Should you visit Khao Lak or Khao Sok National Park?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Khao Lak and Khao Sok National Park can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Resiliency and relaxation. Those are the two words used to describe one of Thailand's most breathtaking cities. Khao Lak is located in southern Thailand, and when the tsunami of 2004 hit, this area saw the most damage. With more than 4,000 fatalities, 3,000 still unaccounted for and enormous structural damages, many thought Khao Lak would not be able to bounce back. They have proved everyone wrong with a strong and impressive recovery. Now it has returned to its status of vacation hotspot. Unlike neighboring Phuket, though, the resorts in Khao Lak are designed for families and some peace and quiet.
Khao Sok National Park
In the south of Thailand, visitors will find a gorgeous getaway of pure nature. The Khao Sok National Park is a jungle reserve that covers over 700 square kilometers, and described as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in the country.
Many say this jungle is over 160 million years old making it one of the world's oldest rainforests. The lush environment of limestone, waterfalls and thickets of vegetation will make any wanderer eager to discover more. Keep your eyes peeled for bears, boars, gaurs, tapirs, gibbons, deer, marbled cats, wild elephants and more. Look to the sky for over 300 species of bird and 38 different types of bats.
You'll find the best time to book is from December to April, better known as the dry season. From June to October there is significantly more rain and the threat of monsoons. Not only does it rain on your parade, but also it causes the leeches to emerge.
To enter the park is a 300 baht fee for foreigners, 150 for children, and 40 for Thai citizens. If someone tries to sell you a ticket for more than that, simply buy one at the park entrance. When planning your stay remember that your entrance fee is only valid for 24 hours. If you're staying multiple days, you'll need to pay up front. Often if you're with a tour, the entrance fee is included in the tour price, but you should inquire about this to make sure.
Which city is cheaper, Khao Sok National Park or Khao Lak?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Khao Lak is $102, while the average daily cost in Khao Sok National Park is $78. 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 Khao Lak and Khao Sok National Park in more detail.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Khao Lak is $96. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $20. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Khao Sok National Park the cost is $40 on average.
Hotel or hostel for one person
Khao Lak $48
Khao Sok National Park $20
Typical double-occupancy room
Khao Sok National Park
On average, meal and food prices in Khao Lak cost around $27 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 $11.
On average, meal and food prices in Khao Sok National Park cost around $23 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 $9.20.
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Khao Lak
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Khao Lak.
Riverside Thai Cooking Class in Khao Lak with Market Tour:
Thai Cooking Class in Khao Lak:
The cost of a taxi ride in Khao Lak is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $46 per person, per day, on local transportation in Khao Lak.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $57 per day to get around in Khao Sok National Park.
Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
Khao Lak $46
Khao Sok National Park $57
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Khao Lak
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Khao Lak:
Shared Minivan Transfers between Krabi & Khao Sok:
Shared Minivan Transfers between Krabi & Khao Lak:
SUV Car Private Transfer from Khao Lak to Phuket Airport:
Round Trip Private Transfer from Phuket Airport to Khao Lak:
Krabi Airport: Private Transfer to/from Khaolak:
SUV Car Private Transfer from Khao Lak to Patong, Kata, Karon Beach:
Khao Lak any hotel to Krabi airport Private transfer:
Khao Lak any hotel to Koh Lanta any hotel Private transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Khao Lak or Khao Sok National Park?
Prices for flights to both Khao Sok National Park and Khao Lak 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 and activities in Khao Lak typically cost an average of $17 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $25 per person, per day in Khao Sok National Park. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
Khao Lak $17
Khao Sok National Park $25
Tours and Activities in Khao Lak
Here are a few actual costs in Khao Lak for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Jungle Trekking to Waterfall and Adventure Tubing 45 min. (Only Khao lak):
Local Life Experience (Takuapa):
Cheow Lan Lake & Coral Cave Tour with Kayaking:
From Similan Islands Speed Boat Tour:
Adventure Off Road Safari to Khao Lak National Park:
Khao Lak to Similan Islands Snorkeling Tour:
From Phuket: Similan Islands Tour by Speed Boat:
From Phuket: Full-Day All Adventure w/ White Water Rafting:
Similan Islands One Day Tour From Khao Lak:
Similan Islands Snorkeling Tour By Speed Catamaran From Khao Lak:
Phi Phi Islands - Early Bird Snorkeling Tour from Khao Lak in English, French, German, Italian:
Similan Islands Snorkeling VIP Tour From Khao Lak:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Khao Lak may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $12 per day on alcoholic beverages.
The average person spends about $5.01 on alcoholic beverages in Khao Sok National Park per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Khao Lak and Khao Sok National Park, we can see that Khao Lak is more expensive. And not only is Khao Sok National Park much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Khao Sok National Park would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Khao Sok National Park 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 Khao Lak would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Khao Lak than you might in Khao Sok National Park.
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