Should you visit Koh Lipe or El Nido?
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 Koh Lipe and El Nido can help you decide which place is right for you.
Ko Lipe used to be one of Thailand's most gorgeous hidden treasures. While it's still breathtaking, it's certainly not hidden anymore. With a small community of approximately 700 chow lair, or sea gypsies, this region is doing its best to maintain the beauty of its culture and beaches despite the influx of tourism. The rapid development has seen additions of concrete cafes and travel agencies. There are still rich, cultural gems to find in Ko Lipe - you just have to be willing to wander.
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 Koh Lipe?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Koh Lipe is $76, 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 Koh Lipe and El Nido in more detail.
Koh Lipe's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $78. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $39.
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.
Koh Lipe food costs typically run travelers around $24 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
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.
Meals for one day
Koh Lipe $24
El Nido $11
The cost of a taxi ride in Koh Lipe is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $16 per person, per day, on local transportation in Koh Lipe.
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.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in El Nido
Also for El Nido, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
El Nido to Puerto Princesa - Private Transfer:
El Nido to Sabang Private Transfer:
One Way Sharing Van Transfer El Nido to Puerto Princesa:
Palawan Transfers between El Nido and Puerto Princesa:
Private Van Transfer: One way El Nido to Puerto Princesa:
Is it cheaper to fly into Koh Lipe or El Nido?
Prices for flights to both El Nido and Koh Lipe 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 Koh Lipe typically cost an average of $21 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in El Nido can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $4.87 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in El Nido
For El Nido, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Snorkeling/Island Hopping Tour A:
El Nido Island Hopping Tours(A-D):
EL Nido Tour A:
El Nido Island Hopping (Tour A) – Full Day:
Island Hopping Tour's,private Tours,packages Tours,transportation's:
El Nido Island Hopping Tour B:
EL Nido Tour D:
EL Nido Tour B:
El Nido Tour A With Big Or Small Lagoon:
EL Nido Tour C:
El Nido to Puerto Princesa via Underground River Tour:
Nacpan El Nido Tour:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Koh Lipe may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $7.38 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typically, people visiting El Nido spend on average $7.57 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Koh Lipe and El Nido, we can see that Koh Lipe is more expensive. And not only is El Nido much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to El Nido would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in El Nido 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 Koh Lipe would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Koh Lipe than you might in El Nido.
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