A Travel Price Comparison for Thailand Krabi vs. Koh Phi Phi for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Krabi or Koh Phi Phi?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

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 Koh Phi Phi can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Krabi or Koh Phi Phi?

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.

Koh Phi Phi

The islands of Koh Phi Phi, off the coast of southwestern Thailand, are very popular with travelers because of their unrivaled tropical scenery, clear blue waters, relaxing atmosphere, and undersea attractions. However, in the last decade, Koh Phi Phi has seen a huge surge in tourism, adding to the crowds and pollution of the main (and only populated) island, known as Koh Phi Phi Don.

Which city is cheaper, Koh Phi Phi 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 Koh Phi Phi is $59. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Krabi and Koh Phi Phi in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Krabi $30
    Koh Phi Phi $33
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Krabi $60
    Koh Phi Phi $66
Compare Hotels in Krabi and Koh Phi Phi

Looking for a hotel in Krabi or Koh Phi Phi? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Krabi


Hotels in Koh Phi Phi


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Krabi Hotel Prices and Koh Phi Phi Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Krabi $3.75
    Koh Phi Phi $5.66
Typical Local Transportation prices in Krabi

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


  • Scooter Rental
    $8.41
  • Short Tuk-Tuk Ride
    $2.80
  • 2 Bottles of Gasoline
    $2.24
  • Longboat Taxi from Town
    $5.60

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Krabi

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

  • Private Transfer To/From Khao Sok Area: $141
  • Private Transfer from Krabi to Phuket with 2h of Sightseeing: $91
  • Krabi Airport: Private Transfers to/from Hotels in Koh Lanta: $87
  • Private Transfer from Krabi City to Krabi (KBV) Airport: $41
  • Private Round Trip Transfer between Krabi Town and KBV Krabi Airport: $39
  • Superfast Transfer from Koh Phi Phi to Krabi by Arisa Speed Boat: $37
  • Phuket: Speedboat Transfer To/From Ko Phi Phi Don: $31
  • Private Departure Transfer from Krabi Town to KBV Krabi Airport: $19
  • Ferry Transfer Phuket To/From Phi Phi: $16
  • Ferry Transfer To/From Koh Phi Phi with Van Transfer: $14

Typical Local Transportation prices in Koh Phi Phi

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Koh Phi Phi:


  • Ferry to Maya Beach (for 2)
    $15
  • Longboat Taxi
    $2.80

Is it cheaper to fly into Krabi or Koh Phi Phi?

Prices for flights to both Koh Phi Phi 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Krabi $10
    Koh Phi Phi $9.34
Typical Food prices in Krabi

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


  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $7.00
  • Drinks on the Beach
    $6.72
  • Sit Down Dinner (for Two)
    $17
  • Nice Dinner (for Two)
    $31
  • Mango Shake
    $1.40
  • Pad Thai
    $2.80
  • Fruit from the Market
    $1.68
  • Pancakes
    $2.80
  • Coffee & Cake
    $2.10

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Krabi

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

  • Private 4-Island Sunset Tour with Dinner: $721

Typical Food prices in Koh Phi Phi

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Koh Phi Phi:


  • Crepe
    $1.68
  • Sit Down Lunch
    $9.53
  • Casual Lunch
    $5.88
  • Coconut Donut
    $0.28
  • Lunch at Mexican Restaurant (for 2)
    $11
  • Sit Down Dinner
    $14

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Krabi $8.36
    Koh Phi Phi $37
Typical Entertainment prices in Krabi

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


  • Thai-English Book
    $9.25
  • Thai Massages (for Two)
    $22
  • Bikini & Sarong
    $17
  • Yoga Class (1 Hour)
    $12
  • Backgammon Set (travel size)
    $7.00
  • Kayak Trip (for Two)
    $53

Tours and Activities in Krabi

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

  • From Koh Phi Phi: Island Hopping and Snorkeling Tour: $55
  • From 4 Islands Snorkeling Tour by Speed Boat: $306
  • Ko Lanta: Koh Rok and Koh Haa Snorkelling Tour by Speedboat: $62
  • Ko Lanta: Mangrove Kayaking Half-Day Tour: $36
  • Koh Lanta: Half-Day 3 Island and Kayaking Tour: $152
  • Koh Phi Phi to Phuket by Phi Phi Cruiser: $17
  • Krabi 4 Island Tour By Speed Boat From Krabi: $54
  • Krabi : 4-Hour City Tour with Tiger Cave Temple: $81
  • ATV Adventure: $39
  • Half-Day Zip Line Adventure: $58
  • Hong Islands Boat Tour with Panorama Viewpoint: $41
  • Island-Hopping Tour to Railay Beach, Poda, and More: $330

Typical Entertainment prices in Koh Phi Phi

For Koh Phi Phi, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Kayak Rental
    $8.41

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Krabi $3.57
    Koh Phi Phi $4.65
Typical Alcohol prices in Krabi

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


  • Beer
    $2.52
  • Cocktails (for Two)
    $8.41

Typical Alcohol prices in Koh Phi Phi

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Koh Phi Phi from other travelers:


  • Mojito Bucket
    $14
  • Banana Daiquiri
    $5.60


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Krabi and Koh Phi Phi, we can see that Koh Phi Phi 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 Koh Phi Phi would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Koh Phi Phi than you might in Krabi.


