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Thailand - Koh Lanta

Introduction

What is written below is not altogether complimentary and some people who have enjoyed vacations on Koh Lanta may be wondering why I am so negative. Basically it's because after living in Thailand permanently since 2003 I see things differently to package tourists and backpackers.

I don't claim to be an expert but I know certain things about Thailand now that I wasn't aware of when I visited as a tourist.

I know when Thais are being kind in a sincere way, and I know when they are attempting to be pleasant just to get money. I also have a very good understanding of how much things normally cost in Thailand.

I know what is normal behaviour and I know when something isn't right. I understand Thai cultural traits and I know why Thais lie the way they do. I also realise that some Thais are greedy beyond belief, and I have a better grasp of the language than most foreigners. I can't converse the way the Thais do but my ears pick up phrases such as "rakhaa farang" (foreigner price) quite well.

 

Massage service advertised on a Koh Lanta beach

Massage service advertised on a Koh Lanta beach

 

In short, I know when I am being taken advantage of and there is nothing I dislike more. When that happens I have no qualms about just walking away from the situation. It has happened in Thailand both in the workplace and when renting accommodation. In both situations I have walked away. Sometimes though I find myself in situations where I am being taken advantage of but I can't walk away. This makes me exceptionally resentful.

Koh Lanta is not necessarily a bad place but as far as Thai islands go it isn't that beautiful. When I visited I experienced some of the worst greed, lies and money-grubbing I have ever experienced in Thailand.

Meanwhile the myth of the laid-back, easy going, cheap and relaxed 'tropical paradise' is peddled perpetually by Thais who have no interest in anything apart from getting money from 'rich' foreigners.

Naive farangs who have read 'The Beach' and want to escape from their lives elsewhere lap it all up and hand over money like water, thus making greedy Thais even greedier. It makes no difference to me until such time as I have to go to one of the places they go to and then I find that I too am treated just like another stupid farang fresh off the plane.

Cynical? Yes, I am, but I defy any thinking person to spend a couple of years in Thailand and not to be cynical.

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Koh Lanta

For very good reasons I stay away from the main tourist areas of Thailand, especially at peak times. Of course, this isn't always possible. When I want to travel to parts of Thailand popular with tourists I try to do it in the low season. However, there are times when I am committed to meeting friends or family in Thai tourist areas at peak times and it is completely unavoidable. It was on one such occasion that I found myself going to Ko Lanta for New Year.

 

A Koh Lanta beach

A Koh Lanta beach

 

Koh Lanta had interested me for some time so I wasn't too upset about making a visit. Thailand's tourism industry is a fantastic marketing machine. The Thais have long been aware that farangs will spend small fortunes to be anywhere that has a bit of sand and a few palm trees.

What was pretty much useless land once upon a time (you can't grow anything on a beach) is now a tourist goldmine and hardly a stretch of Thai coastline remains undeveloped. If Koh Lanta had been regarded as valuable land before the onset of mass tourism it would be dominated by Chinese, not Muslims.

If you analyse what goes on you will see that the whole thing is a big myth. The travel industry has created this idyllic notion of what life should be like so that foreigners can escape the evil, materialistic Western world and spend their hard-earned money vacationing in foreign places with beaches and palm trees, such as Thailand.

 

As always, rates for massage are well over the odds in tourist areas

As always, rates for massage are well over the odds in tourist areas

 

Many Thais involved in the travel industry are completely uninterested in their traditional way of life, or preserving the environment, and just want foreigners' money so that they can then lead the same materialistic lifestyles the foreigners are trying to escape. It's sad and ironic but I guess this is just human nature. Whatever people have they aren't content with and they want what someone else has.

As other resorts in Thailand (Phuket, Pattaya, Samui) have quickly become overdeveloped and ugly, the clever marketing people have turned their attention to the less developed islands and beaches. According to the marketing blurb, the "magical island of Koh Lanta" is now Thailand's latest "tropical paradise." (Excuse me while I yawn.)

After reading all this rubbish I wanted to see it for myself. I wanted to know if Lanta was all it was cracked up to be. I had lots of questions but after my visit I have only one. "Is Koh Lanta the greediest place in Thailand?"

My journey started in Hat Yai where I boarded a minivan to Trang. That was fine, no problems, but I wasn't among tourists. The problems began at Trang where my path merged with the tourist trail. Opposite Trang railway station are a number of travel agents arranging travel to and accommodation on Lanta and the other islands in that area of the Andaman coast. The ponytail and bandana brigade were very evident, a few studying their Lonely Planet guides like born-again Christians studying their King James bibles. Sad but true.

