As the title says, looking for advice on the best method you've found for finding a place to stay in thailand! I visted for a month back in Aug/Sept 2011 and often used Agoda but upon checking their site now it seems the prices have gone up considerably from what I recall paying for the same resort back last year. Perhaps it's the time of year, but I didnt think the Gulf side was too busy this time of year.
Anyhow, if there are any sites anyone recommends let me know. Looking for some cheap options, am definitely ok with no AC, etc.
Also open to suggestions on places to stay in and around the Gulf islands of Samui, Tao and Phangan, as well as somewhere on Khao San Road in bangkok upon arrival!
Generally I'd say the budget is around 500B with the occasional splurge for perhaps 1000B and roughing it for 200B was also find with me the last time around.
Thanks in advance!
#1 Drew84 has been a member since 6/7/2011. Posts: 36
Unless it's high high season, there is never a need to book ahead. Even just before Xmas, I could easily find rooms in Chiang Mai.
The only exception I can think of would be Had Rin at full moon party time.
#2 thaibeachlovers has been a member since 25/5/2006. Posts: 38
Understood. It was never a question about if it was necessary to book ahead. The intent of the question was for suggestions for if I preferred to book in advance. On my last trip I found that often times I was not able to negotiate prices even as low as the agoda price and found myself booking on agoda from the lobby.
It is always nice to have a backup plan to go to if there's no luck finding somewhere on foot.
#3 Drew84 has been a member since 6/7/2011. Posts: 36
If Agoda not offering rates to suite, try Hostelworld.com or Sawadee.com -- the latter has pretty good coverage in particular -- I've used both in the past without problem. I'd also look at contacting places direct as more and more are online every year and they're getting more web savvy.
As for specific recommendations, lots are listed in Travelfish under the specific destinations -- that's a good starting point.
#4 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,770
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AVOID or just dont look at those suggestions- I often sit in 1 in/near KSR and BKK and a constant stream of people enter and have to be told its full. The main thing is; get that idiot mindset off that you need to reserve- in any of the tipical tourist/bekpek areas the majority of palces do not do that, would not know how to handle it. Just step over that fear- and get that old style guidebook that will show areas etc clearly- bisnisThai know where they have to open a new guesthse besdie the one that is always full.
#5 captainbkk has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 472