A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Hanoi vs. Siem Reap

Should you visit Hanoi or Siem Reap?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Hanoi and Siem Reap 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.

Siem Reap

Located in northern Cambodia, Siem Reap is the closest town to Cambodia's famous Angkor Wat. It is a comfortable and laid back town and most visitors use it as a base to explore the country's most visited destination. Although Siem Reap was once a quaint village, it has continued to grow and change to meet the needs of the many tourists who visit every year. Siem Reap has become a very touristy town with easy access to restaurants, hotels, and shops. It also has a large expatriate community and the western influences are unavoidable. Although prices remain quite low, they are higher than you might find elsewhere in Cambodia.

Which city is cheaper, Siem Reap 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 Siem Reap is $65. 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 Siem Reap 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.

A hotel room in Siem Reap is about $82 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hanoi $22
    Siem Reap $41
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hanoi $44
    Siem Reap $82


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.

In Siem Reap travelers spend around $12 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Hanoi $11
    Siem Reap $12
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

Typical Food prices in Siem Reap

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


  • Breakfast for Two
    $5.55

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Siem Reap

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

  • Apsara Dance Show with Buffet Dinner: $12
  • Apsara Dinner Show at Amazon Angkor (Free Hotel Pick Up): $14
  • Khmer Gourmet Cooking Class: $19
  • Khmer Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking Class: $19
  • Half-Day Cambodian Cooking Class from Siem Reap: $24
  • Apsara Dance Performance - Including Buffet Dinner & Hotel Pickup: $25
  • Apsara Dance Performance - Including Buffet Dinner & Hotel Pickup: $25
  • Apsara Dance Performance - Including Buffet Dinner & Hotel Pickup: $25
  • Khmer Cooking Class at a Local's Home in Krong Siem Reap: $25
  • Cooking Class at Local Village: $26
  • Amazing Apsara Dance Show with Buffet Dinner & Hotel Transfers: $27
  • Cooking Class Menu C: $28


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.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $6.97 per day to get around in Siem Reap.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hanoi $5.92
    Siem Reap $6.97
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:

  • 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 Siem Reap

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Siem Reap:


  • Tuk Tuk Ride
    $13
  • Bike Rentals
    $1.92

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Siem Reap

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Siem Reap:

  • 2 Way Siem Reap Airport Transfers: $10
  • Airport Transfer (REP airport and Siem Reap town): $5.54
  • Airport Transfer In & Out: $20
  • Arrival Airport Transfer by Tuk Tuk: $11
  • Border Transfer (Siem Reap to Laos): $113
  • Border Transfer (Siem Reap to Thailand): $60
  • Car Transfer from Siem Reap to Sihanouk Ville or Sihanouk Ville to Siem Reap: $96
  • Departure Airport Transfer by Tuk Tuk: $8.00
  • Departure transfer to Siem Reap Airport with VIP Lounge Access: $53
  • Horse Ride countryside trail rides with tuk tuk transfer: $76
  • Intercity Transfer (Siem Reap to Phnom Penh): $100
  • Intercity Transfer (Siem Reap to Sihanoukville): $225


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.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $24 per person, per day in Siem Reap. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hanoi $7.39
    Siem Reap $24
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:

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

Typical Entertainment prices in Siem Reap

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


  • Angkor Tour Guide
    $8.18

Tours and Activities in Siem Reap

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

  • Exploring Angkor Grand Circle(Private Tours): $9.00
  • Skip the Line: World's Best 3D Trick Art Museum ARTBOX in Siem Reap Ticket: $9.90
  • Angkor Sunrise Group Tour by MiniBus: $10
  • Shared Minivan Ticket Siem Reap to Phnom Penh: $11
  • Skip the Line: 3D Artbox Museum Ticket: $11
  • 2.5hrs Phsa Leu Thom Tmey Local Day Market Private Tour: $11
  • Sunrise at Angkor Wat Temple Private Tour: $12
  • Cambodian Cultural Village Ticket: $12
  • Wonderful Angkor Sunrise Joined Tour: $13
  • Full Day Explore Remarkable Angkor Wat Joined Tour: $13
  • Full-Day Angkor Wat Group Guided Tour: $14
  • Angkor Wat & Sunset at Bakheng Mountain: Private Tour: $14


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.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Siem Reap may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $8.77 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hanoi $6.69
    Siem Reap $8.77



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Hanoi and Siem Reap, we can see that Siem Reap 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 Siem Reap would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Siem Reap than you might in Hanoi.

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