Should you visit Koh Lipe or Pattaya?
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 Pattaya 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.
Go where the locals go. If that is your vacation motto, you will want to take a look at the popular weekend getaway of Pattaya, Thailand. This seaside resort on the Eastern Gulf Coast of Thailand is just outside of Bangkok, and full of resorts, beer bars and beaches.
Hosting more than five million visitors a year, Pattaya is easily accessed from the capital and the airport. Keep in mind, the sex tourism industry is still a large money earner for this city, but efforts by local authorities have created resorts and attractions for families and vacationers from all around the world.
Which city is cheaper, Pattaya or Koh Lipe?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Koh Lipe is $72, while the average daily cost in Pattaya is $56. 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 Pattaya in more detail.
Koh Lipe's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $74. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $37.
Travelers usually pay around $40 for a double occupancy room in Pattaya If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
The cost of a taxi ride in Koh Lipe is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $15 per person, per day, on local transportation in Koh Lipe.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Pattaya than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $9.95 on transportation in Pattaya on average per day.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pattaya
Also for Pattaya, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Alcazar Cabaret Show in Pattaya with Hotel Transfer:
Alcazar Cabaret Show with transfers:
Alcazar Cabaret at Pattaya Admission Ticket with Return Transfer:
Alcazar Show (Normal Seat) - Round trip SIC Transfers:
Alcazar Show Pattaya - With Transfers.:
Alcazar Show in Pattaya with Optional Hotel Transfers:
Arrival Bangkok Airport Private Transfer : Hotel in Pattaya:
Art in Paradise at Pattaya Admission Ticket with Return Transfer:
Bangkok: To/From Pattaya 1-Way Private Luxury Transfers:
Big Bee farm Pattaya ( Entry & Return Transfers):
Colosseum Show Pattaya VIP Seat with Transfer:
Coral Island Indian Lunch, Transfer, Hindi staff (India Travelers):
Is it cheaper to fly into Koh Lipe or Pattaya?
Prices for flights to both Pattaya 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.
Koh Lipe food costs typically run travelers around $22 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.
Food in Pattaya costs travelers about $19 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
Meals for one day
Koh Lipe $22
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pattaya
For Pattaya, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Drink Drunk Drunk night & Sunset landmark selfie with Dinner:
Entertainment and activities in Koh Lipe typically cost an average of $20 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Sightseeing expenses in Pattaya, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $17 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Pattaya
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Pattaya.
Pattaya Floating Market Admission Ticket:
Pattaya Kids Special: Teddy Bear Museum Tickets & Optional Hotel Pickup:
Pattaya Swiss sheep Farm Entrance Tickets:
Join Half Day Pattaya City Tour with wat phra, view point (only Indian Passport):
LAZGAM Laser Game in Pattaya Admission Ticket:
Art in Paradise Pattaya Entrance (Ticket Only):
Skip the Line: Mini Siam and Mini Europe Admission Ticket:
Pattaya Coral Island tour + Indian Lunch + with Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off:
Mini Siam Miniature World at Pattaya Admission Ticket:
Mini Siam Miniature World at Pattaya Admission Ticket:
Mini Siam Miniature World in Pattaya Admission Ticket:
Pattaya Colosseum Cabaret Show Entrance Ticket:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Koh Lipe may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $6.97 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Pattaya, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $6.97.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Koh Lipe and Pattaya, we can see that Koh Lipe is more expensive. And not only is Pattaya much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Pattaya would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Pattaya 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 Pattaya.
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