Dear Asian travelers,
I've done a bit of work over the past few days on getting reservations in place for our (me and the husband) southeast Asia trip coming up in Jan.
We knew we'd go with chain, bigger and non-local hotels for the big cities, but wanted to stay at local places with a lot of local atmosphere for the others.
I'd love to get some thoughts from all you knowledgeable and avid Asia travelers.
Bangkok - 2 nights. Currently booked at the Plaza Athenee through SPG points, but I'm wondering if we should switch to the Royal Orchid Sheraton. Pros and cons of both?
Chiang Mai - 3 nights. Booked at Baan Orapin in a 1 BR suite. I found it odd that they wouldn't take a deposit, nor would they give a confirmation/reservation number. But maybe that's just me being a westerner ;)
Siem Reap - 3 nights. I'm struggling with this one. While I know Hotel de la Paix is overpriced and more 'modern' rather than 'charming', it seems to get rave reviews. I'm also contemplating the following places: Heritage Suites, Shinta Mani, Victoria Angkor, Journeys Within, and Hanuman Alaya. I feel like I looked into 2 dozen places, and these I highlighted as most appealing to me. Any thoughts would be wonderful.
Hoi An - 2 nights. Booked at Ha An in a deluxe garden view room. A little nervous about this because of some reviews stating that they are unreliable, but I found there to be VERY slim pickin's in Hoi An. Thoughts? I personally wouldn't mind staying somewhere like Life or Victoria Resort, but my husband felt it looked like a "Jamaican or Caribbean resort and we wouldn't know we were in Vietnam", so Ha An we went. If you can convince me otherwise on the resorts, I just might switch Ha An out.
Hanoi - 1 night. Booked at Hanoi Elegance 2 in a junior suite.
Halong Bay - 2 nights. Booked on the Halong Jasmine.
Hanoi - 1 night. Booked again at the Hanoi Elegance 2 in a junior suite.
And that's it. Thank you very much in advance for your input.