2 friends and I are going to be visiting Thailand in the first week of August this year. We're all really excited but there is one small caveat. I am rather adventurous and am really looking forward to staying in a hostel. My friend and his girlfriend however have reservations. They think
a) It will be really hot and uncomfortable
b) It will be unsafe (things will get stolen)
I think they're probably right that it might not be the same experience as staying in a western style hotel but I feel that the opportunity to meet fellow travelers far outweighs that aspect.
What do you guys think about the safety issue? Is there any data available I can use to convince them that it's actually not too bad?
#1 yqiang has been a member since 8/5/2008. Posts: 1
Most guesthouses will have some kind of security box or safe that valuables can be stored in -- use it.
There's plenty of guesthouses with air-con, so there's no need to be hot and uncomfortable.
As you say there's always a risk of theft, but I think the chances are really quite low, and, as you say there's the added benefit of meeting other travellers etc.
You're looking for data on guesthouse security? I don't think there is any. But u can always show them the online reviews made by other travellers. These reviews can be found here on Travelfish or other backpacker guides. Overall, I agree security is not an issue.
And yep, guesthouses can be really comfortable. Some even come with TVs and fridge. Just do your research and pick a good one.