Finding a last minute deal to Thailand is becoming easier and easier as a proliferation of websites has been set up to help you do exactly this. Phuket is one of the main choices for those looking for an affordable holiday by the beach.
Airlines offer last minute deals in travel agents or over the internet, and often work with hotels and resorts to put together very enticing packages. These are particularly useful for those with children, to whom, in this economic climate, a holiday is a real luxury.
Villas are now affordable options as property owners are doing all sorts of things to encourage rentals. Last minute deals will get you a discount, as will longer stays. Often property owners will slash the rental price for late reservations by taking away some of the value added extras such as chefs and airport transfers. For large groups a stay in a villa can actually work out cheaper than everyone staying in a mid-range resort. Last minute deals rely on people taking a gamble, but once in Phuket most realize that the gamble has paid off.