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Where Does the Dollar Do Best? Frommer's Global Price Index for August 2007

Trying to budget your next trip? Find out what a beer costs in Bhutan, how much you'll pay for a room in Wales, and more essential money matters in our monthly column devoted to the strength of the dollar.

Getting from point A to point B is only part of the equation now. In the face of the dollar's declining value worldwide against foreign currencies, there can be a bit of sticker shock while traveling. To demonstrate where you can get the most bang for your buck, this monthly index compares the costs of common consumer goods around the globe. Conversions are calculated using www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi.

Johannesburg, South Africa (Source: South African Tourism; www.southafrica.net)
Movie ticket: $7.05-$10.58

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Bus fare: 70¢-$1.41
Cup of regular coffee: $2.82
Bottle of local beer in a bar: Castle Lager, $2.40
Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $63.55-$97.45
Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $21.32-$33.33
$1= 7.08 South Africa Rand

Pembrokeshire, Wales (Source: Visit Wales; www.visitwales.com)
Movie ticket: $8.13-$10.17
Bus fare: $4.17-$12.81
Cup of regular coffee: $3.05
Pint of local beer in a bar: Brains, $4.06-$7.11
Moderate, three-star hotel for two: $138.27-$211.43
Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $30.49

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$1= .49 £

Pierre, South Dakota (Source: South Dakota Office of Tourism; www.travelsd.com)
Movie ticket: $6
Bus fare: $4
Cup of regular coffee: $1
Pint of beer in a bar: Bud Light, $2.50
Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $95.99
Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $20.70-$27.90

San Pedro Sula, Honduras (Source: Honduras Institute of Tourism; www.letsgohonduras.com)
Movie ticket: $2.86
Bus fare: 15¢-26¢
Cup of regular coffee: 57¢
Bottle of local beer in a bar: Salva Vida, 93¢
Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $46.94-$62.59

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Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $6.25-$8.34
$1= 19.17 Honduras Lempiras

Split, Croatia (Source: Croatia National Tourism Office)
Movie ticket: $3.73
Bus fare: $1.86
Cup of regular coffee: 93¢
Bottle of local beer in a bar: Kaltenberg, $2.24
Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $157.01
Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $14.94
$1=5.35 Croatia kuna

Surrey, British Columbia (Source: Surrey Tourism & Convention Association; www.tourismsurrey.com)
Movie ticket: $9.47

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Bus fare: $2.13
Cup of regular coffee: $1.89
Pint of local beer in a bar: Central City lager, $4.49
Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $85.17-$94.64
Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $23.66-$33.12
$1= $1.05 CAD

Tallahassee, Florida (Source: Tallahassee Area Convention and Visitors Bureau; www.visittallahassee.com)
Movie ticket: $7
Bus fare: 60¢- $1.25
Cup of regular coffee: $1.75
Bottle of local beer in a bar: Yuengling, $4
Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $99
Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $30.50

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Thimphu, Bhutan (Source: Bhutan Department of Tourism; www.tourism.gov.bt)
Movie ticket: $2.47
Bus fare: 9¢-37¢
Cup of regular coffee: 37¢
Bottle of local beer in a bar: Red Panda, $1.36
Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $74.36
Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $12.51-$13.75
$1= 40.34 Bhutan Ngultrum

Vientaine, Laos (Source: Laos National Tourism Administration; www.tourismlaos.gov.la)
Movie ticket: $1.57
Bus fare: 41¢
Cup of regular coffee: $1.57
Bottle of local beer in a bar: Lao, 73¢

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Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $30-$55
Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $20
$1= 9,546 Laos Kip

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