6 Destinations Where Rupee Conversion Makes You Smile
There are many exotic locations in the world where the Indian rupee is stronger than the local currency. Here, foreign exchange and money conversions make you feel rich. The feeling of infinite joy surrounds you every time you buy something!
Replace the heartbreak of draining finances with a smile of abundance. Make room for more in your shopping bags. These countries will not just soothe your soul but also your wallet.
This tropical paradise offers you great deals on ecotourism, a pulsating city life, adventure sports, breathtaking landscapes and architectural marvels from the imperial era. Enjoy the deliciously slow cooked Vietnamese cuisine at restaurants as well as on the street for a steal. You can combine your Vietnam trip with a visit to Cambodia and Laos to complete the golden triangle.
1 INR = 338 Vietnamese dong *
Visa: On arrival.
Best time to visit: Feb to Apr, Aug to Oct.
Top Attractions: Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta cruise, Hang Sơn Đoòng (world’s largest cave passage), Sapa town & hill treks and the Old city of Hoi An.
You can take a weekend trip or a long holiday to this blissful island in the Indian Ocean. It is a hop, skip and a jump away. Sri Lanka has a lot to offer with its golden beaches, a wealth of history, world famous tea plantations, bustling wildlife and a feast of culture. Here is your chance to buy rare gems, fine tableware and exotic handicrafts at throwaway prices.
Here is a destination that you will find thoroughly unique and refreshing. Travel back in time with UNESCO world heritage sites of Samarkand, also known as the Rome of the East. Explore rare desert wildlife, the mystic Sufi legacy, Stone Age monuments, vibrant bazaars and spectacular landscapes of Uzbekistan. The simple and heartfelt hospitality of Uzbek people will leave you spellbound.
1 INR = 113.4 Uzbekistani soʻm *
Visa: 30-day single entry Electronic Visa.
Best time to visit: Apr to May, Sep to Nov.
Top Attractions: Old Silk Route cities of Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara, Chorsu open air bazaar and museums at Tashkent, picturesque lake Charvak, Aral Sea and Ustyurt Plateau tours.
A vacation that is light on your pocket begins with air travel that is delightfully priced as well. Nestled in the Eastern Himalayas, neighbouring Bhutan is a biodiversity hotspot. Whether you are an adventure enthusiast or love serene monasteries in high altitude passes, you will love every experience here. Brace yourself for the spicy goodness of local cuisine at every nook and corner at freefalling prices.
1 INR = 1 Bhutanese ngultrum *
Visa: No Visa required. Entry on Indian passport or Voter ID card.
Best time to Visit: Sep to Nov, Mar to May for festivals.
Top Attractions: Taktsang Palphug Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in Paro, Chomolhari trek, Rinpung and Punakha Dzongs, Norzin Lam Street shopping in Thimpu and Motithang Takin Preserve.
Wouldn’t you want to go somewhere where there are very few tourists? Adding Paraguay to your South American itinerary will get you a perfect hideaway like this. It is a former Spanish colony blessed with untamed natural beauty. Its second largest city, Ciudad del Este, is a free commercial zone where you can buy things without the burden of heavy taxes.
1 INR = 84.02 Paraguayan guaraní *
Visa: Tourist/ Business.
Best time to visit: Apr to Sep.
Top Attractions: Saltos del Monday waterfalls, Ita Letrá petroglyphs, Jesús de Tavarangue UNESCO site and Capybaras (world’s largest pet and wild rodents).
Idyllic expanses of mountains, lakes, canyons and grasslands under the crystal blue skies beckon the adventurer in you. Go off-road to experience the vast Gobi desert. Discover the Mongol nomadic way of life in this rugged terrain. Watch the rare and endangered Mongolian horses (once considered extinct) run free in Khustain National park. Enjoy city life with the upscale nightlife of Ulaanbaatar, the capital town.
1 INR = 35.86 Mongolian tugrik *
Best time to visit: Jun to Aug.
Top Attractions: Naadam Festival, Gobi safaris, National Museum of Mongolia, Gurvan Saikhan National Park, Bogd khan Uul nature reserve and Khövsgöl Nuur lake.
There are a few things to keep in mind before you head out to these wonderful destinations. Call your bank in advance to enable foreign transactions on your cards. Many places will not convert Indian rupees into local currency. It is advisable to takeprepaid forex cards.
Thomas Cook’s Borderless Prepaid Card can be your one-for-all solution on multi-destination travels. You can use it at establishments as well as at ATMs. If you require only one kind of currency then Thomas Cook’s One Currency Card is a great option. You will bear zero currency conversion when you convert USD to pay local currency at the destination. This card is valid for up to 5 years, has a free replacement and an insurance cover of upto USD 10,000. Know more about it at
* Currency rates are indicative only and are subject to change. Please contact the bank for the actual rate at the time of exchange.
*Above mentioned Visa requirements are applicable to Indian nationals only.