My son & I will be traveling to BKK and we were going to book accomodation for further SE Asia travels from there. We will arrive in October and be traveling up until Jan/feb 2010. Thailand/Laos/Vientnam/Cambodia banck to BKK. Should we book ahead Accom for Xmas/New Year/School Holiday time? Problem is we dont know exactly what country we will be as we were going to wing-it from BKK. Should I be concerned? My son is 12 years old so I dont want to be stuck with no where to sleep. We are not Bckpacking it but dont want 5 star either. Any thoughts on safety do's & dont's would be greatly appreciated. Im a bit nervous but very excited... should we pack a heap of stuff or just buy what we need over there....so many questions so little time :-)
#1 JacknKel has been a member since 6/8/2009. Posts: 6
oops not Banck to BBK! I meant back to BKK
#2 JacknKel has been a member since 6/8/2009. Posts: 6
Depends on where you will be over that peak season period. Very popular spots "on the trail" like Ko Samet Ko Phi Phi Ko Pha Ngan and Luang Prabang (for example) will be very busy and, especially if you're looking for a family room, you could end up a bit stuck if you don't have a reservation. That said, if you're in a less popular spot at that time, then there is little need (if any) for a reservation. So you'll probably need to do some rough planning so you've an idea where you'll be at that time, and act accordingly.
Hope that helps
#3 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,738
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First, it sounds like you are what is often referred to as flashpacker - you do the backpacker travelling, but you prefer to stay in a flasher (but not too flash) style of accommodation. Many on this site are like that (me included).
As for pre-booking accommodation...
When I come into a city from a long distance, and especially when I arrive after (say) 4pm, I really enjoy not having to worry about booking a room. I usually book one night in advance. That way, I can relax into the city/town.
Somtam is correct about the southern Thailand coastline during peak season. That said, you may merely choose to be there when the crowds are not. And, be in the backblock regions instead.
I don't know whether you've looked at the accommodation section of Travelfish - linked to each highlighted city/town, but the Guest Houses are akin to hotels, but with atmosphere and ambience. Also, you'll generally bump into lots of other travellers - who, if you choose to chin-wag with - will add heaps to your journey & accommodation choices. In some respects, these conversations are essential as you intend to take your time and 'wing it' as to the next destination.
Im a bit nervous but very excited... should we pack a heap of stuff or just buy what we need over there....so many questions so little time :-)
There are some discussions on this here on Travelfish. Go look at:
post 1 to read
post 2 to read
post 3 to read
You'll pick up heaps of ideas/opinions/prejudices/etc. there.