A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Ho Chi Minh City vs. Can Tho

Should you visit Ho Chi Minh City or Can Tho?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho can help you decide which place is right for you.

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam. It previously served as the capital of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). The metropolitan area, including Ho Chi Minh City, Thu Dau Mot, Di An, Bien Hoa, and other surrounding towns, has a population of more than 9 million people and continues to grow.

Can Tho

Can Tho is the largest city of Vietnam's Mekong Delta, and is best known for its canal network of floating markets, restaurants, bars, and hotels, Buddhist pagodas, and the beauty of the delta, which is illuminated in the evenings.

Which city is cheaper, Can Tho or Ho Chi Minh City?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Ho Chi Minh City is $71, while the average daily cost in Can Tho is $49. 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 Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho in more detail.



Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $86 in Ho Chi Minh City For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $46 in Can Tho For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ho Chi Minh City $43
    Can Tho $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ho Chi Minh City $86
    Can Tho $46

Food

The average traveler spends about $12 per day in Ho Chi Minh City for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

Can Tho food costs typically run travelers around $15 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
    Ho Chi Minh City $12
    Can Tho $15
Typical Food prices in Ho Chi Minh City

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Ho Chi Minh City:


  • Street Food Dinner (for Two)
    $4.65
  • Pizza
    $5.65
  • Sweet Rice
    $1.30
  • Pork Sandwich
    $0.65
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $7.38
  • Western Lunch (for Two)
    $13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Ho Chi Minh City

For Ho Chi Minh City, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Ho Chi Minh Private Half Day Street Food Tour with Local Students: $18
  • SaiGon Street Food Tour By Scooter With Student: $22
  • Walking Food Tour With Local Student: $26
  • Private Street Food Tour on Motorbikes: $28
  • Private Half-Day Ho Chi Minh Food Tour with Local Students: $28
  • Saigon Food Tour by Motorbike with Local Students: $30
  • Walking market food tour by night in Ho Chi Minh city - private groups: $32
  • Small Floating Market & Mekong Delta Tour with Kayak, Boat, Bike, Cooking Class: $35
  • Private Street Food Tour by Scooter in Ho Chi Minh City: $35
  • Street food Tours: $35
  • Half-Day Ho Chi Minh City Street Food Tour By Motorbike: $36
  • Private Walking Saigon Food Tour with Ao Dai Girl by Night: $38

Typical Food prices in Can Tho

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Can Tho:


  • Restaurant Dinner (for Two)
    $5.65
  • Coconut
    $0.30
  • Mango
    $1.17
  • Hot Pot Dinner (for Two)
    $7.57
  • Two Vietnamese Iced Coffees
    $0.70
  • Casual Lunch (for One)
    $3.04

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Can Tho

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

  • Explore Can Tho City tour combine Local Food tour - in afternoon: $31
  • Can Tho Small Group Tour with Cooking Class: $66

Local Transportation

Ho Chi Minh City's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $13 per person, per day on transportation in Ho Chi Minh City.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Can Tho than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $11 on transportation in Can Tho on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ho Chi Minh City $13
    Can Tho $11
Typical Local Transportation prices in Ho Chi Minh City

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Ho Chi Minh City:


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $1.52
  • Taxi From Airport
    $8.70
  • Cyclo Ride (One Hour)
    $1.74

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ho Chi Minh City

Also for Ho Chi Minh City, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer: From Ho Chi Minh city - Siemreap (Cambodia) - MPV 7 seat: $595
  • Private Car Transfers From Ho Chi Minh To Siem Reap, Cambodia: $499
  • Private transfer: From Ho Chi Minh city - Phnompenh (Cambodia) - MPV 7 seat: $311
  • Private Car Transfers From Ho Chi Minh To Phnom penh, Cambodia: $259
  • Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang - Private Transfer: $250
  • Private Car Transfers From Ho Chi Minh City To Dalat: $189
  • Private Transfer From Ho Chi Minh To Mui Ne (16 seater car): $168
  • Transfer Tan Son Nhat Airport to Mui Ne (Beach resort): $150
  • My Tho Transfer from Ho Chi Minh city: $149
  • One-way Private Transfer from Saigon Airport or Center to Mui Ne: $136
  • One way: Sai Gon - Mui Ne Private Transfer ( 7 Seats Car): $136
  • Private Transfer from Ho Chi Minh to Can Tho (VCA) Airport: $128

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Can Tho

Also for Can Tho, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer from Can Tho City to Tan Son Nhat (SGN) Airport: $128
  • Private Transfer from Thanh Thoi to Tan Son Nhat (SGN) Airport: $121
  • PRIVATE VAN: CAN THO AIRPORT - pick up or transfer service.: $37
  • Private Transfer from Can Tho City to Can Tho (VCA) Airport: $29
  • PRIVATE CAR: CAN THO AIRPORT - pick up or transfer service.: $27

Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Ho Chi Minh City can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $18 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Sightseeing expenses in Can Tho, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $14 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ho Chi Minh City $18
    Can Tho $14
Typical Entertainment prices in Ho Chi Minh City

For Ho Chi Minh City, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Massage
    $6.09

Tours and Activities in Ho Chi Minh City

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Ho Chi Minh City.

  • "The Intimate Saigon" by day (city half-day tour): $50
  • "The Intimate Saigon" by night (food tasting tour): $59
  • 1 Day Fishing Adventure Private Tour: $125
  • 1 Day Saigon Culinary Private Tour: $147
  • 1-day Cai Rang Floating Market With Sweet Chocolate Taste Private Tour: $187
  • 1-day Ho Chi Minh city and Cu Chi tunnels group tour: $45
  • 1-day My Tho boat trip in Mekong Delta group tour from Ho Chi Minh: $33
  • 10 days 9 nights classic Vietnam tour from South to North: $545
  • 10-day Small-Group Vietnam Highlight Tour: $1,374
  • 2 Days - HCM City Tour & Floating Market: $229
  • 2 Days Private Non-Touristic Local Homestay in Tra On: Mekong Delta: $195
  • 2 Days and 1 Night Private Mekong Delta Tour from Saigon: $202

Typical Entertainment prices in Can Tho

For Can Tho, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Sunset Boat Ride
    $2.17
  • Half Day Floating Market Tour
    $9.13

Tours and Activities in Can Tho

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Can Tho.

  • 1 day tour from Can Tho to Ben Tre - King coconut trees - come back / to Sai Gon: $103
  • 3-Day Small-Group Tour of Can Tho and Bac Lieu via Soc Trang: $147
  • 3-day Mekong Delta Tour from Can Tho with Lunch and Visits: $200
  • CASA Authentic Bicycle Tour: $38
  • CASA Authentic Mekong Motobike Tour: $40
  • Cai Rang Floating Market Half-Day Tour: $45
  • Cai Rang Floating Market and Small Canal Tour: $33
  • Full-Day Ben Tre Tour from Can Tho: $119
  • Full-Day Tour in Can Tho Explore Mekong on 2 Wheels: $92
  • Full-Day Tour of Can Tho and Mekong Delta with Lunch: $89
  • Full-Day Tour to Soc Trang and Bac Lieu from Can Tho: $105
  • Half-Day Bike Tour Adventure in Can Tho: $49

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Ho Chi Minh City, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $6.95.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Can Tho, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $5.74.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ho Chi Minh City $6.95
    Can Tho $5.74
Typical Alcohol prices in Ho Chi Minh City

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Ho Chi Minh City:


  • Beer
    $0.43

Typical Alcohol prices in Can Tho

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Can Tho from other travelers:


  • Beer
    $3.48


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

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