Types of Accommodations

 

A myriad of affordable accommodation are available throughout Thailand, ranging from 5-star luxury hotels to simple tents and bungalows. The price and type of lodging facilities on offer is mainly associated with location, with Bangkok and other major tourist cities boasting some of the best hotels in the world, while rudimentary rooms are more common in rural areas. Regardless, all types of accommodation in Thailand are known for being clean, efficient, and friendly, with world-class service and unbeatable hospitality that comes naturally to all Thais, being an integral component of the culture.

Luxury Hotels
Luxury hotels in urban Thailand meet the international requirement standards and are renowned for their outstanding service and hospitality. Expect to be treated like a king, living in elegantly furnished rooms with modern amenities, recreational facilities and an extensive choice of the best dining outlets in town right at your fingertips. Compared with similar establishments in the West, these hotels provide much more value for your money. Examples: The Oriental, Hyatt Erawan, Hotel Plaza Athenee, Peninsula Bangkok
Resorts
Similar to the luxury hotels, the resort hotels are unsurpassed in style, comfort, and value in comparison with their counterparts worldwide. Additionally, they offer astonishing, scenic views of their surroundings, whether it's the azure blue waters of the south or the rolling hills and forests of the north. Most were specifically designed to be unique, heavenly oasis, blending harmoniously with their environment, and offering a wide range of entertainment and gastronomic delights, with services provided by charming staff. Experience it for yourself at The Regent in Chiang Mai or the Sofitel in Hua Hin.
Guesthouses/ Beach
Booming as a result of the backpacker phenomenon of the 1970's, guesthouses offer superb value and charming memories for budget travellers. In Bangkok, these establishments are predominantly located on popular Khao San Road. In other major tourist cities and seaside towns, guesthouses and beach bungalows offer clean rooms and friendly service for a relatively cheap price, some as low as 100-400 baht per night. Some may have air-conditioned rooms and private bathrooms. Though the facilities may be basic, the quality of service has reputedly remained good. Beach bungalows may also be prone to insect invasions.
Provincial Hotels
Mainly found in rural areas throughout Thailand, though not often frequented by foreign and Thai visitors, they are generally multi-story or a row of concrete blocks containing identical rooms with a choice of either air-conditioning or fan. They generally offer basic facilities, most often equipped with squatting toilets, and a lack of eating facilities. Though cheap and clean, they may be the only option available, especially in the remoter parts of Central and Northeastern Thailand.
Homestay
The latest tourism promotion for cultural immersion is to have guests sleep overnight in a local resident's house and to learn first-hand about the culture and lifestyle of their host. Visitors may choose to stay in hill-tribe villages in the North, with rural people in the Northeast, or in traditional Thai houses owned by fruit orchard owners in Samut Songkhram, only 2 hours away from Bangkok. Besides the fact that both visitors and hosts learn from each other, the lodging is relatively cheap (from 100-500 baht/night) and provides an interesting experience.

Local festivals and long weekends are other factors hotels exploit for raising prices. For example, seaside resorts in Hua Hin and Chiang Mai are fully booked during Songkran Festival in April. Even the quiet town of Ubon Ratchathani is packed when they host the famous Candle Festival in July.