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Kenilworth, United...
posts: 11
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All inclusive Thailand

We are looking to go to Thailand in March 2014 for 2 weeks. We were hoping to go 'All Inclusive' but I haven't found many hotels that do all inclusive. Does anyone know of any or have any recommendations?

Also, if we end up with full board does anyone know how much the hotels charge for drinks?

Bangkok
posts: 2,294
1. Re: All inclusive Thailand

Nooooooooo!!!! Hotel food bad, food outside good.

Italy
Destination Expert
for Livigno, Lombardy
posts: 39,239
reviews: 139
2. Re: All inclusive Thailand

You should never book all inclusive in Thailand, one of the best things about holidaying there is that eating out is so cheap and the food's wonderful.

London
Destination Expert
for Thailand
posts: 5,945
reviews: 121
3. Re: All inclusive Thailand

All inclusive in Thailand is quite rare because the range of food and drink available at very reasonable prices outside hotels. Unless you are particularly heavy drinkers and would aim to max out on the booze available in an all inclusive rate I would not suggest it as a good alternative in Thailand.

Berlin/Bangkok
Destination Expert
for Bangkok, Berlin, Thailand
posts: 12,541
reviews: 33
4. Re: All inclusive Thailand

I agree with everyone. Don't do "all inclusive." There's no point in a country that has so much incredible food.

Vancouver
posts: 3,153
reviews: 21
5. Re: All inclusive Thailand

You would be missing one of the great adventures of being in Thailand.... the food, especially the street food. It is so delicious and so cheap! The adventure of going out and sampling different things and seeing the Thai people preparing it fresh, on the street in little carts - that's so much more fun than sitting in a restaurant as we normally do at home....

It would be such a waste of a wonderful experience if you opted for all inclusive. Thailand is not the place for that.

Poulton Le Fylde...
Destination Expert
for Khao Lak, Khao Sok National Park
posts: 26,857
reviews: 69
6. Re: All inclusive Thailand

Thomson Holidays and Thomas Cook in UK, part of the Tui Group who generally cover same holidays from Germany and Scandinavia are currently pushing All Inclusive resorts in Khao Lak, Phuket and Krabi. I think people will find them first of all Expensive, even taking into account what is included as All Inclusive and secondly Disappointing.

Disappointing because:

* there is a far greater choice of better accommodation in better locations,

* the All Inclusive facilities, like motorised water sports, windsurfing, hobie cats etc. that are included in resorts in, say, the Caribbean, are not available in Thai locations,

* and when they arrive guests will soon find out how much better eating out is tan eating in.

But if people want to risk wasting money and being disappointed, booking AI in Thailand is the best place to do it!

Kenilworth, United...
posts: 11
reviews: 4
7. Re: All inclusive Thailand

Thanks everyone. Won't bother with All Inclusive deals. Can anyone recommend a hotel or area to stay in which would be a good base to explore?

Poulton Le Fylde...
Destination Expert
for Khao Lak, Khao Sok National Park
posts: 26,857
reviews: 69
8. Re: All inclusive Thailand

You need to give some more information before anyone can advise further. Do you want one or more destinations? Many combine a stay in Bangkok and/or a few days in the north in Chiang Mai, with a beach destination. In March the west (Andaman) coast is good for weather and destinations include Phuket, Khao Lak, Krabi and Ko Lanta. There is plenty of information on each one in the Top Questions and Things to Do on each forum where you can post questions about that particular place. An idea of your budget for accommodation will help with suggestions to fit it.

Motherwell, United...
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reviews: 7
9. Re: All inclusive Thailand

Please don't go AI to Thailand.

You'll miss out on all the delicious food from street carts and local run restaurants.

I'd much rather support the local economy than some multinational travel company.

Kind regards

Jim

Kenilworth, United...
posts: 11
reviews: 4
10. Re: All inclusive Thailand

Thanks everyone, Holoiday now booked (not all inclusive).