Hanoi, Mumbai and Kuala Lumpur are among cheapest travel cities in the world

Hanoi’s charming colonial architecture and cheap food are reasons tourists flock to the city. Pic: confuseddasher/Instagram

VIETNAM’S capital Hanoi has been named the cheapest city in the world for international travelers, according to a new index by TripAdvisor.

The cost of a three-night stay for two in Hanoi will set travelers back about US$497. Mumbai comes in second on the list at US$565 while Kuala Lumpur was fourth at US$627.

Janice Lee Fang, TripAdvisor’s Communications Director for Asia Pacific, said, “Our booking rates on TripAdvisor show us that the average on-the-ground cost of staying in New York is almost the same as a full trip to Hanoi over the same dates including flights – making Hanoi the best value city for a quick break.”

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Mumbai is the second cheapest city in the world, with an average three-night spend of US$565. Pic: Proptiger

Despite Asia’s economic appeal, many tourist cities were absent from the list. Cities like Siem Reap, Kathmandu, Luang Prabang and Chiang Mai are known for affordable sightseeing and food, but were overlooked this year.

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The figures were tabulated based on a three-night stay at a four-star hotel, cost of entry to at least five attraction sites, one lunch and dinner outing per day with starters, main courses and a bottle of wine to share, as well as return taxi fare of at least 3.2 kilometers each way.

Here’s the full list of the cheapest travel destinations in the world:

  1. Hanoi, Vietnam
  2. Mumbai, India
  3. Cape Town, South Africa
  4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  5. Bangkok, Thailand
  6. Moscow, Russia
  7. Bali, Indonesia
  8. Madrid, Spain
  9. Berlin, Germany
  10. Vienna, Austria
Kuala Lumpur is named the fourth cheapest travel city in the world ahead of Bangkok and Bali. Pic: Wikimedia Commons

As much as Asia performed well on the cheap travel list, some Asian cities also made their way into the list of the most expensive cities for travel.

Tokyo was named the second most expensive city in the world for international travelers with an average three-night spend of US$1,519. Meanwhile Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney took sixth, seventh and eights places respectively.

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Unsurprisingly, New York City is the world’s most expensive, in the company of London, Paris, Rome and Rio de Janeiro.

Tokyo is Asia's most expensive city for international travelers. Pic: Shutterstock

Here’s the full list of the most expensive travel destinations in the world:

  1. New York City, U.S.
  2. Tokyo, Japan
  3. London, UK
  4. Cancun, Mexico
  5. Paris, France
  6. Singapore
  7. Hong Kong, China
  8. Sydney, Australia
  9. Rome, Italy
  10. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The annual TripIndex Cities cost-comparison study compares the prices of summer travel between June to September in 20 key tourist cities around the world.

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