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  • yqiang

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    Hi everyone,
    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 Posted: 9/5/2008 - 09:00

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  • somtam2000

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    Hi Yi,

    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.

    #2 Posted: 9/5/2008 - 10:13

  • jchang

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    11th May, 2008
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    Hi Yi,
    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.

    #3 Posted: 19/5/2008 - 19:30

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