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

Should you visit Beijing or Siem Reap?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Beijing and Siem Reap can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Beijing or Siem Reap?

Beijing

Beijing is the capital of China and, with 21.5 million people, it is the second most populated city in the world after Shanghai. It is a city that keeps pockets of its history hidden in old neighborhoods or back alleys, despite the constant change and modernization that goes on around it. As the capital city of China, there is plenty of history and culture. You can still get yourself lost in one of the last remaining hutongs, which are old neighborhoods that remain untouched by the city's modernization. The alleys that weave between the old homes are lined with drying clothes, corner markets, and people going about their daily lives the way they have for centuries. Surrounding these hutongs you'll find modern buildings and a booming economy, all threatening to destroying these last bits of Beijing's history. Beijing offers a glimpse into a microcosm that represents the entire country of China. Make sure you give yourself enough time in China to truly experience Beijing. You can pass a lot of time soaking up life in the city, which remains as diverse as the country it resides within.

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 2-Week Tours from Beijing, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to China, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Phnom Penh, and The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Siem Reap.


Which place is cheaper, Siem Reap or Beijing?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Beijing is $76, while the average daily cost in Siem Reap is $80. 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 Beijing and Siem Reap in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Beijing $39
    Siem Reap $51
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Beijing $78
    Siem Reap $102
Compare Hotels in Beijing and Siem Reap

Looking for a hotel in Beijing or Siem Reap? 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 Beijing


Hotels in Siem Reap


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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: Siem Reap Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Beijing $7.73
    Siem Reap $8.68
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Beijing

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


  • Taxi
    $4.72
  • Train from Airport for Two
    $6.92
  • Taxi to Hotel
    $8.30
  • 2 Metro Passes
    $2.21
  • Metro
    $0.55

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Beijing

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Beijing:

  • Jinshanling Great Wall Self-hiking Tour by Private Transfer Service : $98
  • Private English Transfer to Shilin Gorge Platform And Ming City Wall : $140
  • Private One-Way Transfer Between Beijing Railway Station and Hotel: $30
  • Private Transfer to Daxing International Airport : $35
  • 1 Day Pass for Universal Beijing and Private Transfer Package: $265
  • 1-Day Beijing Layover Private Tour: Forbidden City with Round Airport transfers: $198
  • 1-Day Beijing Layover Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall with Round Airport Transfers: $208
  • 1-Day Bejing Layover Tour:Mutianyu Great Wall,Forbidden City & Airport Transfers: $250
  • 4-Hour Huanghuacheng Great Wall Sunset Tour with Airport Transfer: $160
  • 5 Hours Round Trip Transfer Service to Mutianyu Great Wall: $70
  • Acrobatic Show at Red Theater With Private Transfer: $45
  • Airport Layover Transfer Service to Mutianyu Great Wall & City Sightseeing : $115

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Siem Reap

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


  • Tuk Tuk Ride
    $13
  • Bike Rentals
    $1.91

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Siem Reap

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Siem Reap:

  • Angkor Wildlife & Aquarium with Private Transfer: $45
  • Angkor Zipline Eco-Adventure - Round trip services transfer: $73
  • Phnom Penh: Private Taxi Transfer to Siem Reap: $121
  • Private One-Way Arrival/Departure Transfer: $30
  • Private Round Trip Siem Reap Airport Transfer In AC Minivan: $80
  • Private Siem Reap Angkor Airport Transfers: $37
  • Private Taxi Transfer Siem Reap to Phnom Penh: $121
  • Private Taxi transfer from Bangkok to Siem Reap: $299
  • Private Taxi transfer from Koh Chang to Siem Reap: $368
  • Private Taxi transfer from Pattaya to Siem Reap: $330
  • Private Taxi transfer from Siem Reap to Bangkok: $258
  • Private Taxi transfer from Siem Reap to Koh Chang: $368

Is it cheaper to fly into Beijing or Siem Reap?

Prices for flights to both Siem Reap and Beijing 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Beijing $19
    Siem Reap $15
Typical Food Prices in Beijing

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


  • Popcorn
    $0.83
  • Hot Pot Dinner
    $6.92
  • Dumpling Breakfast for Two
    $2.77
  • Watermelon
    $1.94
  • Peking Duck Dinner for 2
    $16
  • Two Popsicles
    $0.83

