I've been looking at booking hotels online and most only have a form where you can request the nights you require. They then send a follow up email requesting credit card details to confirm the booking.
Its not really safe to email credit card details around, so I was just wondering what other people out there do to confirm hotel bookings?
#1 meisos has been a member since 5/1/2010. Posts: 2
If you're dealing direct with a Vietnamese hotel it isn't unusual for them to request the card details along with a photocopy of both sides of your card.
Another option is to look through the resellers eg www.Agoda.com www.hotels.com www.hostelworld.com www.wotif.com etc
Also, try www.asiarooms.com
If booking reasonably close (eg within 1-3 days) to the time that you plan to show up, I would use stalling tactics (ie to create a delay) by following up with a series of questions about the room, the hotel - or whatever, but still indicating that you are wanting the room.
I guess it's a bit of a risk (will they give the room away?), but possibly less a risk than emailing your credit card details.
Most places that I have contacted directly (mainly in Vietnam and Cambodia) have not even asked for a credit card or deposit.
When going thru a booking agency, I gave my CC number, no problems. Printed out the info to take with me just in case but never needed it. Most other places just take your word - if they don't have a room for you when you get there...don't worry, their brother or sister or uncle will have a guest house just down the street. Just take a look at it first and make them keep looking if you don't like it. We really never had a problem.
#5 grasshopper322 has been a member since 30/9/2009. Posts: 25
Thanks for your replies everyone.
Found the hotel on AsiaRooms.com, so was able to book via them.
#6 meisos has been a member since 5/1/2010. Posts: 2