Traveling solo was never really a part of my plan. I was supposed to be traveling with someone, but plans change as easy as promises are broken. Do not worry, I won’t get into the nitty-gritty of it all for life really has a twisted way of working things out. I do admit that I was completely terrified at first and was even on the brink of canceling everything, yet reconsidered when I started to plan the first few weeks of my travel. I started searching if Thailand really is feasible for a female solo traveler and read a few inspiring stories. Afterwards, I looked for the beautiful places I would see and the possible hostels I could stay in.
A Comforting Find
While I was searching for affordable temporary homes, I happened upon Mascot Hostel. It provided one of the lowest prices online, had free wifi, free cookie and coffee 24/7, free breakfast and free weekend dinners. They are located in the midst or near the hottest touristy spots in town, including the Pratunam Market, Platinum Mall and Siam Square. Suffice to say, their offer was too good to turn down. I even read outstanding reviews from guests online and they all had positive reviews, which made me feel more relaxed about choosing the place.
As Good As It Seems
As soon as I checked into the hostel, the overall vibe caught me by surprise. Everything felt like home instead of being in another country. The hostel, aptly named, has three adorable and funny mascots created by the owner whose main business is creating mascots. They even have the hottie Captain America in front of the hostel to welcome new and returning guests. The place is kept clean 24/7 and the wifi is extremely fast here, which is good news for people who work and travel at the same time. For bookworms, they have novels of different languages left by other guests that you can borrow.
All the employees here are Filipinos, namely Kuya Aron, Julius and Dreo, as well as, the owner Mr. Rainier. They are the most hospitable and friendly people I have met. I could not have felt more at ease in a place where I did not know anybody. What made this trip even better are my newly-found Filipino and foreign friends.
As an introvert, I honestly never expected that I would enjoy living in a place where there are many people, but I did and I still do. I actually enjoy talking and meeting new friends every day that I feel like I finally crawled out of my introverted cocoon. This is probably why they were able to create loyal group of guests who come back for exit visas, vacation and work. My new friends and I were even sharing about how homey everything is and that we all wanted to stay longer. I am leaving for Pattaya today and I already booked two more trips back to Bangkok just because of this homey place. I truly did find my home away from home at Mascot Hostel.
How to get to Mascot Hostel:
- From Suvarnabhumi Airport, take the City Line train.
- Drop off at Ratchaprarop Station.
- Head down and walk straight to the right side of the street until you reach the end of the intersection where you can cross the road.
- Cross the street where the jewelry store is and you will see 7-11 at the end of the street on the right side.
- Walk on that street where 7-11 is until you reach Mascot Hostel.
If my directions confuse you,
- Ask locals for Soi 8 once you reach the Ratchaprarop Station.