QUOTE(debbie_los @ Dec 12 2011, 10:36 PM)
Sawatdii ka / hi
I am travelling to Thailand for two months. This will be my 9th trip (very auspicious). My previous 8 trips have all been with friends and I have mostly stayed in 3 to 4 star hotels.
So I am familiar with the culture and the people and the food. I know a small amount (nit noi) of the language, and will attend language school for the first week or so when I arrive in Bangkok.
I will be travelling around Thailand by myself for around six weeks. i am female - middle 50s intend to stay in hostels / similar. Yes I hope to go both north and south.
My question is, do hostels provide 'lockable' storage? This is so that I know that if I go sightseeing etc, I can safely leave things like my iPad behind at the hostel while I am out all day.
Khop khun ka / thank you in advance.
Once you leave Bangkok you have fewer choices for hostels. But there are many cheap "no star" hotels and guest houses about the same price. Most of these hotels and guest houses will have safety boxes at the front desk or safes in the hotel room. Being a retired male, traveling alone, I don't use hostels in Thailand because there are too many kids staying there. When I see single men
over 40 in dorms and hostels sharing showers and toilets with kids in Thailand I get a real creepy feeling about them! With hostels and cheap hotels around the same price - why would an older guy want a dorm with kids anyway?
My personal opinion is that there is more theft from hotel rooms by fellow tourists or guests you allow in the room than hotel staff! Out of sight is out of mind! I do travel with a cheap netbook because it fits in many safety boxes when a regular size laptop will not. I leave my expensive computers at home! When someone wants to come into my hotel room that I do not know well - I cover the computer up with a towel, sheet, shirt, etc. If I do use the safety box at the front desk the desk clerk only can see a "bag" going in the box. (Don't leave the safety box key out in plain sight either!) I password protect
my computer. Passwords to email accounts with sensitive information or money/bank related links are not saved into memory. This is in case someone does run off with my computer. If they want the data in that thing I am not going to make it easier for the thief to have access!
When I leave the hotel I never leave the computer out in the open. Most of the time I just lock the netbook up in my bag when I am out.
Out of sight out of mind!