Why You Should Stay in Hostels Instead of Hotels While Exploring

You might be wondering why you should stay in hostels. Well…

“Here’s to nights which turned into mornings and strangers who turned into friends!”

The world is full of luxurious, ritzy-glitzy, extravagant and pretentious hotels. And perhaps once in a while there’s nothing wrong in pampering and spoiling yourself by indulging in the guilty pleasures offered by fancy 5-star resorts. But here’s the thing-

If you are visiting Thailand, do yourself a favour and do not, I repeat , ‘DO NOT book a run-of-the-mill hotel’. If you are planning to wander to a place as happening as Thailand, there is no reason for you to buy yourself the lesser share of fun.  So, what exactly makes Thailand hostels a preferred choice?

When in Thailand, drink!

Party fever in Thailand is infectious and you are sure to catch it, even if you are not a social butterfly. But the true spirit of partying can only be found in hostels, where fellow travellers open up and exchange stories of the most ridiculous stuff they would have ever done in their lives, where your greatest of sins seems petty and where only those who judge are judged.

drinking games at our hostel before the Chiang Mai pub crawl

Hostels are Lighter on Your Pocket

Hostels in Thailand are usually much more reasonably priced than several hotels in similar areas. If your aim is to tour around the country with a perfect place to get back to and chill, once you are exhausted, nothing better than no-frills hostels (Although you might want to check out the Bodega Phuket Party Resort to find the perfect blend of affordability sprinkled with fanciness).

Clean Rooms, Comfy Beds

Affordability doesn’t mean that you will have to compromise on your comfort. Bodega and the likes offer clean, comfy beds with fluffy pillows for you to get a good night’s sleep after you manage to reach to your bed at 2 am-which, by the way, is early by Thailand standards.

Bodega Thapae soft launch twin beds

Be a part of the cultural potpourri!

Hostels are the best places to find everyone from everywhere- quite literally. While at the Bodega Phuket Party Resort I bumped into travel lovers from Germany, South Africa, Switzerland, India, USA, China and I am sure the hostel has been a home to travellers from several other countries.

Hostel Drinking Games

Now, frankly, I am not sure if this is true for other hostels, but the Bodega chain does boast of some really cool games throughout the week. Every other night there is a special theme, game or challenge being thrown at you. Ranging from ‘Beer Pong’ to ‘Cards against humanity’ , they’ve got you covered in huge dollops of fun and madness!

Well of course, if enjoying too much sounds threatening to you and if you despise friendly smiles, high-fives and unsolicited warmth, go ahead and book yourself one of those uneventful, conventional hotels. All the best for whatever choice you make!

The history of beer pong dates back to medieval times.

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