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Booking hotels through Agoda

  • apeiron75

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    Hi all

    I want to minimize the amount of cash I have to bring around in my coming trip, and I noticed that booking hotels through Agoda will help as I can pay them by credit card and they will take care to send the money to the hotel.
    Anybody has experience if this actually works? Any flaw in the logic?

    thanks!

    #1 Posted: 20/10/2013 - 15:57

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  • caseyprich

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    I see you posted in the Burma forum, so I'll disclaimer that I've had no experience with Agoda in Burma. However, it has worked fine for me in Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia. Sometimes you can get a really good deal through Agoda as well, I remember a place in Kampot when we decided to stay an extra night the price nearly doubled because it wasn't the Agoda discount.

    #2 Posted: 20/10/2013 - 23:07

  • apeiron75

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    Thanks for your reply Caseyprich. I used already Agoda in SEA and found it very helpful. Indeed my question was more focused on Burma, as I will book hotels when I am there and just few days in advance: I would like to avoid finding out that for some hotels i still need cash..

    #3 Posted: 21/10/2013 - 02:32

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    Nowhere I stayed in Burma during my trip earlier this year accepted credit cards. I was travelling at the "budget" end of the barrel, so cheapest I paid was $18, most $45, but all were cash only.

    So yes, booking with Agoda will save you carrying around a sack full of kyat.

    BUT, on my travels some of the places were cheaper as a walkin customer than on Agoda -- not by a lot mind you $5 here or there -- but the rooms were not always cheaper online.

    However, in high season, where rooms may be a little harder to find, perhaps knowing you have a room locked down is worth the slight premium.

    So, if you're planning on using a credit card to pay for rooms, that probably won't always work out.

    More questions, ask away.

    #4 Posted: 21/10/2013 - 03:02

  • apeiron75

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    Somtam,
    many thanks for your reply. Then I will go ahead and use Agoda. I think the small extra I pay there compared to walkin rates offset the annoyance of taking with me a larger amount of cash. On this I have a question: I read that USD must be in pristine conditions or they will not be accepted, but not sure how pristine is pristine :) If I store them (brand new from the bank) in my wallet, ie folded (actually bent) at around 50% of their length, would that be fine?

    Thanks again for your help!

    #5 Posted: 21/10/2013 - 07:34

  • smartlyndy

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    I looked at accommodation on Agoda but didn't know how to determine whether places were privately owned or whether my money would be going to the government. Is it only the large hotels and resorts which are owned by the government?

    Thanks

    #6 Posted: 8/1/2014 - 08:00

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    Generally it is the larger hotels, but smaller hotels and guesthouses could just as easily be owned by government officials/soldiers/cronies and so on. I wrote a bit about this over in this feature regarding travelling to Burma - you may find it of interest.

    Cheers

    #7 Posted: 8/1/2014 - 18:45

  • busylizzy

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    Aperion, I would suggest keeping your larger USD bills in perfect condition and do not fold them. They aren't so fussy about the $1 bills though.

    I bought a cheap sturdy plastic ziploc pouch to carry my USD. It wasnt too bulky but just sturdy enough to protect my cash from accidental damage. I carried them separate to my wallet.

    Also, I agree with Somtam that walk in rates were definitely cheaper than Agoda. I only used Agoda once in Burma but had no problem with the booking. The rest of the time I just emailed ahead of time and had no problems with that either.

    I can understand the preference to minimise cash that you are carrying... I ended up bringing way more than I needed and it did make me a bit uncomfortable. I usually carried half with me and left half locked up in the depths of my backpack.

    #8 Posted: 8/1/2014 - 18:56

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    Like others have mentioned, any crease, ink mark or 'dog ear' on any bill could be grounds for it to be refused by anyone. I brought a stack of $100 USD bills in October 2012 and over half of them were deemed 'unusable' by various merchants and money changers. I personally inspected each of them before hand and thought them to be good enough; for some merchants, only pristine $100 bills are good enough.

    Booking through Agoda is a great way to take the adventure out of finding accommodations as you go, but it's how I traveled around Burma last year (cheater cheaterton) and is very convenient. There were no problems with any of my five or six Agoda bookings throughout the country as of October 2012.
    I'm headed back into Burma in a week's time and will use Agoda just once in Yangon before going 'off the grid'. :D

    #9 Posted: 8/1/2014 - 21:49

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    Thanks Somtam, I'll have a look.

    Lyndall

    #10 Posted: 9/1/2014 - 19:16

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    Yes, Agoda is one the top online hotel booking websites. It has various discount hotel deals in different hotels all over the world. Agoda offers fast and secure online hotel bookings.

    #11 Posted: 22/4/2014 - 04:08

  • LeonardCohe-
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    Why do people want pristine notes?

    Ive never understood that. Notes over 6 mths old r going to get worn. Same value.

    #12 Posted: 22/4/2014 - 07:15

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