When is the best time to visit Krabi or Koh Phi Phi?

Both destinations experience a tropical climate with warm weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit Krabi or Koh Phi Phi in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Krabi and Koh Phi Phi. Plenty of visitors come to Krabi because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Koh Phi Phi because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

Koh Phi Phi receives a lot of rain in the summer. Krabi gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In July, Krabi usually receives around the same amount of rain as Koh Phi Phi. Krabi gets 287 mm (11.3 in) of rain, while Koh Phi Phi receives 287 mm (11.3 in) of rain each month for the summer.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Koh Phi Phi this time of the year. In Krabi, it's very sunny this time of the year. Krabi usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Koh Phi Phi during summer. Krabi gets 206 hours of sunny skies, while Koh Phi Phi receives 206 hours of full sun in the summer.

In the summer, Krabi is around the same temperature as Koh Phi Phi. Typically, the summer temperatures in Krabi in July are around 28°C (82°F), and Koh Phi Phi is about 28°C (82°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Krabi 28°C (82°F) 
    Koh Phi Phi 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Krabi or Koh Phi Phi in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Krabi as well as Koh Phi Phi. Krabi attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Koh Phi Phi attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

Also, December to March in Koh Phi Phi is the dry season. May to November in Koh Phi Phi is the rainy season. It's quite rainy in Koh Phi Phi. Krabi receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Krabi usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as Koh Phi Phi. Krabi gets 304 mm (12 in) of rain, while Koh Phi Phi receives 304 mm (12 in) of rain this time of the year.

In the autumn, Krabi often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Koh Phi Phi. Krabi gets 181 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Koh Phi Phi receives 181 hours of full sun.

In October, Krabi is generally around the same temperature as Koh Phi Phi. Temperatures in Krabi average around 27°C (81°F), and Koh Phi Phi stays around 27°C (81°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Krabi 27°C (81°F) 
    Koh Phi Phi 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Krabi or Koh Phi Phi in the Winter?

Both Koh Phi Phi and Krabi are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Krabi throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Koh Phi Phi throughout the year.

The dry season in Koh Phi Phi is December to March. In January, Krabi usually receives around the same amount of rain as Koh Phi Phi. Krabi gets 31 mm (1.2 in) of rain, while Koh Phi Phi receives 31 mm (1.2 in) of rain each month for the winter.

It's quite sunny in Koh Phi Phi. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Krabi. Krabi usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Koh Phi Phi during winter. Krabi gets 287 hours of sunny skies, while Koh Phi Phi receives 287 hours of full sun in the winter.

Krabi is around the same temperature as Koh Phi Phi in the winter. The temperature in Krabi is usually 28°C (82°F) in January, and Koh Phi Phi stays around 28°C (82°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Krabi 28°C (82°F) 
    Koh Phi Phi 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Krabi or Koh Phi Phi in the Spring?

Both Koh Phi Phi and Krabi during the spring are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Krabi because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Koh Phi Phi because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

May to November is the rainy season in Koh Phi Phi. Koh Phi Phi gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Krabi. Krabi usually gets around the same amount of rain in April as Koh Phi Phi. Krabi gets 120 mm (4.7 in) of rain, while Koh Phi Phi receives 120 mm (4.7 in) of rain this time of the year.

In Koh Phi Phi, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Krabi. In the spring, Krabi often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Koh Phi Phi. Krabi gets 249 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Koh Phi Phi receives 249 hours of full sun.

In the spring, Krabi is around the same temperature as Koh Phi Phi. Typically, the spring temperatures in Krabi in April are around 29°C (84°F), and Koh Phi Phi is about 29°C (84°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Krabi 29°C (84°F) 
    Koh Phi Phi 29°C (84°F)

Typical Weather for Koh Phi Phi and Krabi

Krabi Koh Phi Phi
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 28°C (82°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 28°C (82°F) 31 mm (1.2 in)
Feb 28°C (83°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 28°C (83°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)
Mar 29°C (84°F) 52 mm (2 in) 29°C (84°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Apr 29°C (84°F) 120 mm (4.7 in) 29°C (84°F) 120 mm (4.7 in)
May 28°C (83°F) 318 mm (12.5 in) 28°C (83°F) 318 mm (12.5 in)
Jun 28°C (82°F) 279 mm (11 in) 28°C (82°F) 279 mm (11 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 287 mm (11.3 in) 28°C (82°F) 287 mm (11.3 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 262 mm (10.3 in) 28°C (82°F) 262 mm (10.3 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 399 mm (15.7 in) 27°C (81°F) 399 mm (15.7 in)
Oct 27°C (81°F) 304 mm (12 in) 27°C (81°F) 304 mm (12 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 165 mm (6.5 in) 27°C (81°F) 165 mm (6.5 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)


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