Since I am traveling on a tight budget, I always make sure that I stretch out my money by finding good deals on transportation, food and especially on my accommodation. Finding good deals on a variety of stuff has been always a priority since it enables me to save money and thus let me travel longer. I’d like to share some of the things I learned in hunting great accommodations bargain.
Online Hotel Booking Engines
If I have access to wifi, I always scour the internet first. I go to a variety of online hotel booking engines to check and compare the prices. After doing that, I check the website of a particular hotel and check their publish rates. To my surprise, online booking facilities sometimes offer a good deal compare to booking it directly to the hotel.
I once scored a bargain at a hostel in Rambuttri wherein online it’s only $9 for an AC double room with en suite bathroom while the hotel offers it to walk in customer for $15. When we opted to extend our stay, the reception told me that the $15 published rate will be applied for the succeeding days. So I asked if we could book instead through the same booking facility to get the cheaper rate, she said it’s ok as long as it’s available.
She said that they have seasonal promotions that they run online through various booking engines.
If you opt to try this, make sure to read all the fine print before booking affordable hotels in Bangkok. Sometimes, the promo price doesn’t include breakfast or other stuff. This is just to ensure that you know what you’re paying for and to avoid possible confusion between you and the receptionist.
Khao San Road
Stay A Few Blocks Away from the Main Tourist Area
Most accommodations in Khao San are more expensive than the ones that you will find in Soi Rambuttri or in other places just around Khao San. These blocks are just a few minutes away from Khao San and still proximal to the nearby tourist attractions such as various Wats (temples) and the Grand Palace.
A great alternative would be the area of Rambuttri and Phra Athit.
Stay Longer and Bargain
Staying longer in one place enables you to save money on accommodations. A lot of hostels, guesthouses and hotels in Bangkok offer weekly and monthly rates. Aside from saving money, you also get to avoid getting stressed and burned out from squeezing too many activities in a short period of time.