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

Should you visit Bangkok or Koh Tao?

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

With a name that literally means, "Turtle Island," Koh Tao, Thailand is the type of vacation spot divers dream of. There is the faintest current and a buffet of dive sites and shops.

This tiny island hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year, but take not that there are no garbage disposal facilities. Everything that can't be burnt needs to be taken from the island. Avoid plastic bags, and don't dump your trash in the open landscape (then again, why would you?) because there are no departments for road clean up. Water and electricity on the island are scarce, so use them wisely.

Keep in mind that monsoon season from November to January so you may be faced with constant rain for days at a time in those months.

Which city is cheaper, Koh Tao or Bangkok?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bangkok is $68, while the average daily cost in Koh Tao is $34. 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 Tao in more detail.




Accommodation

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

The prices for places to stay in Koh Tao can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $13, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $26.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bangkok $37
    Koh Tao $13
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bangkok $74
    Koh Tao $26


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.

In Koh Tao travelers spend around $8.69 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Bangkok $16
    Koh Tao $8.69
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

Typical Food prices in Koh Tao

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Koh Tao:


  • Sit Down Lunch (for One)
    $6.40
  • Breakfast
    $4.80
  • Casual Breakfast (for Two)
    $3.84
  • Fancy Dinner (for Two)
    $16
  • Pancake
    $2.24
  • American Breakfast (for Two)
    $8.96
  • Dinner at Bam Bam (for Two)
    $8.64


Local Transportation

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.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Koh Tao than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $8.13 on transportation in Koh Tao on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bangkok $4.60
    Koh Tao $8.13
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:

  • To/From Pattaya 1-Way Private Luxury Transfers: $257
  • Private Transfer from Bangkok to Chiang Rai with 2h of Sightseeing: $220
  • Moto GP Private Transfer Bangkok To Chang International Circuit: $218
  • Private Transfer Laem Chabang/Bangkok: $212
  • Private Transfer from Bangkok to Krabi with 2h of Sightseeing: $205
  • Private Transfer from Don Muang Airport to Koh Chang Hotel: $199
  • Private Transfer from Bangkok Airport to Koh Chang hotel: $193
  • Elephant Haven Kanchanaburi with Private Transfer from Bangkok: $192
  • Elephant World Sanctuary with private transfer trip from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi: $191
  • Private Transfer from Bangkok to Chiang Mai with 2h of Sightseeing: $190
  • Bangkok International Airport Private Transfer to Hotels in Koh Chang: $190
  • Bangkok Airport Private Transfer to Hotels in Trat: $190

Typical Local Transportation prices in Koh Tao

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


  • Motorbike Rental
    $6.08
  • Chumpon to Koh Tao Ferry
    $21


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.

Sightseeing expenses in Koh Tao, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $25 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bangkok $13
    Koh Tao $25
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:

  • "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

Typical Entertainment prices in Koh Tao

For Koh Tao, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Kayak Rental (One Hour)
    $8.00
  • Snorkel Rental
    $3.20
  • Kayak and Snorkel (2)
    $3.20


Alcohol

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.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Koh Tao, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $6.70.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bangkok $7.63
    Koh Tao $6.70
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

Typical Alcohol prices in Koh Tao

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Koh Tao from other travelers:


  • Beer
    $2.08
  • Bottle of Wine
    $12



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

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