My husband and I are headed to Thailand for a month this Jan/Feb 2012. We're on a budget and are very easy going. Do we need to prebook hostels in places like Ko Phi Phi or Phuket? Has anyone visited in peak season and just found hostels off the dock (or airport, taxi...)
#1 nicafish has been a member since 18/10/2011. Posts: 5
I would to be on the safe side. Those are busy months in Thailand, especially on the South islands.
#3 guava_girl has been a member since 21/10/2010. Posts: 252
I am going to be there around the same time and was wondering this, the problem with booking in advance is though you have time restraints then and have to meet them.
Was hoping to arrive and book some where but may have to book a few places before hand instead of first place on arrival.
#4 Briareos has been a member since 4/8/2011. Posts: 10
Yeah I've backpacked Central America for months, and never prebooked hostels, no problems at all. It's mainly Ko Phi Phi I'm wondering about. I think I might prebook one night and then check out other hostels. I think we're going to go to Vietnam and maybe Cambodia too so I don't really want the time constraints either.
#5 nicafish has been a member since 18/10/2011. Posts: 5
If you can reserve the first night without paying, that would be the best, just in case you don't like the place. But I tend not to reserve in advance unless I arrive at some ungodly hour.
was anyone there this jan/feb 2011 who would know?
#7 nicafish has been a member since 18/10/2011. Posts: 5
Hi. Ive been to koh lanta in south Thailand a few times in January and found that prebooking is not essential, phi phi is smaller so it depends if you are very limited budget wise. If accommodation is not available in your budget you may have to spend more to get the location you want. The Only time I've felt the need to prebooking is Christmas and new year.
#8 Supercal has been a member since 20/10/2011. Posts: 3
February is much more busy than March, right? I was there in late March 2011 and it was super easy to find a decent room in Phi Phi for around 600 or so. Dorms are 250-300. Arriving in the morning is probably a good idea. Phi Phi is tiny and crowded.
nicafish, will you be prebooking for Bangkok? I'm heading over in February too but I don't know what the hostel situation will be like in the big city... I really don't like the idea of prebooking. It was easy to find AC rooms in March, even in the Khao San area, but I don't know what February will be like...
We're trying to decide if it's worth it to go to Khao San Rd area from the airport, or just stay near the airport, I think the Orchid hotel?, and then fly out of Bangkok the next day.
#12 nicafish has been a member since 18/10/2011. Posts: 5