A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Hanoi vs. Luang Prabang

Should you visit Hanoi or Luang Prabang?

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

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.

Luang Prabang

Southeast Asia is a region full of mystical wonders and cultural charm, but nowhere is as charming as the city of Luang Prabang. As the former capital of Laos, Luang Prabang was reopened to tourism in 1989. With that move the city experienced an upswing in revenue and was able to restore and rebuild the beautiful colonial mansions to serve as guesthouses and hotels for the new swarm of tourists.

Which city is cheaper, Luang Prabang or Hanoi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Hanoi is $41, while the average daily cost in Luang Prabang is $25. 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 Hanoi and Luang Prabang in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Hanoi is $44. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

The prices for places to stay in Luang Prabang can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $10, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $20.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hanoi $22
    Luang Prabang $10
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hanoi $44
    Luang Prabang $20

Food

The price of a meal in Hanoi can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $11 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $4.40 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

Luang Prabang food costs typically run travelers around $9.81 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
    Hanoi $11
    Luang Prabang $9.81
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)
    $13
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $4.77
  • Bowl of Pho
    $0.87
  • Italian Dinner (for Food)
    $6.73

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
  • (Small Group) Hanoi Local Street Food Tour with a Real Foodie: $25
  • Hanoi street food tour: $25

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Luang Prabang

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

  • Cooking Class: $35
  • Authentic Lao Cooking Experience in Luang Prabang: $38
  • Luang Prang Cooking Class: $40
  • Day-time Bamboo weaving & Cooking Classes join-in: $40
  • Evening Bamboo weaving & Cooking classes join-in: $42
  • Mekong River Dinner Cruise: $43
  • Skip the Line: Traditional Lao Night - Dinner, Music & Dance Show Ticket: $45
  • Half Day bamboo weaving & Cooking classes with the visit to morning market: $49
  • Home-cooked dinner & Baci ceremony with Villagers in Ban Nasang: $51
  • Lao Cooking Class in Luang Prabang: $57
  • Traditional Market Tour and Private Laotian Cooking Class with a Local: $57
  • Luang Prabang Bamboo Weaving and Cooking Class: $65

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Hanoi is $5.92 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.

To get around in Luang Prabang, the average visitor spends $3.80 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hanoi $5.92
    Luang Prabang $3.80
Typical Local Transportation prices in Hanoi

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


  • Taxi to Bus Station
    $1.30
  • Shuttle Bus From Airport (for Two)
    $3.47
  • Local Bus Ride (for Two)
    $0.43
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $1.48
  • Short Motorbike Ride (10 Minutes)
    $0.87

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hanoi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hanoi:

  • HaLong-LanHa Bay Day Trip: Lunch, Beach, Kayak, high-way transfer, luxury boat: $1,250
  • Hanoi GOLF TOUR 4Days 3Rounds: Transfer, Hotel, Green & Caddie, Golf Cart, Guide: $687
  • Private Transfer: Hanoi to Hanoi Airport (HAN): $622
  • Luxury Private Halong Day Tour with 2 Way Expressway Transfer: $376
  • Sapa terrace trek train transfer 2 days 1 night: $364
  • From Lan Ha Bay 2-Day Cruise with Luxury Transfer: $358
  • 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
  • Over night Signature Cruise Luxury Halong Bay Transfer service & Kayak,: $267
  • 2 Days 1 Night Mai Chau Pu Luong Ethnic Trail E-Bike Tour Private Transfer: $255
  • Halong Bay Cruise 3D2N - Kayaking Explorer & Round-trip transfer from Hanoi: $245
  • 3-Day Halong Bay Cruise with Classes and Transfer From Hanoi: $245

Typical Local Transportation prices in Luang Prabang

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Luang Prabang are as follows:


  • Tuk Tuk Ride
    $5.30

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Luang Prabang

Also for Luang Prabang, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • 3-Day Discover Luang Prabang City Tour including Airport Transfer: $395
  • Airport transfer from Hotel in Luang Prabang to Airport: $9.30
  • Luang Prabang Private Airport transfer services: $14
  • Luang Prabang Private airport transfer: $28
  • Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng on Private Air Conditional Transfer: $80
  • Luang Prabang and Vientiane City Private Air conditional transfer: $153
  • Morning alms giving ceremory, market and transfer to Kuangsi falls: $45
  • Private Transfer: Luang Prabang Hotels to Vang Vieng Hotels: $307
  • Private transfer to Tad Sae Waterfalls: $20
  • Shared Departure Transfer from Hotel to Luang Prabang Airport: $6.67
  • Shared Transfer from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng: $21
  • Shared transfer from Luang Prabang to Phonesavanh, Xieng Khouang: $29

Entertainment

Hanoi's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $7.39 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.

In Luang Prabang, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $4.90 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hanoi $7.39
    Luang Prabang $4.90
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
    $1.74
  • The Hanoi Hilton Entrance
    $1.74
  • National History Museum
    $1.74
  • Puppet Theater Ticket
    $3.04

Tours and Activities in Hanoi

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

  • (Evening) HANOI CUSTOMIZED Walking Tour: $5.00
  • (Half Day) Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Tour: $5.13
  • (Official) Halong Sen luxury cruise - One day tour: $77
  • (Small Group) Hanoi City Insight Motorbike Tour - 4,5 hours: $29
  • (Small Group) Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour: $29
  • 04d 03n Hanoi Sapa Valley Tour Cat Cat Village & Ham Rong Mountain: $367
  • 1 Day Tour of Lan Ha Bay with Luxury Day Cruise from Hanoi: $99
  • 1 Night LeTheatre Cruise Exploring LanHa-HaLong Bay: $250
  • 1 day Private tour Sapa Off The Beaten Path trekking start from Sapa: $58
  • 1 day Private tour Sapa trekking Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van (start from Sapa): $59
  • 1-Night Signature Royal Cruise on Halong Bay: $238
  • 1-day Halong Bay Cruise private tour from Hanoi: $163

Tours and Activities in Luang Prabang

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Luang Prabang.

  • Slow Boat ticket to Pakbeng - Houay xay: $6.42
  • Shuttle Bus ticket to Kuang Si Waterfalls: $7.00
  • Mekong Sunset Cruise from Luang Prabang: $18
  • Guided Meditation Experience by Orange Robe Tours: $23
  • Skip the Line: Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden Admission Ticket: $26
  • Luang Prabang Street Food and Biking Tour: $33
  • Dine and Cruise on Mekong River: $35
  • Morning Almsgiving and Market Tour in Luang Prabang: $37
  • Full day / Half Day Kayaking and Pak Ou Caves with optional sunset cruise: $38
  • Mekong Sunset Cruise: $43
  • Laos Buffalo Dairy Farm Experience & Kuang Si Waterfall Half Day Tour: $45
  • Luang Prabang Zip Line Adventure Half Day: $45

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Hanoi may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $6.69 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 Luang Prabang, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $3.27.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hanoi $6.69
    Luang Prabang $3.27


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

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