A Travel Price Comparison for Thailand Similan Islands vs. Bangkok for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Similan Islands or Bangkok?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Similan Islands and Bangkok can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Similan Islands or Bangkok?

Similan Islands

There are places divers like, and there are places divers love. One of the most popular spots to visit the underwater world is at the national park of the Similan Islands in southern Thailand. With 140 square kilometers of land and nine islands, this area is a paradise for those ready to get their feet wet.

The park is made up of nine islands: Ko Bon, Ko Bayu, Ko Similan, Ko Payu, Ko Miang, Ko Payan, Ko Paying and Ko Huyong. If these names are a bit too similar for you to easily differentiate, don't worry. Most refer to each island with a number from 1 to 9. Two more islands were added to the park – Koh Bon and Koh Tachai – in 1998.

Even though the park was only established in 1982, the islands have been around for approximately 65 million years. They are the product of swells of hot magma during the Cretaceous period and smoothed over by glacial ice and water erosion. The reefs beneath the surface are approximately 5,000 years and therefor the oldest in Thailand. Luckily, because of its deep waters, the islands' underwater landscapes were essentially unharmed during the 2004 tsunami.

Each island is covered in lush, tropical jungle and white, sandy coastlines. There is fish of every shape, color and size – including the famous "Nemo" clownfish, batfish, barracudas, whale sharks and manta rays.

You'll want to plan your visit around monsoon season. So book a trip sometime between December and April. March is a particularly good time to visit as the winds have died down and the water is crystal clear. The park is closed from May to November.

There are a few tents and bungalows on some of the islands. They are government run, and you'll need to reserve them in advance. Many divers will simply take day trips, or sleep on board boats. There are several organized tour and boat options available out of Phuket, Khao Lak and Ranong. Both areas will likely offer day trips and live-aboard cruises. These cruises typically start at four days and 4 nights, but shorter trips are available. There is an entry fee to the park, along with a daily usage fee for those spending multiple days in the park. This fee is paid to your driver before the trip.

Bangkok

Bangkok: a name synonymous with all things exotic. The vibrant and exciting capital of Thailand is not just a hub for Southeast Asia, but also a destination into itself. Known for an active nightlife and party scene, as well as great food, historic temples, and busy markets, Bangkok offers a diversity to entertain even the most experienced travelers.

Which city is cheaper, Bangkok or Similan Islands?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Similan Islands is $141, while the average daily cost in Bangkok is $57. 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 Similan Islands and Bangkok in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Similan Islands $53
    Bangkok $31
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Similan Islands $106
    Bangkok $62
Compare Hotels in Similan Islands and Bangkok

Looking for a hotel in Similan Islands or Bangkok? 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 Similan Islands


Hotels in Bangkok


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Similan Islands $104
    Bangkok $3.83

Typical Local Transportation prices in Bangkok

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


  • Tuk Tuk to bus station
    $2.13
  • Skytrain Ticket
    $4.27
  • Chao Phraya River Express Ticket
    $0.85
  • Ferry Ride
    $0.69
  • Taxi From Airport
    $6.66
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $2.40
  • Boat Taxi
    $1.33
  • Trains to airport
    $4.27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bangkok

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bangkok:

  • oneway transfer service Bangkok-Hua hin: $85
  • Transfer from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok Hotel: $45
  • Transfer from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to Rayong Province: $99
  • Transfer from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to Pattaya: $68
  • Transfer from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to Koh Chang: $150
  • Transfer from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to HuaHin: $85
  • Transfer from Don Mueang (DMK) Airport to Bangkok city: $31
  • Transfer from DMK Donmuaeng International Airport to BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport: $34
  • Transfer from Bangkok Hotel to Suvarnabhumi Airport: $45
  • Transfer from Bangkok Airport to Bangkok Hotel by Deluxe Vehicle: $135
  • Transfer from BKK Suvarnabhumi International Airport to khao Yai National Park: $85
  • Transfer from BKK Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Pattaya City: $55

Is it cheaper to fly into Similan Islands or Bangkok?

