Should you visit Lombok or Koh Phi Phi?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Lombok and Koh Phi Phi. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.
Lombok is an island east of the well-tread Bali and west of lesser-developed Sumbawa. While Lombok is not as popular as its neighbor to the west, it is a great place to visit for that very reason. Less popularity means lower prices for accommodations, food, activities, and less-inundated tourist spots. Nonetheless, Lombok is rapidly developing in tourism, and the government is naming it and Sumbawa the number two tourism spots, following Bali.
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 Lombok?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Lombok is $47, while the average daily cost in Koh Phi Phi is $65. 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 Lombok and Koh Phi Phi in more detail.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Lombok, $52 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Lombok, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $26, such as in a hostel.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $72 in Koh Phi Phi For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
The average traveler spends about $11 per day in Lombok for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
The price of a meal in Koh Phi Phi can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $10 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $4.00 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
Meals for one day
Koh Phi Phi $10
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lombok
For Lombok, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
3 Hour Cooking Class Experiences and Lunch at Anggrek Putih Eco Resort in Lombok:
Typical Food prices in Koh Phi Phi
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Koh Phi Phi:
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Lombok than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $9.94 on transportation in Lombok on average per day.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Koh Phi Phi than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $6.21 on transportation in Koh Phi Phi on average per day.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lombok
Also for Lombok, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private airport transfer-Lombok International Airport to Hotel:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Koh Phi Phi
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Koh Phi Phi:
Is it cheaper to fly into Lombok or Koh Phi Phi?
Prices for flights to both Koh Phi Phi and Lombok 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.
Sightseeing expenses in Lombok, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $9.17 per day, per person.
Sightseeing expenses in Koh Phi Phi, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $41 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Lombok
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Lombok.
2-Day Mt Rinjani Volcano Trekking Tour from Lombok:
2-Night Mt Rinjani Beginner Trekking Tour from Lombok:
3-Day Mt Rinjani Volcano Trekking Tour from Lombok:
4-Day Mt. Rinjani Volcano Trekking Tour on Lombok:
Full Day Gili Sudak and Cycling Tour:
Master Fishing Day Cruise:
Private Full-Day Gili Nanggu Tour from Lombok:
Private Tour: Amazing Waterfalls of Lombok:
Private Tour: Full-day Sasak Tour and Horse Cart Riding:
Sasak Classic Tour:
The Sasak Trail of Lombok Full-Day Tour:
Typical Entertainment prices in Koh Phi Phi
For Koh Phi Phi, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Lombok, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $7.26.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Koh Phi Phi, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $5.10.
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:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Lombok and Koh Phi Phi, we can see that Koh Phi Phi is more expensive. And not only is Lombok much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Lombok would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Lombok 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 Lombok.
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