Here's an answer straight from the fish's mouth:
Fan good air-con bad
You're in the tropics so you know it is going to be hot, but the evenings are often surprisingly cool. If you're on the beach, look for rooms with good window space to let in that fine sea breeze. In cities you want a room on a higher floor and preferably with a window. Oddly, often rooms on the upper floors are cheaper.
I typically go for the fan-cooled room over the air-con simply because it is cheaper and in most cases more charming. I do get air-con rooms when I'm in Bangkok however, since that city doesn't cool off much at night. The white noise of the air-con unit also covers other sounds and helps me sleep. The other time I'll splurge for air-con is when it is just too hot to sleep otherwise. But as you'll be down south during the relatively cool time of the year, fan-cooled should do the trick.
What do you say Bruce?
I'm with Exacto on this one too.
I also find that where I opt for aircon, I'm not a happy camper the next day. It's not about sleep, rather that I'm 'conditioned' not to acclimatise to the natural environment. So, the more I use aircon, the less I adapt to a hot day.
The other aspect not covered is that there aren't that many properly operating aircon units around. Yes, they take the air temp down, but often too far, aren't able to be apprpriately adjusted, etc., etc.. Then there are the rooms where the aircon is so clogged up, the temp reduction is almost useless.
So, for all the above, try and go for fan where ever possible.
The time of year you're traveling here it gets downright cold where I live (Mukdahan). Last year nighttime temps routinely went below 10 degrees celsius. One evening was six degrees. Days warm up to something OK - but too cold to swim.
But Bangkok is much hotter and where you're going I would imagine it's warm enough to swim. But nights fan should be fine.
#5 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
hey, in this time is not the hottest time, its about 30 degree in this travel time. in night time it can be 20-25 degrees. i prefere a fan in thailand, and actually you come here because it's more hot than at home or? have nice holidays!!
As stated above, you will acclimatise much more quickly if you have a fan-room where possible. You will possibly find out that you are also generally healthier!
I stayed in quite a few air con rooms on my trip last year, and whilst the individual air con units were OK, I ended up loathing the centralised air con systems used in some hotels. The air was stale, the rooms were more likely to feel 'damp and musty'. I also got two colds over a 6 week period - both times after staying a few days in hotels with the centralised systems. I would now avoid them -I just don't think you are breathing 'healthy' air.
A few advantages of having a room with air are that with all of the windows shut the room is quieter. With fan only rooms you always have the windows open, some screens are not much good and mosquitoes can sneak in. Also, if your room is on the first floor or has a window that people can walk by - a thief can also climb in your window because a screen is not much security!
Just another opinion.
#9 sirhalberd has been a member since 30/12/2007. Posts: 295
"A few advantages of having a room with air are that with all of the windows shut the room is quieter. With fan only rooms you always have the windows open, some screens are not much good and mosquitoes can sneak in. Also, if your room is on the first floor or has a window that people can walk by - a thief can also climb in your window because a screen is not much security!"
And a valid one it is... In my wife's village, it's so noisy from seven AM until 11 PM you can forget about sleeping - and we can't close out the sound with that house.
In the hot months AC is nice for sleeping - although as Bruce points out it isn't helping you adjust to the climate. But in the cold months I prefer a simple fan on low.
#10 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
If you can afford it, it is nice to cool off if you want. You don't have to set it to cold. You could just drop from 100 to 80F or 38 to 27C.
I like to turn it off to sleep.
#11 KevinCorr has been a member since 15/6/2004. Posts: 54
"I like to turn it off to sleep"
I set mine on 25 degrees and use the energy saver function for sleeping. I find that about right in the hot months. From November to March, though, we bundle up at night - it's cold.
#12 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
Personally when in Bangkok I needed the aircon. With all the concrete and stuff it was too hot sometimes. But in Laos and the islands the fan was perfect and although some of the rooms we stayed had aircondition we didn't use it over 1 hour per day.
The only thing to take into consideration are the mosquito nets as mosquitos tend to be an annoying problem if they decide to fly next to your ear all night long...
#13 xontros has been a member since 3/5/2009. Posts: 19