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4 minutes ago, LivinginKata said:

 

I agree. 2 weeks ago I thought about staying at a five star hotel for the first time ever. I settled on the Sands at Khao Lak. Booked a pool suite. list price Agoda 15,000 baht/night. Reduced to 3,400 Baht. I booked 2 nights and paid 8,200 baht with Taxes. Be honest I was most disappointed in the so called lounge.  Really designed as a second bedroom. Sofa hard as a bed and only a bean bag as a chair. But buffet breakfast was 5 star. On reflection I spent too much. Going to try in Ao Nang next week.    

Try Phuket. Twin palms foc, but have to spend 2000 baht on food.

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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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35 minutes ago, LivinginKata said:

 

I agree. 2 weeks ago I thought about staying at a five star hotel for the first time ever. I settled on the Sands at Khao Lak. Booked a pool suite. list price Agoda 15,000 baht/night. Reduced to 3,400 Baht. I booked 2 nights and paid 8,200 baht with Taxes. Be honest I was most disappointed in the so called lounge.  Really designed as a second bedroom. Sofa hard as a bed and only a bean bag as a chair. But buffet breakfast was 5 star. On reflection I spent too much. Going to try in Ao Nang next week.    

The brezel breads are great at the Sands. One of the best in SEA i would say.

I choose there usually the beach wing junior suite which comes around 2000 baht in low season which is a fair price. With the pool suite i also wasn't happy.

 

Btw LIK if you want a real 5 star drive little bit more to the JW Marriott with it 10 rai pool and one level higher breakfast buffet and rooms.

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6 hours ago, stevenl said:

I'm at kata villa at the moment. Basic but clean, swimming pool, 300 baht per room including breakfast. Food ok and really cheap, take away masaman 20 baht, penang 20 baht, lasagna and spaghetti 100 baht buy one get one, etc. And most importantly atm: really relaxed atmosphere.

Can't complain at that.

In 20 years i have never been to south west, did Samui once and that put me off a bit. The wife was keen to try the government scheme so we decided to try Ao Nang. Booked 3 nights at the Bluesotel and that came to 2000 baht with breakfast. Hope the street food is comparable to your prices, the wife will have a field day. Hoping we can use the vouchers on sightseeing rather than having to eat in the hotel.

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2 hours ago, Fairynuff said:

Most booking sites hugely inflate original prices, definitely rates that nobody would ever pay. Similar to hotels published or rack rates, they’re just there to show you what a hood deal you’re getting.

The only rate worth looking at is the one you’re going to pay.

booking site does not control the price you pay or the rack rate which is set by each hotel.

The higher the commission paid to agoda, booking.com,travelxxxx the higher the ranking .

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7 hours ago, zzzzz said:

at those prices their barely breaking even>
 

True, but Kata Villa was the first farang-orientated restaurant to reopen in Kata and also opened its hotel rooms at that very low rate as soon as they could. What they've done is attract a number of people who may never have visited the place, including many Thais, as they were the only game in town. They have many "loss-leaders" on their menu but prices fluctuate so next time you go, your 50 baht meal might be 100 baht and something else is cheaper. Theyre also able to keep staff happy; the prices are so low I've always left a decent tip. I'm sure others do the same. Before leaving Phuket for a few weeks, Kata Villa was literally the only place in Kata/Karon that you could say was busy, both as a hotel and restaurant.

45 minutes ago, zzzzz said:

booking site does not control the price you pay or the rack rate which is set by each hotel.

The higher the commission paid to agoda, booking.com,travelxxxx the higher the ranking .

Correct about the pricing (also cancellation policies, inclusions etc) but the strikethrough price seems to be invented!

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7 minutes ago, madmitch said:

True, but Kata Villa was the first farang-orientated restaurant to reopen in Kata and also opened its hotel rooms at that very low rate as soon as they could. What they've done is attract a number of people who may never have visited the place, including many Thais, as they were the only game in town. They have many "loss-leaders" on their menu but prices fluctuate so next time you go, your 50 baht meal might be 100 baht and something else is cheaper. Theyre also able to keep staff happy; the prices are so low I've always left a decent tip. I'm sure others do the same. Before leaving Phuket for a few weeks, Kata Villa was literally the only place in Kata/Karon that you could say was busy, both as a hotel and restaurant.

Correct about the pricing (also cancellation policies, inclusions etc) but the strikethrough price seems to be invented!

Been there quite a few times now for take-aways, at all times people around.

And busy at lunch and dinner, all tables filled multiple times.

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On 7/31/2020 at 12:14 PM, Bruce Aussie Chiang Mai said:

Agree 100%. Save your money and do Vietnam later.

Don't support people who are abusing the situation.

 

Could be a while ...

 

 

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2 hours ago, zzzzz said:

booking site does not control the price you pay or the rack rate which is set by each hotel.

The higher the commission paid to agoda, booking.com,travelxxxx the higher the ranking .

The booking site DOES control the price you pay in that they may give their own further discounts. Typical commission rate varies between 15-20% depending on the site and negotiated contract.

Rack rate is nothing to do with booking site, it’s a fictitious rate set by the hotel that is never paid by anyone.

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Drove around Phuket two weeks ago and many places were closed.  Panwa Cape, Kata, Karon, Patong and up to Surin.

Whatever you decide on, I would call the hotel and make sure they are open first.

Wherever you decide on, now is the best time ever for a Phuket visit.  The beaches are empty.  There are no crowds anywhere.

Except for Nai Harn, which was quite crowded the day we visited.  Go figure.

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