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Old 18th October 2013, 12:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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TripAdvisor: Sentosa's the costliest island in S-E Asia for travellers

TripAdvisor: Sentosa's the costliest island in S-E Asia for travellers



By Mindy Tan
The Business Times | Fri, Oct 18 2013


Sentosa is the most expensive island in South-east Asia for travellers, according to TripAdvisor's TripIndex Island Sun 2013, the first ever cost comparison of a day out and overnight stay on 20 key island holiday destinations around the region.

Assuming that two people travelled together, stayed for a night in a four-star hotel, enjoyed a two-course meal with coconut juice and beers, indulged in an hour-long massage for two, and rented bicycles and snorkelling equipment, the couple can expect to spend $1,070.95 on Sentosa, said TripAdvisor, at the launch of its index.

On the other end of the spectrum, the most affordable island for Singapore travellers is Koh Phangan in Thailand, with a total TripIndex cost of $292.67.

While the cost of a hotel stay is the most expensive in the TripIndex basket of items, the biggest disparity in costs lies in the rental of bicycles and snorkelling equipment, noted TripAdvisor.

For instance, the cost of renting two bicycles for eight hours in Sentosa costs $146 whereas it costs only $5.92 in Vietnam's Phu Quoc Island.

Snorkelling equipment rental is not available on Sentosa, but the rental of two kayaks for four hours costs $164, and is 34 times the cost of the most affordable snorkelling equipment rental on Thailand's Koh Phi Phi Don, where a pair of snorkels for four hours costs $4.79.

The least expensive average hotel room is priced at $157.85 in Penang, Malaysia, while the most expensive, at nearly three times the cost, is in Palawan, the Philippines, at $425.86 per night. Overall, the index found that islands in Thailand provide the best value for money, with five in the list of top 10 most affordable ones.

Source: http://www.relax.com.sg/article/news...for-travellers

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our cost of living here is expensive

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Yes, and even the tourists also feel the heat of spending the night there.

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It is quite expensive for living in Singapore.

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You bet. I rather go HK Disneyland or Ocean Park. It's much cheaper.

For us locals visiting Sentosa is like a waste of money.

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I don't even wish to spend money on those attractions in Singapore. Expensive !

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Not just for the advise for travellers that it is expensive, locals too, think it is expensive.

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Yes, everyone felt the same, but does the service providers felt it too?

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Re: TripAdvisor: Sentosa's the costliest island in S-E Asia for travellers

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Yes, everyone felt the same, but does the service providers felt it too?
Bet they're busy calculating their profit.

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