A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Halong Bay vs. Da Nang

Should you visit Halong Bay or Da Nang?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Halong Bay and Da Nang 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.

Da Nang

Halfway between Ho Chi Minh City in the south and Hanoi in the North is the easy-going beach city of Da Nang (or Danang, for some). The third most populated city in Vietnam, Da Nang draws in crowds with its beautiful and calm beaches as well as its history as a French colonial port.

With beaches, mountains, and cityscape, there's bound to be a point of interest for all travelers. Da Nang is also a transit hub to get to the four Vietnamese UNESCO World heritage sites: Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Hue, Hoi An, and My Son.

Da Nang experiences wet season from September through March and dry season from April through August with average temperatures of around 80?.

Da Nang is also known to have some of the friendliest locals, probably due to the peace and quiet and lack of heavy traffic, even in the city.

Which city is cheaper, Da Nang or Halong Bay?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Halong Bay is $52, while the average daily cost in Da Nang 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 Halong Bay and Da Nang in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Halong Bay is $48. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $17. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Da Nang the cost is $34 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Halong Bay $24
    Da Nang $17
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Halong Bay $48
    Da Nang $34

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.

Food in Da Nang costs travelers about $14 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Halong Bay $15
    Da Nang $14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Halong Bay

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

  • 1-day private Hanoi city tour with fun and night street walking food tour: $101

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Da Nang

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

  • Half Day Private Street Food Tour By Scooter from Da Nang: $0.44
  • Hoian Mama Home Cooking Class: $19
  • Da Nang Home Cooking Class: $30
  • Home Cooking Class: $30
  • Jolie Da nang cooking class only (JDN3): $31
  • DaNang Small Group - Vietnamese Breakfast food Tour: $31
  • Bicycle experience countryside & cooking class in Hoi An & free foot massage: $32
  • Market Tour and Cooking Class in Danang: $35
  • Jolie Da Nang Cooking Class- Market-Coffee-Cooking: $36
  • Da Nang Local Food Tour: $39
  • Basket Boat Riding and Cooking Class from Da Nang City: $40
  • Da Nang Local Food Tour: $40

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.

The average price of local transportation around Da Nang is $10 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Halong Bay $14
    Da Nang $10.00

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Halong Bay

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Halong Bay:

  • Hanoi to Halong Bay Private One-Way Transfer Service, for up to 10 Travelers: $26
  • Rosa Eco Bus Luxury Transfer Ha Long to Ha Noi: $27
  • Quang Ninh Bai Chay transfer to Ha Noi with luxury van: $32
  • Transfer Ha Long to Ha Noi Super Limousine Morning Bus: $33
  • Halong Bay Full Day With Cave, Kayaking And Swimming - Highway Transfer: $45
  • Private Transfer from Hai Phong Airport to Halong Bay: $50
  • Ha Long bay full day tour (6 hours in bay, transfer via express highway): $52
  • Private Departure Transfer - Ha Long Bay to Hanoi Airport: $64
  • From Ha long Bay: Hanoi city tour with private transfer: $67
  • Luxury Wonder Bay Cruise: Full Day Explore Halong Bay With Transfer From Hanoi: $82
  • Hai Phong airport transfer to Halong Bay with private car 4 seat from Hai Phong: $87
  • Halong Bay Day Trip - Sen Cruise included Limousine transfer roundtrip: $97

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Da Nang

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Da Nang:

  • Afternoon private transfer from Da Nang city to Golden Bridge in the theme park: $55
  • Airport Private Transfers between Hoi An and Da Nang: $19
  • Airport pick up and transfer from Danang airport to Hoian: $25
  • Arrival Transfer from Da Nang Airport to Hotel in Army Jeep: $58
  • Asia Park - Sun World Da Nang Wonders Theme Park Ticket With Round Trip Transfer: $38
  • Car Transfer to Explore My Son Holyland & Marble Mountain in Da Nang City: $55
  • DA NANG AIRPORT to Da Nang Hotel By Private Transfer: $13
  • Da Nang (Ngu Hanh Son District) - Ba Na Hills Return Transfer: $24
  • Da Nang (Ngu Hanh Son District) - Hue Private Transfer: $37
  • Da Nang Airport Arrival Private Transfer: $27
  • Da Nang Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $27
  • Da Nang Airport Private Round-Trip Transfer: $41

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.

Da Nang's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $12 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.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Halong Bay $14
    Da Nang $12

Tours and Activities in Halong Bay

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

  • Ha Long Hiking Tour: $25
  • FULL DAY All-Inclusive HALONG BAY/LAN HA BAY/BAI TU LONG BAY at BEST CRUISES: $25
  • Cat Ba Trekking Tours National Park Half Day From Cat Ba Island: $26
  • Cat Ba Tours 1 Day Lan Ha Bay Ha Long Bay Bai Tu Long Bay Kayaking From Cat Ba: $37
  • Halong Bay Discovery With 6 Hours Boat Tour: $41
  • Halong Bay boat Tour 4 hours from Halong city: $41
  • 6 Hours Halong Bay Cruise On Titop Island & Swimming With Lunch On Deluxe Cruise: $42
  • HALONG BAY full day tour INCLUDING SEAFOOD LUNCH,CRUISE,KAYAKING: $43
  • Cat Ba Biking Tours Half Day depart from Cat Ba Town: $45
  • 6 Hours Halong Bay Cruise On Titop Island & Swimming -go By New Highway: $45
  • Full-Day Halong Bay Cruise with Lunch from Hanoi: $49
  • Halong bay Fullday tour: $50

Tours and Activities in Da Nang

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

  • Upside Down World Da Nang Ticket: $5.50
  • Monkey Mountain & Son Tra Peninsula Tour - U.S Army Jeep - 1HR: $25
  • Da Nang Small Group City Tour: Marble Mountain & Lady Buddha from Da Nang: $26
  • Hoi An Ancient Town Tour: Japanese Covered Bridge & Old House from Da Nang: $30
  • Ba Na Hills & Golden Bridge Small Group Tour from Da Nang – Full Day: $31
  • Hoi An Half - Day From Da Nang Daily In-group Tour: $31
  • Half day Hoi An city tour: $31
  • DA NANG – Shopping tour: $32
  • Da Nang hafl day tour (Marble mountain, monkey mountain around 4 hour): $32
  • Day trip to Da Nang city tour with private car and driver: $33
  • My Son Sanctuary Small Group Tour & Cultural Ceremony from Da Nang – Full Day: $33
  • Cham Culture Traces _my Son Joining Tour: $33

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.

The average person spends about $8.18 on alcoholic beverages in Da Nang per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Halong Bay $11
    Da Nang $8.18


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

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