Thailand continues to provide value for money for holidaymakers

Aussies need to assess their finances far more closely before booking a holiday these days and the search for cheap travel packages has intensified in recent years.

With the global economy still being very shaky, people have started to keep a tighter grip on their money, but we still do everything possible to ensure we get our annual holiday.

One thing that stands Aussies in good stead is the strength of the dollar.

The currency has been on a roll this week and has gained on the US dollar and the euro. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Aussie dollar is at an 11-week high against the American version and at record levels against the struggling euro.

This is great news for people who want to find the best exchange rates before choosing a destination to travel to.

While Europe and the US are obviously appealing at the moment, it still costs quite a lot to fly to these places. A far cheaper alternative is Asia, as there are plenty of budget services that operate between the continent and Australia.

One country that stands out in particular is Thailand, which has always been a very cost-effective place for Aussies to visit. The cost of living is extremely low and people from down under will find it very difficult to spend all of their overseas travel money during their stay – it really is that cheap. At the moment, one dollar will get you in the region of 32 Thai baht.

A lot of travellers have clearly caught wind of Thailand's value for money, as new figures released by the nation's tourism authority showed that visitor numbers soared last year.

Thailand saw its tourism receipts increase by 31 per cent in 2011 when compared to 2010 and the country clawed in a total of 776 billion baht over the course of the year. Around 19.23 million people visited the Asian destination throughout the 12-month period, which was a rise of more than 20 per cent on figures from 2010.

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