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October 14, 2013 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

TripAdvisor™, the world’s largest travel site*, today unveils TripIndex Island Sun 2013, the first ever cost comparison of a day out and overnight stay for two people in twenty key island holiday destinations around Southeast Asia.

The TripAdvisor TripIndex Island Sun is based on the combined costs for two people of a one night stay in a four-star hotel, a two-course meal with Koh Phangancoconut juice, beers, massage as well as rental of bicycles and snorkel equipment. Costs listed are accurate for the period of 16 September to 3 October 2013.

The most affordable island for a day out and an overnight stay for Thai travellers is Koh Phangan in Thailand with a total TripIndex cost of Baht 7,322.50 while Koh Tao, another island in Thailand, takes second place with Baht 7,766.89.  At more than three times the cost, Singapore’s Sentosa Island tops the list as most expensive with a TripIndex cost of Baht 26,815.17, followed by Langkawi, Malaysia which totals Baht 17,447.09.

“In light of the upcoming year-end holiday season, TripIndex Island Sun helps travellers identify where their money goes the furthest,” commented TripAdvisor spokesperson, Jean Ow-Yeong. “The list shows that Thailand’s Koh Phangan is the most affordable island destination, while Singapore’s Sentosa Island is most expensive. The biggest driver of costs is the price of hotels, followed by a massage for two.”

Hotels hike up costs but rental of bicycle and snorkel equipment cause of biggest disparity

While the cost of a hotel stay is the most expensive of the TripIndex basket items, the biggest disparity in costs between the least and most expensive destinations lies with the rental of bicycles and snorkel equipment. At a cost of Baht 3,657.69 for the rental of bicycles, Singapore is eighteen times more Koh Phanganexpensive than Thailand’s Koh Phangan and Koh Phi Phi Don (Baht 200). Snorkel equipment rental is not available in Singapore, but the rental of two kayaks costs Baht 4,108.64 and is thirty-four times the cost of the most affordable snorkel equipment rental on Thailand’s Koh Phi Phi Don (Baht 120).

The least expensive average hotel room is priced at Baht 3,947.39 in Penang, Malaysia, while the most expensive, at nearly three times the cost, is Palawan in the Philippines at Baht 10,649.43 per night.

Thailand is the best destination for most value for money beach island holidays

Islands in Thailand provide the best value for money, with five islands in the list of top ten most affordable islands. Although Singapore’s Sentosa Island is the most expensive island in the region, coming out tops in all categories except hotel costs, Malaysia has four islands in the list of ten most expensive island destinations within Southeast Asia.

TripIndex Island Sun (Southeast Asia) 

Island

Hotel

Meal for Two

Beer for Two

Bicycle Rental for Two

Massage for Two

Snorkel Rental for Two

TOTAL COST

Koh Phangan

(Thailand)

฿5,189.18

฿646.66

฿120.00

฿200.00

฿900.00

฿266.66

฿7,322.50

Koh Tao

(Thailand)

฿5,143.57

฿626.66

฿113.34

฿250.00

฿1,266.66

฿366.66

฿7,766.89

Gili Trawangan

(Indonesia)

฿5,105.14

฿413.64

฿386.07

฿275.76

฿1,706.48

฿220.61

฿8,107.71

Ko Chang

(Thailand)

฿5,937.41

฿636.66

฿113.34

฿300.00

฿1,600.00

฿150.00

฿8,737.41

Cebu

(the Philippines)

฿4,636.68

฿547.20

฿87.59

฿677.51

฿2,593.89

฿532.33

฿9,075.20

Batam

(Indonesia)

฿6,363.54

฿512.00

฿193.03

฿266.57

฿1,240.93

฿807.12

฿9,383.20

Bali

(Indonesia)

฿6,031.44

฿700.44

฿255.54

฿165.46

฿1,806.75

฿629.75

฿9,589.37

Ko Lanta

(Thailand)

฿6,688.45

฿779.98

฿126.66

฿300.00

฿1,866.66

฿200.00

฿9,961.75

Koh Samui

(Thailand)

฿5,725.90

฿943.32

฿146.66

฿400.00

฿2,600.00

฿266.66

฿10,082.54

Boracay

(the Philippines)

฿6,507.46

฿828.98

฿125.83

฿677.51

฿1,451.80

฿1,451.80

฿11,043.38

Bintan Island

(Indonesia)

฿6,950.56

฿428.54

฿340.11

฿266.57

฿1,806.94

฿1,373.77

฿11,166.48

Phu Quoc Island

(Vietnam)

฿6,674.39

฿1,027.06

฿131.41

฿148.21

฿2,389.07

฿1,084.20

฿11,454.33

Ko Phi Phi Don

(Thailand)

฿8,977.50

฿633.32

฿120.00

฿200.00

฿1,866.66

฿120.00

฿11,917.48

Phuket

(Thailand)

฿7,163.33

฿710.00

฿126.66

฿400.00

฿3,333.34

฿213.34

฿11,946.67

Penang

(Malaysia)

฿3,947.39

฿1,022.74

฿311.99

฿2,611.29

฿2,937.78

฿3,462.66

฿14,293.86

Pulau Redang

(Malaysia)

฿5,934.36

฿1,004.13

฿272.63

฿1,984.57

฿3,035.71

฿2,480.86

฿14,712.25

Pulau Tioman

(Malaysia)

฿6,448.44

฿905.03

฿269.30

฿2,089.15

฿3,411.74

฿1,762.67

฿14,886.33

Palawan

(the Philippines)

฿10,649.43

฿735.24

฿77.42

฿387.15

฿2,618.07

฿871.08

฿15,338.40

Langkawi

(Malaysia)

฿8,640.60

฿1,647.51

฿238.94

฿1,827.89

฿3,917.04

฿1,175.11

฿17,447.09

Sentosa

(Singapore)

฿9,385.51

฿1,604.88

฿542.64

฿3,657.69

฿7,515.81

฿4,108.64

฿26,815.17

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