A Travel Price Comparison for Thailand Ao Nang vs. Bangkok for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Ao Nang or Bangkok?

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

Should I visit Ao Nang or Bangkok? 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 Bangkok?

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.

Bangkok

Bangkok: a name synonymous with all things exotic. The vibrant and exciting capital of Thailand is not just a hub for Southeast Asia, but also a destination into itself. Known for an active nightlife and party scene, as well as great food, historic temples, and busy markets, Bangkok offers a diversity to entertain even the most experienced travelers.

Which city is cheaper, Bangkok 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 Bangkok is $65. 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 Bangkok in more detail.



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

Looking for a hotel in Ao Nang or Bangkok? 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 Bangkok


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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 Bangkok Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ao Nang $50
    Bangkok $4.39

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ao Nang

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

  • Ao Nang Krabi Thai Boxing Stadium Admission Ticket with Return Transfer: $111
  • Ao Nang Krabi Thai Boxing Stadium Admission Ticket with Return Transfer: $99
  • Ao Nang Krabi Thai Boxing Stadium Admission Ticket with Return Transfer: $99
  • Aonang any hotel to Khao Lak Private transfer: $110
  • Aonang any hotel to Koh Lanta any hotel Private transfer: $107
  • Aonang any hotel to Krabi airport Private transfer: $23
  • Ferry Transfer Between Koh Phi Phi To Phuket: $25
  • Full Day Jungle Tour With Elephan Trekking 30 Minutes + Tiger Cave + Transfers: $73
  • Krabi Transfer to Khao Lak: $117
  • Krabi airport to Aonang any hotel Private transfer: $23
  • Krabi to Phuket: Private City Transfer: $107
  • Phuket Airport to Krabi City or Hotel Private Transfer: $119

Typical Local Transportation prices in Bangkok

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


  • Tuk Tuk to bus station
    $2.44
  • Skytrain Ticket
    $4.88
  • Chao Phraya River Express Ticket
    $0.98
  • Ferry Ride
    $0.79
  • Taxi From Airport
    $7.63
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $2.75
  • Boat Taxi
    $1.53
  • Trains to airport
    $4.88

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bangkok

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bangkok:

  • oneway transfer service Bangkok-Hua hin: $85
  • Transfer from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok Hotel: $45
  • Transfer from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to Rayong Province: $99
  • Transfer from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to Pattaya: $68
  • Transfer from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to Koh Chang: $150
  • Transfer from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to HuaHin: $85
  • Transfer from Don Mueang (DMK) Airport to Bangkok city: $31
  • Transfer from DMK Donmuaeng International Airport to BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport: $34
  • Transfer from Bangkok Hotel to Suvarnabhumi Airport: $45
  • Transfer from Bangkok Airport to Bangkok Hotel by Deluxe Vehicle: $135
  • Transfer from BKK Suvarnabhumi International Airport to khao Yai National Park: $85
  • Transfer from BKK Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Pattaya City: $55

Is it cheaper to fly into Ao Nang or Bangkok?

Prices for flights to both Bangkok 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
    Bangkok $16

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 Bangkok

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Bangkok:


  • Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe (for Two)
    $27
  • Casual Lunch of Prawns (for Two)
    $6.10
  • 2 Rotis (Bread)
    $1.37
  • Mango & Sticky Rice
    $0.92
  • Lunch at KFC (for Two)
    $6.10
  • Pad Thai
    $2.14
  • Airport Lunch for 2
    $17
  • Lunch for 2
    $23

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bangkok

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

  • Silom Village Authentic Thai Dinner and Performance Ticket: $17
  • Luxurious Afternoon Tea or Dinner at the Erawan Tea Rooms: $26
  • Skip the Line: Baiyoke Sky Hotel Observation Deck Ticket with Lunch or Dinner: $26
  • Bangkok Thai Classical Dance with Thai Set Dinner Ticket: $27
  • 2-Hour Dinner & Shows on White Orchid River Cruise: $30
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show With Optional Dinner & Transfers: $31
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Tour With Optional Dinner.: $31
  • Skip the Line:Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Ticket w/(optional) Dinner &Transfers: $32
  • Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River in Bangkok (Optional Transfers): $34
  • Bangkok Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River: $34
  • Bangkok White Orchid Dinner Cruise: $34
  • Bangkok Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River: $34

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ao Nang $9.76
    Bangkok $12

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 Bangkok

Here are a few typical costs in Bangkok for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Movie Ticket
    $4.88
  • Grand Palace Entrance Ticket
    $11
  • Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) Ticket
    $1.53
  • Dusit Zoo Entrance Fee (for Two)
    $6.10
  • Club Cover Charge
    $11
  • Thai Boxing Tickets (for Two)
    $73
  • Fish Pedicure
    $4.58
  • Wat Pho entrance ticket
    $3.05
  • Siriraj Museum (2)
    $12

