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.