On this page you will find links to a number of companies I personally use and trust. If you make a booking on thaizer.com I may receive a small commission. This helps to pay some of the expenses involved in running this website. Making a booking using the links on thaizer.com does not cost you any extra, but does mean you are helping me to help you. Thank you for your support.
I’ve been using Agoda to book hotels in Thailand for many years. During that time I’ve made hundreds of bookings with them and only experienced a few minor issues. They are particularly good for Thailand and South-East Asia where their prices are often (but not always) the best to be found online.
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I’ve only started to use booking.com myself over the last year. I check with booking.com because sometimes they have hotels and guest-houses listed that Agoda don’t so it’s a useful comparison. I’ve only made a dozen or so bookings with them for smaller hotels in Thailand, but so far no problems.
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Although I am unable to provide tours myself, I do have friends who own registered tour companies in Thailand and whose services I trust. If you would like to book a tour in Thailand, please email me with an idea of your requirements and I will get back to you. At the moment, most of the tours I can help with are in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and the north of Thailand. Trips that can be arranged include ethical elephant experiences (no riding), local culture, cycling, rafting, trekking and more. If you would like to arrange your own itinerary or just require a car or van with driver, please get in touch.
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Of all the companies listed here, this is the only one I have had no personal dealings with. Viator is a well-known international brand (part of the Trip Advisor group) and do offer some tours in Thailand* that may be of interest to you. If you do book a tour with them I would welcome any feedback you have (good, bad or indifferent!).
*I support responsible tourism and animal welfare. Whoever you book a tour with in Thailand, please avoid the ones that involve elephant riding. Viator recently announced they would no longer offer tours that involve elephant riding and tiger-petting. This decision is long overdue. In view of this, I’m trialling Viator on this site. They’ve told me that any existing elephant-riding trips still on their website will be completely removed by early 2017.
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I’ve used World Nomads myself in the past, but never had to claim. The thing about travel insurance companies is you only find out how good they really are in those unfortunate times when something goes wrong and you need them to help you. World Nomads aren’t the cheapest out there, but they are amongst the most flexible. They offer travel insurance to citizens of most countries and you can also buy or extend cover online if you are already on your travels. Whether you use World Nomads or not, do make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance for any trip to Thailand. And do make sure you read the small print to see what you are and aren’t covered for, especially for things like riding a motorbike.
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