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I've noticed that Agoda has now added the 'pay at the hotel' option on most of their properties. Still, certain fares are non refundable and if you don't show up one or more nights are charged to your CC.
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Out of curiosity I went to the International Travel Fair at the Queen Sirikit Convention Centre this afternoon. Almost everything is only in Thai although some of the travel staff speak some English. It's obvious the main destinations for Thais are Japan, South Korea and Taiwan in that order, judging from the number of booths for each. Many of the trips are obviously package tours and so I could see little in the way of individual hotel discount offers. I did notice some good regional airfares on Malaysian and China Airlines, as well as upgrades to first class if purchasing Eurail passes. But it was not really worth the trip.
One option no-one has discussed is not booking. If you are travelling around the Isaan or the North, especially if you have your own transport it's the best way, in my opinion. You can get places very cheap if you walk in, and can inspect them before you book in. It also does not tie you to an itinerary.
ceejay wrote:One option no-one has discussed is not booking. If you are travelling around the Isaan or the North, especially if you have your own transport it's the best way, in my opinion. You can get places very cheap if you walk in, and can inspect them before you book in. It also does not tie you to an itinerary.
How do your walk in prices compare with the booking sites ?
I had one hotel in Vientiane where I wanted to extend and reception told me to use booking.com as they were only allowed to charge the walk in rate over the counter. So Booking.com got their 15%. Crazy.
I think the walk in rate was lower at one other Laos hotel.
I have done no booking travel before & the flexibility is good. However, without my own transport, I don't want to spend too much time walking around with luggage. So booking a day or 2 in advance avoids that.
I have just stayed in 6 different hotels in Issan and all of them were good to excellent. The most recent cost 499 baht per night. Looked like it had a recent refit and was modern, clean, quiet & comfortable. That would be well over 1000 in Pattaya.
Jun wrote:How do your walk in prices compare with the booking sites ?
Short answer - I don't know. I've done it to free myself from too prescriptive an itinerary. But, I have usually got 300-500 in the Isaan, maybe a little more in the North.
It actually never occurred to me to stand outside a place and try the booking sites, not least because I am a Luddite and only started using a smart phone a few years ago.
And yes, you are right about having your own transport. Without that, I do not recommend doing it this way.