Researching Thailand travel cost? You’ve come to the right place! We spent 3 weeks in Thailand as a family of 5, and below we’ll break down where we traveled and how much we spent, plus a summary of our overall travel expenses.

Thailand is a country that’s rich in culture, cuisine, and adventure! If you’re planning a family vacation to this beautiful country, you’ll be glad you did. From the South to the North, there’s so much to explore!

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With so much to see and do, you might be wondering where to start and how much a trip like this might cost for your family. You can use this 3 week itinerary to plan for your trip, as it’s full of must-see destinations and activities to help you plan and know what to expect. Then we breakdown the cost for each category for you.

3 Week Thailand Family Itinerary + Thailand Travel Cost

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Day 1-3: Phuket

  • Day 1: Arrive in Phuket, check-in to your chosen accommodation.
  • Day 2: Explore Patong Beach and visit Old Phuket Town
    • Only 30 min. from Patong Beach to Old Phuket Town
    • It’s best to visit Old Town during the day with kids
  • Day 3: Take a day trip to visit Big Buddha and the Wat Chalong Temple.
    • Plan to spend a couple of hours at Big Buddha and the viewing area
    • Visit the Way Chalong Temple Area after coming down from Big Buddha

Click here to learn more about Phuket from our Phuket Family Travel Guide.

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Cost of our Trip to Phuket

One way Flights from Sri Lanka to Phuket: $685 (5 people via AirAsia)

Ground Transportation: $62 (we used a company called No plan Phuket)

Accommodations: $74/ Day (Arinara Beach Resort, Free Breakfast)

Food: $80/ Day (5 people – Lunch + Dinner + Snacks)

Laundry: $22 (5 kilos which was most of our entire wardrobe)

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Day 4-7: Phi Phi Islands

  • Day 4: Take a ferry to Phi Phi Islands, check into your resort
    • There should be a member of your hotel staff there to help you to your place
    • We recommend Saii Phi Phi Island Village, as it is a great property for families
  • Day 5: Rent a Longtail Boat for the day and visit Maya Bay, Monkey Beach, and Bamboo Island
    • This will be one of your favorite activities of your entire time in Thailand
    • Be sure to get a Private Boat Tour, so that you can stop when and where you want
  • Day 6: Explore Phi Phi Don Village and hike to the Phi Phi Viewpoint, then watch a Fire Show
    • We found a great spot on the beach called Slinky’s to watch the show
    • Most places will ask you to purchase a drink while you sit and watch
  • Day 7: Enjoy a day of leisure on the island and take another Longtail Boat Tour to some of the other islands late and enjoy a sunset cruise
    • We booked this the day of with Maiyada Private Longtail Boat Tours

Click here to learn more about traveling to Phi Phi Islands in our Phi Phi Islands Family Travel Guide

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Cost of our Trip to the Phi Phi Islands

Ferry from Phuket: $75 (5 people from the Rassada Harbour)

  • be sure to have some small cash for Phi Phi Ton Sai Pier when you get off the ferry

Accommodations: $47/ Day (Family Room at P.P. Maiyada Resort)

Food: $72/ Day (5 people – Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

All-Day Longtail Boat Tours: $109/ Day (5 People – Full-Day Private Boat Tour)

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Day 8-11: Krabi

  • Day 8: Take the ferry to Krabi. Check-in to your chosen accommodation
    • We recommend the Holiday Style Ao Nang Beach right near the Night Market
    • Check out the Ao Nang Night Market for dinner (this is a great way to save money)
  • Day 9: Explore Ao Nang Beach and take a Longtail Boat Tour to Railay Beach
    • The boats run to and from Railay all day from Ao Nang Beach
  • Day 10: Visit the stunning Emerald Pool and Krabi Hot Springs
    • These tours are done best with a guide that can be booked in advance
    • Allow a full day to see both, along with the Tiger Cave Temple
  • Day 11: Take a day trip to the Hong Islands for snorkeling and kayaking
    • The Hong Islands is another very special day that will be a highlight of your trip

Click here to learn more about traveling to Krabi with in our Krabi Thailand Family Travel Guide

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Cost of Our Trip in Krabi

Ferry from Phi Phi: $70 (5 people – Ao Ton Sai Pier)

Ground Transportation: $45 (again we used No Plan Phuket to book the taxi from port and to airport)

Longtail Boat Taxi to Railay: $28 (you can pick these up at the Ao Nang Longtail Boat Service Club)

Longtail Boat Tour: $71/ Day (we rented this boat from Ao Nang Beach)

Accommodations: $63/ Day (2 rooms at the Holiday Style in Ao Nang)

Food: $67/ Day (5 people – Breakfast + Lunch + Dinners)


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Day 12-16: Chiang Mai

  • Day 12: Depart from Krabi to Chiang Mai. Check into your accommodation
    • There’s lots of great AirBnB’s in Chang Mai in the Nimman Road Area
    • Here’s the exact villa that we stayed called Boxsoon Nimman 2
  • Day 13: Visit Doi Suthep Temple and explore the Old Town
  • Day 14: Enjoy a day at an ethical elephant sanctuary
  • Day 15: Explore local markets or visit some of the waterfalls and national parks
    • There are some amazing waterfalls like Huay Kaew
  • Day 16: Take a full day Thai cooking course starting at the local markets

Click here to learn more about traveling to Chiang Mai in our Chiang Mai Family Travel Guide

Cost of Our Time in Chiang Mai

Flights from Krabi: $210 (5 people via AirAsia)

Ground Transportation: $62 (we only took a handful of GrabCar rides, otherwise we walked)

Accommodations: $ 87/ Day (4 bedroom townhome with full kitchen)

Food: $83/ Day (5 people – breakfast + lunch + dinner)

Cooking School: $85 (3 people + 2 “observers/tasters”)

Thai Massages: $7/ massage (adults only)

Nails: $40 (4 mani pedis for all the girls)

Laundry: Free (laundry at townhome)

Day 17-21: Bangkok

  • Day 17: Fly to Bangkok, check-in to your chosen accommodation
  • Day 18: Explore the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and take a boat ride along the Chao Phraya River
    • Wat Pho was such a great surprise, we spent several hours there
  • Day 19: Visit family-friendly attractions like SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World or Lumpini Park
    • The girls really enjoyed the parks more than anticipated, as they are all unique
  • Day 20: Explore Bangkok’s cultural sites or enjoy shopping at malls like ICONSiam or Terminal 21
    • These malls have so much to offer other than just shopping, there’s even schools
    • Terminal 21 has a different famous world city theme on every level
  • Day 21: Take a day trip to the ancient city of Ayutthaya or explore local markets and sample street food

Click here to learn more about traveling to Bangkok in our Bangkok Family Travel Guide

Cost for Our Time in Bangkok

Flights from Chang Mai: $175 (5 people via AirAsia)

Ground Transportation: $35 (BTS + MRT + GrabCar)

Accommodations: $75/ Day (Seekers Finders Rama IV)

Food: $98/ Day (5 people – breakfast + lunch + dinner + snacks)

HarborLand: $65 (5 people entrance fee to play for 3 hours)

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Overall Thailand Travel Cost for the 3 Weeks in Thailand

A trip to Thailand with your family is a perfect way to bond and create unforgettable memories. From temple visits to water activities and awesome wildlife encounters, this trip will be a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion.

Thailand Travel Cost (family of five):

Flights: $1,070

Transportation: $307

Accommodations: $1,735

Restaurants + Cafes: $985

Groceries: $137

Sightseeing/ Activities: $470

Total for 3 Weeks: $4,704

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