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Thailand this christmas - help please!

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1. Posted by bpascoe (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hi,

my boyfriend and i are planning a trip to vietnam / Thailand over christmas and new year but i am worried about accomodation being booked up before we get there.

We have never been travelling before and everyone is telling us how cheap the accomodation normally is, obviously im expecting the prices to be a bit more over christmas etc . . but when i have looked on the internet its really expensive. Does anyone have any advice, has anyone been there about this time of year??

I would appreciate anyone's help on this as im getting a bit worried, thank you.

Beth

2. Posted by hanhans (Budding Member 37 posts) 7y

Hi!
Was in Thailand during the "high season" last year. I and my mate just booked bungalows for the first four nights (in Patong) , and afterwards found a cheaper place. Payed around 2000 baht for the bungalows pr night, and found a god small hotel that charcged half the price. So if I were u, i would just book room the the first few nights, and then just ask around and find a cheaper place;)

But be aware that price varies hugly depending on your destination. For instance, kata and karon beach in Phuket is very expensice places (and also boring...mostly scandinavian family toursts there), patong on the other hand is much more afordable (and fun...hehe), but still expensive compared to other places. Pattaya on the other hand is very cheap (to be a tourist place), I and my mate payed 600 baht eatch for single room. U can probably get a double room for like 800 there. But stay away from there huge "fancy" hotels, they usually have a fancy reseption, employees who bothers u to get tip and mediocre rooms.

But where in Thailand are u going? Can’t help u with vietnam, never been there, but from what I’m told it is much cheaper than Thailand....(not that Thailand is expensice...hehe)

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Feb-2009, at 04:04 by hanhans ]

3. Posted by Curt1591 (Respected Member 230 posts) 7y

Most of the international chains are quite expensive. Independents are the way to go.

"Quite expensive" is a relative term. Maybe you should say what range you are seeking.

With the downturn in the world economy, I would not be surprised if more and more deals started showing, such as the Accor Asia Pacific Supersale:

http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/promotion/specials/supersale.shtml

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5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1596 posts) 7y

Quoting bpascoe

Hi,

my boyfriend and i are planning a trip to vietnam / Thailand over christmas and new year but i am worried about accomodation being booked up before we get there.

We have never been travelling before and everyone is telling us how cheap the accomodation normally is, obviously im expecting the prices to be a bit more over christmas etc . . but when i have looked on the internet its really expensive. Does anyone have any advice, has anyone been there about this time of year??

I would appreciate anyone's help on this as im getting a bit worried, thank you.

Beth

Always mention how much you want to pay per night. Don't say cheap, middle priced, economy, etc. Use a baht figure or US dollar figure. That way you will get some hotel recommendations that fit your budget.

Keep in mind that some of the hotels in the 600 baht - 1200 baht range do not have websites. Yes, hotel prices will be higher during the Christmas time periods, plus if you are in a hotel during Christmas day/night you may be assessed a "party" fee too! But the increases are not that high for the lower end hotels, some of the more luxury type, expensive hotels may have some substantial price increases (normally.) Depending on the economy next December there may be more price breaks to get some capital flowing.

If you are young perhaps you could go to the Khao San Road area for your hotels. Slightly older, perhaps a hotel near in the Sukhumvit area, near the Skytrain route would be better. No Skytrain in the KSR area.

You can get hotel bookings direct from hotels and some cheaper hotels you may be able to book with an email request only. Sample hotels below:

http://www.khaosanroad.com/

http://www.suk11.com/

http://www.thaiwebsites.com/hotels-sukhumvit-bangkok.asp

http://www.maximinn.com/

http://www.sawasdee-hotels.com/index.html

Good luck.

6. Posted by bpascoe (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hi everyone,

Thank you! just wondering if its worth pre-booking for christmas nights / new years eve just to make sure we have accomodation or just wait until we get there! i have no idea whats best to do?!

We are planning on being in Halong bay for about 5-7 days over christmas, then a bit of travelling around and to be on one of the islands in thailand at new years for a few nights ( i was thinking ko Tao as then we can do some diving?!)

Has anyone been over there around new year etc?? we are both 25 so wouldn't be looking for somewhere overly quiet! Thank you for all your comments so far.

Beth :)

7. Posted by KevinRB (Inactive 76 posts) 7y

Hi Beth

I have spent Xmas / New Year at both Koh Samui & Phuket, and they are both really good tourist destinations, but expect to pay quite high prices for EVERYTHING as they are completely reliant on tourism.

Koh Tao is really good for diving, but not so much else to do, but you could always take in all 3 places, as there is not a lot of distance between any of them.

In terms of booking accommodation, I would suggest you don't book anything until June/July to see what happens with both the global recession & the Thai Baht which is currently +20% higher across major currencies (£ / US$) than just a year ago. If the world economies have not picked up by then, then there could be some really good deals to be had, as there are now large areas of Thailand that is completely reliant on the visiting tourists !!.

If you want a much quieter, more sedate visit try Chiang Mai. its very laid back, friendly & considerably cheaper than the south of Thailand.

For information about the area please visit my website: [snip] or my blog [snip] both are crammed full of information to help with any visit to the area.

Good Luck

Kevin:)

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[ Edit: Edited on 09-Mar-2009, at 01:48 by KevinRB ]

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