A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Hong Kong vs. Siem Reap for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Hong Kong or Siem Reap?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Hong Kong or Siem Reap, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Hong Kong or Siem Reap?

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong you will find a predominantly Cantonese population that has long been influenced by British occupation. Most residents speak English and you can see the obvious effects of years of capitalism. Shopping malls are everywhere and most are thriving. Along the waterfront every night the buildings light up in a dramatic and festive light show that highlights such businesses as Sony and Canon, which are fixtures in the city. The city is a major financial hub, and is very international in nature. The city itself is very densely packed and there are narrow high rises that look vulnerable due to their height. There are two main areas to the city, Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Hong Kong Island is the location of the original British settlement. Today it is where you will find the highest skyscrapers, the most modern buildings, and the most popular shopping areas. Kowloon is located on a peninsula that is to the north of Hong Kong Island. The tip of the peninsula is a popular destination for backpackers as it has many of the city's hostels. This area is referred to as Tsim Sha Tsui. There are also a few high end hotels in the area. It is possible to head outside of the city so that you can escape into some rural regions where you can take a break from the crowds.

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 place is cheaper, Siem Reap or Hong Kong?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Hong Kong is $160, while the average daily cost in Siem Reap is $80. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Hong Kong and Siem Reap in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hong Kong $75
    Siem Reap $51
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hong Kong $150
    Siem Reap $102
Compare Hotels in Hong Kong and Siem Reap

Looking for a hotel in Hong Kong or Siem Reap? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Hong Kong

Hotels in Siem Reap

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Hong Kong Hotel Prices and Siem Reap Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hong Kong $8.72
    Siem Reap $8.68
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Hong Kong

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

  • MTR (for 2)
  • Local Bus
  • Ferry Ticket
  • Hong Kong Airport Express Train Ticket

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Siem Reap

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

  • Tuk Tuk Ride
  • Bike Rentals

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Siem Reap

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Siem Reap:

  • Tonle Sap Sunset Boat Cruise with Transfers: $23
  • Phare, Cambodian Circus with Tuk-Tuk Transfers: $27
  • Kampong Phluk Floating Village Tour with Transfer: $75
  • Angkor Wat Small Circuit Tour with Hotel Transfer: $89
  • Angkor International Airport Arrival Transfer: $65
  • Angkor Airport (SAI) Private or Shared Transfers: $8.00
  • Angkor Airport (SAI) Private or Shared Transfers: $9.00
  • Airport Arrivals Private Transfer to Siem Reap: $45
  • Siem Reap Taxi Transfer from Town to Airport: $35
  • Siem Reap International Airport Transfer: $40
  • Siem Reap International Airport Transfer: $58
  • Siem Reap Angkor International Airport private transfer: $27

Is it cheaper to fly into Hong Kong or Siem Reap?

Prices for flights to both Siem Reap and Hong Kong change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Hong Kong $33
    Siem Reap $15
Typical Food Prices in Hong Kong

For Hong Kong, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Dinner for 2

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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Siem Reap

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

  • Apsara Dinner Show with Free transfer from to your hotel: $17
  • Apsara Dance Show with Dinner by Tuk-Tuk Roundtrip Transfer: $17
  • Apsara Dance Show & Dinner with Tuk-Tuk Transfers: $28
  • Cooking Class and Market Shopping: $29
  • Khmer Cooking Class at a Local's Home: $29
  • Morning Cooking Class & Market Tour: $29
  • Cambodian Desserts Cooking Lesson with Tastings: $32
  • Half-Day Cambodian Cooking Class: $32
  • Cambodian Cooking Class from Siem Reap: $32
  • Cambodian Cooking Class: $35
  • Evening Food Tour - Inclusive 10 Local Tastings: $35
  • Afternoon Cooking Class & Village Tour: $35

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hong Kong $95
    Siem Reap $30
Typical Entertainment Prices in Hong Kong

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

  • Peak Tram
  • Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

Tours and Activities in Hong Kong

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

  • Plover Cove Bicycling and Hiking Adventure: $110
  • Ma On Shan Climbing Adventure: $115

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

Tours and Activities in Siem Reap

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

  • Kulen Mountain Entrance Ticket and Explore the Holy Mountain : $45
  • 03 Hours Countryside tours: $88
  • 1 Day Angkor Wat Tour from Siem Reap,Cambodia: $18
  • 1 Day Angkor Wat Tour with ICare Tours: $99
  • 1 Day Angkor Wat Tour with Tour Guide: $60
  • 1 Day Private Group of Angkor Wat Tour with Tuk Tuk only: $33
  • 1-Day private Angkor Temple Tour from Siem Reap: $27
  • 2 Day Angkor Wat Private Tour: $245
  • 2 Day Private Guided Tour in Angkor Temples, Cambodia: $33
  • 2 Day Tour With Sunrise At The Ancient Temples And Tonle Sap: $347
  • 2 Days Angkor Wat Sunrise and Sunset Private Tour: $134
  • 2 Days Angkor Wat Tour with ICare Tours Private Tours: $200

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hong Kong $21
    Siem Reap $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Siem Reap

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Siem Reap:

  • Mad Monkey Siem Reap Pub Crawl: $10

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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Hong Kong Expensive? and Is Siem Reap Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Hong Kong or Siem Reap?

Hong Kong has a larger population, and is about 80 times larger than the population of Siem Reap. When comparing the sizes of Hong Kong and Siem Reap, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.