After enquiring about a minivan to Lanta I was informed there was almost a two-hour wait. I asked if there were other agencies that arranged minivans to Lanta and was told no. That was lie number one and over the next 48 hours I was to hear several more.

 

Koh Lanta car ferry

Koh Lanta car ferry

 

The minivan journey was at the usual hair-raising speed with outrageous overtaking manoeuvres. Road travel in Thailand is not for the faint-hearted or those who value their lives. The van boarded a large car ferry from the mainland to Lanta Noi, and then boarded another smaller car ferry from Lanta Noi to Lanta Yai.

At Lanta Yai we stopped at the Lanta office of the travel agency. Several Thais rushed over trying to entice tourists to stay at their bungalows, salivating at the prospect of some easy farang money. It was there that I noticed several typical backpacker types fresh from Bangkok's Khaosan Road.

My first impressions of the island weren't good. It wasn't particularly pretty - quite ugly actually - compared to other Thai islands and the sea wasn't a pleasant colour at all. The beaches were OK but they weren't very white and there were lots of rocks which made entering the sea to swim a problem.

 

These rocks make wading out for a swim in the sea very difficult at Koh Lanta

These rocks make wading out for a swim in the sea very difficult at Koh Lanta

 

The main road was paved but apparently it had only been paved for about a year and we had to go along a mud track to drop off one Thai passenger. The majority of the local population appear to be Muslim.

I knew where my friends were staying and previously I had telephoned the owner about booking a room but I didn't like the way he spoke to me and his insistence on sending money first. His lust for money became apparent very early on in the conversation and I got some bad vibes. Instead, I had asked my friend to book a room.

At the bungalow (Lanta Pavilian Resort on Klong Khong beach) they first denied that a room had been reserved and said they were full. But then, suddenly, a room became available after I found and spoke to my friend.

 

The Pavilian Resort on Koh Lanta looks fine in the photo but I found it to be a complete rip off

The Pavilian Resort on Koh Lanta looks fine in the photo but I found it to be a complete rip off

 

The next issue was that I had specifically requested a room without A/C. It was very cool, I am fairly used to the Thai weather, and A/C was completely unnecessary. What's more, is that they charge a huge premium for rooms with A/C which is completely unjustified.

They told me that my friend had asked for a room with A/C which was another lie. By now, I was getting bored and annoyed at being treated like a stupid farang. My friend confirmed she hadn't booked a room with A/C and I knew she hadn't but the people at the bungalow wouldn't accept this because they were trying to get me into an expensive A/C room which I didn't want or need.

I asked them how much the room was. Bt1,900 they told me. I can't really express how I felt at that point. On the phone a few days previously the guy had told me Bt1,500 for A/C rooms but I didn't want an A/C room anyway. Now, all of a sudden, thinking they had a captive victim it had gone up to Bt1,900.

 

More Thai massage

More Thai massage

 

The bungalow was basic, at the most. I have stayed in better bungalows in Khaolak for Bt400 and some really plush Thai hotels for Bt1,000. Bt1,900 for this place was ridiculous, even at New Year. After travelling most of the day I didn't really want to start wandering around looking for other places and I had my girlfriend with me.

They said I could have the room for Bt1,200 but they took away the remote control for the A/C to make sure I couldn't use it. I was still paying over the odds as they advertise non A/C rooms for Bt800. I was angry but I was there to see my friends and didn't want to create a scene. Also, because I had my girlfriend in tow, I didn't want to subject her to all this unnecessary hassle.

When we entered the room there was an overwhelming smell of air-freshener spray. Once the smell of the spray had worn off it became apparent why they had sprayed so much. The smell in the toilet was disgusting. There is no mains sewerage so septic tanks are used but it seems that this room had a problem and the sewage fumes were coming back into the bathroom. The smell cannot be described in words but anyone staying at Pavilian Resort would be well advised to avoid bungalow 3 unless they have fixed the problem.

 

The ferry that runs the short distance from Koh Lanta to the mainland

The ferry that runs the short distance from Koh Lanta to the mainland

 

Again, I was not happy but when I tried to speak to the staff they denied having a problem and acted completely innocently. They obviously knew there was a problem - unless no one working there had a sense of smell - but the solution was just to spray the room before guests arrived, hang an air freshener in the bathroom and deny the problem exists. This is so Thai. What a terrible loss of face it would be admitting having such a problem so just deny it exists and let the guests suffer.

