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Top 10 Aussie dollar holidays: #8: Indonesia

Thursday, February 4, 2010
Taking the number eight spot on our top 10 Aussie dollar holidays is Indonesia. This budget destination has always presented Australian travellers with superb value for money and for most Aussie jetsetters a trip to Indonesia means visit to Bali.

It won't matter if you are living it up in a five-star resort or splitting the cost of a backpackers with a mate; your entire Indonesian holiday will be 12 percent cheaper than it was last year.

The Bali Dynasty Hotel has something to keep the whole family occupied. The five restaurants, five bars and three pools will keep everyone entertained.

To get around town why not hire yourself a scooter. With prices starting at around $3.50 a day to rent, they are a fun and economical way to see the sights.

With the all your extra cash you'll be able to spend big with Bail's bargain shopping. You can grab a great deal on beautiful wooden furniture and antiques, the prices can be about half what you would pay in Oz.


Bali, Indonesia.


Rooms at the Bali Dynasty Hotel, Kuta start at $135 a night.

For further information

Bali Dynasty Hotel
Tuban 80361 South Kuta
Ph: +62 361 752402

Travellers should be "in date" for the standard Australia and New Zealand immunisation schedules. Depending on the time of year of travel and exact destination, other health precautions and preventions may be recommended and are best discussed with your doctor. For further information, speak to your doctor or visit or

Top 10 best value places for Australians to visit

  1. US dollar up 20.95 percent
  2. Mexico peso up 20.80 percent
  3. Taiwanese dollar up 17.15 percent
  4. Thai baht up 16.18 percent
  5. Singapore dollar up 14.86 percent
  6. Japanese yen up 13.92 percent
  7. British pound up 12.98 percent
  8. Indonesian rupiah up 11.59 percent
  9. Euro up 9.78 percent
  10. Swiss franc up 9.64 percent

Source: Figures reflect appreciation in the Australian dollar against world currencies over six months to October 2009.

User comments
Thanks Jess. Wow, I hadn't even thought about the source of all the wooden furniture and statues. I will definitely keep this in mind on my upcoming trip as I don't want to contribute to the deforestation of orangutan habitats. Thanks for a real eye opener.
Great promotion but if you actullay check the advice on "Smart Traveller" - reads "Reconsider your need to travel " that is a high warning. And yes I have been to bali, must admit not since there was a guard place on every door.
Don't know about a strong Aussie Dollar?If u are going to the UK your strong Aussie dollar is only worth half of what the poud is worth.So you loose half your Aussie money.i call that a weak Aussie dollar.And the UK is in deep reccission.God knows what the Aussie dollar would have been worth if Australia had gone in recession?
Jess... well done!! I bet 99.9% of the population don't actually realize where their Bali furniture comes from.. it is time to become more aware of our every actions and the impact it has on the planet..
What a waist of time and space your Bali piece is!! Heaps better deals available than the hotel you quoted, and as for you big hint about hiring a scooter, your not covered for medical through travel insurance unless you have an international license. Im going to Bali soon and was looking forwards on some good tips, but what a disappointment!!!!
Just a note regarding this segment on television regarding the Balinese furniture. Shoppers should be aware that the wood likely comes from illegal logging of orangutan habitats. To be sure that the wood comes from approved, existing plantations that are not virgin forest, ask to see the international forestry standards certification for the furniture. In Australia, the certification is called FSC. This ensures you are not supporting the destruction of native forests and contributing to orangutans in captivity when you buy your balinese furniture.

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