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1. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 9y

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Hi Guys,

Just wondering how much you would all pay for a decent hostel in thailand? We have been looking for double rooms as we're not crazy on the idea of sleeping in separate beds but can you let me know if you think a private room in a hostel in a better than a hotel? I've noticed that the price of a double room in some hostels is the same price as hotels in thailand - (still unbelievable cheap) but am just wondering everybodys views on this. I think hostels would be better because of price but also because there would be like minded back packers there and have heard the atmosphere can be great and you can meet some great people in hostels.

Anybody wanna share their views on this?

Thanks

C

2. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 9y

Although I'm not in a position to comment on the hostels themselves as I never used one n Thailand one wonders why one would stay at one with hotels being so plentiful and cheap.
In Oz they are a useful and valid facility for the budget traveller but in Thailand accomodation is so cheap they don't really seem necessary

3. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 9y

Thanks Wildfk,
Some hostels I have looked at seem to be half the price of hotels and less - even for a double en suite room. I know this might sound like me being cheap as hotels are such good value, but every little helps - specially while backpacking for 3 months €5 a night for 3 months is over €300!!
I was also wondering about the atmosphere in hostels - I think you would have more of a chance to meet people in a hostel than a hotel - I could be wrong this might not be the case in thailand but I can imagine a much more laid back atmosphere in a hotel.

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

I usually stay in guesthouses, in Thailand. I usually pay less than 200Bahts per night for a double room, for me and my daughter.
Lots of backpackers stay in these guesthouses, so I never have trouble meeting them. There is usually a cafe in the guesthouses, where backpackers who are staying in that guesthouse and other guesthouses hang out.

Mel

5. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 9y

That sounds amazing to be honest - I just cant believe you can get a double room for the equivalent of €4. But I think guesthouses appeal to me a lot more than hotels because its so easy to meet other travellers, which is all really part of the experience isn't it.

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Clarife, the great thing about places like the Khao San Road, is when u get back there, after a month of travelling in Thailand, u will meet somebody u know from somewhere in Thailand, just about everytime u walk down the street, or sit at a cafe. It is amazing.

Yeah, those 4 Euro double guesthouse rooms are such a bonus. Sometimes u dont get a bathroom, in your room, but often u do, which makes it even better.
And travel around Thailand is really really cheap too. I traveled 3rd class on a train, for 10 hours, the last time I was in Thailand, for just 8 Euros.

7. Posted by beckish (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Hiya, I`m still on my hols in thailand at the moment and have stayed in guesthouses all the way, they`re cheap and most of them are clean and well run, go through word of mouth if you can, price depends on what part of thailand your in, if you go to gorgeous Chiang Mai I stayed at Julies guesthouse and now wouldn`t want to stay anywhere else while up there!!! although I`ve now splashed out a little for my final weeks on a beach bungalow on Haad Yao, Koh Phangan!!! still cheap as chips though!

8. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 9y

Hi Becks,

I'm so jealous!!!

How much did it cost to stay in Julies guesthouse, and can you book tours there? & How much is the bungalow costing you at the moment?

Clarife, the great thing about places like the Khao San Road, is when u get back there, after a month of travelling in Thailand, u will meet somebody u know from somewhere in Thailand, just about everytime u walk down the street, or sit at a cafe. It is amazing.

That sounds great Mel, exactly the kind of experience we're looking for - has your daughter been to thailand much with you? Thats one lucky girl!

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting clarife

That sounds great Mel, exactly the kind of experience we're looking for - has your daughter been to thailand much with you? Thats one lucky girl!

We have only been to Thailand once together, so far. We were there, for a month, last November.
We go for the second time, next Tueday, for a month.
It is a good place, to go with kids, because the Thais love them.

Mel

10. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 9y

Thats brilliant! how old is she?