A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Dubai vs. Bangkok for Attractions, Food, Nightlife, and Couples

Should you visit Dubai or Bangkok?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Dubai and Bangkok can help you decide which place is right for you.

Dubai

Dubai is a modern, glamorous, and opulent city. It's an amazing and huge city with tons of activities and things to do. This is also a very beautiful destination which attracts plenty of visitors. It's also known for live music, food, and scuba diving and snorkeling.

Bangkok

Bangkok is a alluring, spirited, and colorful capital city. Visitors will also find so much to do here because it's a large city with many sights and attractions. With stunning beauty, it attracts visitors from all around. It's also popular because of the museums, nightlife, and food.

Dubai and Bangkok: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Family-friendly
  • Big city activities
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less popular with couples
  • Less popular with backpackers
Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Big city activities
  • Impressive beauty


How is Dubai different from Bangkok?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Bangkok and Dubai. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Dubai or Bangkok Better for Museums and Historical Sights?

Dubai
Bangkok

You'll find a number of museums and attractions in both Bangkok and Dubai.

Many visitors head to Dubai specifically to visit some of its top-rated museums and other sights. The city's most famous landmark is the Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest building in the world. Head to the observation deck for stunning views.

Visitors will find world class museums and historical sights in Bangkok that are not to be missed. The city is filled with golden temples and beautiful statues of Buddha. Famous landmarks include the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, and the Temple of the Golden Buddha.


Is Dubai or Bangkok Better for Food?

Dubai
Bangkok

Foodies will find both Dubai and Bangkok both to be unique destinations.

Dubai has a number of nationally recognized food spots and restaurants. The national dish in the area is khuzi, or ghuzi, which is a meal of roasted lamb or mutton, prepared with rice vegetables and nuts.

Known for it's food and restaurant scene, Bangkok is always at the top of any foodie's travel list. The city is filled with colorful markets, street food vendors, and a range of restaurants from casual to high end. The aroma and beautiful flavors of local dishes are a big part of the experience in this city. Dishes that you must try include Pad Thai, Tom Yum Goong (shrimp soup), and Gaeng Daeng (red curry). Many foods are very spicy so make sure you order with "no spice" if that is your preference.

Is Dubai or Bangkok Better for Nightlife?

Dubai
Bangkok

If the nightlife is your priority, you'll find comparable options between Dubai and Bangkok.

People head to Dubai just to party. Frequented by the wealthy and opulent, the city has world class night clubs and DJs that travel from around to world to perform.

The nightlife in Bangkok is well established with world renowned clubs and venues. Cheap drinks, late nights, and crazy parties make this city a favorite for backpackers and young party-goers. Head to Khao San Road for the biggest crowds and crazy parties. Nana Plaza is another option with a three story building that is filled with bars and clubs.

Is Dubai or Bangkok Better for Shopping?

Dubai
Bangkok

If you're looking to go shopping, Dubai and Bangkok both offer plenty of spots.

Many people travel to Dubai specifically to go shopping. With its many malls, souks, and shopping areas, this is the place to go for luxury shopping. Popular items to purchase include gold and diamond jewelry, shawls, and Persian rugs.

Bangkok is a famous shopping destination with plenty of stores. Shopping options range from modern malls to more traditional markets. The malls offer bargain prices for technology and gadgets while the markets offer fabric, food, local goods, and a unique experience. The city also has nearby floating markets as well as night markets, which let you experience a different side to the culture.

Is Dubai or Bangkok Better for Families?

Dubai
Bangkok

You'll find kid-friendly activities in either Dubai or Bangkok.

You'll find plenty of family-friendly things to do in Dubai. This city has family-friendly resorts, skyscrapers with spectacular views, and amusement parks that are fun for the whole family. There are also plenty of fountains that the kids can splash around in.

Bangkok is a very family-friendly place to visit. This city is full of energy and kids will love the vibrant atmosphere. There are colorful temples, spirited markets, and kid-friendly museums. It's good to choose a hotel with a pool, as temperatures can get hot during the day. Kids will also enjoy having new experiences like riding in a tuk tuk or taking a boat ride. There are also a number of amusement parks and entertainment centers around town.


Is Dubai or Bangkok Better for Couples?

Dubai
Bangkok

Couples will find a longer list of romantic activities in Bangkok than Dubai.

For those traveling as a couple, Bangkok has plenty to offer. This is a great city for couples who enjoy culture, food, partying, and soaking up life. Wandering the grounds of the stunning temples, sampling food at the markets, or taking a boat cruise will all make memorable experiences.

Dubai is a nice destination for couples. From the spectacular views to the high end resorts, couples can enjoy a romantic retreat to the city.

