A Travel Price Comparison for Vietnam Halong Bay vs. Can Tho for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Halong Bay or Can Tho?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Halong Bay and Can Tho can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the north of Vietnam, near the Chinese border. Known for its thousands of beautiful limestone karsts and stalactite-filled caves, it is one of the most visited destinations in Vietnam. If you appreciate natural scenery and want an adventure at sea, you'll love cruising among more than 1,900 islands in Ha Long Bay.

Can Tho

Can Tho is the largest city of Vietnam's Mekong Delta, and is best known for its canal network of floating markets, restaurants, bars, and hotels, Buddhist pagodas, and the beauty of the delta, which is illuminated in the evenings.

Which city is cheaper, Can Tho or Halong Bay?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Halong Bay is $53, while the average daily cost in Can Tho is $50. 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 Halong Bay and Can Tho in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Halong Bay is $50. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $48 in Can Tho For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Halong Bay $25
    Can Tho $24
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Halong Bay $50
    Can Tho $48

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Halong Bay cost around $15 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $6.00.

Can Tho food costs typically run travelers around $15 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Halong Bay $15
    Can Tho $15

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Halong Bay

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

  • Seafood Dinner in Altitude Rooftop Bar at Sheraton Nha Trang : $15
  • The Home Pizza Phu Quoc Cash Voucher 500.000VND : $19
  • Tra Que Vegetable Village and Cooking Class Experience in Hoi An: $24
  • Tam Giang Lagoon Private Half Day Tour with Seafood Dinner: $26
  • Half-Day Tam Giang Sunset Tour with Dinner on Floating Restaurant: $26
  • Hoi An City and Food Tour with Foot Massage: $28
  • Vegetarian Cooking Class in Hanoi: $28
  • Vegetarian Cooking Class in Hoi An: $29
  • Eco Cooking and Basket Boat Tour: $29
  • Jolie Da Nang Cooking Class: $30
  • M.O.M Cooking Class in Saigon: $30
  • Saigon Cooking Class by Hoa Tuc: $31

Typical Food prices in Can Tho

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Can Tho:


  • Restaurant Dinner (for Two)
    $5.71
  • Coconut
    $0.31
  • Mango
    $1.19
  • Hot Pot Dinner (for Two)
    $7.65
  • Two Vietnamese Iced Coffees
    $0.70
  • Casual Lunch (for One)
    $3.08

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Can Tho

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

  • Seafood Dinner in Altitude Rooftop Bar at Sheraton Nha Trang : $15
  • The Home Pizza Phu Quoc Cash Voucher 500.000VND : $19
  • Tra Que Vegetable Village and Cooking Class Experience in Hoi An: $24
  • Tam Giang Lagoon Private Half Day Tour with Seafood Dinner: $26
  • Half-Day Tam Giang Sunset Tour with Dinner on Floating Restaurant: $26
  • Hoi An City and Food Tour with Foot Massage: $28
  • Vegetarian Cooking Class in Hanoi: $28
  • Vegetarian Cooking Class in Hoi An: $29
  • Eco Cooking and Basket Boat Tour: $29
  • Jolie Da Nang Cooking Class: $30
  • M.O.M Cooking Class in Saigon: $30
  • Saigon Cooking Class by Hoa Tuc: $31

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Halong Bay is $14 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.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Can Tho than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $11 on transportation in Can Tho on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Halong Bay $14
    Can Tho $11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Halong Bay

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Halong Bay:

  • [Flash Sale] Six Senses Con Dao with Breakfast and Transfer: $528
  • V.I.P Halong Bay Full Day With Private Boat - Max 7 Pax With Transfer From Hanoi: $485
  • 6 stars cruise 3d-2n: biking,BBQ, golf course,cave,transfer, meals,kayak,pool: $410
  • An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay, Free Roundtrip Airport & Speedboat Transfer: $303
  • Hanoi Halong Bay One Day Private Tour With 08 Hours Cruise & Highway Transfer: $278
  • Athena Luxury Cruise: 2-Day Explore Bai Tu Long Bay With Transfer From Hanoi: $215
  • Halong Bay 2 Days 1 night with Athena Luxury Cruise ( Transfer included ): $207
  • Family Combo Vinpearl Discovery Wonderworld Phu Quoc with Breakfast, Optional Roundtrip Airport Transfer and Vinwonder + Vinpearl Safari: $174
  • Halong Bay Cruise 2Days,1Night with included Hanoi Transfer by Bus: $164
  • 3D2N Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc with Free Airport Transfer, Optional F&B Credit or Vinwonders + Vinpearl Safari Ticket : $154
  • InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort, with Roundtrip Airport Transfer and Optional Flights : $134
  • Hai Phong airport transfer to Halong Bay with private car 16 seat from Hai Phong: $133

