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Book hotels now or when we are there?????

Posted by Northwig on 7/7/2014 at 13:25

Hello, I wonder if anybody could help me and my girlfriend who are first time travellers :)
I have heard different reports about travelling and booking hotels. We are travelling thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam for 5 weeks. In December 2014. We are going To different cities for approx 2-4 nights at a time. Would you recommend booking them over there, is the price likely to be higher/lower. This way we could get a feel for the. Areas and listen to different accounts on the hotels. On the other hand is this likely to be a big time waster whilst trying to book hotels when over there? Any positive information would be greatly appreciated. We have booked the first few nights and also going to book Christmas time to ensure we have something sorted for then.


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Posted by foreverforward on 7/7/2014 at 16:32

In my honest opinion I'd recommend booking them as you go along. I spoke to afew people who were annoyed that they booked everything, as they wanted to spend longer in some places which they loved and were stuck in others which they hated and wanted to leave but couldn't.

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Posted by amnicoll on 8/7/2014 at 06:52

As above.

It can be a good idea to book somewhere for your first night in the country after a long haul fight.
if you are wanting to stay some in particualar or special might be a good idea to book.
If you are going somewhere where there is very limited accomodation (or in your budget) then if arriving late consider.
Finally depending on where you want to be at Christmas and New year then you could consider

Most of the time however there is no need to book

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Posted by Northwig on 8/7/2014 at 09:07

Thank you both for your reply. We have just done our first hotel and Christmas. I agree with what you are saying about if we love or hate a place. We have booked about 6 internal flights so we would have a semi flexible itinerary. I was just wondering if the prices rocketed up or even down if we left it until we was there. Thanks again for your help guys. All information is welcome as we are travel virgins ;) I do really love my boyfriend lots and wanted us to have a very great holiday.

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Posted by antoniamitchell on 8/7/2014 at 14:55

Hi Northwig,

In small guesthouses, prices really don't change - they're not like airlines, using complicated programmes to fluctuate prices up and down over time - so I wouldn't worry about prices going up at the last minute.

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Posted by exacto on 9/7/2014 at 14:47

I agree with amnicoll that it is smart to have something booked after a long-haul flight, or when you are arriving late, or when there is a particular place you'd like to stay, or if it is a particularly busy time. I've noticed that the longer the trip, the less I'm likely to book ahead, because as others have mentioned, booking ahead can limit your flexibility.

Even if you do book ahead, have a few back up options in mind, because it can easily happen that you'll turn up only to find your room not available as promised. That happened to us on a recent trip to Senggigi, Lombok, when the guest house had only one room available out of the two we'd booked through Agoda. I've also noticed that for the flashpacker- and higher-priced places, a booking is usually honored, but that seems to be much less the case at backpacker-style places. And many of those don't accept reservations anyway. Cheers.

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