A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Chiang Rai vs. Nakhon Ratchasima

Should you visit Chiang Rai or Nakhon Ratchasima?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Chiang Rai or Nakhon Ratchasima, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Chiang Rai

If you find yourself dreaming of a vacation in Northern Thailand, consider the metropolitan city of Chiang Rai. This centrally located capital of the Chiang Rai province provides an excellent home base for exploring the surrounding areas. While it serves well as a home base, it has its own charms worth wandering.

Nakhon Ratchasima

If you're planning on traveling from Bangkok to Isaan, you'll likely make Nakhon Ratchasima your pit stop or home base. However, there is so much more to this sprawling metropolis than just a layover. Underneath the chaos of it all, is a charming and traditional Thai city.

Which city is cheaper, Nakhon Ratchasima or Chiang Rai?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Chiang Rai is $36, while the average daily cost in Nakhon Ratchasima is $37. 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 Chiang Rai and Nakhon Ratchasima in more detail.



Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Chiang Rai can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $16, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $32.

The prices for places to stay in Nakhon Ratchasima can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $18, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $36.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Chiang Rai $16
    Nakhon Ratchasima $18
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Chiang Rai $32
    Nakhon Ratchasima $36

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Chiang Rai cost around $11 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $4.40.

On average, meal and food prices in Nakhon Ratchasima cost around $14 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $5.60.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Chiang Rai $11
    Nakhon Ratchasima $14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chiang Rai

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

  • Thai Cooking Class: $51
  • Chiang Rai Private Cooking Class - Cooking With Ann: $52
  • 1 Day Trekking Group Tour With Bamboo Cooking / Chiang Rai: $60
  • Chiang Rai by Night with Show, Dinner and Trishaw Ride: $73
  • Chiang Rai City Tour with Dinner and Show: $73
  • Thai Lanna Cooking Class: $87

Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Chiang Rai than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $2.97 on transportation in Chiang Rai on average per day.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Nakhon Ratchasima than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $4.20 on transportation in Nakhon Ratchasima on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Chiang Rai $2.97
    Nakhon Ratchasima $4.20
Typical Local Transportation prices in Chiang Rai

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Chiang Rai:


  • Bus to White Temple
    $1.27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chiang Rai

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

  • Transfer in Chiang Rai: $34
  • Private Transfer from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai: $75
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Chiang Rai International Airport to Hotel: $19
  • Chiang Rai Airport Shared Departure Transfer: $17
  • Chiang Rai Airport Shared Arrival Transfer: $17
  • Arrival Chiangmai Airport Private Transfer to Chiangrai Hotels: $145

Typical Local Transportation prices in Nakhon Ratchasima

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Nakhon Ratchasima:


  • Tuk Tuk
    $1.59
  • Bus to Vientiane
    $1.59

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nakhon Ratchasima

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

  • Private Transfer from Nakhon Ratchasima to Ayutthaya: $174

Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Chiang Rai, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $6.88 per day, per person.

Sightseeing expenses in Nakhon Ratchasima, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $5.42 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Chiang Rai $6.88
    Nakhon Ratchasima $5.42

Tours and Activities in Chiang Rai

For Chiang Rai, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 1 Day Trip White Temple - Tea Plantation - Longneck - Cruise to Laos Market: $105
  • 1 Day trip to White Temple, Longneck Village and Cruise at Maekong River: $105
  • 10 Days Thailand Grand Tour: $1,664
  • Ancient City Tour from Chiang Rai including Golden Triangle and Royal Villa: $117
  • Ancient City Tour from Chiang Rai including Golden Triangle and Royal Villa: $146
  • Ancient City Tour from Chiang Rai with Golden Triangle and Royal Villa: $116
  • Ancient City Tour from Chiang Rai with Golden Triangle and Royal Villa: $116
  • Balloon Chiang Rai-Soft Adventure and Nature Touch Activity: $410
  • Chaing Rai food & night market walking tour with local host: $69
  • Chaing Rai food & night market walking tour with local host: $69
  • Chiang Rai - Best of Mae Kam Pong (Community Ecotourism) Hiking & Sightseeing: $125
  • Chiang Rai - Temple Tour: $154

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Chiang Rai spend on average $7.76 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Typically, people visiting Nakhon Ratchasima spend on average $9.49 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Chiang Rai $7.76
    Nakhon Ratchasima $9.49


When comparing the travel costs between Chiang Rai and Nakhon Ratchasima, we can see that Nakhon Ratchasima 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.

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