A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Krabi vs. Palawan for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Krabi or Palawan?

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 Palawan 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.

Palawan

Palawan is an archipelagic province of the Philippines, named for its largest island which measures about 450 kilometers (or 280 miles) long. The island is known as an ecological frontier with plenty of beaches and resorts as well as opportunities to see a diverse array of wildlife and their habitats on land and sea.

Which city is cheaper, Palawan or Krabi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Krabi is $45, while the average daily cost in Palawan is $32. 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 Palawan in more detail.



Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $56 in Krabi For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $24 in Palawan For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Krabi $28
    Palawan $12
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Krabi $56
    Palawan $24

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.

While meal prices in Palawan can vary, the average travelers spends about $10 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Palawan should cost around $4.00 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Palawan is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Krabi $11
    Palawan $10
Typical Food prices in Krabi

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


  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $7.64
  • Drinks on the Beach
    $7.34
  • Sit Down Dinner (for Two)
    $19
  • Nice Dinner (for Two)
    $34
  • Mango Shake
    $1.53
  • Pad Thai
    $3.06
  • Fruit from the Market
    $1.83
  • Pancakes
    $3.06
  • Coffee & Cake
    $2.29

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Krabi

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

  • Thai Akha Kitchen Cooking Class & Local Market Tour: $23
  • Tom Yum Thai Cooking Class with Market Tour in Chiang Mai: $23
  • Asia Scenic Thai Cooking Class: $25
  • Siamese Cookery House Thai Cooking Class in Bangkok: $26
  • InFusion Cooking Classes in Koh Samui: $26
  • Sompong Thai Cooking Class: $27
  • Galangal Cooking Class with Market Tour in Chiang Mai: $28
  • Lanna Smile Thai Cooking Class in Chiang Mai: $29
  • Pum Thai Cooking Class in Patong Beach: $31
  • Chocolate Cooking Class at SO Sofitel Bangkok: $31
  • Thai Cooking Course Hua Hin: $31
  • Bangkok Thai Cooking Academy: $31

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Palawan

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

  • Cebu Street Half Day Food Tour: $17
  • Dining Voucher at the Firehouse Pizza (of Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila): $18
  • Okada Manila Sunset Experience with Dinner Buffet: $54
  • Kwentong Dagat Stay with Full-Board Meal & Vegan Cooking Class: $90
  • Holiday Inn Manila Galleria with Breakfast & Dinner: $100
  • Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria with Breakfast & Dinner: $110
  • 4D3N Casa Bianca Siargao Stay with Breakfast, Dinner at Wild Siargao & 20% Discount Coupon at KudoSurf: $184

Local Transportation

To get around in Krabi, the average visitor spends $4.09 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.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Palawan than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $14 on transportation in Palawan on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Krabi $4.09
    Palawan $14
Typical Local Transportation prices in Krabi

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


  • Scooter Rental
    $9.17
  • Short Tuk-Tuk Ride
    $3.06
  • 2 Bottles of Gasoline
    $2.45
  • Longboat Taxi from Town
    $6.12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Krabi

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

  • [Next Day Result] COVID-19 RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Test by Nabon Inter Medical Clinic in Phuket (Transfer arranged by TTD): $21
  • [Next Day Result] COVID-19 RT-PCR Test by Bangkok Hospital Phuket (Transfer Arranged by TTD): $105
  • Tiger Kingdom Ticket in Phuket with Transfers: $22
  • Tiger Kingdom Ticket in Chiang Mai with Transfers: $5.59
  • Superfast Transfer from Koh Phi Phi to Krabi by Arisa Speed Boat: $37
  • Shared Airport Bus Transfer Phuket : $3.09
  • Samui Airport Transfers (USM) for Koh Samui and More: $15
  • Railay Beach to Koh Phi Phi High Speed Transfers: $19
  • Railay Beach to Koh Lanta High Speed Transfers: $23
  • Private Transfer from Krabi to Phuket with 2h of Sightseeing: $91
  • Private Transfer from Krabi City to Krabi (KBV) Airport: $41
  • Private Suvarnabhumi Airport Transfers (BKK) for Bangkok, Pattaya, and More by Oriental Holiday: $17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Palawan

