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Staying in Hostel Dorms - how much is age a factor?

Posted by exacto on 13/4/2019 at 04:01

The recent post for Ban Rim Nam Hostel near the Phun Phin train station got me thinking about staying in dorm-style hostel accommodation again. I did this a great deal when I was younger, particularly in places like Australia and the United States, but not so much in Thailand, as it wasn't as common an option back then.

When I was in my 30's and 40's, I sometimes (but not always) felt made unwelcome by the 20-somethings staying in the dorm rooms, which made me self conscious about it. Now that I'm in my 50's, I wonder if that is still the case, or if the dorm scene has changed as my generation continues to backpack along as we always did.

So, what's the honest feedback? How much is age a factor? Will I generally feel welcome, or be made to feel out of place? Cheers.

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Posted by amnicoll on 15/4/2019 at 02:57

Hostels are not so popular in Thailand plenty of cheap hotels and guesthouses.

Quite frankly I would have said hard to predict but I would have said they may not invite you out to party but I am sure most would pass the time of day with you.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 19/4/2019 at 10:35 admin

I was in Singapore a few weeks ago and stayed in three hostels while there, no real issues from other guests, though I do find I get a better night of sleep in a private room. In one of the Singapore dorms I was woken by a couple in the bunk right beside me getting it on—it really was a distraction I could have done without.

The dorms I was in were not really "party hostels" and cost a bit more (I paid from around S$35 to $50 per night, but I've found the cheaper ones a bit of a false economy as I tend to get almost no sleep and spend the next day tired... Only one of the three did activities that I could have joined in on (I didn't) and there were plenty of people north of 40 at each of the places I stayed at.

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Posted by midwestmimi on 20/4/2019 at 04:54

I have used dorms as a senior age 60 plus. I had a private room in Dresden Germany but I have also stayed in smaller dorms of 4-6 beds. Hostels in California, Slovenia, Greece were a mix of ages, Best if female dorm available. I enjoyed chatting at meals about travel tips. I didn’t join others as they went out to party. A way to share books/ snacks etc can break the ice! I often became a sounding board as young travelers discussed career choices and life!

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