A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Hanoi vs. Bangkok for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Hanoi or Bangkok?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Hanoi and Bangkok 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: Hanoi or Bangkok?

Hanoi

Hanoi is the chaotic capital of Vietnam, and it serves as a great introduction to the country for many travelers. It's the second largest city in the country after Saigon and is an interesting combination of East meets West. There's traditional Vietnamese culture with subtle influences brought by the French. The city continues to grow and change rapidly and it's easy to get lost amidst the chaos.

Bangkok

Bangkok: a name synonymous with all things exotic. The vibrant and exciting capital of Thailand is not just a hub for Southeast Asia, but also a destination into itself. Known for an active nightlife and party scene, as well as great food, historic temples, and busy markets, Bangkok offers a diversity to entertain even the most experienced travelers.

Which city is cheaper, Bangkok or Hanoi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Hanoi is $39, while the average daily cost in Bangkok is $60. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Hanoi and Bangkok in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hanoi $20
    Bangkok $33
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hanoi $40
    Bangkok $66
Compare Hotels in Hanoi and Bangkok

Looking for a hotel in Hanoi or Bangkok? 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 Hanoi


Hotels in Bangkok


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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: Hanoi Hotel Prices and Bangkok Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hanoi $5.50
    Bangkok $4.03
Typical Local Transportation prices in Hanoi

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Hanoi:


  • Taxi to Bus Station
    $1.21
  • Shuttle Bus From Airport (for Two)
    $3.23
  • Local Bus Ride (for Two)
    $0.40
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $1.37
  • Short Motorbike Ride (10 Minutes)
    $0.81

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hanoi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hanoi:

  • 2 Days 1 Night Mai Chau Pu Luong Ethnic Trail E-Bike Tour Private Transfer: $255
  • 2 Days 1 Night Mai Chau Pu Luong Ethnic Trail E-Bike Tour Shared Transfer: $204
  • 2 Days 1 night Ba Be Lake BEST ADVENTURE: transfer,homestay,boat,kayak,swim,cave: $153
  • 2 Days Halong Bay With Budget Cruise - Including Transfer From Hanoi: $119
  • 2 days - 1 night 5 stars cruise tour included: transfer,meals,kayak,tour guide: $231
  • 3 Days 2 Nights Mai Chau Pu Luong Ethnic Trail E-Bike Tour Private Transfer: $344
  • 3-Day Halong Bay Cruise including Swimming and Kayaking with Round-Trip Transfer from Hanoi: $285
  • 3-Day Halong Bay Cruise with Classes and Transfer From Hanoi: $245
  • 3-day Ninh Binh (Hoa Lu - Trang An) & Mai Chau Valley with round trip transfer: $138
  • ALOVA PREMIUM CRUISE - Luxury 1 Day Trip (6 Hours On Bay & Transfer By HighWay): $79
  • Aclass Legend Cruise: 2-Day Explore Halong Bay With Transfer From Hanoi: $145
  • Afternoon Limousine Transfer Mai Chau to Hanoi 5 hours from Mai Chau: $19

Typical Local Transportation prices in Bangkok

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Bangkok are as follows:


  • Tuk Tuk to bus station
    $2.24
  • Skytrain Ticket
    $4.48
  • Chao Phraya River Express Ticket
    $0.90
  • Ferry Ride
    $0.73
  • Taxi From Airport
    $7.00
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $2.52
  • Boat Taxi
    $1.40
  • Trains to airport
    $4.48

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bangkok

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bangkok:

  • 6 Seater SUV transfer service between Bangkok airport and downtown Bangkok: $41
  • Airport Transfer from Trang Airport to Hotels: $13
  • Airport Transfer outside Bangkok: $87
  • Airport transfer to Bangkok downtown: $24
  • Amazing Muay Thai Show Bangkok include Transfer: $45
  • Amphawa Floating Market Day Tour Bangkok Private Transfer Roud Trip: $145
  • Arrival Private Airport Transfer : Bangkok Airport to Hotel in Bangkok: $37
  • Private Car Transfer Bangkok Airport (SUV-DMK) - Hua Hin Hotel: $91
  • Private Car Transfer Bangkok City - Hua Hin Hotel: $91
  • Private Car Transfer Bangkok City - Pattaya City: $51
  • Private Car Transfer Bangkok City Center - Donmaung Airport: $36
  • Private Car Transfer Bangkok City Center - Suvarnabhumi Airport: $36

Is it cheaper to fly into Hanoi or Bangkok?

