A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Khao Lak vs. Sihanoukville for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Khao Lak or Sihanoukville?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Khao Lak and Sihanoukville 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.

Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville, also known by locals as Kompong Som, was named after King Sihanouk. Also Cambodia's youngest city, construction started in 1955 to build Cambodia's first and only deep water port so that ships would no longer have to go through the Mekong Delta in order to trade with Cambodia. Today, many visit Sihanoukville as a hub to visit Cambodia's islands.

Which city is cheaper, Sihanoukville 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 Sihanoukville 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 Sihanoukville 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.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $18. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Sihanoukville the cost is $36 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Khao Lak $49
    Sihanoukville $18
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Khao Lak $98
    Sihanoukville $36

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 price of a meal in Sihanoukville can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $15 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $6.00 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Khao Lak $28
    Sihanoukville $15

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

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.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $11 per day to get around in Sihanoukville.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Khao Lak $47
    Sihanoukville $11

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sihanoukville

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Sihanoukville:

  • Overland transfer from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh: $48
  • Private Shuttle Transfer From Sihanoukville - Phnom Penh: $43
  • Private Transfer One Way Sihanouk to Phnom Penh | Phnom Penh to Sihanouk: $80
  • Private Transfer from airport or hotel to hotel or airport in Shinaouk Ville: $19
  • Sihanoukville Airport Transfer (Airport - Hotel - Airport): $20

Is it cheaper to fly into Khao Lak or Sihanoukville?

Prices for flights to both Sihanoukville 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.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $4.26 per person, per day in Sihanoukville. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Khao Lak $17
    Sihanoukville $4.26

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

Tours and Activities in Sihanoukville

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

  • Half-Day Adventure to the Pepper Farm by Scooter: $25
  • Full Day Pepper Farm Adventure by Scooter: $38
  • Sihanoukville to Saigon Sitting Bus Ticket: $38
  • Best Sihanoukville Day Tours From Cruise Port or Hotel: $59
  • Sihanoukville Highlights Day Tour from Cruise Port: $65
  • 3-4 Hours City Tour of Sihanouk Ville: $69
  • Small Group Sihanouk Ville City Tour in Daily: $69
  • Best City tour of Sihanouk Ville in 01 Day: $70
  • Sihanouk Ville Day Tour: $70
  • Half Day Sihanoukville City Tour from Cruise Port or Hotel: $71
  • Sihanoukville Cruise Day Tours to Koh Rong, Koh Rong Sanleum, Koh Thas: $74
  • Sihanoukville City Tour: $75

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 Sihanoukville may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $3.51 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Khao Lak $12
    Sihanoukville $3.51


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

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