The internet is a great tool for gathering information. It is also great for communicating, publishing and using online software. For travel, people no longer have to rely on printed media to help them choose where they want to stay. Moreover, to book a hotel room or hostel bed it is no longer necessary to telephone, fax or write. Using email has taken the stress out of online booking. However, online booking might not get the best deals.
Most online booking engines make a profit by charging a commission. Invariably it is cheaper to not book through a general site. These sites provide useful information about accommodation choices. Once a place has been chosen the smart thing to do is to look for the website belonging to the hotel you have singled out. Often booking direct with a hotel rather than going through a big booking engine will save you money on your room or bed.
Google maps now have a good feature that lets people spot hotels and other businesses on a map. These geo tags often come with a website address. If you contact the hotel directly you are in a position to bargain especially if it is the low season.
In many tropical locations such as Thailand there is more choice for accommodation than at first glance on Google may be apparent. Thai hotel and resort prices on such places as Koh Phangan have been steadily increasing year by year. Now on Thong Nai Pan Noi in Koh Phangan, for example, hotel rooms cost between $300 and $1,000 a night. It is at this point private villa hire becomes a viable alternative. If you search the website you will find Sunrise Villa in Tong Nai Pan Noi. It is a 3 bedroom villa with air-con, hot water, lounge and kitchen for just $166 a night. It can accommodate 6 people. Not only is it much cheaper than the hotels on the same beach but provides more space and privacy.
Thus, it is worth doing more research and avoiding big name booking sites if you want to find the best accommodation deals on the internet.