A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bangkok vs. Vancouver for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bangkok or Vancouver?

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 Vancouver 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 Vancouver?

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.

Vancouver

Vancouver is a beautiful and cosmopolitan city in Western Canada. It is also the largest city in British Columbia, and is dramatically positioned between the coast and mountains. It's a very international city, with a high level of energy and countless activites that you can enjoy while you're in town. In addition to offering all of the activities and entertainment of a modern city, it is also in jumping off distance to any number of outdoor activities.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Thailand, The Best Wildlife Tours to Thailand, The Best 10-Day Tours from Vancouver, and The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Canada.


Which place is cheaper, Vancouver or Bangkok?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bangkok is $76, while the average daily cost in Vancouver is $141. 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 Vancouver in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bangkok $41
    Vancouver $87
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bangkok $82
    Vancouver $174
Compare Hotels in Bangkok and Vancouver

Looking for a hotel in Bangkok or Vancouver? 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 Vancouver


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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 Vancouver Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bangkok $5.76
    Vancouver $12
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bangkok

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


  • Tuk Tuk to bus station
    $2.18
  • Skytrain Ticket
    $4.36
  • Chao Phraya River Express Ticket
    $0.87
  • Ferry Ride
    $0.71
  • Taxi From Airport
    $6.81
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $2.45
  • Boat Taxi
    $1.36
  • Trains to airport
    $4.36

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: $292
  • Private Transfer from Bangkok to Krabi with 2h of Sightseeing: $282
  • Private Transfer from Bangkok to Chiang Mai with 2h of Sightseeing: $262
  • Private Transfer from Bangkok to Surat Thani with 2h of Sightseeing: $243
  • Private Transfer from Don Mueang (DMK) Airport to Aranyaprathet: $219
  • Private Transfer from Don Mueang (DMK) Airport to Trat: $217
  • Private Transfer from Don Mueang (DMK) Airport to Pran Buri: $183
  • Private Transfer from Don Mueang (DMK) Airport to Chanthaburi: $172
  • Limousine one way transfer: BKKAirport to/from ChaAm or Hua Hin: $168
  • Limousine one way transfer: BKKAirport to/from U-Tapao Airport: $168
  • Ko Chang District Private Transfer: $167
  • Private Transfer from Suvarnabhumi (BKK) Airport to Kanchanaburi: $164

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Vancouver

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


  • SkyTrain from Airport
    $6.36
  • Taxi from Airport to Downtown
    $21
  • 15 min Taxi Ride
    $8.73
  • SkyTrain DayPass
    $6.54

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Vancouver

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

  • Airport Transfer: $157
  • Arrival Private Transfer Vancouver YVR or Cruise Port to Vancouver by Minibus: $184
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Vancouver YVR or Cruise Port to Vancouver by SUV: $131
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Vancouver Airport YVR to Vancouver in Luxury SUV: $127
  • Canada Place Cruise Port to Vancouver hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $93
  • Canada Place Cruise Port: Transfer to Vancouver hotels: $424
  • Cypress/Grouse Mountain to Vancouver Airport - Departure Transfer: $38
  • Departure Private Transfer Vancouver to YVR Airport or Cruise Port- Business Car: $87
  • Departure Private Transfer from Vancouver to Vancouver YVR or Cruise Port by SUV: $103
  • Departure Private Transfer: Vancouver to Vancouver Airport YVR in Luxury Car: $163
  • Departure Private Transfer: Vancouver to Vancouver Airport YVR in Luxury SUV: $127
  • From Seaplane Transfer to Tofino: $250

Is it cheaper to fly into Bangkok or Vancouver?

Prices for flights to both Vancouver 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
    Vancouver $31
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)
    $5.45
  • 2 Rotis (Bread)
    $1.23
  • Mango & Sticky Rice
    $0.82
  • Lunch at KFC (for Two)
    $5.45
  • Pad Thai
    $1.91
  • 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.

