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1. Posted by sverapasworld (Budding Member 64 posts) 6y

hello all

I have booked a room on hotelkohphangan.com for October. I am staying about 9 nights everything seems pretty good except one thing. The website wants me to pay for the entire amount of the 9 night stay. I have heard of putting a credit card # down, but not flat out paying the amount due in advance. My question is have any of you used this website, or most likely, any websites like this. I am afraid of getting to the hotel and them not having any clue about me or my booking or most importantly my money. Your help and hints would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Aaron

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 6y

I've had to pay the full amount up front a few times, most recently on a trip to South Africa last month, but usually it's the hotel asking for the money in those cases. Is it the hotel or the website that wants you to pay the whole amount up front? Do other websites have the same hotel listed? Typically hotels will be listed across a number of sites, so if it's the site that wants the money up front, then you might be able to find a site that also has it, but doesn't have that policy :)

3. Posted by Refinity (Budding Member 23 posts) 6y

Aaron
I dont think i ever used this site before... so dont know bout that one.
I would write down the hotel name.. and go check if they have their own website just to compare what they would be charging you.
Some websites ask a deposit (like 10%) and when you get closer to the arrival date, they will send you a reminder to pay the rest in full within a certain timeframe.
Others ask 10% and to pay the rest at arrival.
Very popular places, like Koh Phangan, most of the time ask all the money up front (whether or not in stages going closer to the arrival date).

I personally always used to book through hostelbookers.com.

Enjoy

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 6y

I would find out the payment policy for that hotel's competition. I do know that many properties in SE Asia have real problems with no-shows and they've had to start this type of thing. Ask yourself this ? - what would you do if you discover this hotel is not for you after you arrive?

I too would be very cautious about this reservation. 9 nights is not a short stay!

5. Posted by sverapasworld (Budding Member 64 posts) 6y

I have found the hotel on a different website and that site is only asking for 30%. I did not find a website for the hotel specifically. The hotel is Moon Paradise Bungalows. I guess that is the home of the full moon party.

Sam I Am:

Is it the hotel or the website that wants you to pay the whole amount up front?

No it was the website itself, although it looked like a legit website I am always weary of paying for something that I have not received yet.

thank you everyone for your help and tips...any more would always be appreciated.

aaron-s

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 6y

Quoting aaron-s

I have found the hotel on a different website and that site is only asking for 30%. I did not find a website for the hotel specifically.

I think this is it. Very slow to load, but might be of help!