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SHOULD I PRE-BOOK FOR CHRISTMAS TRAVEL?

  • mrsdaisypoo

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    I am travelling to Thailand over Christmas and was wondering whether people would recomend booking the night trains and buses before travelling. I know that its very busy at that time of year so i am not sure whether to pre-book or not .I will be going on popular routes including bangkok to surat thani and then bangkok to chaing mai and back, I am only going for 3 weeks so am on quite a tight schedule.

    Also does anybody know where to book from on the web?

    Thanks
    mrsdaisypoo

    #1 Posted: 3/10/2007 - 20:36

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  • exacto

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    hi daisy,

    the latest feature story is exactly about when you'll want to book ahead and when it isn't as necessary for travel in thailand. give it a read. it is well done.

    based on your question, i'd definitely recommend booking the train ahead of time. you can travel by train to/from bangkok/surat thani and to/from bangkok/chiang mai, which in my opinion is safer, more comfortable and more scenic than the bus. there are also many discount fight options directly to/from chiang mai worth a look.

    as the feature article recommends, you may also wish to book at least the first night of your accommodation in a new place. that will give you a place to put your pack and look around. if you like it you can stay, but if you find something better, you can move. since it seems like you'll be there over new year's, i'd definitely consider booking those night's accommodation ahead of time too to make sure you get a decent room.

    charlie connection in bangkok books trains via their website. i've used them before and was pleased with the service. others have recommended other services, including seat 61 for info and possibly even booking. you can book directly with most airlines or via a travel agent like charlie connection too.

    look at the accommodation listings on Travelfish for info on places that will book ahead. many don't, but you'll find a few that do. i hope that helps. please be sure to read the feature. cheers.

    #2 Posted: 3/10/2007 - 21:42

  • roverinexile

    Joined Travelfish
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    Definitely book ahead for night trains north. We tried to book in December for early January and had no luck. Similarly in CHiang Mai in early Jan, many of our top picks were fully booked. Provided you know your itinerary, it's worth a few phone calls in advance.

    #3 Posted: 5/10/2007 - 04:29

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