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

Should you visit Ayutthaya or Bangkok?

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

Should I visit Ayutthaya 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: Ayutthaya or Bangkok?

Ayutthaya

Once the largest city in the world, Ayutthaya, is the example of an ancient capital within a modern city. Located in the central plains of Thailand, this spot is ideally located between China, India and the Malay Archipelago creating the perfect place for trade in Asia. Eighteenth century maps from Holland and France show golden palaces, large ceremony spots and trading vessels from all over the world. Suddenly, in 1767, Ayutthaya experienced a tragic fall from grace with a Burmese invasion burning much of the city to the ground.

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 Ayutthaya?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Ayutthaya is $49, while the average daily cost in Bangkok is $57. 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 Ayutthaya and Bangkok in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ayutthaya $16
    Bangkok $31
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ayutthaya $32
    Bangkok $62
Compare Hotels in Ayutthaya and Bangkok

Looking for a hotel in Ayutthaya 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 Ayutthaya


Hotels in Bangkok


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ayutthaya $21
    Bangkok $3.83
Typical Local Transportation prices in Ayutthaya

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


  • River Ferry Crossing
    $0.53

Typical Local Transportation prices in Bangkok

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


  • Tuk Tuk to bus station
    $2.13
  • Skytrain Ticket
    $4.27
  • Chao Phraya River Express Ticket
    $0.85
  • Ferry Ride
    $0.69
  • Taxi From Airport
    $6.66
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $2.40
  • Boat Taxi
    $1.33
  • Trains to airport
    $4.27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bangkok

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bangkok:

  • Bangkok Airport Departure – Shared Transfer: $12
  • Bangkok Airport Private Transfer (Suvarnabhumi Airport): $13
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport Arrival Transfer (Shared or Private): $13
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport Departure Transfer (Shared or Pvt): $13
  • Airport Transfer from Trang Airport to Hotels: $13
  • Bangkok To Pattaya Transfer Service: $14
  • Bangkok Airport Arrival – Shared Transfer: $15
  • Bangkok Airport Private Transfer (Don Mueang Int'l Airport): $15
  • Private Airport Transfer: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to Bangkok: $16
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Bangkok to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK): $16
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Shared Arrival Transfer: $17
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Shared Departure Transfer: $17

Is it cheaper to fly into Ayutthaya or Bangkok?

Prices for flights to both Bangkok and Ayutthaya 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
    Ayutthaya $16
    Bangkok $14
Typical Food prices in Ayutthaya

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


  • Lunch for 2
    $3.73
  • Ice Cream
    $0.80
  • Breakfast for 2
    $3.73
  • Breakfast for 2
    $9.33

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)
    $24
  • Casual Lunch of Prawns (for Two)
    $5.33
  • 2 Rotis (Bread)
    $1.20
  • Mango & Sticky Rice
    $0.80
  • Lunch at KFC (for Two)
    $5.33
  • Pad Thai
    $1.87
  • Airport Lunch for 2
    $15
  • Lunch for 2
    $20

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.
    Ayutthaya $21
    Bangkok $11
Typical Entertainment prices in Ayutthaya

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


  • Temple Entrances (2)
    $5.33
  • Wat Entrance
    $1.33

Tours and Activities in Ayutthaya

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

  • Colors of UNESCO Heritage 6 hour Bicycle Tour: $56
  • Ayutthaya Day Tour: $57
  • Bangkok Ayutthaya Private Sunset Boat Tour: $82
  • Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-In with minivan and come back with cruise: $96
  • Private : Ayutthaya Ancient Temples Day Tour: $112
  • Private : Ayutthaya Temples & Floating Market Day Tour: $119
  • Ayutthaya Day Tour By Car: $157
  • Ayutthaya Temples & Eco-Farm Private Tour from Bangkok: $175
  • Shore Excursion from Laem Cha Bang Port to Ayutthaya (Private tour): $262

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
    $4.27
  • Grand Palace Entrance Ticket
    $9.33
  • Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) Ticket
    $1.33
  • Dusit Zoo Entrance Fee (for Two)
    $5.33
  • Club Cover Charge
    $10.00
  • Thai Boxing Tickets (for Two)
    $64
  • Fish Pedicure
    $4.00
  • Wat Pho entrance ticket
    $2.67
  • Siriraj Museum (2)
    $11

Tours and Activities in Bangkok

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

  • Old Bangkok Instagram Tour: $4.70
  • Road to Democracy Audio Tour: Discover Thailand's volatile modern politics: $5.00
  • Red Lights, Hummus, and a Beer Stop or Three: Audio Tour of Nana by VoiceMap: $5.13
  • Bangkok Chinatown Eats Self-guided Walking and Eating Tour by VoiceMap: $5.13
  • Samut Prakan: Erawan Museum Discounted Admission Ticket: $9.39
  • Kids Special: Bangkok Fantasia Lagoon Water Park Tickets: $10
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Ticket: $10
  • Art in Paradise Bangkok Entrance (Ticket Only): $10
  • Calypso Cabaret Show Ticket in Bangkok: $10
  • 1-Hour Guided Patpong Museum Tour: $11
  • Art in Paradise Bangkok Tickets: $12
  • The Patpong Museum Bangkok Ticket: $14

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ayutthaya $14
    Bangkok $6.36

Typical Alcohol prices in Bangkok

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


  • Beer
    $1.07


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


When is the best time to visit Ayutthaya or Bangkok?

