Tips When in Traveling to Thailand

If you are planning a trip to Thailand you have quite a few options when it comes to booking a hotel. Along with hotels, you can also stay at guesthouses or hostels. Prices can be drastic though and it really is not necessary to spend a lot of money on a hotel unless you are looking for a 5 star resort.

Hotel prices are generally cheaper in Thailand than compared to the west. You can however spend a lot of money on a 5 hotel if that is what you wish. Generally though, prices are around 40% less on average and in some places out of major cities, you can expect to pay 60-70% less than in the west.

High and Low Season

In the touristy areas though, like in Bangkok, Pattaya or Phuket, prices will be generally higher and often will vary depending on high or low season. High season is usually from October to January in Thailand and the weather is usually the best around that time.

Before you leave for Thailand, the best thing you can do is only book a hotel for 2-3 nights. Don’t book your whole trip. The reason for this is that things can change when you are there. For example you might want to stay another night in Bangkok, and if you have a hotel booked for Pattaya the next day, you won’t be able to cancel.


Hotel Policies to Consider Regarding Guests

One other thing to consider is the type of hotel you book too. If you are traveling with a partner, there is no problem, just be sure to include “2 persons” in the booking. If you are a solo traveler and think you might want to bring someone to your room that you meet, you need to be aware of additional charges, typically called joiner fees. In this case you’ll want to look at the best Thailand guest friendly hotels to choose from, where they will allow you to have an unregistered guest without additional charge.

When booking your hotel, make sure you look at the different rooms that are available in the hotel. Read the description carefully because some may only be a fan room indicating there is no air conditioning. In Thailand, you want AC. A fan room will just not cut it unless you are lucky to have cooler temps which is an anomaly in Thailand.

Check in Times

Similar to other hotels around the world, Thailand hotel check in times are pretty strict. In some cases you might be able to check in early, but they might charge you an additional fee, usually around 500 baht.  In many cases that’s about half the cost of your room, so highly not worth it. The good thing is is that most hotels will gladly hold your bags for you until check in, so you can take in the sights while waiting for your room to be ready.

Compare Prices and Read Reviews

When you are ready to book, make sure you compare prices of the same hotel among other hotel sites and even at the hotel’s booking site. It seems most hotels that are not large hotel chains simply rely on hotel sites to manage the booking for them and if they have their own site the prices might be higher. Always check just to be sure.

Reviews are very important but don’t be put off by a bad review or two. These days people are just too sensitive and need to protest. However, if you see the same complaints over and over from different people, then there could be some truth to that. Check the dates though, as it could be an old problem and may be addressed with the hotel.

Following these simple guidelines can make your stay an enjoyable one. Just be smart about it and be prepared.


Top Travel Tips from The Online Luggage Shop

Traveling is one of the great experiences and joys of life. To leave behind your everyday existence, the daily routine that you have become so accustomed to for who knows how many years, is one of the most liberating things you can do.

Here are tips from the Online Luggage Shop to help you get the most out of your experience –


Traveling is an opportunity to relax, to set aside a strict diet or exercise regime in place of sampling the local cuisine, and enjoying long walks of the various tourist sites and attractions,


As you are usually more active when you’re traveling, be sure to drink plenty of water, just make sure it is of the bottled variety, if you are outside the United States,




Before you know it your trip will be over and you will get on your way back to work, so relax and enjoy every little bit of it.



Tips On Choosing A Good Hotel For Your Trip

Are you going on a vacation in a few months? Then, you shouldn’t forget to book your hotel room ahead of time so that you won’t have to worry about it once you get to your destination. You want to make the most out of your trip instead of wasting time shopping for hotels once you get there. Plus, not making your booking ahead of time might cost you more money because a lot of hotels nowadays give discounts to people who book their rooms ahead of time. This is particularly true to hotels that allow bookings online.

