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

Should you visit Chumphon or El Nido?

Should I visit Chumphon or El Nido? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Chumphon

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.

El Nido

El Nido is a coastal destination on the Philippine island of Palawan. It consists of about 45 islands and islets all with beautiful beachfront scenery and plenty of opportunities for experiencing nature above and below the water. Some of the island's best features include limestone karst cliffs, coral reefs, lagoons, coves, and waterfalls.

Which city is cheaper, El Nido or Chumphon?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Chumphon is $32, while the average daily cost in El Nido is $36. 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 Chumphon and El Nido in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $28 in Chumphon For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $26 in El Nido For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Chumphon $14
    El Nido $13
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Chumphon $28
    El Nido $26

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Chumphon cost around $12 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 $4.80.

In El Nido travelers spend around $11 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Chumphon $12
    El Nido $11
Typical Food prices in Chumphon

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


  • Ice Cream
    $0.18
  • Fruit at the Market
    $0.61
  • Breakfast
    $1.22

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chumphon

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

  • Thai Akha Kitchen Cooking Class & Local Market Tour: $23
  • Tom Yum Thai Cooking Class with Market Tour in Chiang Mai: $23
  • Asia Scenic Thai Cooking Class: $25
  • Siamese Cookery House Thai Cooking Class in Bangkok: $26
  • InFusion Cooking Classes in Koh Samui: $26
  • Sompong Thai Cooking Class: $27
  • Galangal Cooking Class with Market Tour in Chiang Mai: $28
  • Lanna Smile Thai Cooking Class in Chiang Mai: $29
  • Pum Thai Cooking Class in Patong Beach: $31
  • Chocolate Cooking Class at SO Sofitel Bangkok: $31
  • Thai Cooking Course Hua Hin: $31
  • Bangkok Thai Cooking Academy: $31

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in El Nido

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

  • Cebu Street Half Day Food Tour: $17
  • Dining Voucher at the Firehouse Pizza (of Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila): $18
  • Okada Manila Sunset Experience with Dinner Buffet: $54
  • Kwentong Dagat Stay with Full-Board Meal & Vegan Cooking Class: $90
  • Holiday Inn Manila Galleria with Breakfast & Dinner: $100
  • Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria with Breakfast & Dinner: $110
  • 4D3N Casa Bianca Siargao Stay with Breakfast, Dinner at Wild Siargao & 20% Discount Coupon at KudoSurf: $184

Local Transportation

To get around in Chumphon, the average visitor spends $5.67 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

El Nido's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $17 per person, per day on transportation in El Nido.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Chumphon $5.67
    El Nido $17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chumphon

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

  • [Next Day Result] COVID-19 RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Test by Nabon Inter Medical Clinic in Phuket (Transfer arranged by TTD): $21
  • [Next Day Result] COVID-19 RT-PCR Test by Bangkok Hospital Phuket (Transfer Arranged by TTD): $105
  • Tiger Kingdom Ticket in Phuket with Transfers: $22
  • Tiger Kingdom Ticket in Chiang Mai with Transfers: $5.59
  • Shared Airport Bus Transfer Phuket : $3.09
  • Samui Airport Transfers (USM) for Koh Samui and More: $15
  • Private Suvarnabhumi Airport Transfers (BKK) for Bangkok, Pattaya, and More by Oriental Holiday: $17
  • Private Suvarnabhumi Airport Transfers (BKK) for Bangkok Areas by TTD: $20
  • Private Phuket International Airport (HKT) Transfers for Phuket and Nearby Areas by TTD: $22
  • Private Krabi (KBV) or Phuket Airport Transfers (HKT) for Krabi, Phuket, and More by TTD: $15
  • Private Don Mueang Airport (DMK) Transfers for Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, and Ayutthaya: $18
  • Private Don Mueang Airport (DMK) Transfers for Bangkok Areas by TTD: $20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in El Nido

