Thailand and South Africa ‘are best for value’

Anyone on the lookout for a great holiday destination that won’t be too harsh on the wallet could consider booking holidays in Thailand or South Africa.

This is according to the findings of a survey carried out by the Post Office and cited by TravelMole, which found that these countries came first and second respectively when it came to value in everyday expenses.

Food and drink in Thailand was found to be up to 50 per cent cheaper when compared to destinations within the eurozone, which could mean significant savings for holidaymakers, particularly those going self-catering with large families.

Furthermore, there were found to be significant discounts available for tourists at hotels and restaurants in Phuket and Hua Hin.

South Africa ranked highly for value thanks to the strength of the pound against the rand, particularly at a time when the euro has slumped.

Post Office spokesperson Gordon Gourlay remarked: “As people across the UK plan trips overseas for 2009 they may find that long-haul destinations are now within easier financial reach than some eurozone destinations.”

Thailand also ranked highly in a list of the world’s best destinations recently compiled by responsibletravel.com as people look for more interesting holiday destinations.

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