Beach: $29
  • Pirate Dinner Cruise with Shows, Games, and Music: $32
  • Ubud: Balinese Cooking Class at an Organic Farm: $32
  • Amazing Private Tour-Uluwatu Kecak Dance and Romantic Seafood Dinner: $33
  • From Ubud: Authentic Cooking Class in a Local Village: $35
  • Bali Night Market Food Tour From Ubud: $35
  • Romantic Seafood Dinner at Jimbaran: $38
  • Bali Private tour Beach,Traditional dance, Uluwatu Temple, Sunset, Dinner: $45
  • Seminyak: Balinese Cooking Class & Market Tour: $45
  • Bali Street Food Tour: $45
  • Bali's Best Sunset: Uluwatu Kecak Dance & Dinner Jimbaran Beach: $50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sihanoukville

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

  • Cooking class in Kampot: $20
  • Cooking Class at La Plantation: $35
  • Sihanoukville - Khmer Traditional Cooking Class: $110

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bali $11
    Sihanoukville $5.33
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:

  • Bali Water Sports Adventure: $7.89
  • Bali Bird Park 1-Day Admission Ticket: $9.07
  • Private Tour to New Indonesia Urban Destination: $13
  • Uluwatu Temple Tour with Optional Kecak Dance Ticket: $14
  • Kecak and Fire Dance Ticket at Uluwatu Temple: $14
  • Bali : Uluwatu Temple, Kecak Dance and Beaches Private Tour: $16
  • Bali Traditional Purification And Sightseeing Private Guided Tour: $17
  • Best of Ubud Full Day Private Guided Tour: $19
  • All-Inclusive White Water Rafting Adventure in Ubud: $19
  • 1-Day Instant Entry Ticket to Waterbom Bali: $19
  • Bali Nusa Dua Theatre: Devdan Show Tickets: $19
  • Ubud: Monkey Forest, Rice Terraces, Temple & Waterfalls Tour: $19

Tours and Activities in Sihanoukville

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

  • Afternoon tours: Pepper Farm , Secret Lake & Salt fields: $18
  • La Plantation tour (discovering Kampot Pepper) + Lunch: $21
  • Kampot Countryside Tour - Pepper Farm, Salt Lake, Caves, and more: $25
  • Half-Day Adventure to the Pepper Farm by Scooter: $25
  • Koh Rong Island Speed Ferry Round-Trip Ticket: $25
  • Koh Rong: Round-Trip Speed Ferry Tickets: $25
  • Kampot Tour Pepper Plantation, Salt Field, Cave, Secret Lake: $25
  • Kampot Day Tour "Bokor National Park": $29
  • Bokor Mountain Adventure - History, Sights and Waterfalls: $29
  • Private Tour in Kampot by Tuk Tuk: $35
  • Private tours: Pepper farm, Salt feild, Cave and Secret Lake : $38
  • Kampot countryside, Pepper farm and Kayak tour include lunch : $44

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bali $3.23
    Sihanoukville $4.38

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.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Bali Expensive? and Is Sihanoukville Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Bali or Sihanoukville?

Bali has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Sihanoukville. When comparing the sizes of Bali and Sihanoukville, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.