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

  • [Stay 3, Pay 2] Mövenpick Resort & Spa Boracay with Breakfast, Resort Credits and RT Transfers: $535
  • Shared and Private Francisco B. Reyes (USU) Transfers for Coron: $32
  • Shared Transfers between The Ruins and Bacolod City: $10
  • Red Coco Inn de Boracay 3D2N All-In Stay with Breakfast, Island Hopping, & Transfers: $63
  • Private and Shared Iloilo International Airport (ILO) Transfers for Iloilo: $4.60
  • Private and Shared Godofredo P. Ramos (MPH) Airport Transfer by My Boracay Guide: $15
  • Private and Shared Fort San Pedro Port Transfers for Iloilo: $3.60
  • Private Transfers between Bohol-Panglao International Airport (TAG) to Tagbilaran Seaport, Panglao Area, and More: $12
  • Private Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport Transfers (MNL) for Makati, Taguig, & More: $18
  • Private Mactan-Cebu Airport Transfers (CEB) for Cebu or Mactan Island: $12
  • Private Intercity Van Transfer between Manila and Tagaytay, La Union, Baguio, and More: $110
  • Private Davao Airport (DVO) Transfers for Davao: $17

Is it cheaper to fly into Krabi or Palawan?

Prices for flights to both Palawan 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 $9.12 per person, per day.

Sightseeing expenses in Palawan, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $4.75 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Krabi $9.12
    Palawan $4.75
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)
    $24
  • Bikini & Sarong
    $18
  • Yoga Class (1 Hour)
    $13
  • Backgammon Set (travel size)
    $7.64
  • 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:

  • 4 Island Day Tour by Speedboat or Longtail Boat from Lanta Island: $31
  • ATV Half Day Adventure in Pattaya: $28
  • Ancient Ayutthaya Tour: Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, Bang Pa-In Royal Palace & More by AK Travel: $33
  • Aquaria Phuket Ticket: $4.95
  • Ayutthaya Day Tour from Bangkok with Bang Pa In and Night Market Visit by TTD: $31
  • Ayutthaya Day Tour from Bangkok with Bang Pa-In Summer Palace and Market Visit: $35
  • Bangkok Floating Markets Day Tour from Siam Paragon by TTD: $28
  • Dii Wellness Med Spa Experience by Divana at Central Embassy BTS Ploenchit: $62
  • Go Bangkok e-Scooter Tour: $46
  • Indoor Go Karting Experience by EasyKart Bangkok: $13
  • Krabi Koh Klang Cultural Day Tour by TTD: $74
  • Krabi Sunrise Tour with Breakfast and Kayaking at Klong Nam Sai: $33

Tours and Activities in Palawan

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

  • ATV Experience in Rizal by ATV Adventures Rizal: $30
  • 2 Day North Batan and South Batan Tour: $68
  • 2 Day North Batan, South Batan, and Sabtang Island Tour: $95
  • 3 Day Cebu Highlights Tour: $103
  • 3 Day North Batan, Sabtang, and South Batan Island Batanes Tour: $108
  • 4D3N Single Fin Siargao Stay with My Siargao Guide Island Tour & Perks: $154
  • ATV Experience in Legazpi by Your Brother: $7.90
  • Adventure Beach Waterpark Ticket in Subic: $6.35
  • Anilao Awari Bay 2-Day Freedive Experience: $80
  • Anilao Awari Bay The Ultimate Freediver Certification Experience: $300
  • Anjo World and Snow World Ticket in Cebu: $11
  • Apo Island Snorkeling Tour from Dumaguete: $62

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Krabi spend on average $3.90 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Typically, people visiting Palawan spend on average $6.79 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Krabi $3.90
    Palawan $6.79
Typical Alcohol prices in Krabi

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


  • Beer
    $2.75
  • Cocktails (for Two)
    $9.17

Sample the Local Flavors in Krabi

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Krabi:

  • PB Valley Vineyard and Wine Tasting Tour in Khao Yai: $22
  • Bangkok Pub Crawl by Pub Crawls Thailand: $22


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

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