My trip to Lanta therefore didn't get off to the best of starts.

That evening our little group went off to meet some other friends and more rip-offs took place. There was no public transportation on the beach road. I assume this is because the locals can now all afford to have expensive pickup trucks as a result of ripping off so much money from tourists. However, the distances between beaches are a little too far to walk.

 

A lack of public transport provides another income opportunity for the locals

A lack of public transport provides another income opportunity for the locals

 

So-called taxis are just motorbikes with covered sidecars attached and to take a few people five minutes down the road they want at least Bt50 per person. Elsewhere in Thailand it would be Bt10 or Bt15. This little sideline is so lucrative that every local with a vehicle has become a taxi driver. They charge per person, rather than per journey, which is just another way to extort more money.

Every local with a vehicle wants to be a taxi driver for the easy money. There are no authorities here regulating the cab trade. They just put a sign in their car or - as happened frequently - stop when they see tourists and ask if they want a taxi.

It's no wonder they are so keen to earn Bt200 for a few minutes work when many Thai labourers toil all day in the heat of the sun to earn that amount. In Bangkok you can go enormous distances in a metered taxi for Bt100 and even on Lanta I saw a sign advertising all day tours for Bt200. So how can they justify Bt200 for a five minute ride? They can't but they all stick together, and they have the tourists by the proverbial short-and-curlies.

I told one guy, "No thanks," after he gave me a ridiculous quote for a five minute ride and he had the audacity to shout out, "Kee niaow," after me. Yes, I might be stingy but I'm not stupid.

 

Taking tourists short distances for a couple of hundred Baht a ride is a lucrative business

Taking tourists short distances for a couple of hundred Baht a ride is a lucrative business

 

As is the case in many tourist areas of Thailand, to enforce these rip-offs the locals operate a cartel system. Everyone quotes the same ridiculous price so that tourists have to cough up or get stranded.

The service in our bungalow resort was pretty dire and I didn't appreciate the beach-front disco playing music at full volume every night until the small hours of the morning. There was a smarmy Thai guy who went around calling the guests by their first names. "Hello Anna, how are you, hello Leah." It was all so insincere when their only interest was money-grubbing.

My Thai girlfriend was even treated the same way and it made her annoyed also. She couldn't believe they wanted Bt40 for a bottle of water and she didn't like the way they spoke to guests. When Thais get greedy it doesn't seem to matter who they are dealing with, they are only interested in money. They treat Thai and foreign guests the same way.

 

One of the few reasonable deals on Koh Lanta

One of the few reasonable deals on Koh Lanta

 

When I ordered a minivan at the bungalow reception to get back to Trang I was quoted Bt300 when it only cost Bt200 to get there from Trang. Why was it 50% more expensive to get back? My protestations resulted in them lowering the price to Bt250 but it was still too expensive. One girl told me it is, "Nit noi." After all, that is how they think. Farangs universally have untold wealth so the Thais are perfectly justified to jack up prices as high as they like.

I also found myself getting irritated with tourists because if they didn't just hand over the money the situation wouldn't exist but it's not really their fault. I had been to Thailand many times as a tourist, and have lived there since the end of 2003. I can understand some of the language and I am fully familiar with how much things should be in Thailand. Tourists aren't.

Good things about Lanta? The food was very good. I think I was a bit unlucky with the accommodation I stayed at because I saw some other places that looked a lot better and were cheaper. The Lanta Riviera, for example, had better rooms, a nice looking swimming pool, good food and lower prices. I also found some very rustic Bt400 bamboo thatch bungalows (Lanta Merry Hut) that would be OK for backpackers looking for a quiet place.

 

Local children on Koh Lanta

Local children on Koh Lanta

 

As usual in Thailand, the local kids were great because they haven't yet become affected by greed. The love of money has ruined many Thais. Another thing I noticed on Lanta was the lack of stray dogs that exist everywhere else in Thailand. Muslims cannot touch dogs and with the large Muslim population here I guess that is the reason. There were a few dogs but not many. I met a few fine cats though which is always an added bonus.

I can't see myself going back in a hurry. The whole Lanta scene just isn't me. Lazing around every day in a hammock and getting drunk every night while being blasted with loud music gets very boring. The latest hippy craze seems to be 'fire twirling' on the beach. Trying to look like Tai-Chi masters, they twirl two pieces of rope around with lighted wicks at the end. It's just another backpacker cliche, the same as wearing baggy fisherman pants and attending full-moon parties.

