A Travel Price Comparison for Thailand Bangkok vs. Pattaya for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bangkok or Pattaya?

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 Pattaya 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 Pattaya?

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.

Pattaya

Go where the locals go. If that is your vacation motto, you will want to take a look at the popular weekend getaway of Pattaya, Thailand. This seaside resort on the Eastern Gulf Coast of Thailand is just outside of Bangkok, and full of resorts, beer bars and beaches.

Hosting more than five million visitors a year, Pattaya is easily accessed from the capital and the airport. Keep in mind, the sex tourism industry is still a large money earner for this city, but efforts by local authorities have created resorts and attractions for families and vacationers from all around the world.

Which city is cheaper, Pattaya or Bangkok?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bangkok is $63, while the average daily cost in Pattaya is $57. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Bangkok and Pattaya in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bangkok $34
    Pattaya $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bangkok $68
    Pattaya $42
Compare Hotels in Bangkok and Pattaya

Looking for a hotel in Bangkok or Pattaya? 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 Pattaya


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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: Bangkok Hotel Prices and Pattaya Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bangkok $4.26
    Pattaya $10
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bangkok

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


  • Tuk Tuk to bus station
    $2.37
  • Skytrain Ticket
    $4.74
  • Chao Phraya River Express Ticket
    $0.95
  • Ferry Ride
    $0.77
  • Taxi From Airport
    $7.41
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $2.67
  • Boat Taxi
    $1.48
  • Trains to airport
    $4.74

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bangkok

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bangkok:

  • 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 Airport Private Transfer to Hotels in Trat: $190
  • Bangkok International Airport Private Transfer to Hotels in Koh Chang: $190
  • Thai Boxing Match including Tickets and Transfer in Bangkok: $189

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pattaya

Also for Pattaya, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Alcazar Cabaret Show in Pattaya with Hotel Transfer: $23
  • Alcazar Cabaret Show with transfers: $32
  • Alcazar Cabaret at Pattaya Admission Ticket with Return Transfer: $24
  • Alcazar Show (Normal Seat) - Round trip SIC Transfers: $23
  • Alcazar Show Pattaya - With Transfers.: $24
  • Alcazar Show in Pattaya with Optional Hotel Transfers: $16
  • Arrival Bangkok Airport Private Transfer : Hotel in Pattaya: $61
  • Art in Paradise at Pattaya Admission Ticket with Return Transfer: $23
  • Bangkok: To/From Pattaya 1-Way Private Luxury Transfers: $241
  • Big Bee farm Pattaya ( Entry & Return Transfers): $14
  • Colosseum Show Pattaya VIP Seat with Transfer: $39
  • Coral Island Indian Lunch, Transfer, Hindi staff (India Travelers): $11

Is it cheaper to fly into Bangkok or Pattaya?

Prices for flights to both Pattaya 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 $15
    Pattaya $19
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)
    $27
  • Casual Lunch of Prawns (for Two)
    $5.93
  • 2 Rotis (Bread)
    $1.33
  • Mango & Sticky Rice
    $0.89
  • Lunch at KFC (for Two)
    $5.93
  • Pad Thai
    $2.08
  • Airport Lunch for 2
    $16
  • Lunch for 2
    $22

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
  • 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
  • 2-Hour Dinner & Shows on White Orchid River Cruise: $30
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show With Optional Dinner & Transfers: $31
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Tour With Optional Dinner.: $31
  • Skip the Line:Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Ticket w/(optional) Dinner &Transfers: $32
  • Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River in Bangkok (Optional Transfers): $34
  • Bangkok Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River: $34
  • Bangkok White Orchid Dinner Cruise: $34
  • Bangkok Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River: $34

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pattaya

For Pattaya, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Drink Drunk Drunk night & Sunset landmark selfie with Dinner: $56

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bangkok $12
    Pattaya $18
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
    $4.74
  • Grand Palace Entrance Ticket
    $10
  • Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) Ticket
    $1.48
  • Dusit Zoo Entrance Fee (for Two)
    $5.93
  • Club Cover Charge
    $11
  • Thai Boxing Tickets (for Two)
    $71
  • Fish Pedicure
    $4.45
  • Wat Pho entrance ticket
    $2.96
  • Siriraj Museum (2)
    $12

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

Tours and Activities in Pattaya

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Pattaya.

