Booking accomodation in Chiang Mai
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Dec 16, 2012 9:41 AM Last Post By: Markku_Tapio
Dec 13, 2012 9:34 PM
Booking accomodation in Chiang MaiI just got back from C M, and if you want to go there and stay in a cheap place, I strongly suggest that you book in advance. Loads of bagpackers wandering around looking for a place to stay, and it's not even high season yet.
Dec 14, 2012 1:36 AM
1Yep it's quite busy with loads of bodies walking up and down the street every morning/evening in search of cheap rooms. Most cheapies don't accept pre-bookings (mainly because they require cash up front or people call/email saying they'll show up then don't). It's best to arrive about 10am-noon when others are checking out and rooms are being cleaned. Either that or book/pay ahead with places listed on Agoda etc. for more money.
Dec 14, 2012 3:35 AM
Dec 14, 2012 4:43 AM
3It's ridiculous in Chiang Mai right now. Of course, if you go just a bit out of the old city and Thapae Gate area, there are loads of cheap options. I just booked 9 rooms for a tour group at 300 baht a room in a real nice area. :)
Dec 14, 2012 5:36 AM
I am sure that is what I said Cap'n. I have been to Chiang Mai in Jan and in fact quite a few other months - including Songkran. I just never had the problems outlined when I have been there, wondered if it may just fade in mid Jan. I will most likely be there about 20th or a little later, can not be bothered, due to idleness, to book ahead - want cheapo rooms anyway this time. Paid over the odds in August last.
Dec 14, 2012 10:00 AM
5Does anyone know if there is likely to be a mini exodus of tourists after the 4th Jan - not just CM but Thailand generally ?I was thinking that the masses that go away for Christmas and New Year would be heading home the weekend after New Year ? Got 4 weeks to kill.
Dec 16, 2012 7:38 AM
I just got back from C M, and if you want to go there and stay in a cheap place, I strongly suggest that you book in advance. Loads of bagpackers wandering around looking for a place to stay, and it's not even high season yet.
This is a good idea. Why bother wasting time and effort in search of cheap accommodation in town while there are zillions of brokers around on whose web sites one can compile long lists of accommodation, fares starting from three euros a night or so. You also get a map free of charge. Those with a gps unit can easily navigate to the establishment by their own perhaps instructing the tuk tuk driver in the case he is uncertain about the location.
Dec 16, 2012 8:11 AM
Dec 16, 2012 9:41 AM
8It would be pointless to list all of the agents. Someone referred to Agoda which good for Asia. Booking is a bit more universal. Have your credit card along. For instance Agoda requires pre-payment.
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