The most expensive place I stayed during the last 8 months was in a hostel my last night in Thailand. No, this wasn’t some sort of blow out bash, it actually was a way to save money (hopefully) and more importantly, ensure some peace of mind. Let me explain. I wanted to leave Chiang Mai a day early because I knew that the buses and trains would be packed because the Songkran holiday was ending on the 15th and I didn’t want to stress about not making it to Bangkok in time for my flight on the 16th. So I booked a night train ticket for the 14th and found a room at In a Box Hostel for a whopping $14.62. Now this is 3 times more than I was used to paying for a dorm room and seemed extra exorbitant considering our rent is only $70 a month, but I had good reason.
Traveling through Bangkok always makes me crazy nervous. I feel like a country mouse in the big city though in reality Bangkok is easier to travel in than the San Francisco Bay Area.
I chose In a Box hostel because of it’s proximity to BTS and the Airport Rail Link. I could easily use mass transit to get from the train station to the hostel one day and from the hostel to the airport the next day. This saved me the hassle of dealing with Bangkok taxi drivers, Bangkok traffic, and each trip cost me less than $3.
Besides it being super convenient for my situation, In a Box hostel is great! I arrived stinky and a bit spaced out after not sleeping too well on the night train and though it was only 9 am they let me check in so I could shower and stash my stuff. The hostel itself is new, well decorated, and looks exactly like the pictures online (which is a rarity in the hostel world). The hostel staff was super friendly, the dorms and bathrooms were very clean, and the women’s dorm room had a neat reading nook.
In the end I don’t know if I saved any money by staying at In a Box Hostel, but it sure was a lot less stressful and that made it worth it to me.
*Photos: In a Box