Weak U.S. dollar still goes far in Thailand, Argentina

Q&A

September 23, 2007|By Mercury News

Are there any countries where the dollar is doing well and travel is still a good value?

Despite the dollar's loss in value, especially against the euro and the British pound, there are a few places where our currency still has muscle. Experts at hot wire.com and orbitz.com agree on these two destinations, where exchange rates are favorable and prices are low: Thailand and Argentina.

Barbara Messing, Hotwire's travel expert, says you can still get a $12 steak dinner and an $8 bottle of wine in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a cosmopolitan city that often reminds visitors of Paris - there are long boulevards, scenic parks and great shopping. John Cohn, spokesman for Orbitz, says you can find three- and four-star hotels in Phuket, Thailand, for less than $120 a night.

Other suggestions: Chile, Turkey, Vietnam and Mexico. In Santiago, Chile, for example, Cohn says the cost of a good meal is about $12, and you can find hotels for about $110. And Mexico, with an 11 to 1 exchange rate on pesos to dollars, remains affordable and accessible.

San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News

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