Travel without reservations

Old Jul 21st, 2012, 12:14 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 7
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Travel without reservations

Considering a 21 day trip that will include landing and leaving from Bangkok. Stops in Luang Prabang, Siem Reap, Vietnam. Do not want to be tied down to a "must leave" schedule. Will be traveling in January 2013.
Is it reasonable/possible to book flights, find hotels etc. "on the moment" in the named places? Is this the wrong time of year to be doing this? Is there a travel agent who is flexible and available enough to be able to help with this kind of travel/adventure? Example: call on January 5th need a hotel in Siem Reap etc.
I know this can be accomplilshed on the internet, but at that time of year are there airplane, hotel, guide openings.
Central Question: based upon your knowledge is flexibility possible in January.
tzvikah is offline  
Old Jul 21st, 2012, 12:47 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 29,053
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
it can be done for sure as long as you are totally flexible... some flts may be full however
rhkkmk is offline  
Old Jul 21st, 2012, 01:01 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 33,289
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The place that will be hardest in terms of hotels will be Luang Prabang. The farther away from the New Year holiday you are the easier it will be. You do need to be flexible, as Bob says, because some flights will be full, esp. those to/from Siem Reap and to/from Luang Prabang.

You do not need a travel agent, just do the bookings yourself. Carry along a laptop or netbook, and you can manage almost all reservations that way.

Guides? In genreal, you do not need guides for this trip. If you decide you would like a guide somewhere, hire them on the spot.

The only place in SE Asia where traveling without reservations is really a bad idea right now is Burma.
Kathie is offline  
Old Jul 21st, 2012, 11:45 PM
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 9,033
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We have done several "fully flexible" trips to the area, in December/Jan and once over Tet in March/April. Travel over Tet was quite challenging, especially the flights ( we had to stay in Hue for a week). By comparison Dec was easy and we had no problems finding places to stay or, booking guides for treks etc. which we usually booked a day in advance or even on the day. Flights were a little harder and more expensive last minute, but not impossible but you may have to wait a day or two.

5* hotels will be a lot more difficult to find, particularly if traveling over the new year period or close to it. Budget and mid range places will always be available and are usually best secured via hostelworld or similar.

I doubt a travel agent will add anything (except cost!) to the process.
crellston is offline  
Old Jul 22nd, 2012, 06:04 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 7
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I appreciate the encouragement and comments. Intend to establish a general plan and then be flexible. Thanks to those who offered advice.
tzvikah is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
May 1st, 2013 06:55 AM
Feb 14th, 2011 12:28 AM
Aug 8th, 2008 07:26 PM
Feb 9th, 2004 05:10 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -