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Online Guesthouse booking for Thailand, Cambodia, laos etc

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1. Posted by chestwig (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Hi all,

Flew to Asia for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Been spending time around Singapore, KL and Borneo. So far I have been managing to book online accomodation through www.hostels.com.

I plan on travelling north up through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vientnam over the next few months. I've read that there is not really a hostel scene in these place and people tend to stay in guesthouses.

Does anyone have any suggestions on websites where I can view various guesthouses and reserve a room online with no booking fees?

Keep the cosmic tigger happy peoples!

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 7y

Quoting chestwig

Hi all,

Flew to Asia for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Been spending time around Singapore, KL and Borneo. So far I have been managing to book online accomodation through www.hostels.com.

I plan on travelling north up through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vientnam over the next few months. I've read that there is not really a hostel scene in these place and people tend to stay in guesthouses.

Does anyone have any suggestions on websites where I can view various guesthouses and reserve a room online with no booking fees?

Keep the cosmic tigger happy peoples!

You can get hotels and guest houses in the 400 baht to 900 baht in many places in Thailand. It depends on what your budget is and what you want. If you have been in Singapore and KL you will find Thailand is much cheaper and you get more for your money too.

Here are some links, there may be some hostels or hotels that might allow you to reserve a room with an email or phone call.

http://www.thaiwebsites.com/hotels-sukhumvit-bangkok.asp
http://www.sawasdee-hotels.com/
http://www.khaosanroad.com/
http://www.khaosanroad.com/directory/listing_list.php?cat_id=17&city_id=all&country_id=1
http://www.suk11.com/

For Bangkok you can pretty often get a place on a walk in if it is not high season. Some places, like in the Sukhumvit area are not too far apart. Sometimes you can call from the airport and ask them to hold a room for you until you get there.

Good luck.

3. Posted by chestwig (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Thanks for the website links and the advise... Looks like there is not really a general site where you can book cheap guesthouses though- If Im cathching your drift right?

Although I may stay in the odd hotel for a bit of a treat, I'm likely to be 'slumming it' in lower budget guesthouses... I like to book ahead as I don't like having to lug my darn rucksack round in the heat looking for places. Do most places accept email booking and telephone booking? Or do you often find that you turn up after telephoning and emailing and they have sold your room?

4. Posted by Daglz (Budding Member 32 posts) 7y

I spent 3 and a half months travelling through Thailand, Lao and Cambodia with two of my mates, we booked accomdation only once for the whole time before we realised that it was cheaper to just find accomdation as you as you got to a place we never had any trouble even when we arrived at 2-3am they would try and take us to a places where they knew they would get commision but some of these turned out better and cheaper than other, if we didnt like the look if it we just said no and walked away most towns arent that big so guesthouses are pretty much lined up next to each other so its no big hassle. If you have any other questions about places just let me know as we worked our way up from the bottom of thailand right to the top and then crossed the borders into Lao and Cambodia.

Cheers

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 7y

Quoting chestwig

Thanks for the website links and the advise... Looks like there is not really a general site where you can book cheap guesthouses though- If Im cathching your drift right?

Although I may stay in the odd hotel for a bit of a treat, I'm likely to be 'slumming it' in lower budget guesthouses... I like to book ahead as I don't like having to lug my darn rucksack round in the heat looking for places. Do most places accept email booking and telephone booking? Or do you often find that you turn up after telephoning and emailing and they have sold your room?

I would try to plan your arrival in a new area to be closer to the morning to noon hours so you can take advantage of other tourists checking out of hotels or hostels.

You beat around the bush on mentioning any particular price range - what price are you looking for in a booking for a room? Many places with the same prices you paid for in KL or Singapore will buy probably buy you a hotel room in Thailand or Laos.

Some hotels will respond with a simple phone call. Some places will take emails for bookings too, but you have to have some idea of what you want to spend per night.

My preference in my old age is to have a simple private room with in room toilet/shower, TV and A/C. I had enough roughing it when I was in the military .

Happy New Year.