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  • aegeon1

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    Hi All,

    I'm in Thailand from Dec25th to Jan 8th. Do I have to book ahead for accomodation across Thailand at this time?

    I personalize rather just wing it and pick up hotels/bungalows etc., where ever I end up.

    I hear from some people you don't have to book ahead for most places but high season might be a different story.


    #1 Posted: 7/12/2010 - 02:47

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  • guava_girl

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    21st October, 2010
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    It depends on where you are going. But being the peak season throughout the country I would suggest booking ahead unless you are going to very remote places.

    #2 Posted: 10/12/2010 - 07:39

  • Thomas922

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    Location Global Village
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    I agree. There will be accommodation but the better or better located spots will be taken. there are always tales of folks getting lucky winging it but there will be a ton of people in certain places so.......

    #3 Posted: 11/12/2010 - 16:20

  • khunwilko

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    Over New Year you will find that Thai people also take a holiday and some places can be absolutely rammed.

    Most places do have too much accommodation but as stated above the god stuff will be gone - this will leave you with the shabby or the very expensive or a combination of both.

    I would at least ring ahead before going somewhere, and take a psare float for times where the only place available is a five star hotel suite.

    #4 Posted: 11/12/2010 - 21:13

  • exacto

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    as khunwilko says, many Thai people also take a holiday over the new year. because of that, accommodation isn't the only issue as transportation can also be booked solid and/or jam packed. unless you are able to make a confirmed transport booking, you'd do well to get where you are going a few days ahead of new years and stay put until folks have headed back home. if it were me, unless i were heading to somewhere particularly remote, i'd arrive no later than thursday the 30th if possible and hang out until at least monday the 3rd to avoid the transport crowds. regards.

    #5 Posted: 12/12/2010 - 01:27

  • aegeon1

    Joined Travelfish
    30th November, 2010
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    thanks folks for your replies, sounds like i should look into booking then. khunwilko what do you mean by a spare float?


    #6 Posted: 12/12/2010 - 11:58

  • Tennouji

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    To give you an idea, I got chatting to a Thai policewoman on the ferry back from Lipe early last January; she told me that she had shared a bungalow with a stranger as she couldn't find anything. Yes, Lipe is small, but all of the bus and train tickets back to Bangkok were also sold out so the two of us got a lift with a guy who was driving home. I got out in his home town, but she paid him to take her all the way to Bangkok as she had to be in work the next day!

    #7 Posted: 12/12/2010 - 20:01

  • khunwilko

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    27th January, 2007
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    spare float - cash put to one side to get you out of a predicament.

    As I said you may find the only places available are the most expensive - and they won't be offering discount!

    and you may HAVE to travel first class or get taxis instead of a bus.

    #8 Posted: 13/12/2010 - 07:16

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