BANGKOK, 6 April 2014 – Bangkok is the best-value tourism city for the upcoming Songkran holidays when compared to three other popular tourist destinations in Thailand, according to TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.
TripAdvisor spokesperson Jean Ow-Yeong said a study was done to compare tourists’ daily spending in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket during Songkran, which marks the Thai New Year.
According to the study, tourists in Bangkok would spend 3,357 baht a day on average. Phuket is the city with the highest spending at 5,154 baht a day on average. The tourists’ daily spending in Chiang Mai and Pattaya are estimated at 4,389 baht and 3,808 baht respectively. The average accommodation cost is about 2,684 baht in Bangkok, 4,438 baht in Phuket, 3,810 baht in Chiang Mai and 3,019 baht in Pattaya.
Ms Jean said the study took into account the expenses of staying a night in four-star and 4.5-star hotels, dining in modest restaurants, travelling via taxis, using massage and spa services for one hour, and buying water guns for Songkran festivities.