A Travel Price Comparison for Thailand Khao Lak vs. Koh Pha Ngan for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Khao Lak or Koh Pha Ngan?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Khao Lak and Koh Pha Ngan can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Khao Lak

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.

Koh Pha Ngan

Ko Phangan (or Pha Ngan) is best known for its full moon parties, attracting backpackers and budget travelers the world over for all-night parties on the beach. The clear, blue water, beautiful beaches, and tropical atmosphere bring the tourists to the island, and the low prices, diverse activities, and abundant amenities keep them here.

Which city is cheaper, Koh Pha Ngan or Khao Lak?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Khao Lak is $104, while the average daily cost in Koh Pha Ngan is $41. 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 Koh Pha Ngan in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Khao Lak is $98. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

Koh Pha Ngan's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $42. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $21.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Khao Lak $49
    Koh Pha Ngan $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Khao Lak $98
    Koh Pha Ngan $42

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Khao Lak cost around $28 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.

The average traveler spends about $9.25 per day in Koh Pha Ngan for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Khao Lak $28
    Koh Pha Ngan $9.25

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: $63
  • Thai Cooking Class in Khao Lak: $71

Typical Food prices in Koh Pha Ngan

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Koh Pha Ngan:


  • Noodle Lunch (for One)
    $1.23
  • Sit Down Dinner (for Two)
    $12
  • Smoothies (for Two)
    $1.23
  • Ice Cream
    $0.62
  • Juice
    $1.85
  • 3 Spring Rolls
    $0.92
  • 2 Pancakes
    $1.85

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Khao Lak is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $47 per person, per day, on local transportation in Khao Lak.

The cost of a taxi ride in Koh Pha Ngan is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $12 per person, per day, on local transportation in Koh Pha Ngan.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Khao Lak $47
    Koh Pha Ngan $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Khao Lak

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Khao Lak:

  • Khao Lak any hotel to Koh Lanta any hotel Private transfer: $212
  • Khao Lak any hotel to Krabi airport Private transfer: $113
  • Krabi Airport: Private Transfer to/from Khaolak: $64
  • Round Trip Private Transfer from Phuket Airport to Khao Lak: $60
  • SUV Car Private Transfer from Khao Lak to Patong, Kata, Karon Beach: $100
  • SUV Car Private Transfer from Khao Lak to Phuket Airport: $59
  • Shared Minivan Transfers between Krabi & Khao Lak: $17
  • Shared Minivan Transfers between Krabi & Khao Sok: $16

Typical Local Transportation prices in Koh Pha Ngan

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Koh Pha Ngan are as follows:


  • Scooter Rental
    $9.23
  • Ferry Ride
    $15
  • Gas for Scooter
    $3.38

Is it cheaper to fly into Khao Lak or Koh Pha Ngan?

Prices for flights to both Koh Pha Ngan 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

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.

Entertainment and activities in Koh Pha Ngan typically cost an average of $15 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Khao Lak $17
    Koh Pha Ngan $15

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): $80
  • Local Life Experience (Takuapa): $84
  • Cheow Lan Lake & Coral Cave Tour with Kayaking: $87
  • From Similan Islands Speed Boat Tour: $102
  • Adventure Off Road Safari to Khao Lak National Park: $103
  • Khao Lak to Similan Islands Snorkeling Tour: $109
  • From Phuket: Similan Islands Tour by Speed Boat: $110
  • From Phuket: Full-Day All Adventure w/ White Water Rafting: $115
  • Similan Islands One Day Tour From Khao Lak: $118
  • Similan Islands Snorkeling Tour By Speed Catamaran From Khao Lak: $122
  • Phi Phi Islands - Early Bird Snorkeling Tour from Khao Lak in English, French, German, Italian: $126
  • Similan Islands Snorkeling VIP Tour From Khao Lak: $127

Alcohol

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.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Koh Pha Ngan may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $8.92 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Khao Lak $12
    Koh Pha Ngan $8.92

Typical Alcohol prices in Koh Pha Ngan

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Koh Pha Ngan are as follows:


  • Drinks at Irish Pub (for Two)
    $8.00


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Khao Lak and Koh Pha Ngan, we can see that Khao Lak is more expensive. And not only is Koh Pha Ngan much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Koh Pha Ngan would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Koh Pha Ngan 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 Koh Pha Ngan.

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