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

Should you visit Ho Chi Minh City or Hoi An?

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 Hoi An 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.

Hoi An

Located just south of the city of Da Nang, Hoi An is famous for it's beautiful old town. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unfortunately, since its designation as a World Heritage Site in 1999, mass tourism has grown and the city has felt the growing pains. Most of the homes and shops in the old town are now used for commercial purposes. The city is still quaint, but the old town is lined with tailor shops, souvenir stores, and restaurants. Foreigners are required to purchase a ticket to enter the old town of Hoi An (120,000 VND, about $5).

Which city is cheaper, Hoi An 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 $70, while the average daily cost in Hoi An 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 Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An 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.

For a normal double-occupancy room in Hoi An, $36 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Hoi An, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $18, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ho Chi Minh City $43
    Hoi An $18
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ho Chi Minh City $86
    Hoi An $36

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.

Food in Hoi An costs travelers about $8.64 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
    Ho Chi Minh City $12
    Hoi An $8.64
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)
    $4.64
  • Pizza
    $5.64
  • Sweet Rice
    $1.30
  • Pork Sandwich
    $0.65
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $7.36
  • 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 Hoi An

For Hoi An, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Dinner at Bamboo Village (for Two)
    $15
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $4.34
  • Casual Dinner (for Two)
    $8.68

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hoi An

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

  • Vietnamese cooking class: $13
  • The “Cafe’s” Tour – Cooking By You: $25
  • Hoi An Eco tour(Local market, Basket boat,crab fishing and cooking class: $28
  • Hoi An Eco Tour & Papa's Cooking Class with Experience by bamboo Basket Boat: $29
  • Eco cooking class & Fishing tour by bamboo basket boat: $29
  • Hoian Cooking Class And Foot Massage Countryside Private Tour: $31
  • Cooking class and basket boat tour: $31
  • Best cooking class in Hoi An with Jolie (JHA3): $31
  • Buffalo Riding, Basket Boat Tour And Cooking Class: $31
  • Hoi An Eco Cooking Class(Local market, Basket boat, crab fishing& cooking class): $31
  • Hoi An Market, Cooking Class & Basket Boat Eco Tour – Half Day: $32
  • Eco cooking class & Crab Fishing by bamboo basket boat Tour: $32

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.

To get around in Hoi An, the average visitor spends $16 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.
    Ho Chi Minh City $13
    Hoi An $16
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
    $8.68
  • 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:

  • Transfer Tan Son Nhat Airport to Mui Ne (Beach resort): $150
  • The Mist Dance Show In Saigon With Roundtrip Transfer: $48
  • Taxi Transfers from Ho Chi Minh To Cat Tien Park: $110
  • Taxi Transfers From Ho Chi Minh Airport to Muine: $99
  • Taxi Transfers From Ho Chi Minh Airport To Can Tho: $108
  • Taxi Transfers From Ho Chi Minh Airport To Cai Be: $85
  • Taxi Transfer From Ho Chi Minh Airport To Ben Tre: $79
  • Tan Son Nhat International Airport Transfer: $23
  • Saigon Private Airport Transfer: $17
  • Saigon Airport to Ho Chi Minh City Center Private Transfer: $20
  • Sai Gon Airport Departure Private Transfer: $42
  • Round-trip Private Transfer Ho Chi Minh - Vung Tau (7 Seats Car): $108

Typical Local Transportation prices in Hoi An

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Hoi An are as follows:


  • Taxi From Danang to Hoi An
    $9.55
  • Bus From Hoi An Bus Station to Town
    $0.65

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hoi An

Also for Hoi An, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Hoi An to Nha Trang - Private Transfer: $230
  • Private transfer from Hoi An to Phong Nha (single trip): $200
  • Fun transfer Hoi An - Hue by Jeep: $177
  • Full Day Private Tour and Transfer by Jeep between Hoi An or Danang and Hue: $167
  • Private Transfer from Hoi An to Hue (HUI) Airport: $105
  • Hoi An to Phong Nha or Phong Nha to Hoi An by private car one way transfer: $103
  • Private transfer from Hoi An to Hue with Hai Van Pass stop: $84
  • Private Transfer to Golden Bridge- Monkey Mountain-Dragon Bridge-Marble Mountain: $80
  • Transfer from HOI AN or DA NANG to HUE via Golden bridge,Hai Van Pass (Flexible): $80
  • Hoi An or Da Nang City to GOLDEN BRIDGE &MY SON HOLYLAND (Private RoundTransfer): $75
  • Private Roundtrip Transfer to Visit Golden Bridge Ba Na Hills & My Son Holyland: $75
  • Transfer from Hoi An to Hue city by private car: $73

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 $17 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

In Hoi An, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $11 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ho Chi Minh City $17
    Hoi An $11
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
    $6.07

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 Hoi An

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Hoi An's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Golf (for Two)
    $161
  • Short Boat Ride
    $1.74

Tours and Activities in Hoi An

For Hoi An, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 1 Day Hoi An Foodie Tour: $123
  • 1-day Cham Island excursion tour from Hoi An: $65
  • 2 days: Hoi An - Hue - DMZ Historical Tour: $303
  • 2-Day Central Highlands & Bho Hoong Village Tour from Hoi An: $399
  • 2-Day Cham Island Homestay Experience from Hoi An: $328
  • 2-Day Historical Da Nang & Hue Tour from Hoi An: $264
  • 2-Day Hoi An and Cham Island Private Guided Tour with Sea Trek: $78
  • 2-hour Lantern making tour in Hoi An: $32
  • 3 Day Package Tour :Golden Bridge Ba Na Hill -Hoi An & Da Nang City Private Tour: $260
  • 3-Day Central Vietnam Tour from Hue, Vinh Moc, Phong Nha Paradise Cave: $476
  • 3-hour Bicycle Around Hoi An tour: $27
  • 4-Hour Hoi An Private Sunrise Photo Tour with Pick Up: $58

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 $6.94.

Typically, people visiting Hoi An spend on average $7.87 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ho Chi Minh City $6.94
    Hoi An $7.87
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 Hoi An

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


  • Bottle of Wine
    $10


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An, we can see that Ho Chi Minh City is more expensive. And not only is Hoi An much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Hoi An would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Hoi An 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 Hoi An.

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