The first tip that you need to keep in mind when choosing a hotel would be to check whether they allow for advanced bookings. Hotels that allow you to book a room online will more often than not offer discounts. Those are the types of hotels that you need to look for. Next, make sure that the hotel that you’re going to stay in is situated near the places where you want to go to so that you won’t have to spend a lot of time of time and money on commuting. This will help you to make the most out of your trip.

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Vacation rentals Malta – making an online booking

If you are a Game of Thrones fan and you want to go to King’s Landing, you have to head to the island of Malta’s city of Mdina. In fact, the hit series used many places around Malta as locations for numerous iconic scenes because of its architectural heritage and diverse landscapes. But it is not just prehistoric temples and towers which have survived millennia that make Malta a special place. There’s the clearest and cleanest water in the Mediterranean that is idyllic for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Its churches and museums boast of incredibly ornate décor with gold on top of gold, and works of master Italian painter Caravaggio who created the Baroque syle. There are fossil-studded cliffs and hidden coves that you can go to in the space of a few hours. Combine them with friendly people and rustic, flavorful Mediterranean cuisine and you will feel it casting a spell on you.

But because Malta has not made a lot of effort towards tourism infrastructure and commercialization, there aren’t many quality hotels in the country especially outside the central locations. Finding a good hotel can be quite a challenge with your choices limited to boutique hotels with dubious claims or giant chain hotels that cost too much. A good middle ground would be vacation rentals that are much cheaper than hotels but have all the amenities of a private residence. Instead of eating out three times a day, you can save a bundle using your vacation home’s fully-equipped kitchen. You will have all the comforts of home because that is exactly where you are staying: a home. At your disposal are full-sized appliances, plenty of beds, big screen televisions with hundreds of channels, the latest game consoles, and other luxuries you won’t find in hotels. Then there is all that space to stretch out, unwind, and enjoy unlike hotel rooms that are virtual shoeboxes.

But more than just a vacation getaway, rentals can give you access to one-of-a-kind experiences. In Malta, you can choose a traditional house built around 1500 but with air conditioning, flat screen TV, WiFi, private bathrooms and a whirlpool on the terrace. Maybe you would rather have a modern seafront apartment at the yacht marina with spectacular views of Malta Grand Harbor? How about a converted 150-year-old farmhouse that preserves its bucolic style amidst a swimming pool and pastoral gardens? A chateau with a lake style pool and a spa courtesy of Holiday Villas Malta maybe? Or have you dreamed of staying in a houseboat with modern conveniences where you can fish for your dinner? All of these are possible with “home-away-from-home” vacation rentals. If your house is not the architectural masterpiece you want it to be, you can rent a vacation property that excites your aesthetic senses and bring home some design inspiration with you.

All of these dream hideaways, and many, many more in Malta are just a few clicks away. The Internet has made finding a rentable relaxing seaside villa or a luxury open-plan condominium faster, easier and cheaper. Gone are the days when searching for a private vacation rental entail a lot of phone calls, a sheaf of mailed brochures, and all kinds of coordination. The World Wide Web connects homeowners and travelers usually through a vacation rental listing website. It provides potential guests with pertinent information like an interest-generating headline, a thumbnail photo, a full description, a list of rental rates and amenities, more property pictures, an availability calendar, and guest reviews. There are even specialty websites that target a specific pastime like golf or scuba diving, or a particular demographic like honeymooners or pet owners. It’s easier more than ever to comparison shop when you are looking for a vacation home rental in Malta.

But like anything else online, there is a “buyer beware” element to booking vacation rental properties. Vacation rental scams come in all shapes and sizes starting with copying and pasting glossy photos, enticing blurbs, and positive customer reviews of fictitious properties. Once the security deposit is sent, the scammers take the money and run. Digital tricksters with no real estate can run Web portals that attract users through search engine optimization, and sell them as leads to real agents who will up the rent to offset costs. Other variations include showing fabulous pictures of unavailable properties, and steering the renter to a less desirable spot the moment he shows up with his luggage. Then there is the practice of overbooking a property and whoever arrives last is diverted to a second-rate back-up along with sincere apologies. So how can you safely make an online booking of a vacation home with 99.9 percent confidence you are not getting scammed?

