If you’re looking for a bargain hotel stay, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia came in as the cheapest city for Aussies with hotel stays an average of $43 per night, up 18 per cent from 2015.
The data released by travel booking website, hotels.com, looks at bookings made across the thousands of hotels on their website.
Southeast Asia claimed 65 of the top 100 most affordable hot spots with 48 destinations offering hotel stays under $100 per night.
Kuala Lumpur is a major stopover for Australian’s en route to Europe and popular for its abundance of cheap hotels.
If you want to look further afield than Bali, the traditional city of Solo, Indonesia came in second on the list with hotel rooms an average of $46 per night, down 29 per cent from 2015.
One of the least westernised cities on the island, you can visit traditional markets and experience the best of Javanese culture.
Thailand and Vietnam also ranked in the top 10 with hotel rooms costing an average $63 per night.
Buleleng, Bali saw the steepest decline overall in the cost of a bed where the average price paid fell a staggering 62 per cent year-on-year from $180 per night to $69 per night.
“Year after year, Southeast Asia dominates the best-value list and it’s no wonder due to its proximity for Australian travellers and the fact that money stretches that much further. We expect the region will continue to remain at the top of travel bucket lists when it comes to affordability,” says Katherine Cole, regional director, Australia and New Zealand, Hotels.com.
When it comes to the most expensive destinations, the blue waters of Bora Bora topped the list costing Aussies a whopping $1123 per night — despite an 18 per cent drop in room rates from 2015.
Hawaii also featured heavily in the top five most pricey destinations. A stay in the city of Kapolei will set you back $705 per night and Wailea $626 per night.
And if you thought Bali was all about bargain holidays, Ungasan on Bali’s southernmost peninsula came in at the third most expensive destination with hotel rooms an average $604 per night — up a huge 211 per cent.
Top 10 cities where Australian travellers paid the least for hotel rooms in 2016:
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia $43
- Solo, Indonesia $46
- Udon Thani, Thailand $63
- Hue, Vietnam $63
- Semarang, Indonesia $64
- Cagayan De Oro, Philippines $66
- Makassar, Indonesia $66
- Turban, Bali $66
- Yogyakarta, Indonesia $66
- Da Lat, Vietnam $66
Top five international destinations where Australian travellers paid the most for hotel rooms in 2016:
- Bora Bora, French Polynesia $1123
- Kapolei, Hawaii, USA $705
- Wailea, Hawaii, USA $626
- Ungasan, Bali $604
- Kahuku, Hawaii, USA $511