A Travel Price Comparison for Vietnam Sapa vs. Hoi An for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Sapa 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 Sapa and Hoi An can help you decide which place is right for you.

Sapa

Sapa is a beautiful town in the northern mountains of Vietnam by the border with China. Many travelers pass through the area on their way from China into Hanoi. Alternatively, some travelers head north from Hanoi to spend a few days in the beautiful mountains where tribal cultures are still alive and well. There are a good number of ethnic minorities that populate the area. The eight populations in the area include H'mong, Dao, Tay, Giay, Muong, Thai, Hoa, and Xa Pho, but the vast majority in the area are H'mong. Within the town of Sapa itself, there are about 7,000 people. The rest of the population lives in the surrounding countryside and are peasant farmers.

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 Sapa?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Sapa is $31, while the average daily cost in Hoi An is $41. 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 Sapa and Hoi An in more detail.



Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $22 in Sapa 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
    Sapa $11
    Hoi An $18
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Sapa $22
    Hoi An $36

Food

The average traveler spends about $14 per day in Sapa 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 $8.75 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
    Sapa $14
    Hoi An $8.75
Typical Food prices in Sapa

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


  • Casual Dinner (for One)
    $2.99
  • Quick Breakfast (for Two)
    $2.42
  • Coffee (for Two)
    $2.64
  • Western Dinner (for Two)
    $8.76
  • Pho Soup
    $0.66

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sapa

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

  • Seafood Dinner in Altitude Rooftop Bar at Sheraton Nha Trang : $15
  • The Home Pizza Phu Quoc Cash Voucher 500.000VND : $19
  • Tra Que Vegetable Village and Cooking Class Experience in Hoi An: $24
  • Tam Giang Lagoon Private Half Day Tour with Seafood Dinner: $26
  • Half-Day Tam Giang Sunset Tour with Dinner on Floating Restaurant: $26
  • Hoi An City and Food Tour with Foot Massage: $28
  • Vegetarian Cooking Class in Hanoi: $28
  • Vegetarian Cooking Class in Hoi An: $29
  • Eco Cooking and Basket Boat Tour: $29
  • M.O.M Cooking Class in Saigon: $30
  • Jolie Da Nang Cooking Class: $30
  • Saigon Cooking Class by Hoa Tuc: $31

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)
    $16
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $4.39
  • Casual Dinner (for Two)
    $8.79

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
  • Seafood Dinner in Altitude Rooftop Bar at Sheraton Nha Trang : $15
  • The Home Pizza Phu Quoc Cash Voucher 500.000VND : $19
  • Tra Que Vegetable Village and Cooking Class Experience in Hoi An: $24
  • The “Cafe’s” Tour – Cooking By You: $25
  • Tam Giang Lagoon Private Half Day Tour with Seafood Dinner: $26
  • Half-Day Tam Giang Sunset Tour with Dinner on Floating Restaurant: $26
  • Vegetarian Cooking Class in Hanoi: $28
  • Hoi An City and Food Tour with Foot Massage: $28
  • Hoi An Eco tour(Local market, Basket boat,crab fishing and cooking class: $28
  • Vegetarian Cooking Class in Hoi An: $29
  • Eco Cooking and Basket Boat Tour: $29

Local Transportation

To get around in Sapa, the average visitor spends $8.28 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.

To get around in Hoi An, the average visitor spends $17 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.
    Sapa $8.28
    Hoi An $17
Typical Local Transportation prices in Sapa

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Sapa are as follows:


  • Short Motorbike Ride
    $1.32

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sapa

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

  • [Summer Offer] Premier Residences Phu Quoc Emerald Bay with Breakfast and Free Airport Transfers: $73
  • [Off 40%] Combo Vinpearl Resort & Golf Phu Quoc with Vinwonder + Vinpearl Safari, Optional Roundtrip Airport Transfers: $93
  • [Flash Sale] Six Senses Con Dao with Breakfast and Transfer: $528
  • Visit Cat Cat village, trekking Ta Phin and transfer by Bus: $99
  • Sunset Sanato Phu Quoc Hotel with Breakfast and Roundtrip Airport Transfer : $62
  • Stay at VinOasis Phu Quoc, Free Access to Water Park, Optional Airport Transfer & Vinwonders + Vinpearl Safari Ticket: $78
  • Shared Shuttle Bus Transfers between Hanoi and Sapa: $16
  • Shared Luxury Limousine Transfer between Hanoi and Halong : $13
  • Shared Luxury Limousine Transfer between Halong and Hanoi : $13
  • Shared Limousine Transfer from Sapa to Hanoi: $15
  • Shared Limousine Transfer from Hanoi to Sapa: $15
  • Shared Limo Transfers between Hanoi and Sapa: $21

