There are two choices whenever one wants to go on holiday. They can either buy a package from a travel agent, which will include accommodation, food, transportation, tour packages at the destination and a whole lot of other things. Or they can do what i do, make the booking of the holiday itself an adventure.
Whenever i plan to go on holiday, the first thing i do is look for hotel rates at my travel destination. There are three sites that i normally visit. The firs is hotelscombined.com. Hotels combined.com is not a hotel reservation service. What it does is it compares the rates from over 30 hotel reservation services available on the net. It gives you a list of hotels with rooms available on the date you're travelling for you to compare. You can book the rooms through any of the hotel reservation sites it provides. This is their link if you want to check it out.
The next site i usually go through is Agoda.com. This is a hotel reservation service. This is their link:
Another site i visit is viewmalaysia.com. This is a Malaysian site and you have to pay to join. It is a hotel reservation service and although it is a local site, it can give you some decent rate worldwide.
Now the reason why i go through these three sites is because i like to get the best deals. The biggest factor affecting hotel rates is timing. The time you wish to travel will affect the rate for accommodation. Travelling during peak season could be very expensive. So in order to get the best deal, i check these three sites.
The reason why i like doing this is that sometimes, while doing your research for hotel reservations, you come a cross a tourist attraction which would be interesting, but lies off the beaten track. I've visited some very interesting locations, which were not on any tour package but are interesting none the less. Next time you want to book a vacation, consider doing this. It could make the holiday more interesting.