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Below are a few tips I always use when booking hotels in Thailand:
Before coming to Thailand, I’ve never heard of this website for booking hotels. However, 9 times out of 10 you will find the best prices for hotels in Asia from this website: hotelscombined.com
Note: When I went to Brazil and Argentina early this year, this website was not the best. But for some reason, they offer the best prices in Asia. On my recent trips to Singapore, Malaysia, and Bali, I always booked with this site
A 4 star hotel in Thailand is more like a 3 star hotel in western countries. I NEVER stay at hotels under 4 stars in Thailand unless I’m “slumming” it or I’m doing the backpacker thing on Koh Phi Phi islands.
I always stay at hotels with star ratings of 4 or 4.5
Note: I try to avoid 5 star hotels in Thailand. Although they are incredibly nice, they also tend to have ridiculously overpriced room service and mini bars. And on those hangover days, room service is your friend. If you’re just visiting for a few days, this probably won’t bother you. But once you have lived in Thailand, paying 15usd for a Pad Thai is annoying.
Some hotels charge you a fee if you want to bring a girl back to your room. Stupid, I know. But this is one annoying thing about Thailand. (The fee is usually about 10usd per girl.)
You’ll usually find this around the high tourist areas in Bangkok, Pattaya, and Phuket. But rarely in other locations. If you plan on bringing a bunch of girls back on your place, it never hurts to contact the hotel first to ask about their policy on “guests”.
I have never had a girl rob me in Thailand, but it has happened once to a friend of mine. He passed out drunk and woke up with his wallet, watch, and cologne missing.
Almost all the rooms in Thailand will come with a lock-box safe to keep your valuables in. Use it!