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
    $9.67
  • Bus From Hoi An Bus Station to Town
    $0.66

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hoi An

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

  • [Flash Sale] Six Senses Con Dao with Breakfast and Transfer: $528
  • An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay, Free Roundtrip Airport & Speedboat Transfer: $303
  • 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
  • Family Combo Vinpearl Discovery Wonderworld Phu Quoc with Breakfast, Optional Roundtrip Airport Transfer and Vinwonder + Vinpearl Safari: $174
  • Full Day Private Tour and Transfer by Jeep between Hoi An or Danang and Hue: $167
  • 3D2N Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc with Free Airport Transfer, Optional F&B Credit or Vinwonders + Vinpearl Safari Ticket : $154
  • InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort, with Roundtrip Airport Transfer and Optional Flights : $134
  • 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
  • 3D2N Sapa Tour from Hanoi with Dcar Bus Transfers: $102

Is it cheaper to fly into Sapa or Hoi An?

Prices for flights to both Hoi An and Sapa 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.





Entertainment

In Sapa, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $5.39 per person, per day.

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.
    Sapa $5.39
    Hoi An $11
Typical Entertainment prices in Sapa

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


  • CatCat Village Tax
    $1.76
  • Ta Phin Village Tax
    $0.88
  • Walking Stick
    $0.22
  • Paddle Boat Rental on Sapa Lake (1 Hr)
    $3.52

Tours and Activities in Sapa

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

  • An Spa Experience in Da Nang: $13
  • Aroma Spa Foot & Body Massage Experience in Ho Chi Minh City: $9.79
  • Belle Maison Parosand Spa Experience in Da Nang: $5.75
  • Coconut Spa Experience in Ho Chi Minh: $5.05
  • Datanla New Alpine Coaster Experience in Da Lat: $6.95
  • Hai Van Pass and Lang Co Beach Private Sidecar Tour from Hoi An: $163
  • Hoi An Countryside Private Sidecar Tour (1 or 2 Hours): $50
  • Hue City Tour from Da Nang: $35
  • Laguna Luxury Private Sidecar Tour from Hoi An: $185
  • Lasenta Spa Experience in Ho Chi Minh City: $2.39
  • Linda Spa Experience in Da Nang: $5.49
  • Mam Gao Spa Experience in Ho Chi Minh: $15

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)
    $163
  • Short Boat Ride
    $1.76

Tours and Activities in Hoi An

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

  • An Spa Experience in Da Nang: $13
  • Aroma Spa Foot & Body Massage Experience in Ho Chi Minh City: $9.79
  • Belle Maison Parosand Spa Experience in Da Nang: $5.75
  • Coconut Spa Experience in Ho Chi Minh: $5.05
  • Datanla New Alpine Coaster Experience in Da Lat: $6.95
  • Hai Van Pass and Lang Co Beach Private Sidecar Tour from Hoi An: $163
  • Hoi An Countryside Private Sidecar Tour (1 or 2 Hours): $50
  • Hue City Tour from Da Nang: $35
  • Laguna Luxury Private Sidecar Tour from Hoi An: $185
  • Lasenta Spa Experience in Ho Chi Minh City: $2.39
  • Linda Spa Experience in Da Nang: $5.49
  • Mam Gao Spa Experience in Ho Chi Minh: $15

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 Sapa, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $7.20.

Typically, people visiting Hoi An spend on average $7.97 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Sapa $7.20
    Hoi An $7.97
Typical Alcohol prices in Sapa

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


  • Two Beers
    $1.10

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
    $11


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

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