Best Websites to Reserve Hotels in Thailand
Reserving a hotel in Thailand or anywhere else these days is easy. Especially if you have an Internet connection. Travel agencies are great. I know because I use to work for one before I started my consulting business for the travel industry. You can pay a visit to your local travel agency if you want. But you're definitely not going to find the best hotel rates in Thailand there.
Having the power to book your own hotel rooms offers you flexibility as well as the time to do your own research and not feel pressured by a travel agency's sales tactic. Online hotel agencies offer you the flexiblity for finding budget or luxury hotels in Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai or anywhere else you'd like to explore in Thailand, right in the comforts of your own home in your pajamas and slippers.
And in most cases you can do a much better job on finding better hotel rates on the Internet. I will help you by pointing out to a few hotel reservation companies that specialize in hotel accommodations in Thailand.
But before that I'm sure you have a few question. After all, to most first time visitors, Thailand is a strange unknown foreign country. And most want to know where to find the best budget hotels in Bangkok. Or which hotel is within walking distance to major shopping centers and train stations. I'll try my best as a mind reader to list as much questions as you possibly might have. Then I will answer them as best as I can.
Questions and Answers
Should I book my room directly with the hotel I'm interested in staying at?
Aside from checking hotel rates in Thailand first with your local friendly travel agency, I always suggest consumers to visit the hotel's company website as well. Most locally and internationally run hotels in Thailand have websites where you can make direct reservations.
But as I found from experience (as you will too), 9 out of 10 times the room rates are higher on the hotel's company website compared to booking through a dedicated hotel reservation agency on the Internet. You'll be charged at least 20% - 40% more, which is a considerable difference. It's not a waste of time and a good way to find the baseline room rate from the hotel.
Why the huge price difference? In the hotel industry there are a group of people working inside tiny cramped office spaces called accountants. Accountants love to make and count money for their place of employment. The more they make for the hotel the better they look. Okay, that was a cheap shot. I like accountants. An accountants job is not to promote or help sell their own hotel rooms. It's easier for a hotel to partner up and make special arraignments with hotel reservation agencies, who do specialize in getting you to book a room through their services, by offering you better discounted rates. And since hotel reservation agencies are adept at marketing it's easier for them to find you than an accountant.
Where do I find the best website(s), with the best room rates to reserve a room in Thailand?
Let me begin by asking you a few questions. Where do you find the best fish and chips? I'm thinking England. Where would you find the best authentic sushi restaurant? In Japan. Where would you buy the best German automobile you can find, with money not an issue? Germany of course.
Well the same logic applies with reserving hotels in Thailand. Obviously since you live halfway across the globe you can't visit a local Thai travel agency. However, there are plenty of reliable Internet hotel reservation agencies in Thailand.
How about Priceline.com, Orbitz.com and Travelocity.com, etc.?
Those are fine outstanding Internet travel agencies. And I like to refer to them as the big 3. But the only problem is and this is in most cases, they don't offer the best room rates. The reason why is they don't specialize in any distinct geographical region, maybe with the exception of the United States since they are headquartered there. They work with other local offices and act as a middleman.
To find the best hotel deals and room rates you should find a licensed company with offices in Thailand. This way you'll be dealing directly with the hotel's source with no middle man making a profit off of you. But if you ever find a particular hotel you're interested in staying in Thailand then it never hurts to check with the big 3 for prices.
3 Recommended Websites for Booking Hotels in Thailand
I've used all of these companies personally and have been recommending them to friends, family and people like you. The Internet travel agencies below work out special deals directly with locally and internationally run hotels in Thailand, where they promote and market their properties. Because hotel accountants are bad at promoting and marketing. Okay, enough with insulting accountants. They are a fine lot.
As a result the companies I recommend basically struck a deal with Thai hotels and receive bulk discounted rates, in which they pass on to you the customer. A true win win situation.
But there are 3 main reasons why I recommend the companies below:
- They have local offices in Thailand primarily in Bangkok, so they will receive up to date discount room rates and promotions.
- You can contact these companies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Why is that so important? Because you can be confident that if you ever check into a hotel at 1am at night and there's a problem with check in, the hotel can always contact the hotel reservation agency you booked with.
- Instant room availability check and instant reservation confirmation. This service is great especially for people who've just arrived from the airport.
My 3 recommended Internet travel agencies for booking hotels in Thailand:
There are many more Thailand based companies on the Internet offering the same hotel reservation services. And chances are you've probably visited those websites before while doing research on where you should stay. But here's the real kicker. All of the Internet hotel reservation companies more or less charge you the same room rates.
Though after using all three companies I found that Agoda.com has a good search engine with many accommodation options and choices more than their competitors. And quite often I find special deals, promotions and discounts that I won't find anywhere else.
Now your final question might be "Which company I recommend the most?".
I would have to say Agoda.com, mainly because they are the only company that offers their customers a rewards point program. I've been using them for more than a few years now and I've earned enough points for discounts and free nights. And since I travel quite often it's really easy to earn points.
Agoda will even reward you 500 points just for writing a 50 word review about a hotel you've stayed. All of the reviews are written by genuine customers who receive emails directly from Agoda. So not just anyone can leave comments.
I made a video review of Agoda.com just to show you how helpful their website is for helping you plan and do research on which hotels to choose in Thailand.
And even though they specialize in hotels throughout Asia they are able to get you better rates in Thailand due to the fact that they have an office in Bangkok, which enables Agoda to easily receive updated promotions from the hotels they partner with.
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