Yesterday was spent on the sofa surrounded by travel guides and lists, utilising Safari on both my phone and laptop, organising our Thai holiday for when my parents visit in April. We are heading to Hong Kong for 4 nights during the first week of the holiday leaving us time to visit the beach for some down time during the second week. Planning the holiday was a balancing act of where Dave and I have already visited, prices, reviews (I have such a love/hate relationship with Trip Advisor!) and my mums want for snorkelling!
Last time my parents visited we took them to Koh Chang. To be honest, and I have said this to them, we chose Chang because its very easy to get to and we could see how they’d get on with the heat and travel. Needless to say they loved it so this time we wanted to do a bit more with them! There are so many beautiful places to visit in Thailand we were spoiled for choice but in the back of my mind I was thinking Krabi/Raleigh/Lanta area, we visited in February 2015 but have been dying to go back.
April is kind of a weird time here as it is the end of high season, the prices go up for Songkran but then come straight down as the weather is beginning to turn so the month is often classed as low season meaning there are some very good deals to be had! Agoda is always my website of choice for looking for hotels so this is where I started, teamed with a scan of some guide books and a quick look at a few of my favourite travel bloggers for any top tips (Talk Travel To Me, Fit Travels to name a few).
Amari Vogue Krabi is a hotel that often crops up on travel blogs and in conversation with both expat and UK friends so when this was coming up just under £100 a night I knew it had to go onto the short list but to make it happen I needed to find something on Lanta that didn’t blow the budget entirely….
Whilst looking for Lanta deals and ruling some out based on terrible Trip Advisor reviews, the fabulous Crown Lanta where we stayed on our last visit appeared and I had to do a double take. At £38 a room or just over £50 for a pool access room – seriously this was too much of a bargain to ignore! With thoughts of the awesome Crown Lanta pool bar happy hour(s) in my head I booked it…and the Amari Vogue.
After a bit of research regarding ferry timings and flights we decided to stay for one night in Ao Nang the night before flying back to Bangkok to take the pressure off a bit. After a few google searches, one hotel popped up that I knew I had read about before, Red Ginger. It turns out I had read about this hotel over on Fit Travels, knowing Sarah’s recommendations are always on point and with rooms only £39 I booked this too. Accommodation – tick.
I played around a little with flights as I would rather pay a little more and fly from Suvarnabhumi Airport rather than Don Mueang, which for us is far more convenient and in our experience a much more pleasant experience overall. We could have got down to Krabi for £38 but this would have meant unearthly flight times, so plumped for Bangkok Air flying at great times of the day from Suvarnabhumi for £64 each.
So that is our accommodation and flights sorted for April – working out at just £350 per person for some serious rest and relaxation in some stunning resorts! Not bad at all.
Roll on April.
Seriously though…how do you plan your holidays? Is there a great tool out there somewhere I am missing out on?
Any tips most gratefully received!