Cost comparison of South-East Asia’s islands

Sentosa, Singapore, is priciest island for a holiday

Sentosa, Singapore, is South-East Asia’s most expensive island for an overnight holiday, a new cost comparison study shows. At the other end of the scale, island destinations in Thailand offer the best value for money.

The TripAdvisor study TripIndex Island Sun 2013 calculates the costs for two people for a one-night stay in a four-star hotel, a two-course meal, beers, massage and rental of items like bicycles and snorkel equipment to compare markets in the region. Such a holiday on Sentosa will cost the equivalent of US$856.

Bicycle rental in Singapore costs 18 times more than in Koh Phangan, Thailand. Kayak rental is 34 times more expensive on Sentosa than on Koh Phi Phi Don, Thailand.

Thailand was found to be the most value-for-money holiday destination with five islands falling in the list of top 10 most affordable islands. Koh Phangan tops the list with a holiday costing US$234, followed by Koh Tao in second place, Ko Chang in fourth, Koh Lanta eighth and Koh Samui ninth.

Four Malaysian islands are among the top 10 most expensive island destinations in South-East Asia. Langkawi is the second priciest after Sentosa, Pulau Tioman fourth, Pulau Redang fifth and Penang sixth. However, the region’s least expensive average hotel was found in Malaysia’s Penang, while the most costly rooms were found in Palawan, the Philippines.

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[pictured: Netball beach tournament, Sentosa; courtesy Sentosa]