 

The new road running parallel to the beach on Koh Lanta which recently replaced the dirt track

The new road running parallel to the beach on Koh Lanta which recently replaced the dirt track

 

More than anything though, I don't like being treated like an ignorant idiot who is only good for handing over money. Thais in tourist areas only get away with it because tourists don't know any better and can't understand the language. When you do begin to understand, it gets quite infuriating.

Is Lanta a safe place? I didn't experience any problems myself but I saw a lot of young lads who looked very dodgy. Thai males with criminal tendencies have a certain look about them. My friends stayed late at the Opium bar on New Year's Eve and told me that around midnight it was overtaken by young Thai males who were looking for trouble. She said the atmosphere was very bad and the police turned up.

 

Young kids on motorbikes; a common sight in Thailand

Young kids on motorbikes; a common sight in Thailand

 

In Thailand there is always a sense of lawlessness but in remote places - such as islands - it does seem to be worse. For example, lots of bad stuff happens on Koh Samui and it seems worse in this respect than the mainland.

I would advise single girls travelling to Lanta to be very careful, especially at night. There were loads of kids riding around on motorbikes. The boy in the photo was 13 but I saw lots of kids riding motorbikes who could only have been 9 or 10. There was hardly a crash helmet in sight and visiting farangs don't help to set an example by riding around far too fast with no crash helmets.

Development on Lanta looks set to take off. While places are being developed they are marketed as unspoilt paradises and then, when they are developed, they are marketed as the next Phuket or whatever.

 

Wherever there are tourists in Thailand there is investment in the infrastructure to attract more tourists

Wherever there are tourists in Thailand there is investment in the infrastructure to attract more tourists

 

There are some quite upmarket resorts and spas on Lanta which look very pleasant but the prices are very upmarket too. The ferry pier was being upgraded to make it look better, and the cheap bungalows will no doubt be knocked down soon so that new ones can be built and higher prices can be charged.

In time Lanta will just go the same way as the other resort areas of Thailand. The Thais have completely sold out in their lust for money. There will come a time though when no unspoilt beaches or islands will exist in Thailand. If that's what they want, fine, but there will also come a time when they realise that money isn't the number one priority in life. The problem, however, is that it will be too late to do anything by then.

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Accommodation

Here are a few accommodation options on Lanta but there are hundreds more. I went for New Year, which is probably the busiest time of year, and there were still plenty of rooms available. This isn't what you will hear from travel agencies, or bungalows if you call them directly. They will tell you that everywhere is full to make you book with them and to justify sky high prices. "Go hok, go hok, go hok, go hok, go hok." This should be Ko Lanta's motto. If you don't know what it means, ask a Thai. It's a handy phrase to know if you visit Lanta.

 

Entrance to the Lanta Merry Hut resort on Koh Lanta

Entrance to the Lanta Merry Hut resort on Koh Lanta

 

The best hotels in Thailand get booked up quickly and walk-in rates are the most expensive. To make sure you get the best rate and stay where you want to stay, book on-line in advance.

Click here to book accommodation in Koh Lanta through Agoda
Click here to book accommodation in Koh Lanta through Booking.com

The following hotels and guesthouses were on a tourist brochure that I picked up in Koh Lanta:

Andaman Lanta Resort
142 Moo 3 Klong Dao Beach
Tumbon Saladan
Koh Lanta, Krabi 81150.
Tel: +66 (0)75 684200
Fax: +66 (0)75 684203
E-mail: andamanlanta@hotmail.com
Rates: Bt900 to Bt5,500 depending on type of accommodation and season.

Bamboo Bay Resort
Aow Mai Pai
Koh Lanta, Krabi 81150
Tel: +66 (0)75 618240
E-mail: bamboobay@bamboobay.net
Rates: Bt250 to Bt2,300 depending on type of accommodation and season.

Blue Andaman
251 Moo 2 Saladan
Koh Lanta, Krabi 81150
Tel and Fax: +66 (0)75 684565
Mobile: +66 (0)1 719 4951
E-mail: blueandamanlanta@hotmail.com

Costa Lanta
212 Moo 1 Saladan
Lanta Yai, Krabi 81150
Tel: +66 (0)2 662 3550-1 (Bangkok)
Fax: +66 (0)2 260 9067
E-mail: info@costalanta.com
Rates: Bt3,025 to Bt10,780 depending on type of accommodation and season.

