Thailand, Laos, Cambodia etc
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Feb 1, 2013 6:44 AM Last Post By: NZJulian
Jan 30, 2013 3:51 AM
Jan 30, 2013 4:06 AM
I'm serious about my answer ..
There are occasionally people who post messages such as yours. What is the motivation? It looks like pre-trip nervousness and insecurity to me.
Try to take comfoirt in the fact that you will meet people after you arrive. It is also easier and more practical to arrange doing things with others when you are already there. It will be easier to get to know people, who you might get along with, and so forth.
For example, if you were in Chiang Mai and decide to go to Laos from there .. border crossing at Huay Xai .. there are so many people a day going on this route that it is practically impossible not to meet people doing the same thing or having the same plan. Even if you don't take a pre-arranged transport package with a guesthouse, you'll still meet people in guesthouses, on buses ..
Jan 30, 2013 12:47 PM
2BthDth is right, meeting people on the backpacker trail out in SE Asia is as easy as falling out of bed. You'll find yourself on the same train or bus as someone with a familiar accent and just start chatting, or you'll strike up a conversation over coffee, etc. Most often the best places to meet people are at your hostel/guesthouse. The social atmosphere is actually the #1 way I pick mine; many times I've switched guesthouses to a less overtly comfortable one because the second place was just more fun.
You don't need to be nervous about heading out alone. I suspect most of us on this forum were too the first time we did it. You'll quickly find that that subsides though, and not tying yourself to a travel companion frees you up to see the world at your own pace. Plus looking for someone on an internet forum probably won't help you much. You won't know them, so you won't know if you actually like them or if you have the same styles. And there can be a lot of guys who'd reply to "19 year old female seeks companion" that I don't think I'd want to meet.
If it helps, here are a couple places I've found to be great for meeting people around Thailand. I'm sure you won't lack for suggestions anywhere you look though:
Bangkok - The Nap Park Hostel
Krabi - The Good Dream, Pak Up
Ciang Mai - Julie's Guesthouse
Good luck! You're going to have a great time.
Feb 1, 2013 6:44 AM
Ill be in Thailand for the next few weeks, then off to Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam. I am also a solo traveller and have meet a lot of great people so far but everyone seems to be going in the opposite direction to me! im starting from the bottom up instead of the top down in Thailand...I am currently in Krabi, heading North to Ko Tao etc before bangkok, then heading upto chang mai, pai etc.
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