Prices for flights to both Bangkok and Hanoi 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
    Hanoi $10
    Bangkok $15
Typical Food prices in Hanoi

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


  • High End Dinner (for Two)
    $12
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $4.44
  • Bowl of Pho
    $0.81
  • Italian Dinner (for Food)
    $6.26

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hanoi

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

  • Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Street Food Tour - Small Group: $5.00
  • (Private) Hanoi Street Food Tour By Volunteer Guide: $5.13
  • Hanoi Street Food Tours with Volunteer Guide ($5 / Group): $5.13
  • (Small Group) Hanoi Street Food Tours with Volunteer Guide: $5.13
  • Dinner with a Local Family in Hanoi: $13
  • Street Food Tour + Old City sightseeing Ticket: $15
  • 3-Hours Hanoi Street Food Tour with Guide and Meal: $16
  • Lunchtime Street Food Tour of Hanoi: $21
  • Hanoi Walking Street Food Tour: $21
  • Small Group: Ha Noi Walking Street Food Tour With Professional Tour Guide: $22
  • Guided Street Food Tour: $24
  • Bun's family food tour: $25

Typical Food prices in Bangkok

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


  • Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe (for Two)
    $25
  • Casual Lunch of Prawns (for Two)
    $5.60
  • 2 Rotis (Bread)
    $1.26
  • Mango & Sticky Rice
    $0.84
  • Lunch at KFC (for Two)
    $5.60
  • Pad Thai
    $1.96
  • Airport Lunch for 2
    $15
  • Lunch for 2
    $21

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bangkok

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

  • Silom Village Authentic Thai Dinner and Performance Ticket: $17
  • Luxurious Afternoon Tea or Dinner at the Erawan Tea Rooms: $26
  • Skip the Line: Baiyoke Sky Hotel Observation Deck Ticket with Lunch or Dinner: $26
  • Bangkok Thai Classical Dance with Thai Set Dinner Ticket: $27
  • 2-Hour Dinner & Shows on White Orchid River Cruise: $30
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show With Optional Dinner & Transfers: $31
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Tour With Optional Dinner.: $31
  • Skip the Line:Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Ticket w/(optional) Dinner &Transfers: $32
  • Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River in Bangkok (Optional Transfers): $34
  • Bangkok Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River: $34
  • Bangkok White Orchid Dinner Cruise: $34
  • Bangkok Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River: $34

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hanoi $6.88
    Bangkok $11
Typical Entertainment prices in Hanoi

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


  • Puppet Theater
    $1.61
  • The Hanoi Hilton Entrance
    $1.61
  • National History Museum
    $1.61
  • Puppet Theater Ticket
    $2.83

Tours and Activities in Hanoi

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

  • Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Tickets: $4.78
  • Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Tickets: $4.79
  • Skip the Line:Water Puppet Show Ticket - Plus Free Tour for Hanoi (Optional): $4.93
  • Hanoi Old Quarter Private Walking Tour with Student Guide: $5.00
  • Private Walking Tour of Hanoi City: $5.00
  • (Evening) HANOI CUSTOMIZED Walking Tour: $5.00
  • Private Guided Tour of Hanoi: $5.13
  • Hanoi City Tour By Volunteer Guide: $5.13
  • (Half Day) Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Tour: $5.13
  • Hanoi Old Quater Walking Tour: $5.13
  • Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Show Ticket - with Hotel Ticket Delivery: $5.13
  • Skip the Line: Lotus Water Puppet Entrance with Hanoi Hotel Ticket Delivery: $5.50

Typical Entertainment prices in Bangkok

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


  • Movie Ticket
    $4.48
  • Grand Palace Entrance Ticket
    $9.81
  • Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) Ticket
    $1.40
  • Dusit Zoo Entrance Fee (for Two)
    $5.60
  • Club Cover Charge
    $11
  • Thai Boxing Tickets (for Two)
    $67
  • Fish Pedicure
    $4.20
  • Wat Pho entrance ticket
    $2.80
  • Siriraj Museum (2)
    $11