Is Dubai or Bangkok Better for Public Transit?

Dubai
Bangkok

Dubai and Bangkok both offer public transit to get you around.

While Dubai offers some public transit options, it might not be your first choice. The city's public transportation system includes buses, water buses, a monorail system, and a metro.

Bangkok has a few public transit options. The Skytrain and Metro are the most efficient way to get around. The city's crazy traffic can make buses and taxis a bit frustrating, but tuk tuks are also a fun option.

Is Dubai or Bangkok a more walkable city?

Dubai
Bangkok

Dubai and Bangkok are similar when it comes to walkability.

Dubai is generally not a very walkable city. It is one of the less pedestrian-friendly cities around the world. There is lots of road work, even in the more walkable areas, so getting around on foot can be challenging.

Bangkok is generally not very walkable. The crowds and size make walking a bit challenging, so it's best to plan your day in advance.

Should I spend more time in Bangkok or Dubai?

How long in Dubai or Bangkok?

Both Dubai and Bangkok have a number of activities to choose from. You can spend a similar amount of time exploring either.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Dubai is 3-7 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Bangkok is 2-7 days.


  • How many days in Dubai or Bangkok? Ideal Length of Stay
    Dubai 3-7 
    Bangkok 2-7

One day in Dubai or Bangkok?

Because Dubai is a large city, there are a variety of ways to spend your time. Travelers enjoy the resorts in the area as well. This city offers something for everyone. One day is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do.

In Bangkok, many people enjoy the shopping and museums that this cultural big city offers. This capital city offers a variety of activities to choose from. Since there is so much to do in the area, one day is probably not enough for all of it.


A weekend in Dubai or Bangkok?

Because Dubai is a large city, there are a variety of ways to spend your time. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. People often spend their time relaxing at one of the resorts. Since there is so much to do in the area, a weekend is probably not enough for all of it.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Bangkok. For many, it makes a great getaway for a weekend. This would be the perfect place to spend a weekend, as it has just the right amount of activities. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision.

Five days in Dubai or Bangkok?

Dubai is a great place to explore. It is common to spend five days here. You can also relax and pamper yourself at one of the resorts. Five days is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Dubai has to offer. Anyone can find something fun to do here.

Bangkok is a fun place to experience. In Bangkok, many people enjoy the nightlife and food that this big city destination offers. This would be the perfect place to spend five days, as it has just the right amount of activities.

A week in Dubai or Bangkok?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Dubai. Because Dubai is a large city, there are a variety of ways to spend your time. It's also a relaxing resort destination. With all of its activities, you can easily fill one week here.

In Bangkok, many people enjoy the food and shopping that this cultural big city offers. Plenty of people spend one week in the area when traveling. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. One week is often enough time to do most activities.

Which city is cheaper, Bangkok or Dubai?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Dubai is $198, while the average daily cost in Bangkok is $60. 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 Dubai and Bangkok in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dubai $136
    Bangkok $33
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dubai $272
    Bangkok $66
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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dubai $10
    Bangkok $4.03
Typical Local Transportation prices in Dubai

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Dubai:


  • Taxi Ride
    $12
  • Airport Taxi
    $12
  • Sea Taxi
    $0.54

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dubai

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

  • 1 Hour Dune Buggy Dubai with 2 way Private Transfers from Dubai: $195
  • 2 Hours Buggy Can Am X3 with Transfers for 2 Persons: $654
  • 2 Hours Buggy Polaris 1000cc with Transfers: $391
  • Abu Dhabi Airport Transfers : Dubai City to Abu Dhabi Airport AUH in Luxury Van: $149
  • Abu Dhabi Airport Transfers: Dubai City to Abu Dhabi Airport AUH in Business Car: $108
  • Abu Dhabi City Tour & Louvre Museum Admission With Dubai Hotel Transfers: $72
  • Abu Dhabi City Tour+Lunch with Sharing Transfers: $52
  • Abu Dhabi City tour with Private Transfers: $122
  • Abu Dhabi City tour with Sharing Transfers: $30
  • Abu Dhabi City tour+Ferrari with Sharing Transfers: $112
  • Abu Dhabi City tour+Lunch with Private Transfer: $149
  • Abu Dhabi City tour+Warner Bros ticket with Sharing Transfers: $112

Typical Local Transportation prices in Bangkok

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


  • Tuk Tuk to bus station
    $2.24
  • Skytrain Ticket
    $4.48
  • Chao Phraya River Express Ticket
    $0.90
  • Ferry Ride
    $0.73
  • Taxi From Airport
    $7.00
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $2.52
  • Boat Taxi
    $1.40
  • Trains to airport
    $4.48

