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Nov 12th, 2008, 09:55 AM
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US Dollar worth anything in Thailand?

Hello everyone! Just found a great deal to Thailand and would like to go for 10 days in February. However, like most in the U.S., I am struggling with the poor economy.

My question is this, how much is our dollar worth in Thailand? Yes, I know the exchange rate, but I am just wondering if that rate will actually get us far. How much is the average dinner in US Dollars? Or taxi? Or souvenirs?

Thanks for all your help in advance!
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Nov 12th, 2008, 10:03 AM
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you could have a dinner for as little as $5 each or you could have a fantastic $200 (american price) dinner for about $75-80.....

we have very good thai dinners for $20-30 for two with 2 or 3 beers split.....wine is still very expensive so avoid it....a glass of fair wine might be $10-12....a bottle you would pay $10 for in usa would be $50-60 in bkk....

a fabulous luncheon bufet at lord jim restaurant in the oriental is about $27-30 per person, and it is soup to nuts and more....

hotel prices have risen quite a bit in the last two years but there are still tons of bargains....

look at these sites:


www.asiarooms.com
www.huahin.20m.com listed by address
www.agoda.com

we will be glad to assist you....ask us about hotels before you make your res...

some good choices:

bangkok holiday inn on plenochit
majestic grande
marriott resort and spa
hilton
marriott courtyard--new


do you have any hotel points? especially sheratons can be useful in bkk...
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Nov 12th, 2008, 12:32 PM
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What Bob says is true. I'm just back from Bangkok and the exchange rate is the best it's been in several years. Hotel prices have gone up a lot in Thailand, but you can still live in the lap of luxury in Thailand for the price of a mediocre hotel in the US. Taxis ($1-2 for most rides, $10 from the airport) and public transport (we rode the skytrain for a week for $10)are cheap. Food is excellent and very reasonably priced. Lunch (our main meal of the day) at one of our favorite restaurants was about $15. Also, spa services are well-priced. We did 2.5 hours of spa treatments for under $100.
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Nov 12th, 2008, 02:42 PM
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Good advice above. I just passed through and thought the exchange rate was the best its been in several years. Good value for your money on most items, great service, and so many polite, friendly faces.
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Nov 12th, 2008, 06:37 PM
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Thank you for your responses!

We will be staying in Phuket the first 4 days and will probably be staying at the Courtyard Marriot in Kamala Beach.

Do you know of any great restaurants in Phuket?
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Nov 12th, 2008, 07:52 PM
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again you have to give us some price guidelines....some very good ones like mon's tri kitchen is very expensive but other are less costly...give us some guidelines
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Nov 12th, 2008, 08:00 PM
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One other suggestion for keeping costs down -- if you are game, try massages at places outside the hotels (the hotels tend to charge more). Some of the best foot massages we've ever had were as walk-ins at the many non-descript places along the street. A great reasonably-priced place for massages is Ruen Nuad (Convent Road). It is no frills and a bit off the beaten track, but service is great (and prices much, much less than at hotel spas). Have a great trip!
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Nov 14th, 2008, 04:10 AM
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Around 35 at the moment, the AU$ though went from 29 and dropped as low as around 22, back to around 24 now I think.
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Nov 14th, 2008, 10:02 AM
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Just to add to the info- when we visited BKK we had a woman come to our hotel room and give my wife a 2 hour massage for $25- now thats a deal and this woman came with 20 years of experience, she knew what she was doing.
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Nov 15th, 2008, 01:22 AM
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the choice of good restaurants on Phuket is by far not as wide as in Bangkok. And Kamala is still a little bit of a remote place. But the have some good seafood restaurants there.
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