A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bali vs. Khao Sok National Park for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bali or Khao Sok National Park?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Bali and Khao Sok National Park can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Bali or Khao Sok National Park?

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.

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Tours for Seniors to Indonesia, The Best G Adventures Tours to Indonesia, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Thailand, and The Best 10-Day Tours in Thailand.


Which place is cheaper, Khao Sok National Park or Bali?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bali is $73, while the average daily cost in Khao Sok National Park is $88. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Bali and Khao Sok National Park in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bali $42
    Khao Sok National Park $22
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bali $84
    Khao Sok National Park $44
Compare Hotels in Bali and Khao Sok National Park

Looking for a hotel in Bali or Khao Sok National Park? 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 Bali


Hotels in Khao Sok National Park


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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: Bali Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bali $9.07
    Khao Sok National Park $64
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bali

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


  • Motorbike Rental
    $3.12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bali

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bali:

  • Nusa Dua Departure transfer to Bali Airport International (DPS): $13
  • Private transfer: Uluwatu to Bali Airport (DPS): $15
  • Sanur Bali to/from Lembongan: Speedboat Transfer: $15
  • Ngurah Rai Bali Airport Private Transfer: $16
  • Private Transfer Ubud-Seminyak-Kuta-Uluwatu-Jimbaran: $19
  • Bali Tours 4U Airport and Seaport transfers. 24 hours a day.: $21
  • Private Transfer Between Ubud and Canggu: $23
  • Denpasar Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel: $25
  • Exclusive Nusa Dua Hotel-to-Hotel Transfer Experience: $25
  • Half-Day Private City Tour with Transfers: $28
  • Canggu/Berawa: 2-Hour Surf Lesson with Hotel Transfers: $28
  • Bali and Nusa Penida: Fast Boat Transfers: $28

Is it cheaper to fly into Bali or Khao Sok National Park?

Prices for flights to both Khao Sok National Park and Bali 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
    Bali $21
    Khao Sok National Park $26
Typical Food Prices in Bali

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


  • Coffee
    $1.25
  • Lunch for Two
    $14
  • Bali Cafe for Two
    $27
  • Lunch for Two
    $8.10
  • Lunch for 2
    $8.97
  • Dinner for 2
    $9.85

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bali

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

  • Private Tour Rafting Uluwatu Kecak Dance Sunset and Dinner in Jimbaran Bay: $28
  • Best Romantic Seafood Dinner at Jimbaran Beach Sunset : $29
  • Romantic Seafood Dinner under sunset in the Beach: $30
  • Ubud: Balinese Cooking Class at an Organic Farm: $32
  • Pirate Dinner Cruise with Shows, Games, and Music: $32
  • Amazing Private Tour-Uluwatu Kecak Dance and Romantic Seafood Dinner: $33
  • Bali Night Market Food Tour From Ubud: $35
  • From Ubud: Authentic Cooking Class in a Local Village: $35
  • Romantic Seafood Dinner at Jimbaran: $38
  • Bali Private tour Beach,Traditional dance, Uluwatu Temple, Sunset, Dinner: $45
  • Seminyak: Balinese Cooking Class & Market Tour: $45
  • Bali Street Food Tour: $45

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bali $11
    Khao Sok National Park $28
Typical Entertainment Prices in Bali

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


  • Spa for Two
    $54
  • Snorkelling Trip
    $12
  • Cooking School
    $28

Tours and Activities in Bali

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

  • Bali Water Sports Adventure: $7.89
  • Bali Bird Park 1-Day Admission Ticket: $8.83
  • Private Tour to New Indonesia Urban Destination: $13
  • Uluwatu Temple Tour with Optional Kecak Dance Ticket: $13
  • Kecak and Fire Dance Ticket at Uluwatu Temple: $14
  • Kecak Dance Uluwatu Temple Half Day Sunset Tour: $14
  • Watersport activity Ocean walker, Parasailing Adventure & Banana Boat: $18
  • Tanah Lot Temple Guided Tour: $18
  • All-Inclusive White Water Rafting Adventure in Ubud: $19
  • Ubud: Monkey Forest, Rice Terraces, Temple & Waterfalls Tour: $19
  • Bali Nusa Dua Theatre: Devdan Show Tickets: $19
  • Ubud ATV Quad Bike & White Water Rafting Tour: $20

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bali $3.21
    Khao Sok National Park $5.65


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bali and Khao Sok National Park, we can see that Khao Sok National Park 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 Khao Sok National Park would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Khao Sok National Park than you might in Bali.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Bali Expensive? and Is Khao Sok National Park Expensive?.



