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Thailand has a great range of accommodation, with the market split three ways:

Budget offerings include hostels and guesthouses in many central locations and homestays (Airbnb and the like) a little further out.

Mid-range options are dominated by independent hotels in town centres and bed and breakfasts that dot residential areas just beyond the city centre.

Top-end choices generally divide between big international hotel chains such as Marriott and Sofitel as well as local chains like Anantara and Dusit, and small boutique hotels that offer such luxuries as private plunge pools.


Wherever you choose, booking well in advance will be key at peak times – reservations at least six months in advance are not uncommon for major festivals such as Songkran (April) and Loy Krathong (usually November).


Part of Thailand’s great appeal is that all levels of accommodation are considerably cheaper than in many other countries. This means that you might find a cozy room in a guesthouse for a crazy low price, or even decide you can splash out on a top-end room at mid-range prices. High season is November to February, when prices can creep up by 30 to 50 per cent.


Text © Ron Emmons

Image by Ron Emmons