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Wife and I like to go to Kata and have gone there about five times in past three years (two in high season and three times in low). In low season at our favorite hotel, we paid 1,750 B the first time and 1,900 the next. In the high season, we paid 2,000-2,700 B. I have checked on that hotel via their direct website and the online discount booking services and the cheapest rate at that hotel for the same room is 6,000 B (the direct hotel site quotes it at 7,50). What the <deleted> is up with that? This isn't even high season and I assume there is little business. Anyone else encountered this issue in Kata or other Phuket beach locations?

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Haven't you read aqbout the huge discounts the Thai government offers on hotel bookings?   This is the trick. Hotel puts prices up by 100%, then government offers 50% discount.   T

Thai business practice 101  less customers = higher prices.

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11 minutes ago, JCP108 said:

This isn't even high season and I assume there is little business.

 

They try to compensate for "little business". I mean, they need that money!

 

 

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I guess they are not following the orders of their commander. The governor of Phuket. I would show him the prices and ask what the <deleted> they are doing.

 

I guess he will have a problem with that his voice is looked at like water coming from a pipe.

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Dunno where you’re looking but the only things I’m finding at 6k per night are the Heights and Kata Gardens 2Br units...and those were usually 15k per night in the past.  Never Even close to 1750-2700.

 

I’m seeing great deals myself.

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We've been looking to spend a few days on Samui and the exact same thing (despite multiple articles about Samui being "dead") -- hotel prices absolutely sky high, particularly for the 4-5 star places.  Absurd prices under the circumstances.  However, if you are open to using AirBnB for a villa, some good bargains are available, so we are considering that route. 

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14 minutes ago, JCP108 said:

Chanalai Garden. Must be that chain. Chanalai Flora was always about 2,000/night and their current discounted price is 4,220.

At those prices, I’d be checking out Le Meridian up towards Patong personally at just over 3k/night or the JW Marriott for 4k.  Maybe after the recent rush of bookings things will settle back down around Kata.

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35 minutes ago, JCP108 said:

Chanalai Garden. Must be that chain. Chanalai Flora was always about 2,000/night and their current discounted price is 4,220.

Yeah...they’re gouging.  Here is a week in August (rainy season) vs the first week in November (much better weather.

 

 

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I booked the Ibis in Kata. We've stayed there before. Currently around 850/night. Rooms are smallish but service is good and hotel and pool nice. Good location. 

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4 minutes ago, JCP108 said:

I booked the Ibis in Kata. We've stayed there before. Currently around 850/night. Rooms are smallish but service is good and hotel and pool nice. Good location. 

Ibis is usually my go to Hotel...great value.   Have stayed in HuaHin and Krabi locations and when I see the games being played now by the nicer resorts...I’m gonna book Ibis in Kata too.

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For every hotel price gouging there are more that are discounting from what I can see.

 

Its time to shop around.

 

I've been away for a month and have no idea ahich hotels are even open at the moment.

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