A Travel Price Comparison for Thailand Bangkok vs. Khao Yai National Park for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bangkok or Khao Yai National Park?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Bangkok and Khao Yai National Park can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Bangkok or Khao Yai National Park?

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.

Khao Yai National Park

Adventurous travelers are always in search of new terrain to conquer. At over 2,000 square kilometers, Khao Yai National Park is Thailand's second largest national park, and just full of jungles to trek through. In the southwest of Thailand is a sanctuary of mountains and waterfalls.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Thailand, The Best Wildlife Tours to Thailand, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Thailand, and The Best 10-Day Tours in Thailand.


Which place is cheaper, Khao Yai National Park or Bangkok?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bangkok is $77, while the average daily cost in Khao Yai National Park is $63. 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 Bangkok and Khao Yai National Park in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bangkok $42
    Khao Yai National Park $36
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bangkok $84
    Khao Yai National Park $72
Compare Hotels in Bangkok and Khao Yai National Park

Looking for a hotel in Bangkok or Khao Yai 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 Bangkok


Hotels in Khao Yai National Park


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Our Analysis
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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bangkok $5.83
    Khao Yai National Park $14
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bangkok

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


  • Tuk Tuk to bus station
    $2.21
  • Skytrain Ticket
    $4.41
  • Chao Phraya River Express Ticket
    $0.88
  • Ferry Ride
    $0.72
  • Taxi From Airport
    $6.89
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $2.48
  • Boat Taxi
    $1.38
  • Trains to airport
    $4.41

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bangkok

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bangkok:

  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Hua Hin APT-HTL (BKK): $71
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Bangkok HTL- APT(BKK): $14
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Bangkok APT-HTL (BKK): $14
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer in Pattaya APT-HTL (DMK): $67
  • Transfer from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to Rayong Province: $87
  • Transfer from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to Koh Chang: $132
  • Transfer from Don Mueang (DMK) Airport to Bangkok city: $27
  • Transfer from Bangkok Airport to Trat: $146
  • Transfer from Bangkok Airport to Rayong: $114
  • Transfer from Bangkok Airport to Pranburi: $127
  • Transfer from Bangkok Airport to Pattaya: $53
  • Transfer from BKK Suvarnabhumi International Airport to khao Yai National Park: $75

Is it cheaper to fly into Bangkok or Khao Yai National Park?

Prices for flights to both Khao Yai National Park and Bangkok 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
    Bangkok $18
    Khao Yai National Park $17
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)
    $25
  • Casual Lunch of Prawns (for Two)
    $5.51
  • 2 Rotis (Bread)
    $1.24
  • Mango & Sticky Rice
    $0.83
  • Lunch at KFC (for Two)
    $5.51
  • Pad Thai
    $1.93
  • 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.

  • Bangkok Food Tour and Sightseeing with Tuktuk: $17
  • White Orchid Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise: $19
  • Chao Phraya Princess Dinner Cruise Ticket: $21
  • Baiyoke Observation Deck with Lunch/Dinner Buffet: $21
  • River Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess: $23
  • Meridian Sunset Dinner Cruise - Floating Paradise From ICONSIAM Bangkok: $24
  • Twilight Dinner Cruise Along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok: $25
  • Viva Alangka Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise: $27
  • Alangka Luxury Buffet Dinner Cruise With Live Music: $27
  • Chao Phraya Buffet Dinner Viva Alangka Cruise: $27
  • Riverside Dinner Buffet Cruise On Chao Phraya: $27
  • Nopparat Thai Dinner with Classical Dance: $28

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bangkok $16
    Khao Yai National Park $8.86
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
    $4.41
  • Grand Palace Entrance Ticket
    $9.65
  • Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) Ticket
    $1.38
  • Dusit Zoo Entrance Fee (for Two)
    $5.51
  • Club Cover Charge
    $10
  • Thai Boxing Tickets (for Two)
    $66
  • Fish Pedicure
    $4.14
  • Wat Pho entrance ticket
    $2.76
  • Siriraj Museum (2)
    $11

Tours and Activities in Bangkok

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

  • Ayutthaya Historic Park Tour Group Tour from Bangkok: $55
  • Bangkok 5 Hour Cultural & Temples Tour Private: $82
  • Bangkok Hindu Landmark City, Grand Palace & Temples Tours with Lunch: $288
  • Bangkok Sea Life + Madame Tussauds Entrance Tickets : $46
  • Maeklong Railway & Floating Market Tour (Private & All-Inclusive): $146
  • Mystical Waterfall and River Kwai Tour (Private & All-Inclusive): $198
  • Siam Park City Admission Ticket With All Rides In Bangkok: $18
  • Sunset Sail, Glittering Temspls at Afternoon Ayutthaya Tours : $60
  • Tuk-Tuk Tour Bangkok By Night With Chinatown Street: $65
  • 'Sunset Cruise' Canal Boat Tour - Fully guided 3hrs: $75
  • 1 Hour Axe Throwing Experience : $17
  • 10 Hours Private Tour Ayuttaya: $115

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bangkok $6.03
    Khao Yai National Park $11
Typical Alcohol Prices in Bangkok

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


  • Beer
    $1.10

Sample the Local Flavors in Bangkok

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Bangkok:

  • Pub Crawl and Club Night With Shots & VIP Entrance: $22


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

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



When is the best time to visit Bangkok or Khao Yai National Park?

