Should you visit Pattaya or Koh Tao?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Pattaya and Koh Tao can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
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.
With a name that literally means, "Turtle Island," Koh Tao, Thailand is the type of vacation spot divers dream of. There is the faintest current and a buffet of dive sites and shops.
This tiny island hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year, but take not that there are no garbage disposal facilities. Everything that can't be burnt needs to be taken from the island. Avoid plastic bags, and don't dump your trash in the open landscape (then again, why would you?) because there are no departments for road clean up. Water and electricity on the island are scarce, so use them wisely.
Keep in mind that monsoon season from November to January so you may be faced with constant rain for days at a time in those months.
Which city is cheaper, Koh Tao or Pattaya?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Pattaya is $56, while the average daily cost in Koh Tao is $31. 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 Pattaya and Koh Tao in more detail.
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 prices for places to stay in Koh Tao can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $12, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $24.
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.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Koh Tao than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $7.38 on transportation in Koh Tao on average per day.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pattaya
Also for Pattaya, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Bangkok: To/From Pattaya 1-Way Private Luxury Transfers:
Private Van Transfer from Pattaya City Center - Hua Hin City Center:
Private Car Transfer Pattaya City - Hua Hin City Beach:
Private Taxi Transfer Pattaya City Beach Thailand to Siem Reap City Cambodia:
Private Transfer: BKK Airport to Pattaya hotel 100% All-Electric Car:
BKK Airport to Pattaya hotel 100% All-Electric Private Transfer:
DMK Airport to Pattaya hotel 100% All-Electric Private Transfer:
Private Transfer: DMK Airport to Pattaya hotel 100% All-Electric Car:
Private Transfer: Pattaya to Bangkok:
Private Departure Transfer: Pattaya to Bangkok Airport - 3 PAX:
Private Transfer from Pattaya Hotel to DMK Airport:
Private Transfer from Pattaya to Suvarnabhumi Airport:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Koh Tao
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Koh Tao:
Chumpon to Koh Tao Ferry
Is it cheaper to fly into Pattaya or Koh Tao?
Prices for flights to both Koh Tao and Pattaya 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 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.
In Koh Tao travelers spend around $7.88 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
Meals for one day
Koh Tao $7.88
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:
Typical Food prices in Koh Tao
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Koh Tao:
Sit Down Lunch (for One)
Casual Breakfast (for Two)
Fancy Dinner (for Two)
American Breakfast (for Two)
Dinner at Bam Bam (for Two)
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.
Sightseeing expenses in Koh Tao, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $22 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Pattaya
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Pattaya.
3-Hour Mini Siam Tour in Pattaya:
Admission Ticket to Ramayana Water Park in Pattaya:
Alcazar Cabaret Admission Ticket with Optional Hotel Pickup in Pattaya:
Alcazar Cabaret Admission Ticket with Optional Hotel Pickup in Pattaya:
Alcazar Cabaret Show Admission Tickets:
Alcazar Cabaret Show at Pattaya Admission Ticket:
Art in Paradise Pattaya Entrance (Ticket Only):
Art in Paradise at Pattaya Admission Ticket:
Art in Paradise in Pattaya Admission Ticket:
Bangkok Temples Private Tour from Pattaya – Full Day:
Coral Island (Koh Larn) & Sanctuary of Truth Private Tour from Pattaya –Full Day:
Coral Island (Koh Larn) Tours with Lunch:
Typical Entertainment prices in Koh Tao
For Koh Tao, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:
Kayak Rental (One Hour)
Kayak and Snorkel (2)
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.
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 Tao, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $6.08.
Typical Alcohol prices in Koh Tao
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Koh Tao from other travelers:
Bottle of Wine
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Pattaya and Koh Tao, we can see that Pattaya is more expensive. And not only is Koh Tao much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Koh Tao would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Koh Tao 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 Pattaya would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Pattaya than you might in Koh Tao.
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