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: $220
  • Moto GP Private Transfer Bangkok To Chang International Circuit: $218
  • Private Transfer Laem Chabang/Bangkok: $212
  • Private Transfer from Bangkok to Krabi with 2h of Sightseeing: $205
  • Private Transfer from Don Muang Airport to Koh Chang Hotel: $199
  • Private Transfer from Bangkok Airport to Koh Chang hotel: $193
  • Elephant Haven Kanchanaburi with Private Transfer from Bangkok: $192
  • Elephant World Sanctuary with private transfer trip from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi: $191
  • Private Transfer from Bangkok to Chiang Mai with 2h of Sightseeing: $190
  • Bangkok Airport Private Transfer to Hotels in Trat: $190
  • Bangkok International Airport Private Transfer to Hotels in Koh Chang: $190
  • Thai Boxing Match including Tickets and Transfer in Bangkok: $189

Is it cheaper to fly into Dubai or Bangkok?

Prices for flights to both Bangkok and Dubai 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
    Dubai $45
    Bangkok $15
Typical Food prices in Dubai

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


  • French bread
    $0.95
  • Sumo salad in Dubai Mall + Juice
    $10
  • Lemon Mint Tea
    $4.36
  • Coffee & Cake
    $6.53
  • Smoothie
    $5.45
  • Shawarma
    $1.91

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dubai

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

  • Romantic Dhow Creek Dinner Cruise With Live Shows and International Buffet: $17
  • Sightseeing Dhow Cruise Dinner: $18
  • Dubai Deira Cruise with International Buffet Dinner with Live Shows: $19
  • Cruising with Dinner and Live Shows at Dubai Creek: $20
  • Dubai Creek Dhow Cruise Dinner: $20
  • Dhow Dinner Cruise at Dubai Creek (Without Transfers): $20
  • Sail along the Dubai Creek Dhow cruise with a delectable Dinner from AED 60: $21
  • Sightseeing Romantic Dhow Cruise Dinner: $21
  • Dhow Cruise Dinner Dubai: $22
  • Dhow Cruise Dinner on Dubai Creek: $22
  • Evening Dhow Dinner Cruise in Dubai: $22
  • Dubai Creek 2-Hour Romantic Dhow Cruise Dinner: $23

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)
    $5.60
  • 2 Rotis (Bread)
    $1.26
  • Mango & Sticky Rice
    $0.84
  • Lunch at KFC (for Two)
    $5.60
  • Pad Thai
    $1.96
  • Airport Lunch for 2
    $15
  • Lunch for 2
    $21

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bangkok

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Bangkok.

  • Silom Village Authentic Thai Dinner and Performance Ticket: $17
  • Luxurious Afternoon Tea or Dinner at the Erawan Tea Rooms: $26
  • Skip the Line: Baiyoke Sky Hotel Observation Deck Ticket with Lunch or Dinner: $26
  • Bangkok Thai Classical Dance with Thai Set Dinner Ticket: $27
  • 2-Hour Dinner & Shows on White Orchid River Cruise: $30
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show With Optional Dinner & Transfers: $31
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Tour With Optional Dinner.: $31
  • Skip the Line:Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Ticket w/(optional) Dinner &Transfers: $32
  • Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River in Bangkok (Optional Transfers): $34
  • Bangkok Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River: $34
  • Bangkok White Orchid Dinner Cruise: $34
  • Bangkok Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River: $34

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dubai $15
    Bangkok $11
Typical Entertainment prices in Dubai

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


  • Visit to the Dubai Museum
    $0.82

Tours and Activities in Dubai

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

  • Global Village Entry Tickets: $4.11
  • Dubai Full-Day Global Village Tickets: $4.11
  • Global Village Entry Ticket: $4.19
  • Skip the Line: Global Village Ticket: $4.32
  • Global Village Dubai (Ticket): $4.85
  • Dubai Global Village Entrance Ticket: $5.20
  • Dubai Marina: Explore its activities & attractions on this audio walking tour: $5.50
  • Ethnic Emirati Dining Experience: $12
  • Resident Marina Sightseeing Tour: $12
  • Dubai City Tour, Dubai: $12
  • Dubai Virtual City Tour With Live Video Chat Commentary: $15
  • Flying Cup Experience Ticket Dubai: $17

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
    $4.48
  • Grand Palace Entrance Ticket
    $9.81
  • Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) Ticket
    $1.40
  • Dusit Zoo Entrance Fee (for Two)
    $5.60
  • Club Cover Charge
    $11
  • Thai Boxing Tickets (for Two)
    $67
  • Fish Pedicure
    $4.20
  • Wat Pho entrance ticket
    $2.80
  • Siriraj Museum (2)
    $11

