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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Around The World With 1 USD

Ever wondered what 1 US dollar can buy your around the globe?

Here are some things you can buy in Malaysia for 1 buck. 1 USD = RM3.

* A hearty breakfast of roti telur and a cup of teh-tarik.

* 5 sticks of satay
* 2 curry-puffs
* 3 small bowls of cooked rice
* 1 rice dumpling
* 1 slice of watermelon
* 3 packets of tissue paper
* 2 cans of coke
* 1 lottery ticket
* 5 hours of street parking
* 3 packets of nasi lemak bungkus
*60 pieces of candy
* 1 Californian Roll at 20% discount after 8:00 PM

Check out these $1 buys around the world by Lonely Planet's Facebookers.

A dollar would buy you a freshly baked Kornspitz (a kind of bread roll), but wouldn’t be enough for a salty pickle from a street market or a short-distance public transport ticket. However, with the change from that Kornspitz, you can visit the museum of applied art (MAK) on a Saturday since it’s free of charge. – Dilyan

South India
It will give a unlimited servings of rice with rasam, sambhar, curd, papad, 1 piece sweet on a banana leaf. – Tarun

Cebu, Philippines
$1 can get 30-45 minutes of a glorious foot massage – Dexter

You can get momo (ten units of dumpling) and a 250ml of coke. – Niraj


You can get a litre of milk, a ciabatta bun in the Godthaabsvej Bakery, a stamp for a postcard/letter with receiver in Denmark, a cucumber or maybe a chocolate bar. 1 dollar = 5,5 danish kroner – Sandra

1 scoop of ice cream/4 small apples/1 plain hamburger at McDonald’s/1 postcard/1 daily newspaper/30 minutes parking in the downtown area – Csaba

Nothing! Haha. Blame it on Canadian taxes – Ashley


You can buy either 1 hat , 1 or 2 magazine(s), 1 DVD, 3 pairs of flip sandals, 5 instant noodle packages or snacks, 1 meal in some cheap food courts. ALOT, rite? – Lynn

A litre of cheap wine or 1kg Spaghetti or 6 bottles of mineral water and just about one tablet of Ibruprofen which you might need if you drank the cheap vino!!! – Robert

Chiang Mai

The question is, what can’t you get in Chiang Mai for US$1? Street food doesn’t usually cost more than that. I even get a cooked to order vegetarian lunch delivered to my office everyday for that price. – Sheila

Bogotá, Colombia

A cup of coffee and 2 fresh baked cookies. Or an arepa with some spicy home made aji salsa! – Andrew

One subway or bus ticket and a mask pack for your skin. – Yun


You could buy a koshary plate which is an Egyptian dish which basically includes spaghetti, rice, lentil and fried onions on the top. Another choice would be about ten Fool (beans) sandwiches maybe even some falafel
or in other parts of Cairo just a donut. – Aly

1USD = around 50 Indian Rupees which can get you a hearty meal of boiled rice, dal, vegetables, pickles, chutney and papads in a Kolkata ‘basa’ …and it’s usually eat as much as you want! – Priyanka

Costa Rica
You can buy one papaya, one watermelon, one pineapple… and perhaps a cup of coffee of decent quality. – Luis

Los Angeles

One hour of street parking – Christina

About 40% of an espresso at Starbucks. – Michael

A dollar will get you a ‘Jabal Al Noor’ shawarma – Ineke

1 espresso coffee. Except if you are in the airport :) – Nuno


A scratchy (lottery ticket) with the chance of getting enough cash together for your next trip – Kin


  1. WOW so glad I stopped by to say hello, what a great site

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day!

    I can attest to the $1 foot massages in the Philippines. Experienced it first hand and couldnt get enough of it.

  3. A foot massage for $1? im so there.

  4. In poverty-stricken area in the Philippines, 1$ can buy a 3-meal food for a family of 10 members:)

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  5. I really enjoying reading this post! Btw thanks for stopping by my blog=)

  6. Now I know where to go to get a good, cheap foot massage! lol

    Very interesting post, thanks for sharing.

    Have a wonderful day!

  7. Wow! A foot massage for $1.00? And for 30-45 Minutes? That's unbelievable. I'd take that any day.

  8. i was going to add that for a dollar, you can have an abundant hearty meal in the Philippines, but a foot massage is awesome too!

  9. I miss getting nasi lemak ... Excellent list to show the value of $1 is different parts of the world