On 17 June 2015, TripAdvisor announced that Kuala Lumpur is the seventh best value destination in the world for a city break, according to TripIndex Cities, an annual TripAdvisor cost comparison study.

TripIndex Cities compares the cost of a three-night break during the mid-year travel months of June to August in 40 key tourist cities around the world, taking into account typical costs for two people. These include: a four-star hotel for three nights, a visit to three attractions, lunch each day, a taxi to and from dinner each day, plus the cost of dinner itself.

A three-night city break in Kuala Lumpur costs an average of RM3,287.01, with lunch for two costing RM84.75, dinner for two and wine RM249.50, a taxi ride RM23.44 and the average price to a paid attraction is RM404.95. The basket of items includes three nights’ stay in hotel in Bangkok, which is also the third cheapest in the world at RM333.03 per night.

Hanoi was found to be the best value city break destination, as a three night trip for two in Hanoi will only set you back an average of RM2,632.23, excluding flights, nearly three times less than the price of a break in the world’s most expensive destination, Cancun, Mexico, which comes in at an average of RM7,258.62.

The study was conducted by independent research firm, Ipsos.

“TripIndex Cities helps travellers to see where their ringgit goes the furthest, but even in the most expensive cities travellers can still find a great deal by using TripAdvisor’s price comparison tool to unearth and book a great deal on flights and hotels,” commented TripAdvisor spokesperson, Jean Ow-Yeong.

Head to South-East Asia for a bargain

Malaysian travellers need not travel far for the best value city break. When looking at the cost of a three-night city break, the 2015 TripIndex Cities report shows that travellers can find the best value in South East Asia. Apart from Kuala Lumpur, the region has three other best value cities in the top ten, with Hanoi, Bangkok and Manila taking first, fourth and ninth places respectively.

However, if cost of flights is not a concern, travellers can consider visiting the European destinations featured in the best value list; Warsaw, Lisbon and Berlin, which place second, sixth and tenth respectively.

Recommended value hotels and popular attractions in the five most expensive and best value destinations:

For travellers planning a trip to one of the five most expensive or five best value TripIndex Cities destinations, TripAdvisor has identified highly-rated value hotels with availability to book on TripAdvisor from June to August, as well as top-rated attractions in each destination.

Top five most expensive TripIndex Cities 2015 destinations:

1. Cancun, Mexico – Average nightly hotel rate from June to August: RM1,341.34

Recommended value hotel available to book on TripAdvisor: The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas & Spa – Average nightly rate: RM1,101.33

Three top-rated tours and activities: Can Cook in Cancun, Alma’s LDS Tours and Cancun Scuba Center

2. Zurich, Switzerland – Average nightly hotel rate from June to August: RM1,079.34

Recommended value hotel available to book on TripAdvisor: 25hours Hotel Zurich West – Average nightly rate: RM767.44

Three top-rated tours and activities: Free Walk Zurich, Italian Food Tour Zurich and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

3. New York City, USA – Average nightly hotel rate from June to August: RM1,189.94

Recommended value hotel available to book on TripAdvisor: The Leon Hotel – Average nightly rate: RM905.96

Three top-rated tours and activities: CityRover Walks NY, Streetwise New York Tours, Famous Fat Dave’s Food Tours

4. London, UK – Average nightly hotel rate from June to August: RM1,121.61

Recommended value hotel available to book on TripAdvisor: The Hide London – Average nightly rate: RM600.06

Three top-rated tours and activities: Tally Ho! Cycle Tours, Shoreditch Street Art Tours and Mind the Gap Tours

5. Punta Cana, Caribbean – Average nightly hotel rate from June to August: RM1,175.29

Recommended value hotel available to book on TripAdvisor: Iberostar Punta Cana – Average nightly rate: RM807.75

Three top-rated tours and activities: Outback Adventures – Outback Safari, Macao Surf Camp and HorsePlay Punta Cana

 

Top five best value TripIndex Cities 2015 destinations:

1. Hanoi, Vietnam – Average nightly hotel rate from June to August: RM313.56

Recommended value hotel available to book on TripAdvisor: Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa – Average nightly rate: RM282.77

Three top-rated tours and activities: Hanoi Street Food Tour, Hanoi Free Tour Guides – Private Tours, Vietnam Awesome Travel – Day Tours

2. Warsaw, Poland – Average nightly hotel rate from June to August: RM314.26

Recommended value hotel available to book on TripAdvisor: Boss Hotel – Average nightly rate: RM253.78

Three top-rated tours and activities: Room Escape Warszawa, Orange Umbrella Free Tours, Warsaw Behind the Scenes

3. Sharm el Sheikh – Average nightly hotel rate from June to August: RM365.91

Recommended value hotel available to book on TripAdvisor: Oonas Dive Club Hotel – Average nightly rate: RM288.32

Three top-rated tours and activities: Nabq Tours & Excursions, Kite Junkies, Sheikh Coast Diving Center

4. Bangkok, Thailand – Average nightly rate from June to August: RM340.66

Recommended value hotel available to book on TripAdvisor: Bangkok Loft Inn – Average nightly rate: RM126.86

Three top-rated tours and activities: Empire Tailors, Chef LeeZ Thai Cooking Class in Bangkok and BKK Tours

5. Mumbai, India – Average nightly rate from June to August: RM434.37

Recommended value hotel available to book on TripAdvisor: Hotel Regal Enclave – Average nightly rate: RM374.82

Three top-rated tours and activities: Grand Mumbai Tours – Day Tours, Bravo Bombay and Be The Local Tours and Travel

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