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Can Tho

Also for Can Tho, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • 3D2N Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc with Free Airport Transfer, Optional F&B Credit or Vinwonders + Vinpearl Safari Ticket : $154
  • Private Round Trip Transfers Between Da Nang City and Coconut Forest: $21
  • Private Round Trip Transfers between Hoi An and My Son Sanctuary: $30
  • The Shells Resort and Spa Phu Quoc with Breakfast and Roundtrip Airport Transfer: $70
  • 2D1N Sapa Tour from Hanoi with Dcar Bus Transfers: $71
  • 3D2N Sapa Tour from Hanoi with Dcar Bus Transfers: $102
  • An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay, Free Roundtrip Airport & Speedboat Transfer: $303
  • Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc, with Roundtrip Airport Transfer: $66
  • Dusit Princess Moonrise Phu Quoc Hotel & Free round trip airport transfer : $66
  • Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang with Breakfast, Optional Roundtrip Airport Transfer: $90
  • Family Combo Vinpearl Discovery Wonderworld Phu Quoc with Breakfast, Optional Roundtrip Airport Transfer and Vinwonder + Vinpearl Safari: $174
  • InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort, with Roundtrip Airport Transfer and Optional Flights : $134

Is it cheaper to fly into Halong Bay or Can Tho?

Prices for flights to both Can Tho and Halong Bay 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

Halong Bay's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $14 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.

Sightseeing expenses in Can Tho, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $15 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Halong Bay $14
    Can Tho $15

Tours and Activities in Halong Bay

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

  • An Spa Experience in Da Nang: $13
  • Aroma Spa Foot & Body Massage Experience in Ho Chi Minh City: $9.79
  • Belle Maison Parosand Spa Experience in Da Nang: $5.75
  • Coconut Spa Experience in Ho Chi Minh: $5.05
  • Datanla New Alpine Coaster Experience in Da Lat: $6.95
  • Hai Van Pass and Lang Co Beach Private Sidecar Tour from Hoi An: $163
  • Hoi An Countryside Private Sidecar Tour (1 or 2 Hours): $50
  • Hue City Tour from Da Nang: $35
  • Laguna Luxury Private Sidecar Tour from Hoi An: $185
  • Lasenta Spa Experience in Ho Chi Minh City: $2.39
  • Linda Spa Experience in Da Nang: $5.49
  • Mam Gao Spa Experience in Ho Chi Minh: $15

Typical Entertainment prices in Can Tho

For Can Tho, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Sunset Boat Ride
    $2.20
  • Half Day Floating Market Tour
    $9.23

Tours and Activities in Can Tho

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Can Tho.

  • Do Quyen Spa Private Experience in Sapa: $1.75
  • Hi Spa Experience in Ho Chi Minh City : $1.99
  • L'Belle Beauty Spa Experience in Ho Chi Minh: $1.99
  • Lasenta Spa Experience in Ho Chi Minh City: $2.39
  • World Coffee Museum Ticket in Central Highland: $2.65
  • [SALE 50%] Art in Paradise 3D Museum Ticket in Da Nang: $3.09
  • LVES Spa in Saigon - VND88.000 for 60-minute Experience: $3.89
  • Upside Down World Ticket in Da Nang: $4.05
  • Traditional Singing Performance on Huong River Ticket in Hue: $4.19
  • Alba Thanh Tan Hot Springs Ticket in Hue City: $4.19
  • Ngo Spa & Massage Experience in Ho Chi Minh City: $4.39
  • SUP Experience in Perfume River (Huong River - Hue): $4.39

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Halong Bay may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $11 per day on alcoholic beverages.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Can Tho, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $5.80.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Halong Bay $11
    Can Tho $5.80

Typical Alcohol prices in Can Tho

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Can Tho from other travelers:


  • Beer
    $3.52


When comparing the travel costs between Halong Bay and Can Tho, we can see that Halong Bay 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.

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