Looking to plan that terrific family vacation? Are you sick of that same vacation year after year? Think about traveling further east to Asia and take advantage of the great cultural experience along with the great exchange rates. Using the dollar’s value to your advantage probably hasn’t crossed your mine recently with its poor performance against the Euro, but in Asia things are different. Currently, the dollar measures up extremely well against all major Asian currencies, which make it a perfect time for Americans to visit and explore this beautiful continent. Regardless of the type of vacation you are looking for, Asia has everything to offer from the beautiful beaches of Thailand and Bali to the exciting and culture filled city life of Beijing and Hong Kong.
If lying in the sun, playing water sports, and taking long walks on the beach are what you’re looking for in a vacation, then a relaxing week in Bali, Indonesia is perfect for you. Bali has everything to offer someone looking for an island getaway including tropical rain forests, beautiful temples and palaces, towering volcanoes, gorgeous golf courses, and of course miles and miles of sandy beaches filled with sun bathers and surfers. The temperature in Bali is consistently beautiful with the average low throughout the year at about 75 F and the average year high 88 F. Watch out for the rain from December through March though, when Bali can be hit with the Monsoons coming from the West resulting in heavy rain. The excellent exchange rate between the Indonesian Rupiah and the American dollar allows tourists to find excellent rates on hotel rooms in Bali. One can get a standard room at a five star hotel for two adults on a Friday evening for about 0.00. If you were to stay in a less luxurious hotel the prices decrease sharply with a three star hotel on a Friday night for two adults in a standard room costing under .00. In addition to the inexpensive accommodations, travelers can enjoy great food and entertainment at a low cost.
If Bali doesn’t sound appealing to you, but you are still looking for fun in the sun then Thailand may be the place to spend your vacation. Of course if you are going to go to Thailand then a visit to Bangkok should be part of the itinerary, but Phuket or one of the other beautiful beach towns would be a good main destination. Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and has beaches lining the coast all around. The accommodations in Thailand are similarly priced to those in Bali, due to the strength of the dollar against the Thai Baht.
A more culture filled, diverse vacation what you looking for? Both Beijing and Hong Kong have lots to offer and both have the benefit of having weak currencies against the US dollar. In both destinations accommodations can be found in five star hotels for around 0.00 a night, and in three and four star hotels starting at around .00 a night depending on the location. These cities have everything to offer ranging from museums to temples to amusement parks and even beaches. The weather in both these places is similar to the weather in the Northeast of the United States with Hong Kong having slightly milder seasons than Beijing.
The downfall to vacationing in Asia is that these places can be expensive to get to. However, it is possible to fly inexpensively to Asia. The trick is book ahead of time at least a few months and travel during the middle of the week. Flights to Asia go up by hundreds of dollars on the weekends. Although, travel expenses are going to be higher when traveling from the U.S. to Asia rather than Europe or the Carribean, the dollars value against the major Asian currencies make it a great bargain once you get there. Remember if you are saving two to three hundred dollars a night on your hotel room plus an additional few hundred on food and entertainment then the airline ticket is paid for within the first few days of the vacation. This is a great opportunity for people to visit and explore a new destination while taking advantage of the value of the US dollar.