Prices for flights to both Bangkok and Similan Islands 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
    Similan Islands $28
    Bangkok $14

Typical Food prices in Bangkok

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Bangkok:


  • Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe (for Two)
    $24
  • Casual Lunch of Prawns (for Two)
    $5.33
  • 2 Rotis (Bread)
    $1.20
  • Mango & Sticky Rice
    $0.80
  • Lunch at KFC (for Two)
    $5.33
  • Pad Thai
    $1.87
  • Airport Lunch for 2
    $15
  • Lunch for 2
    $20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bangkok

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Bangkok.

  • Silom Village Authentic Thai Dinner and Performance Ticket: $17
  • Luxurious Afternoon Tea or Dinner at the Erawan Tea Rooms: $26
  • Skip the Line: Baiyoke Sky Hotel Observation Deck Ticket with Lunch or Dinner: $26
  • Bangkok Thai Classical Dance with Thai Set Dinner Ticket: $27
  • 2-Hour Dinner & Shows on White Orchid River Cruise: $30
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show With Optional Dinner & Transfers: $31
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Tour With Optional Dinner.: $31
  • Skip the Line:Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Ticket w/(optional) Dinner &Transfers: $32
  • Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River in Bangkok (Optional Transfers): $34
  • Bangkok Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River: $34
  • Bangkok White Orchid Dinner Cruise: $34
  • Bangkok Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River: $34

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Similan Islands $34
    Bangkok $11

Typical Entertainment prices in Bangkok

Here are a few typical costs in Bangkok for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Movie Ticket
    $4.27
  • Grand Palace Entrance Ticket
    $9.33
  • Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) Ticket
    $1.33
  • Dusit Zoo Entrance Fee (for Two)
    $5.33
  • Club Cover Charge
    $10.00
  • Thai Boxing Tickets (for Two)
    $64
  • Fish Pedicure
    $4.00
  • Wat Pho entrance ticket
    $2.67
  • Siriraj Museum (2)
    $11

Tours and Activities in Bangkok

Here are a few actual costs in Bangkok for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • "Phra Nakorn Khiri and Kui Buri adventure in 1 day" (Private trip): $322
  • "Two Day one Night for River Kwai Adventure" (Private): $442
  • 04 DAYS CENTRAL HIGHLIGHTS - Joint Tour: $692
  • 1-day Bangkok Old Town Tuk Tuk Tour - Sawasdee Tuk Tuk: $102
  • 10 Hours Private Tour Ayuttaya: $140
  • 11-Day Thailand Tour to Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Phuket: $2,921
  • 12-Day Tour Through Cambodia from Bangkok to Saigon: $1,165
  • 2 Days Private Tour To Ayutthaya' World Heritage Site: $428
  • 2-Day River Kwai Experience from Bangkok: $262
  • 2-Day River Kwai Floathouse Experience from Bangkok: $346
  • 2-Day River Kwai Jungle Rafts Experience from Bangkok: $231
  • 2-Day River Kwai and Kanchanaburi Tour from Bangkok: $228

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Similan Islands $7.31
    Bangkok $6.36

Typical Alcohol prices in Bangkok

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


  • Beer
    $1.07


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


When is the best time to visit Similan Islands or Bangkok?

Both destinations experience a warmer tropical climate most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season. Although in the rainy season, it doesn't necessarily rain every day.

Should I visit Similan Islands or Bangkok in the Summer?

Both Bangkok and Similan Islands during the summer are popular places to visit. Similan Islands attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Bangkok attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

Bangkok gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Similan Islands. Similan Islands usually gets more rain in July than Bangkok. Similan Islands gets 284 mm (11.2 in) of rain, while Bangkok receives 155 mm (6.1 in) of rain this time of the year.