Both destinations experience a tropical climate with warm weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit Ayutthaya or Bangkok in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Ayutthaya and Bangkok. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Ayutthaya throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Bangkok throughout the year.

Bangkok receives a lot of rain in the summer. Ayutthaya gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In July, Ayutthaya usually receives less rain than Bangkok. At this time of the year, Ayutthaya gets 120 mm (4.7 in) of rain, while Bangkok receives 155 mm (6.1 in) of rain.

Ayutthaya usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Bangkok during summer. At this time of the year, Ayutthaya gets 176 hours of sunny skies, while Bangkok receives 176 hours of full sun.

Ayutthaya is around the same temperature as Bangkok in the summer. The temperature in Ayutthaya is usually 29°C (84°F) in July, and Bangkok stays around 29°C (84°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Ayutthaya 29°C (84°F) 
    Bangkok 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Ayutthaya or Bangkok in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Ayutthaya as well as Bangkok. Plenty of visitors come to Ayutthaya 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.

Also, November to February in Bangkok is the dry season. May to October in Bangkok is the rainy season. It's quite rainy in Bangkok. Ayutthaya receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Ayutthaya usually gets less rain in October than Bangkok. Ayutthaya gets 180 mm (7.1 in) of rain, while Bangkok receives 242 mm (9.5 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 Ayutthaya this time of the year. In the autumn, Ayutthaya often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Bangkok. Ayutthaya gets 206 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Bangkok receives 206 hours of full sun.

In the autumn, Ayutthaya is around the same temperature as Bangkok. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Ayutthaya in October are around 28°C (82°F), and Bangkok is about 28°C (83°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Ayutthaya 28°C (82°F) 
    Bangkok 28°C (83°F)

Should I visit Ayutthaya or Bangkok in the Winter?

Both Bangkok and Ayutthaya are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Ayutthaya attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Bangkok attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

The dry season in Bangkok is November to February. In January, Ayutthaya usually receives less rain than Bangkok. At this time of the year, Ayutthaya gets 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain, while Bangkok receives 9 mm (0.4 in) of rain.

It's quite sunny in Bangkok. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Ayutthaya. Ayutthaya usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Bangkok during winter. At this time of the year, Ayutthaya gets 276 hours of sunny skies, while Bangkok receives 276 hours of full sun.

In January, Ayutthaya is generally around the same temperature as Bangkok. Temperatures in Ayutthaya average around 25°C (78°F), and Bangkok stays around 27°C (80°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Ayutthaya 25°C (78°F) 
    Bangkok 27°C (80°F)

Should I visit Ayutthaya or Bangkok in the Spring?

Both Bangkok and Ayutthaya during the spring are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Ayutthaya throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Bangkok throughout the year.

May to October is the rainy season in Bangkok. Ayutthaya usually gets more rain in April than Bangkok. Ayutthaya gets 71 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Bangkok receives 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.

In Bangkok, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Ayutthaya. In the spring, Ayutthaya often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Bangkok. Ayutthaya gets 262 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Bangkok receives 262 hours of full sun.

It's very hot in Ayutthaya this time of the year. Ayutthaya is around the same temperature as Bangkok in the spring. The temperature in Ayutthaya is usually 31°C (88°F) in April, and Bangkok stays around 31°C (87°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Ayutthaya 31°C (88°F) 
    Bangkok 31°C (87°F)

Typical Weather for Bangkok and Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya Bangkok
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 25°C (78°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 27°C (80°F) 9 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 28°C (82°F) 11 mm (0.4 in) 28°C (82°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Mar 30°C (85°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 29°C (85°F) 29 mm (1.1 in)
Apr 31°C (88°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 31°C (87°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
May 30°C (86°F) 151 mm (5.9 in) 30°C (86°F) 220 mm (8.7 in)
Jun 30°C (85°F) 102 mm (4 in) 29°C (85°F) 149 mm (5.9 in)
Jul 29°C (84°F) 120 mm (4.7 in) 29°C (84°F) 155 mm (6.1 in)
Aug 29°C (84°F) 133 mm (5.2 in) 29°C (84°F) 197 mm (7.8 in)
Sep 28°C (83°F) 292 mm (11.5 in) 28°C (83°F) 344 mm (13.5 in)
Oct 28°C (82°F) 180 mm (7.1 in) 28°C (83°F) 242 mm (9.5 in)
Nov 26°C (79°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 27°C (81°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Dec 25°C (77°F) 13 mm (0.5 in) 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)


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