There is an incredible amount of choice on offer for travellers to Thailand. Rich, luxury seeking holidaymakers, flashpackers and backpackers will find what they are looking for here in this travel paradise.
From cheap guesthouses to 5-star hotels, Thailand has it all: (except dorms)
Thailand is very well set up for tourists and offers the greatest amount of choice anywhere in Southeast Asia in terms of places to stay. Unlike years ago, Thailand’s accommodation no longer just consists of a bamboo hut on a beach for 100 baht ($3.) Although if you look hard enough you can still find it, it is becoming more and more difficult!
For backpackers, guesthouses are the most popular form of accommodation in the towns and cities, with B&Bs, hostels and posh hotels available. By the beach you’re looking at bungalows and resorts that range from the precarious looking wooden shack to the luxury beachside villa.
Mai Pen Rai Beachside Bungalows in Koh Phangan, Thailand
Unlike KL, Singapore and of course Australia, backpacker dorm rooms are not as popular in Thailand and in many places simply not available. Whereas in Australia travellers will use the attached backpacker dorm kitchen to cook together and save on food expenses, you will not find this in Thailand. With restaurant and street food so cheap, it would be more expensive to cook for yourself!
Free WIFI & Hot Showers:
Of course it completely depends on how much you are willing to pay for the facilities you will get. That said, the availability of free WIFI all across the country is surprising. Free WIFI is the norm for guesthouses in Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Sukhothai and other major towns. Even beach huts in Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and Koh Phi Phi seem to offer WIFI these days! In terms of hot-shower and air-con, this is available in most places in Thailand, although there tends to be the budget option of cold shower/fan still available for those who want to save money. Many guesthouses now have satellite TV and a fridge.
Backpacker Price Guide:
Prices vary greatly depending on place; some of the more expensive locations include Koh Phi Phi, Bangkok, Koh Samui and Phuket, where you are looking at around 800-1000 ($25-$30) baht for a decent room. Some cheaper places include Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kanchanaburi and Koh Chang (300 baht or $10) will get you a nice room. Somewhere in-between these lie the backpacker favourites of Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Railay and Pai – where both rock bottom budget options and 5-star resorts can be found. (In Pai 120 (just under $3) baht will get you an entire bamboo bungalow with mattress on the floor, plus balcony and hammock overlooking the mountains!) In general, expect prices that are a third of the price of hotels in Europe and you’re on the right track! *Also to note, prices are always per room and not per person.
View from 120 baht bungalow in Pai, Northern Thailand
Should you book?
It is important to book around events such as the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan, New Year and popular Thai Festivals such as Songkran (April) and Loi Krathong (November.) Weekends in Pai can be busy due to holidaying Bangkok folk.