I have been using this site very successfully for travel tips for many years now, but I have finally come unstuck and need some help!
Going to Thailand for 3 weeks over Christmas and New Year and planning to be in Ko Phi Phi for 5 days over Christmas. I have tried pretty much every accommodation option I can find on-line (certainly all reviewed here) but everywhere seems to be fully booked during the dates I want to go... I would quite like to be near the action of Ton Sai or on Long Beach... What the heck should I do?
Don't really want to turn up there with my girlfriend and have to kip on the beach for 5 days over Christmas! Seems to be a simmilar story for Railay pre New Year, though I am all sorted with Ko Tao for New Year..
Any help would be very greatly appreciated.
#1 neil1983 has been a member since 29/11/2012. Posts: 1
I'm not surprised everything online is booked, thing is, a lot of the cheaper places don't have websites, and some who do don't reply to e-mails. This is one of the reasons I try not to travel during this time - everything is booked and over priced.
is your heart set on phi phi? if not, there are lots of other lovely spots you can go. if you heart is set on phi phi, then just turn up and take your chances. arrive as early as you can in the day so you can pick up a room that is being vacated. lots of places don't book ahead and only accept walk up traffic, although i suspect it is a smaller percentage on phi phi than other locations. good luck!
Did you check everything on Hostelworld?
I took a quick look at the place I'm staying at in dec and if you're really serious about Phi Phi then at least they still have dorms (4 beds, so pretty private) available for online reservation. Perhaps not ideal for a couple but what can you do.
Thailand is prolly one of THE most popular tourist destinations for xmas IN THE WORLD and if you go looking for your dream accommodation 20 days prior then you're screwed basically. It sucks but that's how it is in Thailand.
I'm sure you can still find something if you just show up when people are checking out, but you can never be sure I suppose. But if not why not just get on a ferry to a different, bigger island.
#4 waytogo has been a member since 1/12/2011. Posts: 25
It is quite common for more people to arrive on the island than number of beds around xmas and new year on phi phi. However, as people have said above - there is lots of accommodation that you can't book in advance. The key is to get the first boat of the day. If you get the afternoon boat there's much less chance of finding somewhere!
#6 emily_morgs has been a member since 3/2/2011. Posts: 4
Try to check at Lo Dalam yet?
There are many accommodations that you might can find when you get there and if you not to picky ,cuz Xmas till New Year its a peak season.
Many tours will heading to Phi Phi and there will much crowded specially Maya bay.
Otherwise stay at Koh Lanta or Railay instead and then to speedboat/ferry to Phi Phi. (If you can't find where to stay)
#7 RiniRabbit has been a member since 31/7/2012. Posts: 78