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Accommodation availability Christmas/New Year - Thailand

Posted by foxiebex on 11/7/2013 at 06:29


I was wondering what the accommodation availability is like over Christmas and New Year.
We will be spending almost month from 12th December until 7th January. We are flying in and out of Bangkok where we will book something in advance. Other than that we were intending to be spontaneous. Our only major plan at the moment is to end up at Koh Lanta at some point.

It is my first time in Thailand but my bf spent a month there ten years ago, he thinks we will be fine but I'm a little concerned!
We are on a fairly tight (but not too cheapo) budget, not too concerned about how basic the accommodation is but I don't want to end up sleeping on the beach!

Any advice would be most welcome :)

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Posted by jackblyths24 on 9/8/2013 at 09:38


I am heading the Thailand for xmas and Near years too, I have just booked up my Bangkok accomodation over xmas as this is filling up pretty fast. I was going to leave it longer but then I just started to browse for places and noticed room sfilling up already so I booked.

My advice is start getting an idea of where you want to stay and book as soon as you can, better to turn up with a bed to sleep in over xmas than spend it worrying about it!

Have a good one

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 9/8/2013 at 12:58

Xmas day and NYE definately book ahead. Not much below 1000 baht on the islands that time of year though. Not sure what fairly tight means.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 9/8/2013 at 23:36

Ko Lanta is a good bet for Xmas/NYE as there will likely be somewhere to stay near a beach without pre-booking. You'll likely encounter touts on the ferry heading over there and it can be worth the free ride to check out any vacancies. By all means pre-book a place if you want to be certain, but keep in mind many cheapo bungalows don't advertise on the www or accept pre-bookings even during peak season, so there's always some walk-in availability on big semi-popular islands like Lanta. If you're heading to the top spots like Phi Phi, Railay, Ao Nang, etc. definitely book ahead for this period. And beware the "compulsory gala dinner" that some resorts charge big bucks for on the two big nights.

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Posted by foxiebex on 12/8/2013 at 09:14

Thanks for all of your replies.
We have booked 3 nights in Bangkok now at Rambuttri Village. We may book something else for New Year but as Captain Bob says I'm aware that there is a lot of accommodation that isn't bookable in advance so I'm still unsure as to what's for the best. We really don't want to be tied down to being in a certain place on a set date!

We were thinking of Lanta for Christmas anyway. Has anybody got any suggestions for the best area to stay in?

Thanks :)

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Posted by appsapples on 14/4/2015 at 05:17


How did you get on with not prebooking accomodation foxiebex? Me and my bf are doing a similar thing to you this coming Christmas with similar dates and we can't decide whether we're best to prebook or not...


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Posted by Gogomobile on 14/4/2015 at 05:29

Post was in 2013^^^

Xmas is very expensive at the beaches.

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