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1. Posted by Trace88 (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

Hi All!

I need advise. I am going on a RTW trip, alone and being a first timer don't have a clue on what I am doing about accommodation. I leave in March and have two nights booked in Bangkok when I land but do I need to book other hostels/guest houses/hotels in advance. I'm worried I get out there and there be no rooms!

Any help appreciated.

Thanks!

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

O no, don't worry at all. Don't know what countries you are going to visit, but in Thailand there is so so so much accomodation in all price ranges. Maybe for getting used to the travelling, get a lonely planet guide book for Thailand. LP is recommended regarding accomodation, after a while you get used.
So don't let it spoil the fun before you start travelling please, it's so much fun. Michael

3. Posted by Darren7 (Budding Member 63 posts) 9y

I'm worrying about the same thing, i.e. how easy is it to find the cheap accommodation!? i'm a 1st timer too, and will be heading to Thailand,Vietnam,down to Singapore,Oz,Nz,Fiji,SanFran,NY.

Do you reckon the same rule applies for accommodation, i.e. lonely planet? Might be a bit expensive buying a lonely planet guide for each one!

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Yeah, but just buying it for the first country could be of some help. And during travelling you'll meet people who want to sell their old LP from another country for a couple of dollars. Otherwise, there are second hand shops around.

5. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 9y

Accomodations for those countries are easy. Do your research and if it seems like there is only one or two place that you would stay in, in a given city then I would make a reservation. Check to see if it is a holiday or festival that may make rooms full up quickly. I travled to Bangkok and throughout australia and new zealand with very few reservations. In NZ I would make reservations if you are going to the glaciers, queenstown (there are a lot of places to stay but the good ones fill up fast), also if there are some remote towns in between drives it would be a good idea to make a reseravtion. Lonely planets as said before can be picked up off most travellers leaving the country or in book stores. Have fun and dont worry.

6. Posted by Trace88 (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

Hi All,

Thanks for your advice!

My Journey is Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Canada.

I think I am panicking over nothing! I will purchase a loney planet guide for one country...not sure which one yet! And will plan to do some research on hostels.

Only 37 days till I fly and counting!

Trace

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting Trace88

Hi All,

Thanks for your advice!

My Journey is Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Canada.

I think I am panicking over nothing! I will purchase a loney planet guide for one country...not sure which one yet! And will plan to do some research on hostels.

Only 37 days till I fly and counting!

Trace

Normally I would say to buy a guide book for the country you will arrive, but in addition try to find a good one for China, as it's probably less easy for individual travelers....but still very easy. But it's just a little bit harder to find clean and cheap accomodation.

8. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

I've spent years on the road and have only pre-booked accomidation twice - my first night in Lima when I arrived at 4 am, and my first night in Dehli when I also arrived at 4am. Other than that, I may have gotten a couple hostels in NZ to call ahead to a partner hostel in the next town for me.
In all the Asian countries you list, there is absolutly not need to ever book accomidation. Show up, and find one of the countless places in town. You may not always get the exact place you want, but there will always be something. In Australia, NZ and Canada, it will probably depend on what time of year you are there. If its high tourist season, maybe sort out your hostel a couple days in advance. If you are staying at YHA type hostels, or any that belong to a network of some sort, the folks at reception are usually pretty good for booking the next hostel in the next town for you.
As for guide books, I would say pick one up to Thailand before you go. When you get to Bangkok you will realise that you can get any guide book you want second hand and for a fraction of the price. So you can start trading old ones in and picking up new ones for the next county.

9. Posted by mdancy (Full Member 104 posts) 9y

Hi,
I agree on the guidebooks - you don't need too many as they bog you down. Actually, since you must have access to a computer, most of your research for accommodation can be done online. Just google "hostel" and you'll come up with many organizations where you can book rooms online. Or just print out the locations and bring those with you instead of the guidebooks.

I would suggest if you are investing in one book, buy the LP China guide. Not that I'm in love with LP - it's just that they have some of the things written in Chinese characters and when you get in a bind, you can do the point thing with the words in the guidebook. Since China is so vast - you'll need some kind of overall guide - it's a good read on the long train rides.

As for booking ahead - you won't need to unless it is a major holiday. Just check online for each country and note their dates. China is bad at the Chinese NY and in early May, Thailand is bad in early March (can't remember the holiday) and then again in mid Apr for the water throwing thing. Just do your research ahead and make notes about what area of a city you want to be in - then land there and go from place to place till you find one that is suitable. Best to go to an area with a glut of places so you don't kill yourself doing this. Then again, if you get a good recommendation on the road - call ahead and book it. Nice sometimes not having to trek around with a pack. Don't be afraid to bargain.

Here is a piece of advice for China. Don't stay in their hotels. Most are terrible, and those that are ok, are barely tolerable. Find a hostel - they are usually run by young Eng speaking students who also have traveled.

Don't worry - it will all work out fine

Martha