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

Should you visit Ayutthaya or Bangkok?

Should I visit Ayutthaya or Bangkok? 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.

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 $59, while the average daily cost in Bangkok is $68. 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 Ayutthaya and Bangkok in more detail.




Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $20. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Ayutthaya the cost is $40 on average.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Bangkok is $74. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ayutthaya $20
    Bangkok $37
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ayutthaya $40
    Bangkok $74


Food

Ayutthaya food costs typically run travelers around $19 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.

The average traveler spends about $16 per day in Bangkok 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 Meals for one day
    Ayutthaya $19
    Bangkok $16
Typical Food prices in Ayutthaya

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


  • Lunch for 2
    $4.48
  • Ice Cream
    $0.96
  • Breakfast for 2
    $4.48
  • Breakfast for 2
    $11

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)
    $29
  • Casual Lunch of Prawns (for Two)
    $6.40
  • 2 Rotis (Bread)
    $1.44
  • Mango & Sticky Rice
    $0.96
  • Lunch at KFC (for Two)
    $6.40
  • Pad Thai
    $2.24
  • Airport Lunch for 2
    $18
  • Lunch for 2
    $24

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
  • Baiyoke Observation Deck with Lunch/Dinner Buffet: $23
  • 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
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Tour With Optional Dinner.: $31
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show With Optional Dinner & Transfers: $31
  • 2-Hour Dinner & Shows on White Orchid River Cruise: $32
  • Skip the Line:Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Ticket w/(optional) Dinner &Transfers: $32
  • Bangkok Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River: $34
  • Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River in Bangkok (Optional Transfers): $34
  • Bangkok White Orchid Dinner Cruise: $34


Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Ayutthaya is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $26 per person, per day, on local transportation in Ayutthaya.

The cost of a taxi ride in Bangkok is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $4.60 per person, per day, on local transportation in Bangkok.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ayutthaya $26
    Bangkok $4.60
Typical Local Transportation prices in Ayutthaya

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


  • River Ferry Crossing
    $0.64

Typical Local Transportation prices in Bangkok

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


  • Tuk Tuk to bus station
    $2.56
  • Skytrain Ticket
    $5.12
  • Chao Phraya River Express Ticket
    $1.02
  • Ferry Ride
    $0.83
  • Taxi From Airport
    $8.00
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $2.88
  • Boat Taxi
    $1.60
  • Trains to airport
    $5.12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bangkok

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bangkok:

  • Boat Transfer to Koh Samui from Bangkok & Southern Thailand: $9.87
  • Bangkok Airport Departure – Shared Transfer: $12
  • Bangkok Airport Private Transfer (Suvarnabhumi Airport): $13
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport Departure Transfer (Shared or Pvt): $13
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport Arrival Transfer (Shared or Private): $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
  • Boat Transfer to Koh Tao from Bangkok and Southern Thailand: $16


Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Ayutthaya typically cost an average of $25 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Entertainment and activities in Bangkok typically cost an average of $13 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ayutthaya $25
    Bangkok $13
Typical Entertainment prices in Ayutthaya

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


  • Temple Entrances (2)
    $6.40
  • Wat Entrance
    $1.60

Tours and Activities in Ayutthaya

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

  • Ayutthaya City Culture Bicycle Tour: $30
  • Colors of Ayutthaya Bicycle Tour: $55
  • 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
  • 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
    $5.12
  • Grand Palace Entrance Ticket
    $11
  • Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) Ticket
    $1.60
  • Dusit Zoo Entrance Fee (for Two)
    $6.40
  • Club Cover Charge
    $12
  • Thai Boxing Tickets (for Two)
    $77
  • Fish Pedicure
    $4.80
  • Wat Pho entrance ticket
    $3.20
  • Siriraj Museum (2)
    $13

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
  • Bangkok Chinatown Eats Self-guided Walking and Eating Tour by VoiceMap: $5.13
  • Red Lights, Hummus, and a Beer Stop or Three: Audio Tour of Nana by VoiceMap: $5.13
  • Kids Special: Bangkok Fantasia Lagoon Water Park Tickets: $10
  • Calypso Cabaret Show Ticket in Bangkok: $10
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Ticket: $10
  • Art in Paradise Bangkok Entrance (Ticket Only): $10
  • 1-Hour Guided Patpong Museum Tour: $12
  • Art in Paradise Bangkok Tickets: $12
  • Baiyoke Sky Hotel: Observation Deck & Revolving Point Ticket: $13
  • The Patpong Museum Bangkok Ticket: $14


Alcohol

The average person spends about $17 on alcoholic beverages in Ayutthaya per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Bangkok may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $7.63 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ayutthaya $17
    Bangkok $7.63

Typical Alcohol prices in Bangkok

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


  • Beer
    $1.28

Sample the Local Flavors in Bangkok

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Bangkok:

  • 4-Hour Sukhumvit Bar Crawl: $7.50
  • 4-Hour Thonglor Bar Crawl: $20
  • Guided Bar Crawl: $21
  • From Khao Yai Wine Tasting by Bike: $359



When comparing the travel costs between Ayutthaya and Bangkok, we can see that Bangkok is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Asia, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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