When is the best time to visit Bali or Khao Sok National Park?

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

Should I visit Bali or Khao Sok National Park in the Summer?

Both Khao Sok National Park and Bali are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Bali throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Khao Sok National Park because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

The dry season in Bali is April to September. It rains a lot this time of the year in Khao Sok National Park. In July, Bali usually receives less rain than Khao Sok National Park. Bali gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Khao Sok National Park receives 284 mm (11.2 in) of rain each month for the summer.

It's quite sunny in Khao Sok National Park. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Bali. Bali usually receives more sunshine than Khao Sok National Park during summer. Bali gets 253 hours of sunny skies, while Khao Sok National Park receives 206 hours of full sun in the summer.

In the summer, Bali is around the same temperature as Khao Sok National Park. Typically, the summer temperatures in Bali in July average around 27°C (81°F), and Khao Sok National Park averages at about 28°C (82°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Khao Sok National Park 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Bali or Khao Sok National Park in the Autumn?

Both Khao Sok National Park and Bali during the autumn are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Bali because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Khao Sok National Park year-round.

October to March is the rainy season in Bali. Khao Sok National Park gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Bali usually gets less rain in October than Khao Sok National Park. Bali gets 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Khao Sok National Park receives 351 mm (13.8 in) of rain this time of the year.

It's quite sunny in Bali. In the autumn, Bali often gets more sunshine than Khao Sok National Park. Bali gets 266 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Khao Sok National Park receives 181 hours of full sun.

In October, Bali is generally around the same temperature as Khao Sok National Park. Daily temperatures in Bali average around 27°C (81°F), and Khao Sok National Park fluctuates around 27°C (81°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Khao Sok National Park 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Bali or Khao Sok National Park in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Bali and Khao Sok National Park. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Bali year-round. Khao Sok National Park attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

Also, October to March is the rainy season in Bali. In January, Bali usually receives more rain than Khao Sok National Park. Bali gets 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain, while Khao Sok National Park receives 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Khao Sok National Park this time of the year. Bali usually receives less sunshine than Khao Sok National Park during winter. Bali gets 170 hours of sunny skies, while Khao Sok National Park receives 287 hours of full sun in the winter.

Bali is around the same temperature as Khao Sok National Park in the winter. The daily temperature in Bali averages around 26°C (79°F) in January, and Khao Sok National Park fluctuates around 27°C (80°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bali 26°C (79°F) 
    Khao Sok National Park 27°C (80°F)

Should I visit Bali or Khao Sok National Park in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Bali as well as Khao Sok National Park. Bali attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Khao Sok National Park throughout the year.

Also, April to September in Bali is the dry season. It's quite rainy in Khao Sok National Park. Bali usually gets less rain in April than Khao Sok National Park. Bali gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Khao Sok National Park receives 157 mm (6.2 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Khao Sok National Park. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Bali this time of the year. In the spring, Bali often gets less sunshine than Khao Sok National Park. Bali gets 226 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Khao Sok National Park receives 249 hours of full sun.

In the spring, Bali is around the same temperature as Khao Sok National Park. Typically, the spring temperatures in Bali in April average around 27°C (81°F), and Khao Sok National Park averages at about 29°C (83°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Khao Sok National Park 29°C (83°F)

Typical Weather for Khao Sok National Park and Bali

Bali Khao Sok National Park
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 26°C (79°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 27°C (80°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
Feb 26°C (79°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 28°C (82°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Mar 27°C (81°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 28°C (83°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Apr 27°C (81°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 29°C (83°F) 157 mm (6.2 in)
May 28°C (82°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 28°C (82°F) 345 mm (13.6 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 50 mm (2 in) 28°C (82°F) 286 mm (11.3 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 28°C (82°F) 284 mm (11.2 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 28°C (82°F) 272 mm (10.7 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 50 mm (2 in) 27°C (81°F) 417 mm (16.4 in)
Oct 27°C (81°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 351 mm (13.8 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 27°C (80°F) 188 mm (7.4 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 27°C (80°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)