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

  • [Stay 3, Pay 2] Mövenpick Resort & Spa Boracay with Breakfast, Resort Credits and RT Transfers: $535
  • Shared and Private Francisco B. Reyes (USU) Transfers for Coron: $32
  • Shared Transfers between The Ruins and Bacolod City: $10
  • Red Coco Inn de Boracay 3D2N All-In Stay with Breakfast, Island Hopping, & Transfers: $63
  • Private and Shared Iloilo International Airport (ILO) Transfers for Iloilo: $4.60
  • Private and Shared Godofredo P. Ramos (MPH) Airport Transfer by My Boracay Guide: $15
  • Private and Shared Fort San Pedro Port Transfers for Iloilo: $3.60
  • Private Van Transfer: One way El Nido to Puerto Princesa: $103
  • Private Transfers between Bohol-Panglao International Airport (TAG) to Tagbilaran Seaport, Panglao Area, and More: $12
  • Private Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport Transfers (MNL) for Makati, Taguig, & More: $18
  • Private Mactan-Cebu Airport Transfers (CEB) for Cebu or Mactan Island: $12
  • Private Intercity Van Transfer between Manila and Tagaytay, La Union, Baguio, and More: $110

Is it cheaper to fly into Chumphon or El Nido?

Prices for flights to both El Nido 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.





Entertainment

In Chumphon, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $9.21 per person, per day.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in El Nido can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $4.88 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Chumphon $9.21
    El Nido $4.88

Tours and Activities in Chumphon

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

  • 4 Island Day Tour by Speedboat or Longtail Boat from Lanta Island: $31
  • ATV Half Day Adventure in Pattaya: $28
  • Ancient Ayutthaya Tour: Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, Bang Pa-In Royal Palace & More by AK Travel: $33
  • Aquaria Phuket Ticket: $4.95
  • Ayutthaya Day Tour from Bangkok with Bang Pa In and Night Market Visit by TTD: $31
  • Ayutthaya Day Tour from Bangkok with Bang Pa-In Summer Palace and Market Visit: $35
  • Bangkok Floating Markets Day Tour from Siam Paragon by TTD: $28
  • Dii Wellness Med Spa Experience by Divana at Central Embassy BTS Ploenchit: $62
  • Go Bangkok e-Scooter Tour: $46
  • Indoor Go Karting Experience by EasyKart Bangkok: $13
  • Krabi Koh Klang Cultural Day Tour by TTD: $74
  • Krabi Sunrise Tour with Breakfast and Kayaking at Klong Nam Sai: $33

Tours and Activities in El Nido

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

  • ATV Experience in Rizal by ATV Adventures Rizal: $30
  • 2 Day North Batan and South Batan Tour: $68
  • 2 Day North Batan, South Batan, and Sabtang Island Tour: $95
  • 3 Day Cebu Highlights Tour: $103
  • 3 Day North Batan, Sabtang, and South Batan Island Batanes Tour: $108
  • 4D3N Single Fin Siargao Stay with My Siargao Guide Island Tour & Perks: $154
  • ATV Experience in Legazpi by Your Brother: $7.90
  • Adventure Beach Waterpark Ticket in Subic: $6.35
  • Anilao Awari Bay 2-Day Freedive Experience: $80
  • Anilao Awari Bay The Ultimate Freediver Certification Experience: $300
  • Anjo World and Snow World Ticket in Cebu: $11
  • Apo Island Snorkeling Tour from Dumaguete: $62

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Chumphon spend on average $10 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Typically, people visiting El Nido spend on average $7.58 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Chumphon $10.00
    El Nido $7.58
Typical Alcohol prices in Chumphon

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


  • Beer (2)
    $4.28

Sample the Local Flavors in Chumphon

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Chumphon:

  • PB Valley Vineyard and Wine Tasting Tour in Khao Yai: $22
  • Bangkok Pub Crawl by Pub Crawls Thailand: $22


When comparing the travel costs between Chumphon and El Nido, we can see that El Nido 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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