Tours and Activities in Bangkok

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

  • "Phra Nakorn Khiri and Kui Buri adventure in 1 day" (Private trip): $322
  • "Two Day one Night for River Kwai Adventure" (Private): $442
  • 04 DAYS CENTRAL HIGHLIGHTS - Joint Tour: $692
  • 1-day Bangkok Old Town Tuk Tuk Tour - Sawasdee Tuk Tuk: $102
  • 10 Hours Private Tour Ayuttaya: $140
  • 11-Day Thailand Tour to Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Phuket: $2,921
  • 12-Day Tour Through Cambodia from Bangkok to Saigon: $1,165
  • 2 Days Private Tour To Ayutthaya' World Heritage Site: $428
  • 2-Day River Kwai Experience from Bangkok: $262
  • 2-Day River Kwai Floathouse Experience from Bangkok: $346
  • 2-Day River Kwai Jungle Rafts Experience from Bangkok: $231
  • 2-Day River Kwai and Kanchanaburi Tour from Bangkok: $228

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dubai $18
    Bangkok $6.68
Typical Alcohol prices in Dubai

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Dubai:


  • A Couple Drinks
    $25

Typical Alcohol prices in Bangkok

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


  • Beer
    $1.12


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Dubai and Bangkok, we can see that Dubai is more expensive. And not only is Bangkok much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Dubai is in Middle East and Bangkok is in Asia, 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 Dubai would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Dubai than you might in Bangkok.


When is the best time to visit Dubai or Bangkok?

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 Dubai or Bangkok in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Dubai as well as Bangkok. Plenty of visitors come to Dubai because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Bangkok because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

Also, June to August in Dubai is the dry season. It's quite rainy in Bangkok. Dubai usually gets less rain in July than Bangkok. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Bangkok receives 155 mm (6.1 in) of rain this time of the year.

The heat can be very extreme in Dubai. In the summer, Dubai is a little warmer than Bangkok. Typically, the summer temperatures in Dubai in July are around 35°C (95°F), and Bangkok is about 29°C (84°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Dubai 35°C (95°F) 
    Bangkok 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Bangkok in the Autumn?

Both Bangkok and Dubai are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Dubai attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Bangkok attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

The dry season in Bangkok is November to February. The rainy season in Bangkok is May to October. It rains a lot this time of the year in Bangkok. In October, Dubai usually receives less rain than Bangkok. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Bangkok receives 242 mm (9.5 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

In October, Dubai is generally around the same temperature as Bangkok. Temperatures in Dubai average around 29°C (84°F), and Bangkok stays around 28°C (83°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Dubai 29°C (84°F) 
    Bangkok 28°C (83°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Bangkok in the Winter?

Both Bangkok and Dubai during the winter are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Dubai throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Bangkok throughout the year.

January to March is the rainy season in Dubai. November to February is the dry season in Bangkok. Dubai usually gets more rain in January than Bangkok. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Bangkok receives 9 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

Dubai is cooler than Bangkok in the winter. The temperature in Dubai is usually 19°C (66°F) in January, and Bangkok stays around 27°C (80°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Dubai 19°C (66°F) 
    Bangkok 27°C (80°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Bangkok in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Dubai and Bangkok. Plenty of visitors come to Dubai because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Bangkok because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

June to August in Dubai is the dry season. Also, May to October is the rainy season in Bangkok. In April, Dubai usually receives less rain than Bangkok. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Bangkok receives 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain each month for the spring.

In the spring, Dubai is cooler than Bangkok. Typically, the spring temperatures in Dubai in April are around 26°C (79°F), and Bangkok is about 31°C (87°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Dubai 26°C (79°F) 
    Bangkok 31°C (87°F)

Typical Weather for Bangkok and Dubai

Dubai Bangkok
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 27°C (80°F) 9 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 20°C (68°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 28°C (82°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Mar 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 29°C (85°F) 29 mm (1.1 in)
Apr 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 31°C (87°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
May 31°C (88°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 30°C (86°F) 220 mm (8.7 in)
Jun 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 29°C (85°F) 149 mm (5.9 in)
Jul 35°C (95°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 29°C (84°F) 155 mm (6.1 in)
Aug 36°C (97°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 29°C (84°F) 197 mm (7.8 in)
Sep 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 28°C (83°F) 344 mm (13.5 in)
Oct 29°C (84°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 28°C (83°F) 242 mm (9.5 in)
Nov 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Dec 21°C (70°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)


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