Do not fall for phenomenal photos.

The nicest-looking home may be the most photoshopped property. Some scammers steal photos from pricier properties in rental ads and pass them off as their own. One way to check it is to right-click on the image, copy the URL, and paste it in the box at It will tell you if the picture was lifted off from another property listing. You may also request from the owner additional pictures or ask him or her to show you the property live through Skype or FaceTime. You can use Google’s Street View to get a real look of the property’s exterior, and confirm if it truly exists at the listed address. Examine closely the gallery. If you see snow-capped mountains in the background, chances are you are not booking a home in Malta.

Cheaper is not necessarily better.      

While affordability is one of the advantages of vacation rentals compared to hotels, those that come very, very cheap may be fraudulent. The saying “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is” applies here.  Scammers are wont to post attractive vacation hideaways at low, low prices to entice tourists hunting for a bargain.  It’s a good idea to go with reputable companies like – villas.  So how will you know if the beach retreat with an ocean view or the villa on top of the hill has fair pricing? Look for other listings in your preferred area to get a feel of the going rates. If the price is unbelievably discounted compared to similar properties in the vicinity, ask the owner why that is the case. If you receive indirect answers, canned responses, bad grammar and other odd reactions, move on to your next choice.

Be wary of unusual payment methods.

Apply some skepticism if the purported owner insists that you pay by means of wire transfer or money order. Those are the preferred methods of payment of scammers, and you will never hear again from the “owner.” A safer choice is to pay by credit card as these financial services allow you to recover your money in case it is lost to fraud. Read the payment terms in the emails very carefully but never give out your credit card information online. Do not provide also your Social Security, passport or driver’s license number. Make sure you are transacting business on a legitimate vacation rental website which can hold your security funds in escrow before you get the keys. There are sites that offer insurance against scam but that’s an added cost that may not cover much. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Contact the owner.

Confirm the identity of the owner by cross-referencing him or her across social media sites and other websites. If the owner indicated his or her place of residence, make sure it is the same as the one you got from him or her. You may want to use a search engine to check the phone number listed on the ad to know if it is legit. Better yet, call the phone number provided and run away if it is disconnected or goes unanswered. If someone answers the call, ask pointed questions and listen thoroughly to the answers. Maltese and English are the two official languages of Malta so be leery if the use of the English language of the speaker is atrocious. It is more difficult to scam someone on the phone compared to communicating online.

Do not rush to a decision.

Take your time in going over the lease contract and appraising the documents of ownership. Read the reviews of previous customers and query them about their experiences. When a previous renter posts “Thanks, Leonard and Jacqueline, for letting us use your home…,” check if the names correspond to the name of the person renting the property to you. If the names do not match, it is a sign that there might be something wrong. You can ask a local agent to check out the property on your behalf. If there is something that does not feel right and you cannot put your finger on it, trust your gut instinct and look for something better. Use common sense especially if you notice red flags throughout the whole process. It is your vacation and you should feel at ease before, during, and after.



All inclusinve hotels – What to avoid

It’s been a long time coming, a trend on the rise.  The All Inclusive Packages

They can be a rip-off or they can be a blessing, money and time saver. So what’s all the hype behind all inclusive resorts and hotels?

All inclusive means All inclusive. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This concept has been here for ages, operated by cruise liners all around the world. But only recently ( the past 10 years ) have hotels taken this idea and made it their own.

Customers and travelers like the idea, because they can set a budget and know that they don’t need to spend another dime. On the other side, restaurants in the area don’t like the idea because it is taking away so much business. I was recently talking to a restaurant operator and he told me that tourists only go to his pub for 1 or 2 beers because they can have all the food and drinks they want, even alcoholic drinks and champagne.