We're first time travelers (2ppl) to Thailand arriving Nov 18th (at 00:05) and departing December 6th. I'm wondering how necessary it is to book domestic flights, train/bus rides and accomodation ahead of time (i.e. book them now before we arrive). We normally like to 'play it by ear' however I've read a lot about it being the high-season and am getting a little nervous. Will we be ok or will be be sleeping on the streets and stuck in one place with no transportation? :)
#1 kman has been a member since 11/11/2007. Posts: 2
You won't be travelling in the heart of the high season, so you should be fine just playing it by ear like you normally do. That is particularly true for things like bus rides and accommodation.
However, depending on how flexible you are on travel days/times, you might look into booking your domestic flights and trains (specifically the overnight trains to chiang mai and destinations in the south) ahead of time, as those can fill up. You'll also typically get a better price on domestic flights with the discount carriers the more in advance you book.
I might also book a room for that first night you are arriving, since it could easily be 0200 or later by the time your flight arrives (if it is on time), you clear immigration and customs, then get to your hotel or guest house.
There is a very well done article in the feature section of the website called "Do I need reservations for my holiday?" Give it a look, as it contains heaps of details to help you with this very question. Regards.