Both destinations experience a warmer 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 Bangkok or Khao Yai National Park in the Summer?

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

It's quite rainy in Khao Yai National Park. Bangkok receives a lot of rain in the summer. Bangkok usually gets less rain in July than Khao Yai National Park. Bangkok gets 155 mm (6.1 in) of rain, while Khao Yai National Park receives 315 mm (12.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

In the summer, Bangkok often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Khao Yai National Park. Bangkok gets 176 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Khao Yai National Park receives 176 hours of full sun.

Bangkok is around the same temperature as Khao Yai National Park in the summer. The daily temperature in Bangkok averages around 29°C (84°F) in July, and Khao Yai National Park fluctuates around 28°C (83°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bangkok 29°C (84°F) 
    Khao Yai National Park 28°C (83°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Khao Yai National Park in the Autumn?

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

The dry season in Bangkok is November to February. The rainy season in Bangkok is May to October. It rains a lot this time of the year in Khao Yai National Park. It's quite rainy in Bangkok. In October, Bangkok usually receives more rain than Khao Yai National Park. Bangkok gets 242 mm (9.5 in) of rain, while Khao Yai National Park receives 173 mm (6.8 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

It's quite sunny in Khao Yai National Park. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Bangkok. Bangkok usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Khao Yai National Park during autumn. Bangkok gets 206 hours of sunny skies, while Khao Yai National Park receives 206 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In the autumn, Bangkok is around the same temperature as Khao Yai National Park. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Bangkok in October average around 28°C (83°F), and Khao Yai National Park averages at about 28°C (82°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bangkok 28°C (83°F) 
    Khao Yai National Park 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Khao Yai National Park in the Winter?

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

November to February is the dry season in Bangkok. Bangkok usually gets around the same amount of rain in January as Khao Yai National Park. Bangkok gets 9 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Khao Yai National Park receives 9 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

In Khao Yai National Park, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Bangkok. In the winter, Bangkok often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Khao Yai National Park. Bangkok gets 276 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Khao Yai National Park receives 276 hours of full sun.

In January, Bangkok is generally around the same temperature as Khao Yai National Park. Daily temperatures in Bangkok average around 27°C (80°F), and Khao Yai National Park fluctuates around 26°C (78°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bangkok 27°C (80°F) 
    Khao Yai National Park 26°C (78°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Khao Yai National Park in the Spring?

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

Also, May to October is the rainy season in Bangkok. Khao Yai National Park receives a lot of rain in the spring. In April, Bangkok usually receives less rain than Khao Yai National Park. Bangkok gets 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Khao Yai National Park receives 128 mm (5.1 in) of rain each month for the spring.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Khao Yai National Park this time of the year. In Bangkok, it's very sunny this time of the year. Bangkok usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Khao Yai National Park during spring. Bangkok gets 262 hours of sunny skies, while Khao Yai National Park receives 262 hours of full sun in the spring.

Bangkok is around the same temperature as Khao Yai National Park in the spring. The daily temperature in Bangkok averages around 31°C (87°F) in April, and Khao Yai National Park fluctuates around 30°C (87°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bangkok 31°C (87°F) 
    Khao Yai National Park 30°C (87°F)

Typical Weather for Khao Yai National Park and Bangkok

Bangkok Khao Yai National Park
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 27°C (80°F) 9 mm (0.4 in) 26°C (78°F) 9 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 28°C (82°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 28°C (82°F) 25 mm (1 in)
Mar 29°C (85°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 30°C (86°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Apr 31°C (87°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 30°C (87°F) 128 mm (5.1 in)
May 30°C (86°F) 220 mm (8.7 in) 30°C (85°F) 225 mm (8.8 in)
Jun 29°C (85°F) 149 mm (5.9 in) 29°C (84°F) 277 mm (10.9 in)
Jul 29°C (84°F) 155 mm (6.1 in) 28°C (83°F) 315 mm (12.4 in)
Aug 29°C (84°F) 197 mm (7.8 in) 28°C (83°F) 385 mm (15.1 in)
Sep 28°C (83°F) 344 mm (13.5 in) 28°C (82°F) 360 mm (14.2 in)
Oct 28°C (83°F) 242 mm (9.5 in) 28°C (82°F) 173 mm (6.8 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 27°C (81°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)
Dec 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 26°C (78°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)