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    Ladies only guesthouses Chiang Mai

    Ladies only guesthouses Chiang Mai

    Posted by: Nikola Lucic in About Chiang Mai, Accommodation, Guesthouse, Hotel, Travel,

    As the name suggests, ladies only guesthouses are for LADIES ONLY. Is there really a need for this type of accommodation? Apparently, there is. It has nothing to do with sexual preferences of the guests, but more likely their concerns about safety, cleanness, noise and nuisances.

    Women traveling alone often receive unwanted attention in the form of verbal and physical harassment by individuals or groups of men. In the same way that you lock your front door before going to sleep, ladies traveling far away from home would like to be assured there are no boys wandering the hotels corridors after having a night on the town. The issues of cleanness and noise become a greater priority especially if they stay in dorms, and if they use shared bathrooms.

    The social component is also important to the solo female travelers. In the ladies-only guesthouses, the tenants have similar interests and preferences, so they find it very convenient to get information and share experiences with fellow roommates. The girls very quickly become Best Friends Forever.

    Across Chiang Mai, there are several female only guest houses to choose from. The best ones are inside of the old town or near Tha Phae Gate. They offer different types of accommodations (dorm, single, double rooms), different prices, facilities (kitchen, yoga sala, caf), services ( airport transfer, free bicycles, in house course, tour bookings, etc). You have to choose by yourself which ones are the most suitable to your taste and budget, but we can present you with some of the best women only guest houses in Chiang Mai – just to get the idea of how they operate.

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    Re: Ladies only guesthouses Chiang Mai

    I've only come across these in Indonesia, Philippines and parts of India. The latter 2 countries also have separate carriages for ladies on trains and the MRT. Special seats are also reserved for females on buses too. Obviously religious reasons are the main catalyst for such establishments, which is why i was surprised to see they had opened them in Thailand (and to have seen them in the Philippines).

    I'm not a fan of them because it encourages the myth that women are cleaner, and more angelic than guys. I've seen some pretty disgusting shared bathrooms after women have used them (long hair blocking plugs and drains and tampons blocking toilets are the two most common). They can also drink as much as blokes and can be as rowdy as any group of guys. I understand it's a less intimidating environment for solo travellers, especially if they're on their first trip. Still, putting up with annoyances is part of the fun. You think us guys aren't tired of been approached every 5 foot steps by people offering weed, viagra, massage and sexual services?

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    Re: Ladies only guesthouses Chiang Mai

    Quote Originally Posted by Arwing View Post
    I've only come across these in Indonesia, Philippines and parts of India. The latter 2 countries also have separate carriages for ladies on trains and the MRT. Special seats are also reserved for females on buses too. Obviously religious reasons are the main catalyst for such establishments, which is why i was surprised to see they had opened them in Thailand (and to have seen them in the Philippines).
    You're right about religious beliefs being the main reasons for gender segregation in some countries. In my travels, it's in Iran where this was most pronounced (it should be remembered that Iran is an Islamic fundamentalist nation). In my hotel. we had separate sitting rooms in the lobby, separate dining rooms, separate lifts. (Once I absentmindedly boarded the wrong elevator, I did not go out and the guys left. Haha)

    In the Philippines, exclusive carriages for women in trains is a relatively new practice - approximately two years old. It was introduced to address the problem of women being at a disadvantage to scramble for seats during rush hours.(Chivalry is dead in this time and age!) Also, there had been complaints from women of sexual harassment committed in full packed coaches. However, women can board any coach of their choice. But men are barred from the carriages reserved for females.

    I guess this arrangement is reasonable.

    About ladies-only guesthouses, I'd stay in one if I was traveling solo and not familiar with the place. Not because of problems related to cleanliness, but as you say, less intimidating. Last year I inspected a dormitory in Bangkok, maximum of 10 in a room, with mixed genders.One member of this forum had mentioned it to me, and I intended to recommend it to a group of students traveling on a limited budget. The dormitory was very clean, the room was comfortable, the rates were reasonable, but the issue was privacy. I understood perfectly when the female students did not welcome the idea of staying there.

    I have already researched on this ladies-only guesthouse in Chiangmai and I might stay there in future.
    Last edited by Marie; 13-07-16 at 03:42 PM. Reason: added more info

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    Re: Ladies only guesthouses Chiang Mai

    Indian Railways has long had ladies only carriages on busy services.

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    Re: Ladies only guesthouses Chiang Mai

    Obviously, not all women would choose a females only guesthouse. I will even agree that some women are slobs. Still, I believe this is a good option to have available for those who need or prefer a woman only environment.

    I can't say what I would choose, mainly because I have no experience with guesthouses. However, I definitely would not go for the co-ed sleeping rooms, and I would prefer separate baths for men and women.

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