To point out the right or best
accommodations is way beyond the scope of
this guide as everybody are different;
however, a few recommendations can be given
to point you in the right directions.
Price Range: Accommodations come in all
price ranges in Thailand and your needs and
wallet will be the governing factors. Where
prices are given in this section it is a range low to
high season (and typical at best), keeping
in mind that city and location plays a big
Guest houses: These are usually the least
expensive and offer little more than a bed,
shower, TV, minimal housekeeping and sometimes a small breakfast.
Air conditioner and Wi-Fi may or may not be
included. If all you are looking for is a
place to sleep and have a visitor this may
do. The price can be as little as 400-800
baht per night.
Standard Hotels: This is the most common
choice for tourists and they are generally
in the 3-star category.
Typically these hotels provides all that the
average tourist needs, including daily room
cleaning, small restaurant, in-room safe,
bathroom amenities, sometimes a mini-bar,
A/C and often a pool or pool access. Since
"Standard hotels" covers a wide range so
will the price. At the lower end of the
baht is typical and at the higher end
Upscale/Luxury Hotels: Obviously high end
means higher price. In Thailand it is possible
to get a full 5-star hotel for 3-6,000 baht
per night depending on season and location.
Internet Access: Most hotels offer
free Internet access, but not all. Some offer it
only in the lobby and/or restaurant areas.
If you are bringing your laptop computer you
may want to check with you hotel before
booking. Some hotels offer guests access to
a PC in the lobby. An alternative is
using Internet cafes which are everywhere.
Internet cafes usually charge 1 baht per minute, but can
be as low as half on an hourly basis. Some
bars also offer free Internet access.
Location: For some this is important whether
it being near the Beach, Shopping or a Party
area. If you frequently plan to visit the
beach, party area, etc. during your stay you
may want to pay a few extra baht to be near
that. For example if partying in Patong,
Phuket, is your game it may be advisable to
stay near Bangla Road, even if it costs a
bit more. A ride out and home could each
cost 2-500 baht each way; add that to the price of a
hotel in walking distance and you may find
it a win-win.
Guest Friendly: A Guest Friendly hotel is
one that will allow you to bring back a guest
for the night at no additional charge (no
joiner fee). Some hotels will charge you
anywhere from a few hundred baht to over 1,000 baht to
bring back a guest and then some will not
allow guests at all. If you come to Thailand
to (in whole or in part) play with ladies and
want to take them back to your hotel, the
wrong hotel choice can ruin your holiday, or
at the least cost you a lot of money.
It is advisable to email the hotel prior to
booking and get an answer to whether it is
guest friendly or not. If you get a positive
affirmative answer, print out a copy of that
email and bring it with you …. Just in case.
Most often it is the more upscale hotels
that are not guest friendly.
Package Hotels: Discount or charger
airfares may be sold with a hotel package included
in the price, however, the exact hotel may
not be available at the time of booking and
will be assigned later based on available
inventory. This could cause 2 potential
problems. 1. The location is not desirable
and transportation to beach/venues
bothersome/expensive. 2. The hotel does not
allow guests or charge a dear joiner fee.
For these reasons booking like this should
be done with caution.