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Beijing

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

  • Online Cooking Class Beijing Dumplings and Cuisine by Sunflowerli Renowned Chef : $20
  • Online Cooking Class Orange Chicken by Sunflower Li: $20
  • Online Cooking Class Kungpao Chicken: $20
  • Online Cooking Class Handmade Noodles by Sunflower Li: $20
  • Deal 20% off Beijing Nango HotSpring Water World with Dinner: $38
  • Beijing Acrobatic Show Tickets w/ Optional Dinner or Transfer: $48
  • 3.5-Hour Walking Food Tour: A Bite of History at Beijing Niujie Street: $49
  • Temple of Heaven Private Tour w/Option Show &Dinner: $54
  • Beijing Hutong Breakfast Food Tour: $55
  • Beijing Gulou Night Market Food Tour: $61
  • 3 hours Morning or Afternoon Tea Tasting on Maliandao Street and Tea Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Tour: $69
  • Hidden Gems Guided Food Tour with Beer and Tastings: $75

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
    $5.52

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Siem Reap

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

  • Creative Insect-Based Dinner: $11
  • Apsara Dance Show with Dinner by Tuk-Tuk Roundtrip Transfer: $17
  • Apsara Show and Dinner with Free Shared Round Trip Transfer: $17
  • Buffet Dinner Apsara Show with hotel transfers: $18
  • Apsara show Including Buffet Dinner/Hotel Pick up: $18
  • Apsara Dinner Show with Hotel Transfer: $20
  • Apsara Performance Including Buffet Dinner & Hotel Pick up: $21
  • Apsara Dinner Performance with Buffet Dinner: $25
  • Apsara Dance Show & Dinner with Tuk-Tuk Transfers: $26
  • Experience Cambodian Cooking Class in Siem Reap: $28
  • Cooking Class and Market Shopping: $29
  • Morning Cooking Class & Market Tour: $29

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Beijing $24
    Siem Reap $30
Typical Entertainment Prices in Beijing

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


  • Entry to Summer Palace for Two
    $8.30
  • Two Opera Tickets
    $59
  • Temple of Heaven Park Entrance (for 2)
    $9.68
  • Forbidden City (for 2)
    $17
  • Forbidden City Tickets
    $17
  • Audio Guides at Forbidden City
    $11

Tours and Activities in Beijing

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

  • Beijing's Old Hutongs: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $4.99
  • Summer Palace Group Walking Tour: $5.00
  • Hutongs Group Walking Tour : $5.00
  • Temple of Heaven Group Walking Tour: $5.00
  • Beijing's Old Hutongs: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.34
  • Temple of Heaven Ticket: $6.50
  • Beijing Lama Temple Entrance Ticket with Optional Guided Service: $7.00
  • Panda House+City Attractions or Mutianyu Day Tour: $7.31
  • Beijing Summer Palace Entrance Ticket (with Optional Guided Service): $7.88
  • Beijing Temple of Heaven Entrance Ticket (with Optional Guided Service): $7.88
  • Temple of Heaven Ticket Booking: $7.90
  • Summer Palace+Ming Tombs/Heaven Temple/China National Museum Tour: $8.00

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
    $8.14

Tours and Activities in Siem Reap

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

  • City Walking Tour: $6.00
  • War Museum included Ticket and Pickup Drop Off: $9.00
  • Angkor Wat Tour by Tuk-Tuk with English Speaking Driver: $9.00
  • Siem Reap Motorbike Rental - Temple and City Tours own drive: $9.60
  • Angkor Eye Standard Ride Ticket: $12
  • Angkor Temples Tour - Shared Tours tours guide: $12
  • Sunrise at Angkor Wat and Small Tour with Tours Guide: $12
  • Angkor Temples Small Circuit Shared Group Tour: $12
  • Angkor Wat Sunrise Main Temple Guided Tour: $13
  • Angkor Wat Sunrise Small-Groups with Guide tour: $13
  • Angkor Wat one Day Private Tour for All Highlight Temples: $14
  • Sunset Small Groups with Massive Temples & Guide tour: $14

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Beijing $12
    Siem Reap $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Beijing

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Beijing:

  • Beijing Brewery Bike Tour: $99
  • Private Tour-Drum Tower, Hutong Food Taste and Local Brewery Beer: $120
  • Full Day Private Chateau Changyu Wine Tour from Beijing: $163
  • 5-Hour Private Changyu Chateau Wine Tasting Tour from Beijing: $178
  • Private Changyu Chateau Wine Tasting Tour and Mutianyu Great Wall Visit: $238

Sample the Local Flavors in Siem Reap

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Siem Reap:

  • Mad Monkey Siem Reap Pub Crawl: $10


When comparing the travel costs between Beijing and Siem Reap, we can see that Siem Reap is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Asia, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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


Which is Bigger, Beijing or Siem Reap?

Beijing has a larger population, and is about 90 times larger than the population of Siem Reap. When comparing the sizes of Beijing and Siem Reap, 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.