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Bangkok has been on the radar as one of the more affordable Asian destinations, and the prices just continue to drop. Not only can you tour the Thai capital for less, but with an exchange rate heavily favoring the U.S. dollar, you can also eat and shop on the cheap as well. Now is the time to enjoy the tranquility of Bangkok as you find peace with how little you're spending.

United is offering a flight and hotel special starting at $989 from West Coast cities for travel between August 17 and October 25. The deal includes round-trip airfare, three-night hotel stay, and fuel surcharges. You must book by May 31. An individual round-trip flight in June from San Francisco will cost about $1,006, so this sale is well worth it.

Advertisement has a similar offer with the Bangkok at its Best vacation package, which starts at $1,069 per person and includes round-trip airfare, five nights' hotel stay, daily breakfast, and fuel surcharges. Travel, however, is only valid from April 22 through May 28 (other varying prices are available for different dates), and you must book by May 7.

If you want to see the city and the surrounding areas, the real deal is with Gate1 Travel, where you can book a 12 Day Affordable Thailand package starting at $1,439 per person. The offer includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles; fuel surcharges; 10 nights' first-class accommodations in Bangkok, Phitsanulok, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Mai; entrance fees; tours; daily breakfast and one dinner; all transfers; motor coach transportation; and an English-speaking tour manager.

For further information on what to do or see, visit Thailand's tourism website.

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