I am off travelling soon for approx. 6 months starting August. I will be going to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Is it best to book accommodation in advance or can you show up at most hostels and they will have rooms available? Thanks
In places like Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia u should not be having a problem at all in August.
In Malaysia and Singapore sometimes the hostels are full, so if u book in advance for these places it would be better
If your not super picking then don't book in advance. Many places in that area of the world don't even accept reservations. IF planning to go to the full moon party in thailand make sure to show up in Ko Pha Ngan a few days early so you can get a place to sleep.
Each city have an area for budget traveler. What you need to do is to get some information like address, telephone. A booking via telephone is acceptable. I recommend you book only book for 1 night first then explore others when you get there. Thats what i do when traveling in Asian
This question is asked so often and it always amazes me. There are 2 answers basically:
1. Book in advance as tourism is now so huge that most places are booked up all the time so be safe and get yourself a bed for the night.
2. Don't book in advance and spend most of your time trekking around with your backpack getting turned away from hostels.
The days of travelling round the world and checking in anywhere at any time are over really. It hasn't been like that since the 70's. It is a bit of a romantic memory for travellers from the 70's and it is a myth that still lives on for some reason. Of course there are exceptions, and i expect many people have been lucky (as I have on a few occasions) and found a hostel last minute, but why take the risk when you can book on the internet and cancel just as easily on the internet (you may lose your deposit but its not much really). With todays communication technology there really is no need to take things by chance anymore. The amount of times I see people turned away from hostels is amazing.