Tours and Activities in Bangkok

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

  • "Phra Nakorn Khiri and Kui Buri adventure in 1 day" (Private trip): $322
  • "Two Day one Night for River Kwai Adventure" (Private): $442
  • 04 DAYS CENTRAL HIGHLIGHTS - Joint Tour: $692
  • 1-day Bangkok Old Town Tuk Tuk Tour - Sawasdee Tuk Tuk: $102
  • 10 Hours Private Tour Ayuttaya: $140
  • 11-Day Thailand Tour to Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Phuket: $2,921
  • 12-Day Tour Through Cambodia from Bangkok to Saigon: $1,165
  • 2 Days Private Tour To Ayutthaya' World Heritage Site: $428
  • 2-Day River Kwai Experience from Bangkok: $262
  • 2-Day River Kwai Floathouse Experience from Bangkok: $346
  • 2-Day River Kwai Jungle Rafts Experience from Bangkok: $231
  • 2-Day River Kwai and Kanchanaburi Tour from Bangkok: $228

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ao Nang $13
    Bangkok $7.28

Typical Alcohol prices in Bangkok

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


  • Beer
    $1.22


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


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

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 Bangkok in the Summer?

Both Bangkok and Ao Nang during the summer 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 Bangkok because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

Bangkok gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Ao Nang. Ao Nang usually gets more rain in July than Bangkok. Ao Nang gets 287 mm (11.3 in) of rain, while Bangkok receives 155 mm (6.1 in) of rain this time of the year.

It's quite sunny in Ao Nang. In the summer, Ao Nang often gets more sunshine than Bangkok. Ao Nang gets 206 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Bangkok receives 176 hours of full sun.

In the summer, Ao Nang is around the same temperature as Bangkok. Typically, the summer temperatures in Ao Nang in July are around 28°C (82°F), and Bangkok is about 29°C (84°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Ao Nang 28°C (82°F) 
    Bangkok 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Ao Nang or Bangkok in the Autumn?

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

November to February in Bangkok is the dry season. Also, May to October is the rainy season in Bangkok. Bangkok receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Ao Nang gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Ao Nang usually receives more rain than Bangkok. Ao Nang gets 304 mm (12 in) of rain, while Bangkok receives 242 mm (9.5 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Bangkok this time of the year. Ao Nang usually receives less sunshine than Bangkok during autumn. Ao Nang gets 181 hours of sunny skies, while Bangkok receives 206 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Ao Nang is generally around the same temperature as Bangkok. Temperatures in Ao Nang average around 27°C (81°F), and Bangkok stays around 28°C (83°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Ao Nang 27°C (81°F) 
    Bangkok 28°C (83°F)

Should I visit Ao Nang or Bangkok in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Ao Nang as well as Bangkok. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Ao Nang throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Bangkok throughout the year.

Also, November to February in Bangkok is the dry season. Ao Nang usually gets more rain in January than Bangkok. Ao Nang gets 31 mm (1.2 in) of rain, while Bangkok receives 9 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Bangkok. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Ao Nang this time of the year. In the winter, Ao Nang often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Bangkok. Ao Nang gets 287 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Bangkok receives 276 hours of full sun.

Ao Nang is around the same temperature as Bangkok in the winter. The temperature in Ao Nang is usually 28°C (82°F) in January, and Bangkok stays around 27°C (80°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Ao Nang 28°C (82°F) 
    Bangkok 27°C (80°F)

Should I visit Ao Nang or Bangkok in the Spring?

Both Bangkok and Ao Nang are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Plenty of visitors come to Ao Nang because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Bangkok because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

The rainy season in Bangkok is May to October. It's quite rainy in Ao Nang. In April, Ao Nang usually receives more rain than Bangkok. Ao Nang gets 120 mm (4.7 in) of rain, while Bangkok receives 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain each month for the spring.

It's quite sunny in Bangkok. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Ao Nang. Ao Nang usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Bangkok during spring. Ao Nang gets 249 hours of sunny skies, while Bangkok receives 262 hours of full sun in the spring.

In the spring, Ao Nang is around the same temperature as Bangkok. Typically, the spring temperatures in Ao Nang in April are around 29°C (84°F), and Bangkok is about 31°C (87°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Ao Nang 29°C (84°F) 
    Bangkok 31°C (87°F)

Typical Weather for Bangkok and Ao Nang

Ao Nang Bangkok
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 28°C (82°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 27°C (80°F) 9 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 28°C (83°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 28°C (82°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Mar 29°C (84°F) 52 mm (2 in) 29°C (85°F) 29 mm (1.1 in)
Apr 29°C (84°F) 120 mm (4.7 in) 31°C (87°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
May 28°C (83°F) 318 mm (12.5 in) 30°C (86°F) 220 mm (8.7 in)
Jun 28°C (82°F) 279 mm (11 in) 29°C (85°F) 149 mm (5.9 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 287 mm (11.3 in) 29°C (84°F) 155 mm (6.1 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 262 mm (10.3 in) 29°C (84°F) 197 mm (7.8 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 399 mm (15.7 in) 28°C (83°F) 344 mm (13.5 in)
Oct 27°C (81°F) 304 mm (12 in) 28°C (83°F) 242 mm (9.5 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 165 mm (6.5 in) 27°C (81°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)


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