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Bangkok Offers The Least Expensive Four-Star Accommodation Of World Cities: Survey

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Cheapest hotels are here, in Bangkok

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BANGKOK: -- Bangkok offers the least expensive four-star accommodation of world cities rated by the TripAdvisor Tripindex, at less than one-quarter the cost of those in London on average.

However, if travellers want a night on the town as well, Hanoi offers the best deals, the survey found.

The average four-star room rate in Bangkok is US$81.13 (Bt2,563) per night, cheapest on the list. The most expensive rooms are in London, averaging $361.64 per night - more than quadruple the cost of those in Bangkok.

The average cost of a room in the 10 least expensive cities on the list is just $113.32, while the most expensive cities come in at an average of $261.99 a night. That means the rooms in the 10 priciest cities are more than double the cost of those in the 10 least expensive.

The TripIndex also calculated the combined costs for two of a one-night stay in a four-star hotel, cocktails, a two-course dinner with a bottle of wine, and taxi transport (two return journeys of about 3.2 kilometres each). Costs listed are accurate for June 1 to August 31.

Under those criteria, Hanoi offers the most affordable night out for travellers with a total TripIndex cost of $141.12. At more than triple the cost of Hanoi, London topped the list as most expensive with a cost of $518.01.

However, a trip to Asia is no guarantee of "more bang for their buck", said Jean Ow Yeong, TripAdvisor spokeswoman.

"Interestingly, once on the ground, European cities such as Budapest and Warsaw turn out to be as affordable as some Asian cities, while Singapore and Sydney are in the ranks of London, Paris and New York as some of the most expensive cities."

Southeast Asia was the region that claimed the most cities in the 10-least-expensive list, including Hanoi, which took the top spot, while Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta took the third, fifth and eighth spots respectively.

Meanwhile, Europe dominated the most-expensive list with seven cities: London took the first place, while Oslo, Zurich, Paris, Stockholm, Moscow and Copenhagen took the second, third, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth places respectively.

The international TripIndex destination list comprises key cities from 48 of the 50 countries that receive the largest number of international visitor arrivals according to data compiled by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.

Prices were collected through a variety of research methods. Prices were taken in local currencies between March and May and converted into US dollars on May 29.

TripAdvisor is the world's largest travel site. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors and more than 60 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide.

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I don't think this is much to be proud of when you consider the appalling wages and, in many cases, conditions the staff work for and under. Although I enjoy the prices part of me is appalled when I'm paying more for a night's accommodation than the staff serving me incredibly well will get for week's salary! And do they get all or even part of the 10% service charge automatically added to the bill?

Pay the staff at even half the salary level of the Western European/Australian hotels and see what the cost would be!

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The thinking is a little flawed. No country pays their employees based on other countries cost of living. Employees paid in more expensive cities probably don't make much more than they do here if you consider the higher cost of living in their own cities.

If you feel guilty, pay the staff that provides extra service a tip directly. The same problems with employee compensation applies to all employees in their country.

The only way to protest this situation is with your choice of staying in a hotel here or somewhere else.

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Oh dear the old wage cry. guitar.gif Id like you to go find a townhouse or small house to rent, for $200 a month in Australia then get back to me.. cause ill rent it.

Service charge is put in to a pool and is divide among staff at the end of the month. (-minus tea money, just because they can)

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However, a trip to Asia is no guarantee of "more bang for their buck",

I will bet it does....biggrin.png .....this is one of the main reasons Thailand is so popular...whistling.gif

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Why do they continue to announce this total Bullshit !!

you walk into any 4-5 star hotel in Bangkok and see what they want !! it's not close to what this BS story indicates ...

WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH ....crazy.gif

do they really think everyone is so stupid ?

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Should really compare cities where wages/costs are similar. Bkk hotel is not so cheap when you add the air fare on. especially Thai Airways.

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Survey's surely not taking into account the extremely poor infrastructure (crowded, unmaintained sidewalks or lack thereof, bizarro-world traffic to start with) surrounding said hotels in both BKK and Hanoi

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Why do they continue to announce this total Bullshit !!

you walk into any 4-5 star hotel in Bangkok and see what they want !! it's not close to what this BS story indicates ...

WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH ....crazy.gif

do they really think everyone is so stupid ?

sorry unclear as to what u mean by:

"you walk into any 4-5 star hotel in Bangkok and see what they want !!?

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I don't think this is much to be proud of when you consider the appalling wages and, in many cases, conditions the staff work for and under. Although I enjoy the prices part of me is appalled when I'm paying more for a night's accommodation than the staff serving me incredibly well will get for week's salary! And do they get all or even part of the 10% service charge automatically added to the bill?

Pay the staff at even half the salary level of the Western European/Australian hotels and see what the cost would be!

Do you leave a tip when you check out?

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All the article proves is that Thailand wins in the race to be bottom. And then they complain about the tourists which come here.

Fat, beer swilling English louts [to play along with the (incorrect) national stereotyping often seen on TV] come here cause the hotels are cheap, which means more money to be spent swilling beer and being loutish...and banging bar girls. Stands to reason??

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All the article proves is that Thailand wins in the race to be bottom. And then they complain about the tourists which come here.

Fat, beer swilling English louts [to play along with the (incorrect) national stereotyping often seen on TV] come here cause the hotels are cheap, which means more money to be spent swilling beer and being loutish...and banging bar girls. Stands to reason??

Hey what about having a go at ....the American porn producers & drug dealers, Russian louts, Indian, Chinese etc while your at it....rolleyes.gif besides British loutish is a cultural right developed over many centuries of invading places and creating empire etc...

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All the article proves is that Thailand wins in the race to be bottom. And then they complain about the tourists which come here.

Fat, beer swilling English louts [to play along with the (incorrect) national stereotyping often seen on TV] come here cause the hotels are cheap, which means more money to be spent swilling beer and being loutish...and banging bar girls. Stands to reason??

Hey what about having a go at ....the American porn producers & drug dealers, Russian louts, Indian, Chinese etc while your at it....rolleyes.gif besides British loutish is a cultural right developed over many centuries of invading places and creating empire etc...

I wasn't having a go

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All the article proves is that Thailand wins in the race to be bottom. And then they complain about the tourists which come here.

Fat, beer swilling English louts [to play along with the (incorrect) national stereotyping often seen on TV] come here cause the hotels are cheap, which means more money to be spent swilling beer and being loutish...and banging bar girls. Stands to reason??

Don't think that English lager louts will be paying to stay in 4 star hotel, more like 800 baht a night

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No mention of Tokyo in the OP. Did the World stop and Japan get off?

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