A Travel Price Comparison for Thailand Krabi vs. Khao Sok National Park for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Krabi or Khao Sok National Park?

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 Krabi and Khao Sok National Park can help you decide which place is right for you.

Krabi

Thailand is covered in beaches, but if you're more interested in immersion in Thai culture than the salty ocean, consider a trip to Krabi, also known as "Krabi Town". Pronounced "Grabee," this small, but bustling city is just up the river from the coast, and is the gateway to the beaches in the surrounding Province of Krabi. Krabi Town is full of hotels, agencies and western restaurants, but if you look hard enough, you'll easily see the energy and life of Thailand. While there are no beaches in the town itself, there is plenty of Thai culture to experience.

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 Krabi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Krabi is $46, while the average daily cost in Khao Sok National Park is $79. 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 Krabi and Khao Sok National Park in more detail.



Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $58 in Krabi For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

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.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Krabi $29
    Khao Sok National Park $20
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Krabi $58
    Khao Sok National Park $40

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Krabi cost around $11 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 $4.40.

On average, meal and food prices in Khao Sok National Park cost around $24 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 $9.60.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Krabi $11
    Khao Sok National Park $24
Typical Food prices in Krabi

For Krabi, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $7.69
  • Drinks on the Beach
    $7.38
  • Sit Down Dinner (for Two)
    $19
  • Nice Dinner (for Two)
    $34
  • Mango Shake
    $1.54
  • Pad Thai
    $3.08
  • Fruit from the Market
    $1.85
  • Pancakes
    $3.08
  • Coffee & Cake
    $2.31

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Krabi

For Krabi, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Gourmet Thai Cooking Class in Krabi: $42

Local Transportation

To get around in Krabi, the average visitor spends $4.12 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $58 per day to get around in Khao Sok National Park.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Krabi $4.12
    Khao Sok National Park $58
Typical Local Transportation prices in Krabi

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Krabi are as follows:


  • Scooter Rental
    $9.23
  • Short Tuk-Tuk Ride
    $3.08
  • 2 Bottles of Gasoline
    $2.46
  • Longboat Taxi from Town
    $6.15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Krabi

Also for Krabi, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Ferry Transfers between Krabi and Koh Phi Phi: $16
  • Koh Ngai, Koh Kradan and Koh Mook Boat Transfers: $16
  • Koh Lanta to Koh Phi Phi High Speed Transfers: $18
  • Koh Phi Phi to Koh Lanta High Speed Transfers: $18
  • Ferry Transfers between Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi: $18
  • Ferry Transfer between Krabi & Koh Lanta: $19
  • Railay Beach to Koh Phi Phi High Speed Transfers: $19
  • Koh Phi Phi to Railay Beach High Speed Transfers: $19
  • Private Departure Transfer from Krabi Town to KBV Krabi Airport: $19
  • Krabi to Koh Samui: High Speed Transfers: $21
  • Railay Beach to Koh Lanta High Speed Transfers: $23
  • Koh Lanta to Railay Beach High Speed Transfers: $23

Is it cheaper to fly into Krabi or Khao Sok National Park?

Prices for flights to both Khao Sok National Park and Krabi 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

In Krabi, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $9.17 per person, per day.

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.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Krabi $9.17
    Khao Sok National Park $25
Typical Entertainment prices in Krabi

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Krabi's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Thai-English Book
    $10
  • Thai Massages (for Two)
    $25
  • Bikini & Sarong
    $18
  • Yoga Class (1 Hour)
    $13
  • Backgammon Set (travel size)
    $7.69
  • Kayak Trip (for Two)
    $58

Tours and Activities in Krabi

For Krabi, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Koh Phi Phi to Phuket by Phi Phi Cruiser: $17
  • Full-Day 4 Islands Long-Tail Boat Tour in Krabi: $24
  • Hong Island Kayaking Tour in a Long-Tail Boat: $27
  • Koh Phangan to Krabi Single/Return Ferry Ticket: $30
  • Krabi to Koh Phangan Single/Return Ferry Ticket: $30
  • Half Day Rock Climbing Tours in Railay Beach: $31
  • Lanta: 4 Island Tour by Longtail Boat with Emerald Cave: $32
  • Krabi to Koh Tao Single/Return Ferry Ticket: $36
  • Jungle Tour to Tiger Temple, Hot Springs & Crystal Pool: $36
  • Koh Tao to Krabi Single/Return Ferry Ticket: $38
  • James Bond Island Longtail Boat Tour & Kayak Option: $42
  • From Lanta: Snorkel Tour to Koh Ngai & Kayak on Koh Talabeng: $47

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Krabi spend on average $3.92 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

The average person spends about $5.10 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.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Krabi $3.92
    Khao Sok National Park $5.10
Typical Alcohol prices in Krabi

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Krabi are as follows:


  • Beer
    $2.77
  • Cocktails (for Two)
    $9.23


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Krabi and Khao Sok National Park, we can see that Khao Sok National Park is more expensive. And not only is Krabi much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Krabi would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Krabi 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 Sok National Park would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Khao Sok National Park than you might in Krabi.

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