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

Should you visit Bangkok or Koh Chang?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Bangkok and Koh Chang can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

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.

Koh Chang

Most people pick Thailand for their destination because they're anxious to collapse on a breathtaking beach. If that is you, Ko Chang does not disappoint. As one the country's most beautiful islands, Ko Chang is full of white beaches and incredible wildlife. Beware, though, you're not the only one with Ko Chang in mind. During the high season, the island can become quite crowded with tourists.

Which city is cheaper, Koh Chang or Bangkok?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bangkok is $67, while the average daily cost in Koh Chang is $45. 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 Bangkok and Koh Chang in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Bangkok is $72. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

The prices for places to stay in Koh Chang can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $22, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $44.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bangkok $36
    Koh Chang $22
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bangkok $72
    Koh Chang $44

Food

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.

While meal prices in Koh Chang can vary, the average travelers spends about $15 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Koh Chang should cost around $6.00 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Koh Chang is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Bangkok $16
    Koh Chang $15
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)
    $6.36
  • 2 Rotis (Bread)
    $1.43
  • Mango & Sticky Rice
    $0.95
  • Lunch at KFC (for Two)
    $6.36
  • Pad Thai
    $2.23
  • Airport Lunch for 2
    $17
  • 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 Bangkok is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $4.57 per person, per day, on local transportation in Bangkok.

To get around in Koh Chang, the average visitor spends $12 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bangkok $4.57
    Koh Chang $12
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bangkok

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


  • Tuk Tuk to bus station
    $2.54
  • Skytrain Ticket
    $5.09
  • Chao Phraya River Express Ticket
    $1.02
  • Ferry Ride
    $0.83
  • Taxi From Airport
    $7.95
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $2.86
  • Boat Taxi
    $1.59
  • Trains to airport
    $5.09

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bangkok

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bangkok:

  • oneway transfer service Bangkok-Hua hin: $85
  • VIP Bus Transfers between Bangkok and Chiang Mai: $28
  • Transfer from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok Hotel: $45
  • Transfer from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to Rayong Province: $99
  • Transfer from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to Pattaya: $68
  • Transfer from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to Koh Chang: $150
  • Transfer from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to HuaHin: $85
  • Transfer from Don Mueang (DMK) Airport to Bangkok city: $31
  • Transfer from DMK Donmuaeng International Airport to BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport: $34
  • Transfer from Bangkok Hotel to Suvarnabhumi Airport: $45
  • Transfer from Bangkok Airport to Bangkok Hotel by Deluxe Vehicle: $135
  • Transfer from BKK Suvarnabhumi International Airport to khao Yai National Park: $85

Entertainment

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.

In Koh Chang, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $5.09 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bangkok $13
    Koh Chang $5.09
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
    $5.09
  • Grand Palace Entrance Ticket
    $11
  • Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) Ticket
    $1.59
  • Dusit Zoo Entrance Fee (for Two)
    $6.36
  • Club Cover Charge
    $12
  • Thai Boxing Tickets (for Two)
    $76
  • Fish Pedicure
    $4.77
  • Wat Pho entrance ticket
    $3.18
  • Siriraj Museum (2)
    $13

Tours and Activities in Bangkok

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

  • "Phra Nakorn Khiri and Kui Buri adventure in 1 day" (Private trip): $322
  • "Two Day one Night for River Kwai Adventure" (Private): $442
  • 04 DAYS CENTRAL HIGHLIGHTS - Joint Tour: $692
  • 1-day Bangkok Old Town Tuk Tuk Tour - Sawasdee Tuk Tuk: $102
  • 10 Hours Private Tour Ayuttaya: $140
  • 11-Day Thailand Tour to Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Phuket: $2,921
  • 12-Day Tour Through Cambodia from Bangkok to Saigon: $1,165
  • 2 Days Private Tour To Ayutthaya' World Heritage Site: $428
  • 2-Day River Kwai Experience from Bangkok: $262
  • 2-Day River Kwai Floathouse Experience from Bangkok: $346
  • 2-Day River Kwai Jungle Rafts Experience from Bangkok: $231
  • 2-Day River Kwai and Kanchanaburi Tour from Bangkok: $228

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Bangkok may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $7.59 per day on alcoholic beverages.

Typically, people visiting Koh Chang spend on average $4.36 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bangkok $7.59
    Koh Chang $4.36
Typical Alcohol prices in Bangkok

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


  • Beer
    $1.27

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

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