Golden Bay Cottage
22 Moo 3 Saladan
Lanta Island, Krabi 81150
Tel: +66 (0)75 684161
Fax: +66 (0)75 684404
Mobile: +66 (0)1 891 3075
E-mail: goldenbaylanta@yahoo.com
Rates: Bt1,000 to Bt2,700 depending on type of accommodation and season.

Good Days
183 Moo 2 Saladan
Phrae - Ae Beach
Koh Lanta, Krabi 81150
Tel: +66 (0)75 684186, +66 (0)1 676 4875
Fax: +66 (0)75 684187
E-mail: gooddays_lanta@hotmail.com
Rates: Bt600 to Bt4,500 depending on type of accommodation and season.

Holiday Villa
220 Moo 3 Saladan
Koh Lanta Yai, Krabi 81150
Tel: +66 (0)75 684370-2
Fax: +66 (0)75 684375
E-mail: frontoffice@holidayvillalanta.com
Rates: Bt1,800 to Bt5,500 depending on type of accommodation and season.

The Houben Hotel
272 Moo 5
Koh Lanta Yai, Krabi 81150
Tel: +66 (0)75 665144
Fax: +66 (0)75 665133
Rates: As usual, rates depend on the type of accommodation and season. One night just after New Year in a suite will cost you approximately Bt12,000. This is more than probably half the population of Thailand earn in a month. It's no wonder that Thais love farangs so much. No children under 12.

Kaw Kwang Beach Resort
16 Moo 1, Saladan
Koh Lanta, Krabi 81150
Tel: +66 (0)75 684462-3
Fax: +66 (0)75 684167
Mobile: +66 (0)1 787 5231
E-mail: info@kawkwangbeachresort.com
Rates: Bt700 to Bt3,700 depending on type of accommodation and season.

Laguna Beach Club
165 Moo 3, Saladan
Koh Lanta, Krabi 81150.
Tel and Fax: +66 (0)75 684172
Mobile: +66 (0)6 274 4381
E-mail: info@laguna-beach-club.com
Rates: Bt700 to Bt5,300 depending on type of accommodation and season.

Lanta Emerald Bungalow
154 Moo 2, Klong Khong Beach, Saladan
Koh Lanta Yai, Krabi 81150.
Tel: +66 (0)75 684294
Mobile: +66 (0)1 538 2563

Lanta Manda Resort
38/2 Moo 2 Phra - Ae
Tumbon Saladan
Lanta Yai Island, Krabi 81150
Tel: +66 (0)75 684210-1, 684332-3
Fax: +66 (0)75 684212
E-mail: info@lantagardenhill.com
Rates: Bt600 to Bt2,300 depending on type of accommodation and season.

Lanta House
197/7 Moo 1, T. Saladan
Tumbon Saladan
Lanta Yai Island, Krabi 81150
Tel: +66 (0)75 684575, +66 (0)75 684659
Mobile: +66 (0)6 996 6660
E-mail: info@lantahouse.com

Lanta Ilmare Beach Resort
52 Moo 8, Klong Nin
Koh Lanta Yai, Krabi 81150
Tel: +66 (0)74 245494 (Hat Yai)
Fax: +66 (0)74 223591 (Hat Yai)
Mobile: +66 (0)1 599 0020, +66 (0)1 540 7257
E-mail: info@lanta-ilmare.com
Rates: Bt800 to Bt5,500 depending on type of accommodation and season.

Lanta Queen Resort
1/3 Moo 2 Saladan
Koh Lanta, Krabi 81150
Tel: +66 (0)75 684013
Mobile: +66 (0)6 946 4887

Lanta Riviera Resort
90/4 Moo 2, Saladan, Phu Klom Beach
Koh Lanta Yai, Krabi 81150
Tel: +66 (0)75 684300
Fax: +66 (0)75 684301
Mobile: +66 (0)1 539 3881
E-mail: info@lantariviera.com
Rates: Bt400 to Bt2,800 depending on type of accommodation and season.

Lanta Sea House
15 Moo 3, Klong Dao Beach, Saladan
Koh Lanta Yai, Krabi 81150
Tel: +66 (0)75 684073-4
Fax: +66 (0)75 684113
Mobile: +66 (0)1 535 2606
E-mail: lantaseahouse@hotmail.com

Lanta Summer House
208 Moo 3, Klong Dao Beach, Saladan
Koh Lanta, Krabi 81150
Tel and Fax: +66 (0)75 684099
Mobile: +66 (0)1 787 9343
E-mail: lantasummer@yahoo.com
Rates: Bt1,600 to Bt3,000 depending on type of accommodation and season.

