Hotel rates in Phuket can get astronomically expensive at times, especially to the unwary tourist. Having been in the Phuket hotel industry for over 20 years, we want to share our little secrets with you on how to get the cheapest hotel rates in Phuket. This could save you a ton of money to spend on other things that will make your vacation even more meaningful.
1) Book Early (save approximately 35%)
Its simple, the earlier you book, the cheaper the rates are. Hotels want to encourage you to book early so that they can take less risk of now being able to fill their rooms in time for the stay date. So how early is considered early? I would say, aim to book your hotel 2-3 months in advance. This could potentially save you approximately 35% of the room rate. There are people out there who say that you should do the opposite and book at the last minute. The logic is that at the last minute, hotels that could not fill their rooms would offer ridiculous discounts in order to desperately fill their rooms in time. I would agree that this strategy might work if you are looking for the cheapest rate regardless of quality. However, it would not work so well for high quality and high popularity hotels. That is because these hotels usually sell well enough that they do not have to dump their prices at the last minute. In addition, responsible hotels would not engage in this type of last minute strategy as it would train customers to book wait until the last minute to book their rooms. This is definitely a huge risk for hotels in the long run. So if you want cheap high quality hotels, book at least 2-3 months early. You can check out our early bird promotions here!
2) Book directly with the hotel website (Get the true best rate guarantee- Potentially save up to 20%)
You may think that booking via expedia, booking.com, or agoda guarantees you the best rates. Wrong! Online travel agents (OTA’s) often claims best rate guarantee and consumers blindly believe that. The truth is, it is quite impossible for OTA’s to regulate what hotels are offering to their customers on their websites. Imaging selling hundreds of thousands of hotels, how are you going to guarantee that all those hotels are faithfully respecting your best rate guarantee? Its impossible! But guess who is able to REALLY guarantee the best rate? Well, you’ve guessed it! It’s the hotels themselves! After all hotels OWN their own product and determine how much they want to charge for it. OTA’s on the other hand, take the product and price set by the hotels and sells them and earns a commission in return. This commission is usually approximately 20%. This means that if you go to the hotels themselves and show them that OTA’s are currently selling their hotel at around $100, the hotel could still offer you the same room for $85 and still make more money than if they allow you to book that same room on an OTA (considering OTA’s earn 20% commission). Furthermore, many hotels nowadays offer many other exclusive benefits to customers who book directly through the hotels’ official websites. These benefits range from free minibar, food credits or even free room upgrades! You can see our list of available promotions on our official website here! So what are you waiting for? Book direct and get cheap hotel rates in Phuket now!
3) Come in October (cheap rates + great weather)
Phuket has high and low seasons. Many people will tell you to book during the low season because rates are cheaper. However, what they do not tell you is that not all months in the low season are created equal! Many of these low season months are plagued by constant rain and thunderstorms. Yes, you may be able to get hotel rooms for cheap but who wants to come to sunshine island and be soaked in constant rain? So why October? October is the last month of the low season where there is less rain and skies are much clearer. Yet, the rates are still as low as if you were to book your stay in May (the month with worst weather). So come to Phuket in October if you want the best of both worlds (cheap hotel rates and great weather). You will not regret it!
4) Avoid Peak period
Peak periods in Phuket are brutal. Hotel rates triple and quadruple yet quality remains the same. Peak periods in Phuket are between 20th Dec to 10th Jan. The funny thing is that before 20th Dec and after 10th Jan, prices are approximately twice lower. This is an unspoken rule that hotels in Phuket seem to abide by for any reason. Therefore, do you wallet a favor, avoid peak periods at all cost!
5) Book Packages (approximately 40-50% cheaper)
You know you are not going to be staying at the hotel all day anyways. So why book bed and breakfast only rates? That makes no sense! Do yourself a favor and book the hotel-packaged rates. These packages may include tours, excursions, dinners, spa treatments, etc. In order to make packages affordable and high in value, hotels often have to discount their room rates by approximately 40-50%. Tour packages booked through hotels are also often of a higher quality and safety. No hotel want to risk its reputation by working with sub-par tour operators. You can check out our list of available packages here.
So we hope you learn a thing or two about how to get cheap hotel rates in Phuket. So try putting our tricks to the test and you can be sure to save a tremendous amount of money for your next trip to Phuket!