The Hanoitimes - Online travel company TravelBird has released its annual 2018 Beach Price Index, which breaks down the daily expenses of a beach holiday at 327 seaside locations in 90 different countries.
Vietnam came in first for cheapest beach holidays, while the world’s most expensive ones are found in the Pacific region and Italy, according to TravelBird, a Netherland-based travel company.
The study reveals the prices at 327 of the most popular beaches from over 90 countries, based on local tourism board numbers and data from the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
Cua Dai beach.
The three cheapest beaches in Vietnam include Cua Dai beach in Hoi An (Quang Nam province) with US$15 for all six items, city beach in Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa province) with US$16 for all six items, Long beach in Phu Quoc island (Kien Giang province) with US$18 for all six items.
The study found out what were the most affordable spots, TravelBird looked at the prices of five popular beach purchases, including the cost of sun cream, a bottle of water, a beer, lunch, and an ice cream, and facility fee at each destination. The total cost of all six items determined the final affordability ranking of each locale.
Accordingly, Cua Dai beach costs a holidaymaker about US$2 for 200ml of SFF 30 sun cream bottle from a local store, US$0.43 for a 500ml bottle of water, US$1.8 for an ice cream on the beach.
Meanwhile, lunch, including a drink and dessert for one person from a beach bar or the closet establishments to the beach, typically costs an average of US$8.6 and facility fee is at US$1.28 on average.
In 2015, Cua Dai Beach in Hoi An City’s Cam An ward, located in Quang Nam province, ranked 18th on TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 Beaches-Asia” list. The website describes Cua Dai as “a ‘hidden’ gem” and suggests the best time to explore the gorgeous beach is between February and August.