It's quite sunny in Similan Islands. In the summer, Similan Islands often gets more sunshine than Bangkok. Similan Islands gets 206 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Bangkok receives 176 hours of full sun.

In July, Similan Islands is generally around the same temperature as Bangkok. Temperatures in Similan Islands average around 28°C (82°F), and Bangkok stays around 29°C (84°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Similan Islands 28°C (82°F) 
    Bangkok 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Similan Islands or Bangkok in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Similan Islands and Bangkok. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Similan Islands throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Bangkok throughout the year.

November to February in Bangkok is the dry season. Also, May to October is the rainy season in Bangkok. Bangkok receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Similan Islands gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Similan Islands usually receives more rain than Bangkok. At this time of the year, Similan Islands gets 351 mm (13.8 in) of rain, while Bangkok receives 242 mm (9.5 in) of rain.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Bangkok this time of the year. Similan Islands usually receives less sunshine than Bangkok during autumn. At this time of the year, Similan Islands gets 181 hours of sunny skies, while Bangkok receives 206 hours of full sun.

Similan Islands is around the same temperature as Bangkok in the autumn. The temperature in Similan Islands is usually 27°C (81°F) in October, and Bangkok stays around 28°C (83°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Similan Islands 27°C (81°F) 
    Bangkok 28°C (83°F)

Should I visit Similan Islands or Bangkok in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Similan Islands as well as Bangkok. Plenty of visitors come to Similan Islands because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Bangkok because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

Also, November to February in Bangkok is the dry season. Similan Islands usually gets more rain in January than Bangkok. Similan Islands gets 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Bangkok receives 9 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Bangkok. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Similan Islands this time of the year. In the winter, Similan Islands often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Bangkok. Similan Islands gets 287 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Bangkok receives 276 hours of full sun.

In the winter, Similan Islands is around the same temperature as Bangkok. Typically, the winter temperatures in Similan Islands in January are around 27°C (80°F), and Bangkok is about 27°C (80°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Similan Islands 27°C (80°F) 
    Bangkok 27°C (80°F)

Should I visit Similan Islands or Bangkok in the Spring?

Both Bangkok and Similan Islands are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Similan Islands attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Bangkok attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

The rainy season in Bangkok is May to October. It's quite rainy in Similan Islands. In April, Similan Islands usually receives more rain than Bangkok. At this time of the year, Similan Islands gets 157 mm (6.2 in) of rain, while Bangkok receives 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain.

It's quite sunny in Bangkok. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Similan Islands. Similan Islands usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Bangkok during spring. At this time of the year, Similan Islands gets 249 hours of sunny skies, while Bangkok receives 262 hours of full sun.

In April, Similan Islands is generally around the same temperature as Bangkok. Temperatures in Similan Islands average around 29°C (83°F), and Bangkok stays around 31°C (87°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Similan Islands 29°C (83°F) 
    Bangkok 31°C (87°F)

Typical Weather for Bangkok and Similan Islands

Similan Islands Bangkok
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 27°C (80°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 27°C (80°F) 9 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 28°C (82°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 28°C (82°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Mar 28°C (83°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 29°C (85°F) 29 mm (1.1 in)
Apr 29°C (83°F) 157 mm (6.2 in) 31°C (87°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
May 28°C (82°F) 345 mm (13.6 in) 30°C (86°F) 220 mm (8.7 in)
Jun 28°C (82°F) 286 mm (11.3 in) 29°C (85°F) 149 mm (5.9 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 284 mm (11.2 in) 29°C (84°F) 155 mm (6.1 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 272 mm (10.7 in) 29°C (84°F) 197 mm (7.8 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 417 mm (16.4 in) 28°C (83°F) 344 mm (13.5 in)
Oct 27°C (81°F) 351 mm (13.8 in) 28°C (83°F) 242 mm (9.5 in)
Nov 27°C (80°F) 188 mm (7.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Dec 27°C (80°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)


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