Being a famous tourist destination
in Southeast Asia, Thailand boasts a wide variety and
an abundance of accommodations. Not only can you find
many international hotel chains in the main tourist
cities such as Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Pattaya,
but you will also find with pleasure that the rates
are quite modest when compared with hotels of the same
standards in other countries, especially in Europe and
It is no doubt that more accommodations of different
types can be found in tourism boom cities, ranging from
cheap guesthouses offering 300-baht rooms to luxury
hotels in which one has to pay about 4,000 baht up for
a standard room. So far as guesthouses are concerned,
they are more abundant in Bangkok and Chiang Mai than
other cities, and the rates may be a little lower due
to high competition.
Generally, aside from guesthouses, in most cities in
Thailand, budget accommodations are provided by small
hotels which are usually located downtown or near the
city's bus or train station. The rates are rather low
ranging from 300 - 500 baht for a room with fan to 500
- 700 baht for an aircon room. These rates normally
do not include breakfast unlike those of the tourist-class
hotels. Tourist class and luxury hotels are available
in most big cities, yet in some less active provinces
there may be only one luxury hotel. The rates for tourist
class hotels in Bangkok start from about 1,000 baht
up for a standard room, while in rural provinces they
are from 700 - 800 baht up.
Finding a Room & Reservations
- Whatever type of hotel you choose, it is strictly
recommended to book a room in advance either through
internet or a travel agent, particularly if you plan
to travel during the high season. Many hotels in popular
places such as Phuket and Ko Samui are fully booked
4 - 6 months in advance for a peak period.
- To ensure your reservations, it should be made in
writing or by e-mail. As most hotels require an advance
deposit, you should check about this with the hotel
you contact and do according to its regulations to avoid
any problem which may occur.
You should print out your booking confirmation and present it for check-in at the hotel.
- You can easily obtain information through Thai Hotels
Association or Tourism Authority of Thailand.
- Most hotels in Thailand fix their check-in and
check-out time at 12.00 hours. However, during the high
season or when the hotel is fully occupied, the check-in
time may be postponed to 13.00 hours.
- It is advisable to inform the hotel of your estimated
time of arrival at the airport or the hotel in advance,
especially if you think you may be late.
In case you would like to book a room upon arrival,
you may consult the counter of Thai Hotels Association
or Tourism Authority of Thailand at the airport's arrival
But in this way there may be less choices of hotels
or the hotel you want to stay in may have been fully
For lists of accommodations in each tourist centre
see contents page.
For more details contact Thai Hotels Association or
Tourism Authority of Thailand.