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.
Some of Thailand’s biggest bus operators offer ladies-only rows on their overnight busses. State Railway of Thailand has introduced female-only train cars for their long distance routes.
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, café), 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:
As a considerate father of a young lady, I would sleep better at night if she decides to stay in ladies-only hotels on her travels. Luckily at the moment, her only travels are to Toys “R” Us and Dairy Queen.