  • Twilight Dinner Cruise Along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok: $25
  • Baiyoke Sky Hotel Observation Deck Ticket with Lunch or Dinner : $27
  • Baiyoke Sky Hotel Observation Deck Ticket With Dinner or Lunch: $28
  • Bangkok Riverside Dinner Buffet Cruised Tour On Chao Phraya: $29
  • Bangkok Meridian Dinner Cruise from ICONSIAM: $30
  • White Orchid Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise free Beer: $31
  • River Star Princess Dinner Cruise: Bangkok Chao Phraya River: $31
  • Night Join Tour Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise Tour from Bangkok: $31
  • White Orchid River Dinner Cruise at Bangkok - Admission Ticket: $32
  • Amazing Sunset Dinner Cruise by Chao Phraya Princess (SHA Plus): $32
  • Amazing Sunset Dinner Cruise by Chao Phraya Princess (SHA Plus): $32
  • Luxury Alangka Dinner Cruise from Iconsiam or Asiatique in Bangkok: $33

Typical Food Prices in Vancouver

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


  • All You Can Eat Sushi Lunch
    $8.81

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Vancouver

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

  • Vancouver Delicious Donut Adventure & Walking Food Tour: $62
  • Experience Gastown Vancouver's Elite Walking Food Tour: $98
  • Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour: $100
  • Vancouver Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours: $101
  • Private Historical Food Tour of Gastown : $108
  • VIP Access Granville Island Market Walking Food Tour: $110
  • VIP Granville Island Market Vancouver - Walking Food Tour: $125
  • Vancouver Authentic Chinese Food Tour: $134
  • Downtown Authentic Asian Eats Walking Food Tour: $139
  • Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Vancouver: $139
  • 3-Hour Bowen Island Boat Cruise with Dinner: $153
  • Vancouver Evening Dinner Cruise: $158

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bangkok $16
    Vancouver $36
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
    $4.36
  • Grand Palace Entrance Ticket
    $9.54
  • Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) Ticket
    $1.36
  • Dusit Zoo Entrance Fee (for Two)
    $5.45
  • Club Cover Charge
    $10
  • Thai Boxing Tickets (for Two)
    $65
  • Fish Pedicure
    $4.09
  • Wat Pho entrance ticket
    $2.73
  • 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 Group Tour from Bangkok: $65
  • Ayutthaya Historic Park Tour Group Tour from Bangkok: $55
  • Ayutthaya Historic Park Tour Group Tour from Bangkok: $55
  • Bangkok 5 Hour Cultural & Temples Tour Private: $93
  • Bangkok Hindu Landmark City, Grand Palace & Temples Tours with Lunch: $287
  • Bangkok Thrilling Tuk Tuk Tour (Private & All-Inclusive): $95
  • Maeklong Railway & Floating Market Tour (Private & All-Inclusive): $146
  • Mystical Waterfall and River Kwai Tour (Private & All-Inclusive): $198
  • Sunset Sail, Glittering Temspls at Afternoon Ayutthaya Tours : $60
  • Tuk-Tuk Tour Bangkok By Night With Chinatown Street: $64
  • "Bangkok Walking Hopping Tour" show city’s historic sights are located.: $68
  • 1 Hour Axe Throwing Experience : $17

Tours and Activities in Vancouver

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

  • Vancouver self-guided tour App - multilingual AudioGuide: $4.28
  • Self-Guided Smartphone Walking Tour of Gastown: $4.74
  • Vancouver Tips-Based Walking Tour | 3-Hour: $5.00
  • Discover Stanley Park with a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $5.10
  • Discover Stanley Park with a Smartphone Audio Tour: $5.96
  • Walking Tour Along Stanley Park's Seawall: $6.70
  • Vancouver Downtown: Espionage Adventure Outdoor Escape Game: $6.94
  • Self-Guided Smartphone Tour of Stanley Park: $7.29
  • VanDusen Botanical Garden Admission Ticket: $7.67
  • Vancouver Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • Scavenger Hunt Adventure in North Vancouver by Wacky Walks: $10
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: $11

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bangkok $5.96
    Vancouver $16
Typical Alcohol Prices in Bangkok

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


  • Beer
    $1.09

Sample the Local Flavors in Vancouver

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Vancouver:

  • Gastown Pub Crawl: $22
  • Vancouver Mansions Pub Crawl: $22
  • Vancouver - Granville Pub Crawl: $26
  • Gastown Pub Crawl: $26
  • 3.5-Hour Craft Brewery Tour: $88
  • Vancouver Craft Brewery Tour: $89
  • Vancouver Behind-the-Scenes Brewery Tour: $93
  • Vancouver Wine Tour (Fraser Valley): $123
  • Fraser Valley Wine Tour with a light Lunch from Vancouver: $134
  • From Half-Day Fraser Valley Wine Tour: $138
  • From Fraser Valley Wine Tour with Local Tastings: $139
  • Stawamus Chief Hike and Local Brewery Tasting: $164


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bangkok and Vancouver, we can see that Vancouver is more expensive. And not only is Bangkok much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Bangkok is in Asia and Vancouver is in North America, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Bangkok would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Bangkok 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 Vancouver would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Vancouver than you might in Bangkok.