Lanta Sunmoon Bungalow
57 Moo 5
Koh Lanta Yai, Krabi 81150
Mobile: +66 (0)1 787 6213, +66 (0)9 867 6463, +66 (0)7 891 7899
E-mail: musasunmoon@hotmail.com

Lanta Villa Resort
14 Moo 3 Saladan
Koh Lanta, Krabi 81150
Tel: +66 (0)75 684129
Fax: +66 (0)75 684131
E-mail: lantavilla@hotmail.com

Layana Resort & Spa
273 Moo 3 Saladan
Phrae - Ae Beach
Koh Lanta, Krabi 81150
Tel: +66 (0)75 607100
Fax: +66 (0)75 607199
Mobile: +66 (0)6 786 2895
E-mail: resa@layanaresort.com
Rates: Bt8,160 to Bt19,080 depending on type of accommodation, season and duration of stay.

Moonlight Bay Resort
69 Moo 8, Ban Klongtob
Koh Lanta Yai, Krabi 81150
Tel: +66 (0)75 684401, +66 (0)75 618097
Fax: +66 (0)75 684284
Mobile: +66 (0)1 599 0020, +66 (0)1 540 7257
E-mail: info@moonlight-resort.com
Rates: Bt1,000 to Bt7,900 depending on type of accommodation and season.

The Narima
98 Moo 5, Klong Nin Beach
Koh Lanta Yai, Krabi 81150.
Tel: +66 (0)75 607700, +66 (0)75 618081
Fax: +66 (0)75 607709
Mobile: +66 (0)9 866 2622, +66 (0)1 989 8873
E-mail: narima@inet.co.th
Rates: Bt1,000 to Bt3,500 depending on type of accommodation, season and duration of stay.

Noble House Beach Resort
Klong Dao Beach
Koh Lanta
Tel: +66 (0)75 684096
Fax: +66 (0)9 724 20 40
E-mail: lantanoblehouse@hotmail.com

Ocean View Resort
193 Moo 3, Klong Dao Beach, Saladan
Koh Lanta, Krabi 81150.
Tel: +66 (0)75 684089-91
Fax: +66 (0)75 684089
E-mail: frontdesk@oceanviewlanta.com
Rates: Bt350 to Bt3,000 depending on type of accommodation and season.

Relax Bay
111 Moo 2, Ao Phra-Ae
Koh Lanta, Krabi 81150.
Tel: +66 (0)75 684194, +66 (0)75 684430
Fax: +66 (0)75 684131
E-mail: relaxbay@hotmail.com
Rates: Bt700 to Bt3,900 depending on type of accommodation and season.

Rimkhao Resort
163 Moo 1, Saladan
Koh Lanta Yai, Krabi 81150.
Tel: +66 (0)75 684539
Mobile: +66 (0)1 477 2833

Sunbeam House
75/1 Moo 2 Phrae - Ae, Saladan
Koh Lanta, Krabi 81150.
Tel: +66 (0)6 950 2111, +66 (0)7 294 4796
E-mail: sunbeamhouse_lanta@hotmail.com

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Visit Thailand

Thailand is an incredibly photogenic country, both for its landscapes and its people. Regardless of whether you enjoy large Asian cities, beaches and islands, or rice fields and mountains, Thailand has something for you and it is a dream destination for photographers.

One of the great things about visiting Thailand is that hotels are plentiful and a lot cheaper than in most other countries. I always use Agoda to book hotels in Thailand. The company was established in Thailand and has great local knowledge, as well as a huge inventory of hotels.

If you click on one of the destinations opposite you will get a list of hotel deals from Agoda. It's generally a good idea to book on-line because you will get a good room rate and you won't suffer the disappointment of arriving at a hotel to find that it is full.

I book hotels regularly in Thailand and I have always found Agoda to be the best on-line travel agent. At times I have spent a lot of time researching hotel prices and although other deals sometimes look better at first I always end up returning to Agoda.

If you don't wish to pay for your hotel at the time of booking, Booking.com normally allows you to pay when you check in at the hotel. Some people prefer this method, but I have always found Booking.com to be more expensive than Agoda.

If you want to compare prices between different on-line travel agents (OTAs) for a specific hotel, you can use a company such as HotelsCombined. However, you will normally find that Agoda is the cheapest and therefore you can save yourself time and money by just booking through Agoda in the first place.

Images of Thailand

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