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

Should you visit Bangkok or Koh Pha Ngan?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Bangkok and Koh Pha Ngan 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 Pha Ngan

Ko Phangan (or Pha Ngan) is best known for its full moon parties, attracting backpackers and budget travelers the world over for all-night parties on the beach. The clear, blue water, beautiful beaches, and tropical atmosphere bring the tourists to the island, and the low prices, diverse activities, and abundant amenities keep them here.

Which city is cheaper, Koh Pha Ngan 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 Pha Ngan is $42. 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 Pha Ngan 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.

Koh Pha Ngan's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $44. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $22.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bangkok $36
    Koh Pha Ngan $22
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bangkok $72
    Koh Pha Ngan $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.

The average traveler spends about $9.56 per day in Koh Pha Ngan 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
    Bangkok $16
    Koh Pha Ngan $9.56
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

Typical Food prices in Koh Pha Ngan

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Koh Pha Ngan:


  • Noodle Lunch (for One)
    $1.27
  • Sit Down Dinner (for Two)
    $12
  • Smoothies (for Two)
    $1.27
  • Ice Cream
    $0.64
  • Juice
    $1.91
  • 3 Spring Rolls
    $0.95
  • 2 Pancakes
    $1.91

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.

The cost of a taxi ride in Koh Pha Ngan is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $12 per person, per day, on local transportation in Koh Pha Ngan.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bangkok $4.57
    Koh Pha Ngan $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:

  • 6 Seater SUV transfer service between Bangkok airport and downtown Bangkok: $41
  • Airport Transfer from Trang Airport to Hotels: $13
  • Airport Transfer outside Bangkok: $87
  • Airport transfer to Bangkok downtown: $24
  • Amazing Muay Thai Show Bangkok include Transfer: $45
  • Amphawa Floating Market Day Tour Bangkok Private Transfer Roud Trip: $145
  • Ancient City Muang Boran Ticket with Private Transfer Option: $18
  • Arrival Private Airport Transfer : Bangkok Airport to Hotel in Bangkok: $37
  • Private Car Transfer Bangkok Airport (SUV-DMK) - Hua Hin Hotel: $91
  • Private Car Transfer Bangkok City - Hua Hin Hotel: $91
  • Private Car Transfer Bangkok City - Pattaya City: $51
  • Private Car Transfer Bangkok City Center - Donmaung Airport: $36

Typical Local Transportation prices in Koh Pha Ngan

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Koh Pha Ngan are as follows:


  • Scooter Rental
    $9.54
  • Ferry Ride
    $16
  • Gas for Scooter
    $3.50

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.

Entertainment and activities in Koh Pha Ngan typically cost an average of $16 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.
    Bangkok $13
    Koh Pha Ngan $16
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:

  • 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

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.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Koh Pha Ngan may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $9.22 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bangkok $7.59
    Koh Pha Ngan $9.22
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

Typical Alcohol prices in Koh Pha Ngan

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Koh Pha Ngan are as follows:


  • Drinks at Irish Pub (for Two)
    $8.27


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

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