I've got so many questions I keep forgetting to ask all at once!
I was wondering in mid-late January, if it is possible to get accommodation without booking in Bangkok/KL/Melake etc?
I'm more than happy to do hostels, but my partner will go crazy if a place is horrendously dirty, so I am a bit skeptical about booking online (esp when there are pretty pictures but a very low price!)
In particular for Bangkok, the Sawasdee Smile Inn looks good, but I have read mixed reviews. Anyone got any comments?
For KL, you can safely book these hostels:
Green Hut Lodge
I've been to the first two to meet some TP members staying there, and only good comments so far. All of them are on the same road (less than 200m apart).
There are about 5 Sawasdee Inns in that area. Sawasdee Smile Inn, Sawasdee Banglamphu Inn, Sawasdee Bkk Inn etc. They are all good hotels. Maybe you can try on Green House and Buddy Lodge as well.
Thanks for that Hien! I think I really like the Red Palm!
Originally, I was going to stick with the Sawasdee group, but I read very very bad reviews!