A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Ao Nang vs. Khao Sok National Park

Should you visit Ao Nang or Khao Sok National Park?

Should I visit Ao Nang or Khao Sok National Park? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

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.

Khao Sok National Park

In the south of Thailand, visitors will find a gorgeous getaway of pure nature. The Khao Sok National Park is a jungle reserve that covers over 700 square kilometers, and described as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in the country.

Many say this jungle is over 160 million years old making it one of the world's oldest rainforests. The lush environment of limestone, waterfalls and thickets of vegetation will make any wanderer eager to discover more. Keep your eyes peeled for bears, boars, gaurs, tapirs, gibbons, deer, marbled cats, wild elephants and more. Look to the sky for over 300 species of bird and 38 different types of bats.

You'll find the best time to book is from December to April, better known as the dry season. From June to October there is significantly more rain and the threat of monsoons. Not only does it rain on your parade, but also it causes the leeches to emerge.

To enter the park is a 300 baht fee for foreigners, 150 for children, and 40 for Thai citizens. If someone tries to sell you a ticket for more than that, simply buy one at the park entrance. When planning your stay remember that your entrance fee is only valid for 24 hours. If you're staying multiple days, you'll need to pay up front. Often if you're with a tour, the entrance fee is included in the tour price, but you should inquire about this to make sure.

Which city is cheaper, Khao Sok National Park or Ao Nang?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Ao Nang is $100, while the average daily cost in Khao Sok National Park is $82. 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 Ao Nang and Khao Sok National Park in more detail.




Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $96 in Ao Nang For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $21. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Khao Sok National Park the cost is $42 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ao Nang $48
    Khao Sok National Park $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ao Nang $96
    Khao Sok National Park $42


Food

Ao Nang food costs typically run travelers around $23 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.

On average, meal and food prices in Khao Sok National Park cost around $25 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $10.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Ao Nang $23
    Khao Sok National Park $25

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


Local Transportation

Ao Nang'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 $52 per person, per day on transportation in Ao Nang.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $60 per day to get around in Khao Sok National Park.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ao Nang $52
    Khao Sok National Park $60

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


Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Ao Nang can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $10 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $27 per person, per day in Khao Sok National Park. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ao Nang $10
    Khao Sok National Park $27

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


Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Ao Nang spend on average $14 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

The average person spends about $5.30 on alcoholic beverages in Khao Sok National Park per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ao Nang $14
    Khao Sok National Park $5.30



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

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