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

Should you visit Ho Chi Minh City or Nha Trang?

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 Nha Trang 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.

Nha Trang

For the relaxation of a small beach town, plus the energy of a young city, consider Nha Trang, Vietnam. As the most famous seaside town in Vietnam, Nha Trang is certainly livelier than many other beach resort towns. Visiting this part of Vietnam is not for the faint of heart. These people know the meaning of nightlife - and make the night last as long as they can.

Which city is cheaper, Nha Trang 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 Nha Trang is $34. 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 Nha Trang 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 Nha Trang, $22 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Nha Trang, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $11, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ho Chi Minh City $43
    Nha Trang $11
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ho Chi Minh City $86
    Nha Trang $22

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.

While meal prices in Nha Trang can vary, the average travelers spends about $13 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Nha Trang should cost around $5.20 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Nha Trang is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Ho Chi Minh City $12
    Nha Trang $13
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 Nha Trang

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Nha Trang:


  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $6.07

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Nha Trang

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

  • Street Food Tour With Chef Dat: $67
  • Afternoon Nha Trang Food Tour by Pedicab: $77
  • Nha Trang Private Authentic¬†Sunset River Cruise¬†for a nice dinner: $77
  • The Seafood Tour By Night In Nha Trang: $78
  • Nha Trang Sunset Cocktails and Dinner Cruise: $90
  • Nha Trang Street Food Tour by Cyclo: $90
  • Nha Trang Insider with Cooking Class: $95
  • Private Half-Day Cooking Class in Nha Trang with Pick Up: $95
  • Mud Bath Relaxing & Food Tour in Nha Trang: $98
  • Sunset Tour in Nha Trang Emperor Cruise with Dinner: $98
  • Nha Trang Bay Night Cruise Including Seafood Dinner: $100
  • River Cruises and Cooking Class: $105

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 Nha Trang than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $12 on transportation in Nha Trang on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ho Chi Minh City $13
    Nha Trang $12
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:

  • 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

Typical Local Transportation prices in Nha Trang

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


  • Local Bus Ticket
    $0.13
  • Taxi From Airport
    $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nha Trang

Also for Nha Trang, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer from Nha Trang to Tan Son Nhat (SGN) Airport: $294
  • Nha Trang to Hue - Private Transfer: $285
  • Nha Trang to Da Nang - Private Transfer: $250
  • Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh - Private Transfer: $250
  • Nha Trang to Hoi An - Private Transfer: $230
  • Private Transfer from Nha Trang to Phu Cat (UIH) Airport: $193
  • Nha Trang Check Out Tour & Transfer To Airport: $130
  • Nha Trang 2 way Airport Transfer plus 1 day City Tour with Mud Bath: $128
  • Private Transfer from Nha Trang to Lien Khuong (DLI) Airport: $121
  • Nha Trang to Quy Nhon - Private Transfer: $105
  • Nha Trang to Buon Me Thuot - Private Transfer: $99
  • Private transfer from Nha Trang to Mui Ne by car 7 seater: $95

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.

Sightseeing expenses in Nha Trang, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $8.27 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ho Chi Minh City $17
    Nha Trang $8.27
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 Nha Trang

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


  • Po Ngar Cham Entrance (for Two)
    $1.39
  • Two Rental Lounge Chairs on Beach
    $3.04
  • Vinpearl Land Amusement Park
    $20
  • Fairy Spring Waterfall Entrance
    $0.43
  • Thap Ba Mud Bath
    $4.34
  • Cyclo Tour of City (One Day)
    $11

Tours and Activities in Nha Trang

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Nha Trang.

  • 01 Day Adventure from Nha Trang to Da Lat by motorbike: $90
  • 01 Day trip motorcycle Tour Nha trang to Dalat ( one way ): $83
  • 03 Days Highland Daklak, Da Lat Tour From Nha Trang: $400
  • 2 days private tour Nha Trang - Da Lat -Mui Ne(include Pongour Fall,Crazy House): $150
  • 2 days private tour from Nha Trang to Lak lake - and back Nha Trang: $75
  • 3 Hour Pedicab City Tour Nha Trang: $69
  • 3 Hour Pedicab Night Tour With Dance Show Performance: $69
  • 3-Day Central Vietnam Motorcycle Tour from Nha Trang: $240
  • Advanced Adventurer Diver: $316
  • Amazing City Tour & Ba Ho waterfall: $67
  • Amazing Countryside & River Tour: $57
  • Biking to Countryside and One way River Cruises: $97

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.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Nha Trang, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $16.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ho Chi Minh City $6.94
    Nha Trang $16
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


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

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