I am booking my flight today and the one I prefer has a short layover but I will be arriving in Thailand at midnight. I am a solo female traveler and I just want to be careful since I will be traveling alone. I've read its not the best idea to travel alone at night but my hostel is 20-30 minutes away from the airport. Is it safe to travel in a taxi at night from the airport to a nearby hostel?
Personally I think it's safe. I mean, there's an element of risk involved in just walking out your door. If you want to be extra safe, you could see if your hostel can pick you up at the airport. Otherwise, choose a flight that arrives earlier so you can use the airport link train or public buses. If you're going to a popular traveler area you could also ask some of the other people in line to see if anyone wants to share a taxi, which of course has the added benefit of making it cheaper for everyone.
Where is your "hostel"??? (typically referred to as "guesthouse" in this part of the world)
If it's in one of the popular backpacker ghettos like Khao San Road then you should be able to find people at baggage claim to share a taxi so you feel more secure. Anyway it's pretty safe. Go to the metered taxi rank on the ground floor, state your destination, get a voucher, make sure the driver turns on the meter, and off you go. Should cost about 300 baht in light traffic late at night (can ask the driver to skip the tollways). Have small banknotes to pay the fare as taxi drivers often can't/won't break large notes (withdraw 9,900b from ATM or make small purchase at the airport). Happy travels =)
Surprise! That thing so maligned by manty of you;that venerable GUIDEBOOK-even has a special box about it-as so many planes from nervous people arr. BKk by 24.00. Confirming its all OK-just logical thinking -the power of big numbers-should people able to think for themselves tell the same. For dumbfounded USAers; even though you are brainwashed to believe NY is a big apple that never sleeps-its actually BKK. NY cannot sleep due to all that hauling noise of firevans and crimechasing police-BKk just lives 24 hrs.And as BKK is build up, actually hoStels (as most of you newbsies only trust web and thus are misled by such sites) close by airport are much more prone to sit in abandoned dark areas, along freeways without any footpath.
Also IMHO Thailand is one of the very, very few countries where single males are more prone to ill intended people as those single females.
Always very happy to smash some wrong prejudice.
#5 captainbkk has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 472
Well that me start by smashing your prejudice concerning NewYork City. It's a city with serious nightlife and you can go clubbing at three a.m. without a problem. Thailand has closing laws and by two in the morning, almost all clubs are done. I like Bangkok, and it's certainly a lot cheaper than NYC, but it's not more cosmopolitan than New York nor more alive.
Single females travelling at night by taxi are at some risk - at least according to my Thai friends from the Bangkok Salsa scene. The solution of sharing a cab is a good one.
On a side note: "Hostels" are not the same as Guesthouses or hotels. Somehow the term hostel is slowly creeping into the lexicon as synonamous with guesthouse. Just as trekking is slowly becoming synonamous with hiking. The primary difference is that guesthouses provide individual rooms and hostels provide larger bay rooms with multiple beds often shared by people who do not know each other. In Thailand you might also note the term "resort" is also a synonym for "short time hotel". Just an FYI.
I was thinking about getting a room at Refill Now, I read that it is close to the airport. This all makes me fell better, I wasn't sure if there would be any help getting a taxi so late at night (midnight). And my flight is 21 hrs to Bangkok so I will get tired. Thanks for the help!!
"In Thailand you might also note the term "resort" is also a synonym for "short time hotel". Just an FYI."
The Marriott Resort is a ST hotel is it?
At least half of the 4-5 star hotels near beaches have resort in the name LOL
"The primary difference is that guesthouses provide individual rooms and hostels provide larger bay rooms with multiple beds often shared by people who do not know each other."
A lot of hostels have private rooms. GHs are all private while hostels have a mix of rooms. That's the difference. Hostels are far more common in European countries though. No need for a hostel in Thailand when GHs are so cheap.