A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Ao Nang vs. Bali for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Ao Nang or Bali?

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

Should I visit Ao Nang or Bali? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Ao Nang or Bali?

Ao Nang

If you're looking for a relaxing beach on the coast of Thailand, it might be time to make a trip to Ao Nang. This developed and "westernized" beach was once the place to be for backpackers, but is now quite popular with package tourist crowds, too, as prices have risen in recent decades. Here you'll find nice hotels, restaurants, and plenty of fun activities at the beach and nearby, too.

Bali

Known as the "Island of the Gods," it's not difficult to see why the Gods would want to set up shop in Bali. With a beautifully diverse landscape of hills, mountains, coastlines, beaches, vibrant rice fields and volcanic hillsides, you'll easily go into sensory overload.

Bali is home to 4 million people who all hold true to a deeply spiritual and unique culture. With champion surfing, world class resorts and challenging hiking trails, this Indonesian island accommodates travelers from every walk of life. It's often called, "paradise on earth, " and no one disagrees.

Which city is cheaper, Bali or Ao Nang?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Ao Nang is $95, while the average daily cost in Bali is $62. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Ao Nang and Bali in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ao Nang $46
    Bali $35
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ao Nang $92
    Bali $70
Compare Hotels in Ao Nang and Bali

Looking for a hotel in Ao Nang or Bali? 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 Ao Nang


Hotels in Bali


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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: Ao Nang Hotel Prices and Bali Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ao Nang $50
    Bali $7.78

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ao Nang

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

  • Private Transfer : Krabi Hotel to Krabi Airport Departure: $21
  • Private Transfer : Krabi Hotel to Krabi Airport Departure: $21
  • Private Departure Transfer : Krabi Hotel to Krabi Airport: $21
  • Private Departure Transfer from Ao Nang to KBV Krabi Airport: $22
  • Krabi airport to Aonang any hotel Private transfer: $23
  • Aonang any hotel to Krabi airport Private transfer: $23
  • Ferry Transfer Between Koh Phi Phi To Phuket: $25
  • TAXI PHUKET AIRPORT Transfer to SURIN Beach Area: $27
  • Private Transfer : Krabi Hotel to Krabi Airport Departure: $36
  • TAXI PHUKET AIRPORT Transfer to PATONG Beach Area: $36
  • Private Transfer from Railay Beach to Krabi (KBV) Airport: $41
  • Private Transfer from Ao Nang Beach to Krabi (KBV) Airport: $41

Typical Local Transportation prices in Bali

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


  • Motorbike Rental
    $3.34

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bali

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bali:

  • Ubud: Jungle Trampoline, Swing & Luwak Coffee with Transfer: $57
  • Private Transfer from Bali to Sitia (JSH) Airport: $394
  • Nusa Dua: Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) Transfer: $12
  • Ngurah Rai Bali Airport Private Transfer: $15
  • Departure Private Transfer Nusa Dua or Seminyak to Bali Airport DPS by Minivan: $52
  • Denpasar : Private Transfer to/from Ngurah Rai Intl. Airport: $14
  • Crete Private Transfer from Bali city to Heraklion (HER) Airport: $108
  • Return Private Transfer for Night Safari: $41
  • Private Transfer between Airport (DPS) and Seminyak: $12
  • Private One-Way Transfer Between Legian & DPS Airport: $17
  • Bali Departure Private Transfers from Bali Central to Bali Airport DPS: $83
  • Bali Airport: Luxury Private Transfer by Alphard Vellfire: $65

Is it cheaper to fly into Ao Nang or Bali?

Prices for flights to both Bali and Ao Nang 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Ao Nang $22
    Bali $17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Ao Nang

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

  • Evening Couse Thai Cooking Class in Ao Nang, Krabi: $39
  • Krabi 7 Islands Sunset with Luminescent Plankton Swim & BBQ Dinner: $41
  • Half Day Thai Cooking Class in Ao Nang, Krabi: $43
  • Krabi 4 Island & Sunset Tour By Long Tail Boat + Dinner: $49
  • Krabi 4 Islands Sunset Cruise Dinner: $70
  • Romantic Sunset Cruise from Ao Nang with BBQ Seafood Dinner: $100

Typical Food prices in Bali

Some typical examples of dining costs in Bali are as follows:


  • Coffee
    $1.34
  • Lunch for Two
    $15
  • Bali Cafe for Two
    $29
  • Lunch for Two
    $8.68
  • Lunch for 2
    $9.62
  • Dinner for 2
    $11

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bali

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

  • Eat while chef is cooking in front of you: $24
  • Sidemen: Firewood Cooking Class & Organic Farm Tour: $28
  • From Ubud: Balinese Cooking Class at an Organic Farm: $30
  • Withlocals your Way: 100% Personalised Bali Private Food Tour: $39
  • Bali Cooking Class: $39
  • Ubud: Romantic Barbecue Dinner by the Pool: $57
  • Private Full or Half-Day Authentic Food Tour: $58
  • Romantic Dinner by Oceana Restaurant & Bar: $74
  • Ubud: Romantic Dinner among the Rice Fields: $110
  • Ubud: Romantic Dinner on a Forest Tree Deck: $214

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ao Nang $9.76
    Bali $9.32