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


Which is Bigger, Bangkok or Vancouver?

Bangkok has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Vancouver. When comparing the sizes of Bangkok and Vancouver, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Bangkok or Vancouver?

Vancouver has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Bangkok experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Bangkok or Vancouver in the Summer?

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

Bangkok is much warmer than Vancouver in the summer. The daily temperature in Bangkok averages around 29°C (84°F) in July, and Vancouver fluctuates around 18°C (64°F).

In Vancouver, it's very sunny this time of the year. In the summer, Bangkok often gets less sunshine than Vancouver. Bangkok gets 176 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Vancouver receives 296 hours of full sun.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Bangkok. Bangkok usually gets more rain in July than Vancouver. Bangkok gets 155 mm (6.1 in) of rain, while Vancouver receives 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bangkok 29°C (84°F) 
    Vancouver 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Vancouver in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Bangkok and Vancouver. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Bangkok year-round.

In the autumn, Bangkok is much warmer than Vancouver. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Bangkok in October average around 28°C (83°F), and Vancouver averages at about 11°C (51°F).

In Bangkok, it's very sunny this time of the year. Bangkok usually receives more sunshine than Vancouver during autumn. Bangkok gets 206 hours of sunny skies, while Vancouver receives 124 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Vancouver receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Bangkok gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Bangkok usually receives more rain than Vancouver. Bangkok gets 242 mm (9.5 in) of rain, while Vancouver receives 164 mm (6.5 in) of rain each month for the autumn. November to February in Bangkok is the dry season. Also, May to October is the rainy season in Bangkok.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bangkok 28°C (83°F) 
    Vancouver 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Vancouver in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Bangkok as well as Vancouver. Bangkok attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

Vancouver can be very cold during winter. In January, Bangkok is generally much warmer than Vancouver. Daily temperatures in Bangkok average around 27°C (80°F), and Vancouver fluctuates around 4°C (40°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Bangkok this time of the year. In the winter, Bangkok often gets more sunshine than Vancouver. Bangkok gets 276 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Vancouver receives 55 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Vancouver. Bangkok usually gets less rain in January than Vancouver. Bangkok gets 9 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Vancouver receives 167 mm (6.6 in) of rain this time of the year. Also, November to February in Bangkok is the dry season.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bangkok 27°C (80°F) 
    Vancouver 4°C (40°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Vancouver in the Spring?

Both Vancouver and Bangkok are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Bangkok throughout the year.

Bangkok is much warmer than Vancouver in the spring. The daily temperature in Bangkok averages around 31°C (87°F) in April, and Vancouver fluctuates around 9°C (49°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Bangkok. Bangkok usually receives more sunshine than Vancouver during spring. Bangkok gets 262 hours of sunny skies, while Vancouver receives 172 hours of full sun in the spring.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Vancouver. In April, Bangkok usually receives less rain than Vancouver. Bangkok gets 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Vancouver receives 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain each month for the spring. The rainy season in Bangkok is May to October.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bangkok 31°C (87°F) 
    Vancouver 9°C (49°F)

Typical Weather for Vancouver and Bangkok

Bangkok Vancouver
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 27°C (80°F) 9 mm (0.4 in) 4°C (40°F) 167 mm (6.6 in)
Feb 28°C (82°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 6°C (42°F) 179 mm (7.1 in)
Mar 29°C (85°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 7°C (45°F) 142 mm (5.6 in)
Apr 31°C (87°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 9°C (49°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
May 30°C (86°F) 220 mm (8.7 in) 13°C (55°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Jun 29°C (85°F) 149 mm (5.9 in) 16°C (60°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
Jul 29°C (84°F) 155 mm (6.1 in) 18°C (64°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Aug 29°C (84°F) 197 mm (7.8 in) 18°C (64°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Sep 28°C (83°F) 344 mm (13.5 in) 15°C (59°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Oct 28°C (83°F) 242 mm (9.5 in) 11°C (51°F) 164 mm (6.5 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 7°C (44°F) 234 mm (9.2 in)
Dec 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 4°C (40°F) 198 mm (7.8 in)