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Is anyone else here on a tourist visa and staying in hotels? I want to ride out April lockdown in Phuket, but I just read in the Bangkok Post that 87% of hotels are planning to close, and The Phuket Tourist Association has recommended to the governor to close all hotels for all of April.

 

One authority says there are no tourists left in Phuket, and another says there are 3000 tourists, but we're all expected to leave before the airport is shut down on April 10th. 

 

And they say 95% of hotels will close in Thailand during April. 

 

Anybody know anything, or is in the same situation? I would rent an apartment for a month in Phuket, but I haven't found much available. Most of the places I've found that are listed as apartments are actually hotel rooms...

 

Here's the article:

 

https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1889790/april-lockdown-batters-30-000-hotels 

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Some will not close. Many tourists still in Phuket, but traffic has been a completely wonderful bliss!

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Look on Booking.com. If you can book, they're open. If the hotel subsequently cancels it is obliged to find you an equivalent at the same price.

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All booking websites allow cancellations without penalties. A buyers' paradise.

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1 hour ago, madmitch said:

Look on Booking.com. If you can book, they're open. If the hotel subsequently cancels it is obliged to find you an equivalent at the same price.

Hahahahaha... Good luck with that.. Many hotels won't be abiding to the OTA (online travel agent) terms in these extraordinary periods, and if you refer to the OTA when you eventually get through - could be days, they will tell you they tried to contact you, then they'll send you a form to fill in - even though they know the details - once they accept it - they'll send you another form for a refund, we're 30+ days at this point..  The priceline group won't be putting you in another hotel at their expense (or with money you've already spent) if you turn up to a closed hotel with no staff present that havent advised you of cancellation, not until you complete a least few weeks of customer service tennis.  

 

Theft doesn't happen... cos it's illegal. 🤣

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I think it also depends where you want to stay I think I would get out of Patong and move to the south of the island Rawai and Nai Harn, and also your budget.

Lots of small resorts around here

Try airbnb 

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3 hours ago, dsf9 said:

Hahahahaha... Good luck with that.. Many hotels won't be abiding to the OTA (online travel agent) terms in these extraordinary periods, and if you refer to the OTA when you eventually get through - could be days, they will tell you they tried to contact you, then they'll send you a form to fill in - even though they know the details - once they accept it - they'll send you another form for a refund, we're 30+ days at this point..  The priceline group won't be putting you in another hotel at their expense (or with money you've already spent) if you turn up to a closed hotel with no staff present that havent advised you of cancellation, not until you complete a least few weeks of customer service tennis.  

 

Theft doesn't happen... cos it's illegal. 🤣

Well, if anyone is stupid enough to book a non-refundable rate payable in advance then they might find themselves in this position, but it's doubtful.

 

So book a room that has free cancellation until very close to your arrival date and with no advance payment.

 

It's quite easy

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If the guv wants to close all hotels in April, it wouldn't matter what or how people booked. 

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18 hours ago, Somtamnication said:

If the guv wants to close all hotels in April, it wouldn't matter what or how people booked. 

it will if the very powerful PTA have something to say about that!

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Slowly they are shutting down I know of 3 places I think everyone has a price on it

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3 minutes ago, ChipButty said:

Slowly they are shutting down I know of 3 places I think everyone has a price on it

I work in the hotel industry & I know of 50 or more.... some will stay open, its a face thing also 

 

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2 minutes ago, eezergood said:

I work in the hotel industry & I know of 50 or more.... some will stay open, its a face thing also 

 

Some of these OTA's must be ready to commit suicide 

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6 hours ago, ChipButty said:

Some of these OTA's must be ready to commit suicide 

some of them should......

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8 hours ago, ChipButty said:

Some of these OTA's must be ready to commit suicide 

They've had a licence to print money for the past few years, the big ones, anyway.

 

I just hope they don't raise rtheir commissions when things get back to relative normality.

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