Lonely Planet Writer

Study reveals Bangkok is the cheapest of the top 10 most popular destinations for British travellers

The cost of staying in one of the top ten most visited cities in the world varies dramatically according to a new study.

Barcelona added to Spain's pre-eminence as an Erasmus destination as it came seventh in the top 10 table
Barcelona added to Spain’s pre-eminence as an Erasmus destination as it came seventh in the top 10 table Image by Matt Munro

A new study conducted by the flight-booking website, Kayak, looked at the costs of going for a week’s holiday in the 10 most popular travelling destinations in the world.

Wat Phra Kaew, Temple of the Emerald Buddha,Grand palace at twilight in Bangkok, Thailand
Wat Phra Kaew, Temple of the Emerald Buddha,Grand palace at twilight in Bangkok, Thailand Image by Getty Images

Among the expenses calculated by Kayak were return flights, a week’s accommodation (in a three-star and four-star hotel), car hire, six meals, one city or museum tour, three cocktails and a souvenir.

Majorca is a popular destination for British holiday makers following the terror attacks elsewhere in Europe
Majorca is a popular destination for British holiday makers following the terror attacks elsewhere in Europe Image by Cristian Bortes / CC BY 2.0

Among the 10 cities that were included in the study were Los Angeles, New York, Faro, Barcelona, Orlando, Toronto, Palma de Mallorca, Bangkok, Alicante, and Malaga.

Kayak’s study yielded some interesting and unexpected results. Using the British traveller for the purposes of the study, the calculations showed that Palma de Mallorca had the cheapest flights, but that the hotels were quite expensive by comparison.

Venice Beach, Los Angeles.
Venice Beach, Los Angeles. Image by meeshubish / CC BY 2.0

North American destinations on the flip side of that, had the most expensive flights as well as the most expensive hotel stays. Orlando in this case was the cheapest US destination, with a week-long hotel stay coming in at around £993, whilst one in LA averaged at a rather pricey £1342! New York topped the charts when it came to expensive food, with an average for six NYC meals setting people back by £135.

Bangkok city at night.
Bangkok city at night. Image by Evo Flash / CC BY 2.0

Whilst Kayak points out that eight out of the 10 most popular destinations are either in the US or Spain, it is a destination outside of both that wins the top slot for best value week-long break – Bangkok!