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CS Chua
26-06-2012, 09:28 PM
I booked a hotel room in Krabi for my annual holiday through Agoda. I have used Agoda a few times but this time I did not change it to Malaysian currency. The default was US dollars. After completing the transactions, I noticed that the total bill was higher than what it should be. They used 3.33 to convert the dollar to ringgit. So, I went back to Agoda with the same details like dates, hotel, and number of nights but this time in Malaysian ringgit. Darn, it was cheaper by 5%!!

Lesson learnt, use local currency in future.

cml
27-06-2012, 02:56 PM
My Chua, Any hotels you can recommend in Krabi? Going in oct with my family.

CS Chua
27-06-2012, 03:12 PM
My Chua, Any hotels you can recommend in Krabi? Going in oct with my family.

I got Ao Nang Beach Resort for about RM80 a night - include breakfast for 2. It is right at the Ao Nang beach. Supposed to be 3 stars but there are good and bad reviews about it. Anyway we just need a cool and quiet place to sleep and shower as we will be out most of the time so I am OK if it is not perfect. You can google the name or go straight to Agoda website to check out the current rates. October is still low season and price goes up 1st November so October is the best time because prices are lower and it is the end of the rainy season.

I got Air Asia for about RM250 to and fro each too, so it is an inexpensive holiday. I may spend more there if I go for daily massage and local tours.:)

bslee
27-06-2012, 03:17 PM
Thats the thing, holidaying there maybe often cheaper than local destinations. Amazing!
Thinking of going Bankok next year during off peak season to explore the Thai music shops, ori's are seem much much cheaper than mainstream kinds. Just that its all in Thai language and don't understand a word, music is still great though!

cml
27-06-2012, 03:26 PM
At least we get much much better service over there. Aside from the air fares if we are able to get some cheap flights , holidaying over there is much better than those that we have here .

patrick
27-06-2012, 04:09 PM
Thats the thing, holidaying there maybe often cheaper than local destinations. Amazing!
Thinking of going Bankok next year during off peak season to explore the Thai music shops, ori's are seem much much cheaper than mainstream kinds. Just that its all in Thai language and don't understand a word, music is still great though!

Abolutely true! That's my opinion too. That's why when I can get cheap airfares from AA, I am off to somewhere. No point wasting time and money and in bolehland. Besides, in Sawadee land, we are treated like with high regards !I just luv sawadee land! Sawadee kap !!

patrick
27-06-2012, 04:11 PM
At least we get much much better service over there. Aside from the air fares if we are able to get some cheap flights , holidaying over there is much better than those that we have here .

Agree!! That's why regardless what people say about Air Asia, we feel very blessed that since we retired, we had Air Asia to meet most of our air flight needs! Costly air fares is one of the most deterrent factors when planning a holiday!

patrick
27-06-2012, 04:18 PM
My Chua, Any hotels you can recommend in Krabi? Going in oct with my family.

If you have the time, do Marakot Beach, Island hopping, emerald lake & crystal pool and the hot spring waterfall. Highly recommended. Marakot Beach may be a bit far though as we went there from Trang, but do check it out. Have fun !!

CS Chua
27-06-2012, 05:06 PM
If you have the time, do Marakot Beach, Island hopping, emerald lake & crystal pool and the hot spring waterfall. Highly recommended. Marakot Beach may be a bit far though as we went there from Trang, but do check it out. Have fun !!

I was recommended the 4-island tour which includes a cave. Using a speed boat. Anyway I plan to do snorkeling too but my wife wouldn't because she could not swim back once due to strong current. I went to rescue her and was caught in the same current. Fortunately the boat saw us and came for us. She's too afraid of it now but I am OK. Life is full of danger anyway - even on the road.

clfoo
27-06-2012, 06:10 PM
I got Ao Nang Beach Resort for about RM80 a night - include breakfast for 2. It is right at the Ao Nang beach. Supposed to be 3 stars but there are good and bad reviews about it. Anyway we just need a cool and quiet place to sleep and shower as we will be out most of the time so I am OK if it is not perfect. You can google the name or go straight to Agoda website to check out the current rates. October is still low season and price goes up 1st November so October is the best time because prices are lower and it is the end of the rainy season.

I got Air Asia for about RM250 to and fro each too, so it is an inexpensive holiday. I may spend more there if I go for daily massage and local tours.:)

me will be there in oct too, got the air ticket deal at rm206 return, may bump into u there kap :D .

CS Chua
27-06-2012, 07:29 PM
me will be there in oct too, got the air ticket deal at rm206 return, may bump into u there kap :D .

Hehehe, we can go island hopping together but let us keep the massage separately.:heheheh:

Rhiga
28-06-2012, 10:45 AM
I booked a hotel room in Krabi for my annual holiday through Agoda. I have used Agoda a few times but this time I did not change it to Malaysian currency. The default was US dollars. After completing the transactions, I noticed that the total bill was higher than what it should be. They used 3.33 to convert the dollar to ringgit. So, I went back to Agoda with the same details like dates, hotel, and number of nights but this time in Malaysian ringgit. Darn, it was cheaper by 5%!!

Lesson learnt, use local currency in future.

Not only in internet booking for hotel…
It is also cheaper (sometimes) to choose Ringgit when making payment in-situ.

For example, in overseas airport duty-free shop, I found it cheaper to pay in MYR than other currencies with a Malaysia credit card.

kwchang
28-06-2012, 11:35 AM
..I found it cheaper to pay in MYR than other currencies with a Malaysia credit card.
I always use the credit card for payments overseas because the cards give very good exchange rates and it is also charged at the prevailing rate when the card was transacted - if you are lucky, you could get better rates than the money changer.

CS Chua
28-06-2012, 01:07 PM
I always use the credit card for payments overseas because the cards give very good exchange rates and it is also charged at the prevailing rate when the card was transacted - if you are lucky, you could get better rates than the money changer.

I agree with you when it comes to credit card purchases overseas. I believe that Visa and Mastercard have a daily conversion rate like the bank and it is quite good. But for Agoda and other independent merchants, they choose their own rates apparently so it is higher.

I will be filing a complaint against Agoda soon. If they bill me in US dollar they should stay with it and not convert it back to ringgit.