First time backpacker here... I am heading off for a month in Thailand. Hvae budgeted to stay in basic but nice guesthouses along the way.
Just wondering if bedding is supplied in all guesthouses and if you recommend taking any??
#1 tuckere has been a member since 10/8/2006. Posts: 11
Yep, bedding is usually included. Having said that it will most probably only consist of a sheet.
You may find it a good investment to buy yourself a 'Silk Liner'; a tad expensive but worth their weight in gold. I don't know where your based but check out this UK website to get the low down: http://www.venturesport.co.uk/venturesport_product.asp?parseid=2224
You could alway check out eBay.
Have a great trip whatever.......................
Who wants Fat Hair.........................
Generally speaking (and there are always exceptions) a cheap guesthouse will have a bottom sheet and either a top sheet or some kind of cheap blanket, and a pillow case. Better places (and in cooler climates) you may bet more bedding. I've met a few travellers who pack a sleepsheet, or even a single sheet, but I'd say most of the time they don't need it. I find sleepsheets uncomfortable and too hot, and its just another thing to carry.
In a decade of travelling in SE Asia, I could count on one hand the number of times I've seen a bed that was just too repulsive to sleep in...
The only thing that may be worth carrying is a towel as often the cheapest places don't supply them -- leaving you to dry yourself under a ceiling fan, with your hankerchief, or with their pillow case ;-)
#3 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,707
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First time I went to SEA I had a bed sheet (which I tossed along with my WAY TOO HOT Reeboks almost immediately), and a pillow case (which came in handy when the pillows looked dubious). I ended up using a big sarong for my bedsheet AND my towel. I still do this. Usually it's too warm to have anything more than a sarong at night, and when using one for a towel, it dries very quickly and packs up to almost nothing.
If you're going anywhere other than Thailand you'll probably find that accomodations in places like Burma and Cambodia set you up properly with sheets/comforters and towels and, unlike Thailand, toilet paper.
I've had pretty much the same experience as Somtam, even better in fact, with never having suffered through a bed that was too repulsive to sleep in. My lovely wife, however, isn't quite as forgiving as I when it comes to bedding. She carries with her one of the silk liners that steviej mentioned. It's cheap, at only about $20-ish US dollars, and very lightweight too at around 150 grams. The three times she used it during our last trip made it completely worth the cost and weight for her. If you are picky about your bedding, one of these silk liners is a very good idea. Cheers.
Just to add on the 'Silk Liner', it's keeps you cool when it's hot and if you ever go to cooler climates it increases your sleeping bag by 1 season. i.e. if your using a 2 season bag it ups it to a 3 season................
went to thailand mid-august (warmer than october) and stayed in similar places (basic, but nice guesthouses). all places that i stayed in had fitted sheets and blankets/fitted sheets, but i preferred to use the silk liner nightly.
w/ the fan going at night, i got cold in the middle of the night that i seeked out my silk liner! yeah, i was surprised too. and i was up north and also down south (islands). i totally agree with what steviej writes -- keeps you cool. and w/ what everyone else wrote about it: it's cheap, very light, a 'clean' layer from an 'iffy' bed sheet. and silk tends to dry quickier than cotton but i didn't try to get my silk liner wet. highly recommend it if you get a hold of one. also, my cousin likes to use a sarong (you can buy it cheap in thailand).
#7 calitraveler has been a member since 24/7/2006. Posts: 25