Tours and Activities in Bangkok

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

  • Old Bangkok Instagram Tour: $4.70
  • Road to Democracy Audio Tour: Discover Thailand's volatile modern politics: $5.00
  • Red Lights, Hummus, and a Beer Stop or Three: Audio Tour of Nana by VoiceMap: $5.13
  • Bangkok Chinatown Eats Self-guided Walking and Eating Tour by VoiceMap: $5.13
  • Samut Prakan: Erawan Museum Discounted Admission Ticket: $9.39
  • Kids Special: Bangkok Fantasia Lagoon Water Park Tickets: $10
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Ticket: $10
  • Art in Paradise Bangkok Entrance (Ticket Only): $10
  • Calypso Cabaret Show Ticket in Bangkok: $10
  • 1-Hour Guided Patpong Museum Tour: $11
  • Art in Paradise Bangkok Tickets: $12
  • The Patpong Museum Bangkok Ticket: $14

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hanoi $6.22
    Bangkok $6.68

Typical Alcohol prices in Bangkok

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Bangkok are as follows:


  • Beer
    $1.12


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


When is the best time to visit Hanoi or Bangkok?

Both destinations experience a tropical climate with warm weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit Hanoi or Bangkok in the Summer?

Both Bangkok and Hanoi are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Hanoi attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Bangkok attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Bangkok. It's quite rainy in Hanoi. In July, Hanoi usually receives more rain than Bangkok. Hanoi gets 210 mm (8.3 in) of rain, while Bangkok receives 155 mm (6.1 in) of rain each month for the summer.

In July, Hanoi is generally around the same temperature as Bangkok. Temperatures in Hanoi average around 29°C (84°F), and Bangkok stays around 29°C (84°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Hanoi 29°C (84°F) 
    Bangkok 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Hanoi or Bangkok in the Autumn?

Both Bangkok and Hanoi during the autumn are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Hanoi throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Bangkok throughout the year.

November to February is the dry season in Bangkok. May to October is the rainy season in Bangkok. Bangkok gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Hanoi. Hanoi usually gets less rain in October than Bangkok. Hanoi gets 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain, while Bangkok receives 242 mm (9.5 in) of rain this time of the year.

Hanoi is cooler than Bangkok in the autumn. The temperature in Hanoi is usually 25°C (77°F) in October, and Bangkok stays around 28°C (83°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Hanoi 25°C (77°F) 
    Bangkok 28°C (83°F)

Should I visit Hanoi or Bangkok in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Hanoi and Bangkok. Plenty of visitors come to Hanoi because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Bangkok because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

November to February in Bangkok is the dry season. In January, Hanoi usually receives more rain than Bangkok. Hanoi gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Bangkok receives 9 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the winter.

In the winter, Hanoi is much colder than Bangkok. Typically, the winter temperatures in Hanoi in January are around 17°C (63°F), and Bangkok is about 27°C (80°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Hanoi 17°C (63°F) 
    Bangkok 27°C (80°F)

Should I visit Hanoi or Bangkok in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Hanoi as well as Bangkok. Hanoi attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Bangkok attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

May to October in Bangkok is the rainy season. Hanoi receives a lot of rain in the spring. Hanoi usually gets more rain in April than Bangkok. Hanoi gets 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain, while Bangkok receives 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.

In April, Hanoi is generally cooler than Bangkok. Temperatures in Hanoi average around 24°C (75°F), and Bangkok stays around 31°C (87°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Hanoi 24°C (75°F) 
    Bangkok 31°C (87°F)

Typical Weather for Bangkok and Hanoi

Hanoi Bangkok
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 17°C (63°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 27°C (80°F) 9 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 17°C (63°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 28°C (82°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Mar 21°C (70°F) 50 mm (2 in) 29°C (85°F) 29 mm (1.1 in)
Apr 24°C (75°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 31°C (87°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
May 28°C (82°F) 150 mm (5.9 in) 30°C (86°F) 220 mm (8.7 in)
Jun 29°C (84°F) 190 mm (7.5 in) 29°C (85°F) 149 mm (5.9 in)
Jul 29°C (84°F) 210 mm (8.3 in) 29°C (84°F) 155 mm (6.1 in)
Aug 29°C (84°F) 200 mm (7.9 in) 29°C (84°F) 197 mm (7.8 in)
Sep 28°C (82°F) 160 mm (6.3 in) 28°C (83°F) 344 mm (13.5 in)
Oct 25°C (77°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 28°C (83°F) 242 mm (9.5 in)
Nov 22°C (72°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Dec 18°C (64°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)


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