Tours and Activities in Ao Nang

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

  • Krabi 4 island tour: $19
  • Skip the Line: Blue Dragon Cabaret Show Ticket: $24
  • Krabi: Blue Dragon Cabaret Show Ticket: $24
  • Krabi Hong Island tour: $25
  • Krabi jungle Tour (Emerald pool,Hot spring waterfall, Tiger cave): $31
  • Krabi - One Day Phi Phi Island Tour By Speed Boat: $36
  • Deep mangrove and canyon Kayak Tour in Krabi: $36
  • Krabi - 5 Island Tour by Big Boat: $37
  • Krabi Rainforest Discovery Tour with lunch: $39
  • White Water Rafting Adventure - 5km in Phang Nga bay: $39
  • Tour James Bond Island from Krabi: $41
  • Aonang wonder Cocktail testing tour: $41

Typical Entertainment prices in Bali

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Bali are as follows:


  • Spa for Two
    $58
  • Snorkelling Trip
    $13
  • Cooking School
    $30

Tours and Activities in Bali

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Bali are as follows:

  • 2 Days Rinjani Trekking Tour: $250
  • Amazing Nusa Penida Snorkeling Experience: $63
  • Ancient Tour to Yeh Pulu and Goa Gajah: $45
  • Ayung River: All Inclusive Rafting Adventure: $26
  • Bali - Kintamani Tour: $65
  • Bali - Ubud Tour: $60
  • Bali 5 Days Tour & Activities - All Included: $306
  • Bali ATV or Quad Bike Tandem Tour Package: $101
  • Bali Alternative Temples Private Group Tour: $74
  • Bali Bird Park 1-Day Admission Ticket: $25
  • Bali Countryside Bike Tour Package: $101
  • Bali Full-Day Private Customized Tour: $50

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ao Nang $13
    Bali $2.75


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


When is the best time to visit Ao Nang or Bali?

Both destinations experience a warmer tropical climate most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season. Although in the rainy season, it doesn't necessarily rain every day.

Should I visit Ao Nang or Bali in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Ao Nang as well as Bali. Ao Nang attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Bali attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

Also, April to September in Bali is the dry season. Ao Nang receives a lot of rain in the summer. Ao Nang usually gets more rain in July than Bali. Ao Nang gets 287 mm (11.3 in) of rain, while Bali receives 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Bali. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Ao Nang this time of the year. In the summer, Ao Nang often gets less sunshine than Bali. Ao Nang gets 206 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Bali receives 253 hours of full sun.

In July, Ao Nang is generally around the same temperature as Bali. Temperatures in Ao Nang average around 28°C (82°F), and Bali stays around 27°C (81°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Ao Nang 28°C (82°F) 
    Bali 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Ao Nang or Bali in the Autumn?

Both Bali and Ao Nang are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Ao Nang throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Bali throughout the year.

The rainy season in Bali is October to March. It's quite rainy in Ao Nang. In October, Ao Nang usually receives more rain than Bali. Ao Nang gets 304 mm (12 in) of rain, while Bali receives 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

It's quite sunny in Bali. Ao Nang usually receives less sunshine than Bali during autumn. Ao Nang gets 181 hours of sunny skies, while Bali receives 266 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Ao Nang is around the same temperature as Bali in the autumn. The temperature in Ao Nang is usually 27°C (81°F) in October, and Bali stays around 27°C (81°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Ao Nang 27°C (81°F) 
    Bali 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Ao Nang or Bali in the Winter?

Both Bali and Ao Nang during the winter are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Ao Nang because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Bali because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

October to March is the rainy season in Bali. Ao Nang usually gets less rain in January than Bali. Ao Nang gets 31 mm (1.2 in) of rain, while Bali receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain this time of the year.

It's quite sunny in Ao Nang. In the winter, Ao Nang often gets more sunshine than Bali. Ao Nang gets 287 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Bali receives 170 hours of full sun.

In the winter, Ao Nang is around the same temperature as Bali. Typically, the winter temperatures in Ao Nang in January are around 28°C (82°F), and Bali is about 26°C (79°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Ao Nang 28°C (82°F) 
    Bali 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Ao Nang or Bali in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Ao Nang and Bali. Ao Nang attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Bali attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

April to September in Bali is the dry season. Ao Nang gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In April, Ao Nang usually receives more rain than Bali. Ao Nang gets 120 mm (4.7 in) of rain, while Bali receives 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain each month for the spring.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Bali this time of the year. In Ao Nang, it's very sunny this time of the year. Ao Nang usually receives more sunshine than Bali during spring. Ao Nang gets 249 hours of sunny skies, while Bali receives 226 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Ao Nang is generally around the same temperature as Bali. Temperatures in Ao Nang average around 29°C (84°F), and Bali stays around 27°C (81°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Ao Nang 29°C (84°F) 
    Bali 27°C (81°F)

Typical Weather for Bali and Ao Nang

Ao Nang Bali
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 28°C (82°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 26°C (79°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Feb 28°C (83°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 26°C (79°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Mar 29°C (84°F) 52 mm (2 in) 27°C (81°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Apr 29°C (84°F) 120 mm (4.7 in) 27°C (81°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
May 28°C (83°F) 318 mm (12.5 in) 28°C (82°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Jun 28°C (82°F) 279 mm (11 in) 27°C (81°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 287 mm (11.3 in) 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 262 mm (10.3 in) 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 399 mm (15.7 in) 27°C (81°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Oct 27°C (81°F) 304 mm (12 in) 27°C (81°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 165 mm (6.5 in) 27°C (81°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)


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