  • Pattaya Floating Market Admission Ticket: $6.99
  • Pattaya Kids Special: Teddy Bear Museum Tickets & Optional Hotel Pickup: $8.21
  • Pattaya Swiss sheep Farm Entrance Tickets: $8.21
  • Join Half Day Pattaya City Tour with wat phra, view point (only Indian Passport): $8.52
  • LAZGAM Laser Game in Pattaya Admission Ticket: $8.74
  • Art in Paradise Pattaya Entrance (Ticket Only): $9.09
  • Skip the Line: Mini Siam and Mini Europe Admission Ticket: $10
  • Pattaya Coral Island tour + Indian Lunch + with Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off: $11
  • Mini Siam Miniature World at Pattaya Admission Ticket: $12
  • Mini Siam Miniature World at Pattaya Admission Ticket: $12
  • Mini Siam Miniature World in Pattaya Admission Ticket: $12
  • Pattaya Colosseum Cabaret Show Entrance Ticket: $13

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bangkok $7.07
    Pattaya $7.12
Typical Alcohol prices in Bangkok

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


  • Beer
    $1.19


When comparing the travel costs between Bangkok and Pattaya, we can see that Bangkok is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Asia, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.


When is the best time to visit Bangkok or Pattaya?

Both destinations experience a warmer tropical 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 Pattaya in the Summer?

Both Pattaya and Bangkok during the summer are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Bangkok because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Pattaya because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Bangkok. Bangkok usually gets more rain in July than Pattaya. Bangkok gets 155 mm (6.1 in) of rain, while Pattaya receives 88 mm (3.5 in) of rain this time of the year.

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

In the summer, Bangkok is around the same temperature as Pattaya. Typically, the summer temperatures in Bangkok in July are around 29°C (84°F), and Pattaya is about 29°C (84°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bangkok 29°C (84°F) 
    Pattaya 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Pattaya in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Bangkok and Pattaya. Bangkok attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Pattaya attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

November to February in Bangkok is the dry season. Also, May to October is the rainy season in Bangkok. Pattaya receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Bangkok gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Bangkok usually receives around the same amount of rain as Pattaya. Bangkok gets 242 mm (9.5 in) of rain, while Pattaya receives 258 mm (10.2 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Pattaya 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 Pattaya during autumn. Bangkok gets 206 hours of sunny skies, while Pattaya receives 206 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Bangkok is generally around the same temperature as Pattaya. Temperatures in Bangkok average around 28°C (83°F), and Pattaya stays around 28°C (82°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bangkok 28°C (83°F) 
    Pattaya 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Pattaya in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Bangkok as well as Pattaya. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Bangkok throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Pattaya throughout the year.

Also, November to February in Bangkok is the dry season. Bangkok usually gets less rain in January than Pattaya. Bangkok gets 9 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Pattaya receives 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Pattaya. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Bangkok this time of the year. In the winter, Bangkok often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Pattaya. Bangkok gets 276 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Pattaya receives 276 hours of full sun.

Bangkok is around the same temperature as Pattaya in the winter. The temperature in Bangkok is usually 27°C (80°F) in January, and Pattaya stays around 27°C (80°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bangkok 27°C (80°F) 
    Pattaya 27°C (80°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Pattaya in the Spring?

Both Pattaya and Bangkok are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Plenty of visitors come to Bangkok because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Pattaya because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

The rainy season in Bangkok is May to October. In April, Bangkok usually receives around the same amount of rain as Pattaya. Bangkok gets 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Pattaya receives 69 mm (2.7 in) of rain each month for the spring.

It's quite sunny in Pattaya. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Bangkok. Bangkok usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Pattaya during spring. Bangkok gets 262 hours of sunny skies, while Pattaya receives 262 hours of full sun in the spring.

In the spring, Bangkok is around the same temperature as Pattaya. Typically, the spring temperatures in Bangkok in April are around 31°C (87°F), and Pattaya is about 30°C (86°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bangkok 31°C (87°F) 
    Pattaya 30°C (86°F)

Typical Weather for Pattaya and Bangkok

Bangkok Pattaya
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 27°C (80°F) 9 mm (0.4 in) 27°C (80°F) 23 mm (0.9 in)
Feb 28°C (82°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 28°C (82°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Mar 29°C (85°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 29°C (85°F) 62 mm (2.5 in)
Apr 31°C (87°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 30°C (86°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
May 30°C (86°F) 220 mm (8.7 in) 30°C (85°F) 202 mm (7.9 in)
Jun 29°C (85°F) 149 mm (5.9 in) 29°C (85°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
Jul 29°C (84°F) 155 mm (6.1 in) 29°C (84°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
Aug 29°C (84°F) 197 mm (7.8 in) 29°C (84°F) 114 mm (4.5 in)
Sep 28°C (83°F) 344 mm (13.5 in) 28°C (83°F) 232 mm (9.1 in)
Oct 28°C (83°F) 242 mm (9.5 in) 28°C (82°F) 258 mm (10.2 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 27°C (81°F) 120 mm (4.7 in)
Dec 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 27°C (80°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)


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