I am just wondering with the cheaper backpacker beach bungalow/hut type accommodation in and around SEA, what is the bug situation like? Do you get bugs come in the rooms loads, i read somewhere they can drop down from the thatched roofs and i have a massive phobia of pretty much anything with more than 4 legs so serious replies on this, would be appreciated.
#1 luce_uk has been a member since 23/1/2009. Posts: 19
It's Southeast Asia ... there are insects everywhere!
Yes, they can drop down from the thatch, but if you've got a good mosquito net in your bungalow, and it's tucked into your mattress, then you won't have to worry about them.
In the evenings many are attracted by the ubiquitous flourescent lights that seem to be the lighting method of choice in that part of the world. If you have a problem with them, then make sure you've got screens without rips on your windows, and doors that close tightly. Many attached bathrooms have wall-openings that don't have screens. If this is the case, then keep your bathroom door closed.
Also, you might want to buy mosquito coils to burn in your room/bungalow before you knock off for the night.
i know i know, but you can't help a phobia can you! I've not really had any scarey bug experiences in SEA so far, apart from a big spider in our rafting boat by my foot, and i practically jumped on the Jap behind me ha ha - good times. But i've only ever stayed in like mid range hotels so thats what prompted my question really. Thanks for your advice about the coil, will invest in some of those once we arrive and also good points about the screens. I'm not majorly worrying just good to be prepared!
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#3 luce_uk has been a member since 23/1/2009. Posts: 19
The main wildlife in the cheap beach huts I stay in are gheckos and frogs (and the occasional snake looking to eat the frogs). The mosquito net is also very useful for stopping ghecko **** dropping onto the bed too!
If you stay in cheap places with A/C you will get fewer mosquitoes and other bugs because the windows are shut tight. Maybe the cold air keeps some away too! Even with screens on windows in fan only rooms those little buggers can come in. Not to mention the things that slip under the door.
Geckos are good luck and eat other bugs so don't scare them away or harm them. They are doing you a favor by eating the things you don't want in your room!
What I don't like is cockroaches, everything else I can deal with. If your room is over or next to a restaurant you may get more cockroaches. Check your bags before you go home so you don't transplant some of those critters to your home.
Some hotels have spray bombs you can use.
Have a bug free trip.
Has anyone ever tried any of the plant repellents mentioned in the below link? I'm wondering if it's worth bothering to try.
#6 Kennyd has been a member since 26/8/2005. Posts: 9
SBE - Gheckos are fine, used to them already, frogs are a bit terrifying, and SNAKES, what type of bloody snakes lol??
Sirhalberd - i'd never harm a gecko, they're alright they can stay!
i am definitely gonna invest in some sort of bug repelling spray, i think if you don't like bugs anythings worth a go!!
#7 luce_uk has been a member since 23/1/2009. Posts: 19
Most, probably almost all have nets in the room. Check for holes though.
Geckos dont bother me at all, which is odd because when I was younger they terrified me. But as they dont come anywhere near you, and eat bugs, they're cool
Cockroaches is what I hate, because they just dont care where they go, they will crawl on the bed, and Im not even sure a mosquito net would keep them out :(
I would think snakes are very unlikely but certainly not impossible. I didnt see any spiders anywhere when I was away
Geckos are pretty good.Can just sit for a while and watch them catching bugs etc.Thais,for some reason,don't like the bigger ones called Toukay.I'm told that you have to be very careful regarding the droppings of Geckos as it can bring on all sorts of stomach troubles.But I guess that goes for any sort of droppings.
Just pull their legs off 'til there's only four!!!!
Chinchoc - small geckos are good as they eat insects.
#11 khunwilko has been a member since 27/1/2007. Posts: 560
Hate to say it, these bugs won't just be in the thatch bungalows. On a trip to Cambodia last year, we found (on two different occasions) centipedes (or millipedes?) with nasty-looking pinchers on the 4th floor of a big hotel in Siem Reap!
You can also carry a can of bug spray with you - although it's not good to spray if there are geckos in the room.
Good point Lizzy, those big centipedes can inflict a VERY painful bite so if there's one in your room try and get rid of it ASAP.
Spiders, ah yes, you do see some interesting spiders sometimes...
during our 2-month travel through Thailand/Laos/Vietnam/Cambodia we didn't get any big bugs in our room and we were on a budget... the thing is it will be difficult to dodge them in open air though, saw 2 huge spiders (the big yellow one in the jungle, and huge Huntsman spiders in a cave in Khao sok), some snakes (including King's Cobra on Phi Phi), and various huge beatles/bugs
#14 Seba has been a member since 28/4/2009. Posts: 54
having only travelled during the cool season (October-December), can anyone confirm that there are much more bugs/spiders/snakes during rainy season (July-September) and during summer (March-April)?
#15 Seba has been a member since 28/4/2009. Posts: 54