A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Similan Islands vs. Nha Trang for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Similan Islands or Nha Trang?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Similan Islands and Nha Trang can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

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.

Nha Trang

For the relaxation of a small beach town, plus the energy of a young city, consider Nha Trang, Vietnam. As the most famous seaside town in Vietnam, Nha Trang is certainly livelier than many other beach resort towns. Visiting this part of Vietnam is not for the faint of heart. These people know the meaning of nightlife - and make the night last as long as they can.

Which city is cheaper, Nha Trang or Similan Islands?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Similan Islands is $162, while the average daily cost in Nha Trang is $35. 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 Similan Islands and Nha Trang in more detail.



Accommodation

Travelers usually pay around $120 for a double occupancy room in Similan Islands If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.

For a normal double-occupancy room in Nha Trang, $24 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Nha Trang, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $12, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Similan Islands $60
    Nha Trang $12
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Similan Islands $120
    Nha Trang $24

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Similan Islands cost around $32 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 $13.

While meal prices in Nha Trang can vary, the average travelers spends about $13 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Nha Trang should cost around $5.20 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Nha Trang is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Similan Islands $32
    Nha Trang $13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Similan Islands

For Similan Islands, 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

Typical Food prices in Nha Trang

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Nha Trang:


  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $6.15

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Nha Trang

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

  • Seafood Dinner in Altitude Rooftop Bar at Sheraton Nha Trang : $15
  • The Home Pizza Phu Quoc Cash Voucher 500.000VND : $19
  • Tra Que Vegetable Village and Cooking Class Experience in Hoi An: $24
  • Tam Giang Lagoon Private Half Day Tour with Seafood Dinner: $26
  • Half-Day Tam Giang Sunset Tour with Dinner on Floating Restaurant: $26
  • Vegetarian Cooking Class in Hanoi: $28
  • Hoi An City and Food Tour with Foot Massage: $28
  • Eco Cooking and Basket Boat Tour: $29
  • Vegetarian Cooking Class in Hoi An: $29
  • Jolie Da Nang Cooking Class: $30
  • M.O.M Cooking Class in Saigon: $30
  • Saigon Cooking Class by Hoa Tuc: $31

Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Similan Islands than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $120 on transportation in Similan Islands on average per day.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Nha Trang than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $12 on transportation in Nha Trang on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Similan Islands $120
    Nha Trang $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Similan Islands

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

  • Kata Rocks Resort & Residences (8D7N) with free COE Application and Airport Transfers: $2,321
  • [Next Day Result] COVID-19 RT-PCR Test by Bangkok Hospital Phuket (Transfer Arranged by TTD): $105
  • Private City Transfers from Pattaya to Bangkok, Hua Hin, Koh Samet & Koh Chang: $78
  • Private City Transfers between Hua Hin and Bangkok by TTS: $76
  • Private City Transfers between Hua Hin and Bangkok: $73
  • Private City Transfers between Hat Yai and Pak Bara Pier: $68
  • Private City Transfers between Bangkok and Pattaya by TTS: $53
  • Private City Transfers between Ayutthaya and Bangkok by TTS: $53
  • Private City Transfers between Bangkok and Pattaya, Ayutthaya, Hua Hin & More: $46
  • Private City Transfers between Bangkok and Pattaya, Ayutthaya, Hua Hin & More by TTD: $43
  • Private Bangkok and Pattaya Airports Transfers (UTP, DMK or BKK) for Pattaya: $31
  • 7 Spa Luxury Spa Treatments in Pattaya with Round Trip Transfers: $26

Typical Local Transportation prices in Nha Trang

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Nha Trang:


  • Local Bus Ticket
    $0.13
  • Taxi From Airport
    $17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nha Trang

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

  • [Summer Offer] Premier Residences Phu Quoc Emerald Bay with Breakfast and Free Airport Transfers: $73
  • [Off 40%] Combo Vinpearl Resort & Golf Phu Quoc with Vinwonder + Vinpearl Safari, Optional Roundtrip Airport Transfers: $93
  • [Flash Sale] Six Senses Con Dao with Breakfast and Transfer: $528
  • Yangbay Waterfalls Half-Day Tour with Private Transfer: $58
  • Transfer from Hotel in Nha Trang city to Cam Ranh airport: $26
  • Sunset Sanato Phu Quoc Hotel with Breakfast and Roundtrip Airport Transfer : $62
  • Stay at VinOasis Phu Quoc, Free Access to Water Park, Optional Airport Transfer & Vinwonders + Vinpearl Safari Ticket: $78
  • Shared Shuttle Bus Transfers between Hanoi and Sapa: $16
  • Shared Luxury Limousine Transfer between Hanoi and Halong : $13
  • Shared Luxury Limousine Transfer between Halong and Hanoi : $13
  • Shared Limousine Transfer from Sapa to Hanoi: $15
  • Shared Limousine Transfer from Hanoi to Sapa: $15

Is it cheaper to fly into Similan Islands or Nha Trang?

Prices for flights to both Nha Trang 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.





Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Similan Islands, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $39 per day, per person.

Sightseeing expenses in Nha Trang, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $8.37 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Similan Islands $39
    Nha Trang $8.37

Tours and Activities in Similan Islands

For Similan Islands, 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

Typical Entertainment prices in Nha Trang

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


  • Po Ngar Cham Entrance (for Two)
    $1.41
  • Two Rental Lounge Chairs on Beach
    $3.08
  • Vinpearl Land Amusement Park
    $20
  • Fairy Spring Waterfall Entrance
    $0.44
  • Thap Ba Mud Bath
    $4.39
  • Cyclo Tour of City (One Day)
    $11

Tours and Activities in Nha Trang

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Nha Trang.

  • An Spa Experience in Da Nang: $13
  • Aroma Spa Foot & Body Massage Experience in Ho Chi Minh City: $9.79
  • Belle Maison Parosand Spa Experience in Da Nang: $5.75
  • Coconut Spa Experience in Ho Chi Minh: $5.05
  • Datanla New Alpine Coaster Experience in Da Lat: $6.95
  • Hai Van Pass and Lang Co Beach Private Sidecar Tour from Hoi An: $163
  • Hoi An Countryside Private Sidecar Tour (1 or 2 Hours): $50
  • Hue City Tour from Da Nang: $35
  • Laguna Luxury Private Sidecar Tour from Hoi An: $185
  • Lasenta Spa Experience in Ho Chi Minh City: $2.39
  • Linda Spa Experience in Da Nang: $5.49
  • Mam Gao Spa Experience in Ho Chi Minh: $15

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Similan Islands spend on average $8.39 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Nha Trang, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $16.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Similan Islands $8.39
    Nha Trang $16

Sample the Local Flavors in Similan Islands

Also in Similan Islands, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • 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 Similan Islands and Nha Trang, we can see that Similan Islands is more expensive. And not only is Nha Trang much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Nha Trang would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Nha Trang 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 Nha Trang.

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