Last week a couple of partners asked whether they could integrate their own search forms with sletoH.com hotel search. We have re-written a piece of the search engine to make this possible.
To create your own search form you will need these form input components:
- Text box for the hotel, city or airport name.
- Date input for check in date (date format is dd-mm-yyyy).
- Nights dropdown.
- Rooms, adults and children dropdowns. When children > 0, child_age must be supplied for each child.
- Currency dropdown (EUR, GBP, USD).
Refer to the search form at www.sletoh.com for dropdown values and ranges. For example nights is between 1 and 28, rooms between 1 and 5.
Your search form should send traffic to More >
Once again it’s time for the biggest arts festival in the world to take centre stage in Scotland’s beautiful capital, and for three weeks this August the Edinburgh Fringe Festival will showcase an eclectic mix of talent from across the performing arts board. A mix of some of the best loved names in music, theatre and comedy will look to cement their places in the annals of the Fringe’s history alongside a cast of un-known talent eager to make a big impression. Here, we run through a list of the top ten free acts to see at this year’s Edinburgh More >
From May 20th 2010 Travelodge UK will stop paying commissions on sales through Affiliate Window as they focus all advertising and marketing spend on other channels. The Travelodge program will remain active on the network but with zero commission! Commission may return in 2011. Not much comfort for the affiliates that have invested a lot of time and effort in promoting Travelodge properties!!
On a positive note the Travelodge Ireland program (with 11 hotels) continues to offer 5% commission.
For all Travelodge UK affiliates wondering what to do with their links they may consider switching them to our affiliate program. We have More >
In April we launched hotel search forms that can be customised to fit perfectly into affiliate websites. The new search forms can be configured with width and height to fit into any part of an affiliates web page whether it be a vertical side bar or wide horizontal space. Background and text colour can be adjusted to fit the look and feel of affiliate travel sites.
After setting up the look and feel and site integration affiliates can preset the search form destination box to match the content of their web pages. A page about London can preset the search form to More >
Wow! Vang Vieng is a serious party town!
Arrived at 9pm into Oh La La bar where 23 people (yes 23!) were playing killer pool. The rules were clearly designed to get patrons drunk: miss a shot and down a whisky; pot a ball and down a whisky; win the game for a crate of beer and whisky!! Vang Vieng is all about drinking and partying.
The main reason, probably the only reason, to take the trouble to get to Vang Vieng, is actually for a day time event and not a night time one. The town is infamous for riding down river on an inner More >
The 5 hour mini-van journey from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng reveals Laos’ mountainous terrain. Slowly climbing the winding mountain roads gives breathtaking views of rolling countryside and untouched lands. Roadside villages appear every 15 or so miles giving you a passing insight into their happy lives of near poverty – they bathe with hose pipes, live in shacks and are surrounded by their livestock of hens and cockerels. To a Western eye this seems disadvantageous but the Laos people laugh almost as much as their Thai neighbours and seem to find fun in everything they do.
When the sun went down 3 hours into our journey, the scenery disappeared and the winding roads became arduous and More >
The slow boat journey from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang in Laos (approx 32 GBP) involved many segments:
- 5 hour minibus from Chiang Mai guesthouse to Thailand / Laos border area.
- Overnight stay at guesthouse (included in price).
- 10 minute minibus to border crossing at Chiang Khong, Thailand.
- Cross Mekong River to Huay Xai in Laos and go through chaotic immigration and passport control. Process, if you can call it that, takes approx 90 minutes. Enter the immigration office and don’t be too alarmed when a random Laos ‘official’ (who is not wearing a uniform) takes your passport from you – he should hand it to the More >
Thankfully I only had to endure Phuket for 16 hours before I boarded an Air Asia flight direct to Chiang Mai (approx 40 GBP).
Chiang Mai airport is only 3 km from the city and taxi are cheap at 120 baht (approx 2.5 GBP). To bring the cost down (2.50 is a lot in Thailand!) I shared a taxi with 3 other new arrivals and by coincidence we were all headed to the same place – Julie’s Guesthouse – because we had all read Lonely Planet. Once a bar, restaurant, accommodation or activity makes it into Lonely Planet or Rough Guides, it More >
From Koh Lanta my next stop was Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. To get there I had to take two ferries to Phuket and then a flight. Unfortunately the second ferry didn’t arrive in time for the flight and I had to spend a night in Phuket.
I visited Phuket in 2002 and found it to be a very seedy place full of go-go bars, prostitutes and older Western men arm in arm with very young Thai girls. I didn’t want to visit again but opening my mind in 2009 I decided to see how it had changed in 7 years. More >
On the ferry from Railay to Koh Lanta, one of the chaps on the boat could arrange accommodation. Having none I welcomed his advice and we narrowed a vast list of Koh Lanta accommodations to 3 that were within my price range and (more importantly) were near the main Koh Lanta nightlife hotspot – according to the chap, the nightlife was best in Phra Ae beach, aka Long Beach.
I opted for the LD Beach bungalows for 600 baht per night (approx 12 GBP) and having dropped my gear in the concrete bungalow, set off to find out what night-time shenanigans More >