A Travel Price Comparison for Thailand Chiang Mai vs. Ayutthaya for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Chiang Mai or Ayutthaya?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Chiang Mai or Ayutthaya?

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is both the cultural center of northern Thailand and a launching point for trips into the rural areas, small towns, and lush jungles of the country's northern regions. Known for great food, historic temples, arts and crafts, and a lively night market, Chiang Mai is a very popular destination for travelers. In some areas, tourists and ex-pats dominate, but it's quite easy to get away from the tourist scene and into the real culture of Thailand, as Chiang Mai (and the surrounding countryside) is quite large.

Ayutthaya

Once the largest city in the world, Ayutthaya, is the example of an ancient capital within a modern city. Located in the central plains of Thailand, this spot is ideally located between China, India and the Malay Archipelago creating the perfect place for trade in Asia. Eighteenth century maps from Holland and France show golden palaces, large ceremony spots and trading vessels from all over the world. Suddenly, in 1767, Ayutthaya experienced a tragic fall from grace with a Burmese invasion burning much of the city to the ground.

Which city is cheaper, Ayutthaya or Chiang Mai?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Chiang Mai is $35, while the average daily cost in Ayutthaya is $49. 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 Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Chiang Mai $20
    Ayutthaya $16
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Chiang Mai $40
    Ayutthaya $32
Compare Hotels in Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya

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Hotels in Chiang Mai


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Chiang Mai $2.84
    Ayutthaya $21
Typical Local Transportation prices in Chiang Mai

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Chiang Mai are as follows:


  • Tuk Tuk Ride
    $1.07
  • Moped Rental
    $4.80

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chiang Mai

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

  • Chiang Mai Airport Arrival or Departure Transfer: $6.81
  • Chiang Mai Shared Arrival or Departure Transfer: $6.81
  • Chiang Mai Airport Departure – Shared Transfer: $6.81
  • Private Airport Transfer in Chiang Mai to/from Chiangmai Town: $11
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX): $13
  • Chiang Mai Airport transfer: $14
  • Chiang Mai International Airport Departure Shared Transfer: $14
  • Chiang Mai International Airport Arrival Shared Transfer: $14
  • Chiang Mai International Airport: Private Hotel Transfer: $15
  • Chiang Mai Airport Departure – Private Transfer from Hotel to Airport: $15
  • Chiang Mai Airport Arrival – Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel: $15
  • Private Airport Transfer in Chiang Mai to/from Mae Rim Hotel: $18

Typical Local Transportation prices in Ayutthaya

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


  • River Ferry Crossing
    $0.53

Is it cheaper to fly into Chiang Mai or Ayutthaya?

Prices for flights to both Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai 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
    Chiang Mai $7.97
    Ayutthaya $16
Typical Food prices in Chiang Mai

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


  • Sit Down Dinner (for One)
    $5.20
  • Roti Snack (Bread)
    $0.64
  • Casual Breakfast
    $1.07
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $5.33
  • Mangoes
    $0.80
  • Coffee
    $1.33

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chiang Mai

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

  • Evening Thai cooking class by Aromdii Cooking School: $27
  • Half Day Cooking Class Including Market Tour from Chiang Mai: $28
  • Private Dining: Thai family dinner in Chiang Mai: $28
  • Thai Khantoke Dinner & Cultural Dance Show with Transfers: $29
  • Traditional Khantoke Dinner & Cultural Dance Show Tour: $29
  • Khum Khantoke Dinner and Cultural Show at Chiang Mai Admission Ticket: $29
  • Khum Khantoke Dinner and Cultural Show in Chiang Mai Admission Ticket: $29
  • Authentic Lanna Dinner and Shows (Khan Toke) in Chiang Mai: $30
  • Khum Khantoke Dinner and Cultural Show at Chiang Mai Admission Ticket: $34
  • Traditional Khantoke Dinner and Show from Chiang Mai: $34
  • Khantoke Dinner with Show: $35
  • Full-Day Cooking Class Including Market Tour from Chiang Mai: $35

Typical Food prices in Ayutthaya

Some typical examples of dining costs in Ayutthaya are as follows:


  • Lunch for 2
    $3.73
  • Ice Cream
    $0.80
  • Breakfast for 2
    $3.73
  • Breakfast for 2
    $9.33

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Chiang Mai $9.82
    Ayutthaya $21
Typical Entertainment prices in Chiang Mai

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


  • Thai Cooking Class
    $35
  • Doi Suthep Entrance Ticket
    $1.60
  • Kratong Lessons
    $2.67
  • Pedicure
    $4.00
  • Chiang Mai Museum (for Two)
    $4.80

Tours and Activities in Chiang Mai

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

  • Skip the Line: Siam Dragon Cabaret Show -Ticket Only: $16
  • Skip the Line: Chiang Mai Art in Paradise Admission Ticket: $17
  • Grand Canyon Water Park Ticket: $20
  • DON'T miss this halfday tour! Doi suthep temple + Hmong village - must visit!!: $20
  • Amazing Night tour ! Wat umong & Doi suthep at Night - Top Must visit place: $20
  • Miracle Cabaret Chiang Mai Ticket: $21
  • Thapae Boxing Stadium Ticket in Chiang Mai: $22
  • Chiang Mai's Thapae Muay Thai Boxing Stadium Ticket: $23
  • Chiang Mai Boxing Stadium Ticket: $27
  • 4-Hour Wat Umong and Doi Suthep Evening Tour: $29
  • Doi Suthep, Wat Umong & Wat Pha Lat Sunrise Small-Group Tour: $29
  • Traditional Handicraft Craftsmanship Tour from Chiang Mai: $29

Typical Entertainment prices in Ayutthaya

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Ayutthaya are as follows:


  • Temple Entrances (2)
    $5.33
  • Wat Entrance
    $1.33

Tours and Activities in Ayutthaya

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Ayutthaya are as follows:

  • Ayutthaya Day Tour: $57
  • Ayutthaya Day Tour By Car: $157
  • Ayutthaya Temples & Eco-Farm Private Tour from Bangkok: $175
  • Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-In with minivan and come back with cruise: $96
  • Bangkok Ayutthaya Private Sunset Boat Tour: $82
  • Colors of UNESCO Heritage 6 hour Bicycle Tour: $56
  • Private : Ayutthaya Ancient Temples Day Tour: $112
  • Private : Ayutthaya Temples & Floating Market Day Tour: $119
  • Shore Excursion from Laem Cha Bang Port to Ayutthaya (Private tour): $262

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Chiang Mai $5.28
    Ayutthaya $14
Typical Alcohol prices in Chiang Mai

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


  • Wine
    $2.67


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya, we can see that Ayutthaya is more expensive. And not only is Chiang Mai much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Chiang Mai would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Chiang Mai 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 Ayutthaya would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Ayutthaya than you might in Chiang Mai.


When is the best time to visit Chiang Mai or Ayutthaya?

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 Chiang Mai or Ayutthaya in the Summer?

Both Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai during the summer are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Chiang Mai throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Ayutthaya throughout the year.

June to September is the rainy season in Chiang Mai. Ayutthaya gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai usually gets more rain in July than Ayutthaya. Chiang Mai gets 161 mm (6.3 in) of rain, while Ayutthaya receives 120 mm (4.7 in) of rain this time of the year.

In the summer, Chiang Mai often gets less sunshine than Ayutthaya. Chiang Mai gets 146 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Ayutthaya receives 176 hours of full sun.

Chiang Mai is around the same temperature as Ayutthaya in the summer. The temperature in Chiang Mai is usually 30°C (86°F) in July, and Ayutthaya stays around 29°C (84°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Chiang Mai 30°C (86°F) 
    Ayutthaya 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Chiang Mai or Ayutthaya in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya. Plenty of visitors come to Chiang Mai because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Ayutthaya because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

November to February in Chiang Mai is the dry season. Ayutthaya receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Chiang Mai gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Chiang Mai usually receives less rain than Ayutthaya. At this time of the year, Chiang Mai gets 122 mm (4.8 in) of rain, while Ayutthaya receives 180 mm (7.1 in) of rain.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Ayutthaya this time of the year. In Chiang Mai, it's very sunny this time of the year. Chiang Mai usually receives more sunshine than Ayutthaya during autumn. At this time of the year, Chiang Mai gets 226 hours of sunny skies, while Ayutthaya receives 206 hours of full sun.

In the autumn, Chiang Mai is around the same temperature as Ayutthaya. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Chiang Mai in October are around 29°C (83°F), and Ayutthaya is about 28°C (82°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Chiang Mai 29°C (83°F) 
    Ayutthaya 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Chiang Mai or Ayutthaya in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Chiang Mai as well as Ayutthaya. Chiang Mai attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Ayutthaya attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

Also, November to February in Chiang Mai is the dry season. Chiang Mai usually gets around the same amount of rain in January as Ayutthaya. Chiang Mai gets 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain, while Ayutthaya receives 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Ayutthaya. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Chiang Mai this time of the year. In the winter, Chiang Mai often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Ayutthaya. Chiang Mai gets 283 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Ayutthaya receives 276 hours of full sun.

In January, Chiang Mai is generally around the same temperature as Ayutthaya. Temperatures in Chiang Mai average around 23°C (74°F), and Ayutthaya stays around 25°C (78°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Chiang Mai 23°C (74°F) 
    Ayutthaya 25°C (78°F)

Should I visit Chiang Mai or Ayutthaya in the Spring?

Both Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Chiang Mai throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Ayutthaya throughout the year.

The rainy season in Chiang Mai is June to September. In April, Chiang Mai usually receives less rain than Ayutthaya. At this time of the year, Chiang Mai gets 50 mm (2 in) of rain, while Ayutthaya receives 71 mm (2.8 in) of rain.

It's quite sunny in Ayutthaya. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Ayutthaya during spring. At this time of the year, Chiang Mai gets 275 hours of sunny skies, while Ayutthaya receives 262 hours of full sun.

The heat can be very extreme in Ayutthaya. It's very hot in Chiang Mai this time of the year. Chiang Mai is around the same temperature as Ayutthaya in the spring. The temperature in Chiang Mai is usually 31°C (88°F) in April, and Ayutthaya stays around 31°C (88°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Chiang Mai 31°C (88°F) 
    Ayutthaya 31°C (88°F)

Typical Weather for Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Ayutthaya
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 23°C (74°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 25°C (78°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
Feb 26°C (78°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 28°C (82°F) 11 mm (0.4 in)
Mar 29°C (83°F) 13 mm (0.5 in) 30°C (85°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
Apr 31°C (88°F) 50 mm (2 in) 31°C (88°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
May 31°C (87°F) 158 mm (6.2 in) 30°C (86°F) 151 mm (5.9 in)
Jun 30°C (86°F) 132 mm (5.2 in) 30°C (85°F) 102 mm (4 in)
Jul 30°C (86°F) 161 mm (6.3 in) 29°C (84°F) 120 mm (4.7 in)
Aug 29°C (85°F) 236 mm (9.3 in) 29°C (84°F) 133 mm (5.2 in)
Sep 29°C (85°F) 228 mm (9 in) 28°C (83°F) 292 mm (11.5 in)
Oct 29°C (83°F) 122 mm (4.8 in) 28°C (82°F) 180 mm (7.1 in)
Nov 27°C (80°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 26°C (79°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
Dec 24°C (75°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 25°C (77°F) 13 mm (0.5 in)


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