Hi, I will be island hopping around Koh Samui, Koh Pha ngan and Ko Tao, between 20th August until 20th September. Would you advise me to book hotels in any of the places as it is the time many families go on summer holidays or will I be okay to turn up without any accommodation?
The many families (and students) on summer holidays mostly go mid-June to mid-August. I've noticed year-on-year a lot of them go home by mid/late August so you should be safe just winging it on accommodation. By September it usually slows down even more.
Yeah, if I was going earlier (which I am) I'd be thinking things may be a bit tight. But by late August you should be sweet. And as Bob says, early Sept tends to be real good - actually a lot of accommodation in the southern Gulf goes into low season pricing even though the weather tends to hold until October.
Experience has shown that even in peak peak if you show up on an island unbooked there is always some place has a vacancy. Touts who hang around at the pier are good value here. For my early August trip I have booked the first joint off the ferry on Tao and Phangan, not so much to ensure I have a bed, but to be picked up off the ferry. But I haven't booked the two places I intend to stay on each island after that.