A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Chumphon vs. Boracay for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Chumphon or Boracay?

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

Should I visit Chumphon or Boracay? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Chumphon or Boracay?


Sometimes tourism has a tendency to spoil the natural beauty of a place. This is not the case in the magical city of Chumphon, Thailand. As the gateway to the Chumphon Archipelago, this city has maintained natural, untouched beauty. Its miles of coastline are full of fine beaches with fishing, swimming and a number of other activities.


A small island in the Philippines known for its resorts and beaches, Boracay is a little escape. Each beach has its own unique character, each with new treasures waiting to be discovered.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Chiang Mai, The Best 10-Day Tours from Bangkok, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Philippines, and The Best Adventure Tours to Philippines.

Which place is cheaper, Boracay or Chumphon?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Chumphon is $36, while the average daily cost in Boracay is $56. 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 Chumphon and Boracay in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Chumphon $16
    Boracay $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Chumphon $32
    Boracay $46
Compare Hotels in Chumphon and Boracay

Looking for a hotel in Chumphon or Boracay? 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 Chumphon

Hotels in Boracay

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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: Chumphon Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Chumphon $6.39
    Boracay $28

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Boracay

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Boracay:

  • Speedboat Caticlan to Boracay Transfer (Oneway): $83
  • Departure: Speedboat Transfer Boracay to Caticlan Airport: $34
  • Caticlan: Speedboat Airport Transfer To Boracay: $41
  • Caticlan: Shared Airport Transfer From/To Boracay: $22
  • Shared Transfer from/to MPH for Domestic Passports: $21
  • Private Transfer from Caticlan Airport to Boracay: $28
  • Boracay Transfer round trip with Island Hopping: $70
  • Boracay Adventures Transfer Services Via Caticlan: $35
  • Airport Transfer to Boracay or vice versa: $27

Is it cheaper to fly into Chumphon or Boracay?

Prices for flights to both Boracay and Chumphon 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 Meals for one day
    Chumphon $13
    Boracay $14
Typical Food Prices in Chumphon

For Chumphon, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Ice Cream
  • Fruit at the Market
  • Breakfast

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Chumphon $10
    Boracay $15

Tours and Activities in Boracay

Here are a few actual costs in Boracay for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 2 Hours Boracay Land Tour via Etrike: $17
  • Aklan Tibiao Antique Tour : $190
  • Atv Mainland Adventure with lunch: $64
  • Best Boracay Sunset Party Boat Experience: $46
  • Boracay - Crystal Kayak phot-op Experience: $9.19
  • Boracay ATV Tour and Kawa Hot Bath: $75
  • Boracay Buggy Car Adventure: $115
  • Boracay Cliff Jumping & Snorkeling Experience (Private): $110
  • Boracay Combo 1A Water Activities Package Tours: $95
  • Boracay Combo 1B Water Activities Package Tours: $150
  • Boracay Combo 2 Water Activities Package Tours: $87
  • Boracay Combo 3 Water Activities Package Tours: $105

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Chumphon $11
    Boracay $16
Typical Alcohol Prices in Chumphon

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

  • Beer (2)

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

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

Which is Bigger, Chumphon or Boracay?

Chumphon has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Boracay. When comparing the sizes of Chumphon and Boracay, 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.