Female Backpacking Thailand Alone
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Apr 5, 2013 2:13 AM Last Post By: howard1
Nov 25, 2012 7:33 PM
Female Backpacking Thailand AloneHey,
I'm leaving for Thailand at the beginning of February for 3 months, I will be doing a month long yoga course on Kho Phangan and then backpacking around Thailand for another 2 months.
I've travelled Eastern Europe on my own before and found it VERY easy to meet people on tours, in hostels, etc. I'm a it worried that it will be difficult to meet people in Thailand, as I've heard that there aren't really that many hostels like there are in Europe.
Nov 25, 2012 9:47 PM
Nov 25, 2012 11:31 PM
2Yes the concept of "hostels" with shared dorm rooms and communal kitchens is very rare in Southeast Asia. I know of a few here in Chiang Mai but the majority of what you find are "guesthouses" which are more like mini-hotels with cheap single and double rooms, and of course hotels catering to the higher budget. On the islands you tend to find bungalows which are also usually single/double occupancy. The upside is they are often cheap and you don't have to deal with other people snoring and farting all night, and the associated security issues of shared rooms. Thailand is still one of the easiest travel countries though and very easy to meet up with people along the way. Just leave your room and congregate at the local restaurants, bars, pool table, beach, etc. and do group activities like snorkeling trips, trekking, cooking course, etc. Like-minded people usually find each other without too much trouble but you need to make the effort.
Nov 26, 2012 12:22 AM
3You'll meet so many people in Thailand you won't remember all their names.So keep a camera and notebook handy as you will more than likely start a lot of new friendships with travellers from all over the world.
Nov 26, 2012 12:54 AM
Nov 26, 2012 1:03 AM
Nov 26, 2012 3:38 AM
Wow. I've traveled some in Europe, and compared to South-east Asia, it's like crossing tundra. I think might actually be the colder weather, but meeting people in Thailand is much, much easier
OP, you're an attractive young woman so naturally, you find it easy to meet people. It'll be even easier in Asia. Of the words "attractive", "young", and "woman", only one has ever applied to me, and that was a long time ago, but I've lost track of the number of times I've closed bars in Yangon, Chiang Mai, Phnom Penh, or Danang, after yakking for hours with someone I just met from Dusseldorf, Ljubljana, or Shanghai.
Yeah, the dorm thing really isn't done. Most guesthouses have nice common areas, usually with a clapped-out couch, a TV, and a tiny multilingual library of dog-eared paperbacks. There's always someone interesting to hang out with.
Nov 26, 2012 11:32 AM
I think that you will soon realise that Thailand is a very safe easy to travel place
where you can find many new great folk and enjoy pretty safe travel.
the locals are very polite and really helpful.
If i can help at all let me know.
travel outside yourself
p.s. its mega cheap to get about
but take care on the scooters!
Nov 26, 2012 8:13 PM
Nov 27, 2012 6:32 PM
For long stay in Thailand maybe try to find suite or apartment?
You can meet people at club,pub but should be care and don't trust anyone who try to offer you anything.
Have a safe trip.
Nov 28, 2012 8:17 AM
10You'll meet tons of people at the yoga course and yoga studios are popular in Thailand and good places to meet people. I found Thailand to be super easy to travel around and the metro system in Bangkok was easier to follow than Munich. You might find my Thailand page helpful, http://www.YogaRetreatsandTravel.com/Thailand.
Dec 15, 2012 1:28 PM
I'm actually in Thailand at the moment and staying three months... puts my exodus date at about middle of march. I don't know what you have planned for those 2 months of unplanned time, but if your time overlaps with mine wanna share on travel fare or just trade travel notes? At the moment I'm in Pattaya.... it's high season and prices seem to beyond the budget I want to keep to. I'm thinking of heading towards cambodia and finding a nice beach to chill at or something. Just wingin' it really. mssg me if you're interested.
Dec 17, 2012 10:37 AM
I'm going to Thailand on 27th jan until 14th march so let me know what ur plans are and maybe we can meet up. I'm travelling alone too and have never done it before. Can't wait :)
Apr 5, 2013 2:13 AM
14You will find Thailand is a safe and easy place to travel
where it is easy to meet people and the locals are polite and help.
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