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Sorry, I forgot to update on my Google Maps theory. 3 hotels booked, and Google Maps and Agoda offered exactly the same rates. However. I know that I've made substantial previously, in particular on Ratchaburi bookings. I will book with careful scrutiny when we go to the Nasatta Light Festival Winter Illumination, hopefully in 2 weeks time.
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Big Boy wrote: Thu Nov 30, 2023 12:59 pm I will book with careful scrutiny when we go to the Nasatta Light Festival Winter Illumination, hopefully in 2 weeks time.
Let us know where you stay (and if you get a better rate on Google Maps), will probably head up there ourselves in the next couple of weeks.
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We usually stay at the Western Grand Hotel. An older hotel, but cared for. I actually think it must have once been Ratchaburi's top hotel. Not expensive, and easy to get to.
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Sometimes there is a prize that is subject to cashback terms, which is a little annoying. If you use VPN you will get about the same price, sometimes even cheaper without cashback.
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While I was away down South this week I had 3 separate hotel bookings, one for each night. I kept getting e-mails from โรงแรมนานาบุรี <notifications@agoda-messaging.com> advising my bookings were about to be cancelled. I didn't panic, thinking there are plenty of other hotels I can use. However, none of the bookings were cancelled. The hotels knew nothing about it. Has anybody else experienced this?
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Big Boy wrote: Sat Dec 09, 2023 1:34 pm While I was away down South this week I had 3 separate hotel bookings, one for each night. I kept getting e-mails from โรงแรมนานาบุรี <notifications@agoda-messaging.com> advising my bookings were about to be cancelled. I didn't panic, thinking there are plenty of other hotels I can use. However, none of the bookings were cancelled. The hotels knew nothing about it. Has anybody else experienced this?
Knew nothing about cancellations or bookings ?
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They still had the bookings - knew nothing about the cancellations.

I've just booked to go to the light festival next week, so will see if it happens again.

Incidentally, I booked the Grand Western Hotel for 497฿/night (after taxes, etc) via Google Maps/Agoda. Agoda's starting price is 525฿. A small saving, but a saving it was.
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Big Boy wrote: Sat Dec 09, 2023 2:54 pm They still had the bookings - knew nothing about the cancellations.

I've just booked to go to the light festival next week, so will see if it happens again.

Incidentally, I booked the Grand Western Hotel for 497฿/night (after taxes, etc) via Google Maps/Agoda. Agoda's starting price is 525฿. A small saving, but a saving it was.
Had same problem once before with booking.com telling me my reservation was cancelled because of (allegedly) problem with my credit card yet when we arrived at the hotel the room was ready and no knowledge of any cancellation.
And same as you, it didn't bother us as there were other hotels we could have gone to
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I've received a series of Agoda cashback e-mails from Cashback from Agoda <no-reply@agoda.com>, but they sound like scams to me i.e.:
Simply click the “Request Cashback Reward” button below and provide us with your details, including valid credit card or debit card information. After you submit your details, it should only take us a few days to remit the amount to your card.
Each e-mail is offering a different amount. None of the amounts is going to make me rich (largest amount $4.32), but I'm afraid they could be stripping my money. Is anybody else receiving them? Has anybody clicked the button?

I'd appreciate feedback.
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Never receive emails from them aside from booking confirmations. The "cashback" offers are usually displayed when you try to book something, it discounts a few baht off the price.

Don't EVER enter your credit card details into something that you arrived at by clicking on a link/button in an email!!!

While on the subject of Agoda, be aware that it is very selective over what reviews get published. It omits some of the negative reviews and only pushes the positive ones to get more bookings (revenue). I reviewed a place we recently stayed in giving it a lower score due to the excessive noise and half the lights and sockets in the room not functioning - Agoda did not publish it and only published the reviews I submitted on places that were positive. Google was less biased. Caveat emptor.

Edit: Maybe Agoda in Thailand is subject to its stupid slander laws and is legally prohibited from publishing negative reviews for Thai hotels over the threat of being sued (for telling the truth). Its just something to be aware of when reading reviews on the site.
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You can view your cashback rewards on your Agoda website. You can also request the money there.
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