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

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 $53, 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 $50. 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 $25
    Da Nang $17
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Halong Bay $50
    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 $15 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 $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

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
  • Seafood Dinner in Altitude Rooftop Bar at Sheraton Nha Trang : $15
  • The Home Pizza Phu Quoc Cash Voucher 500.000VND : $19
  • Hoian Mama Home Cooking Class: $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
  • Vegetarian Cooking Class in Hanoi: $28
  • Hoi An City and Food Tour with Foot Massage: $28
  • Eco Cooking and Basket Boat Tour: $29
  • Vegetarian Cooking Class in Hoi An: $29
  • Home Cooking Class: $30

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Halong Bay

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Halong Bay:

  • Shared City Transfer between Hanoi and Ninh Binh, Hoa Lu, Tam Coc and more by Limousine: $6.39
  • Shared City Transfers between Da Lat and Mui Ne via Shuttle Bus: $6.50
  • Shared Bus Transfers between Hoi An and Ba Na Hills: $6.50
  • Private Phu Quoc International Airport Transfers (PQC) for Phu Quoc: $7.00
  • Private Da Nang International Airport Transfers (DAD) for Da Nang, Hue, Hoi An, & Select Areas: $8.79
  • Private Noi Bai Airport Transfers (HAN) for Hanoi City or Halong Bay: $9.00
  • Private Night Transfers between Phu Quoc International Airport (PQC) and Phu Quoc: $9.25
  • Private Noi Bai Airport (HAN) Transfers for Hanoi City: $9.45
  • Private Da Nang International Airport (DAD) Transfers for Da Nang, Ba Na Hills, and More: $9.59
  • Private Cam Ranh International Airport (CXR) Transfers for Nha Trang, Hon Chong & Selected Areas: $11
  • Private Da Nang International Airport Night Transfers (DAD) for Da Nang, Hue, Hoi An, & Select Areas: $11
  • Private Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) Transfers for Hanoi: $11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Da Nang

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Da Nang:

  • 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
  • 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
  • An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay, Free Roundtrip Airport & Speedboat Transfer: $303
  • 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

Is it cheaper to fly into Halong Bay or Da Nang?

Prices for flights to both Da Nang 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.

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:

  • 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

Tours and Activities in Da Nang

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

  • 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
  • SUP Experience in Perfume River (Huong River - Hue): $4.39
  • Ngo Spa & Massage Experience in Ho Chi Minh City: $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.

The average person spends about $8.27 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 $8.27


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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