Women Travellers

While travel in Southeast Asia for women is generally safe, solo women should exercise the usual caution when travelling at night alone. While assaults are rare, harassment is not, and local men may have misguided notions about the behaviour of foreign women based on depictions in Hollywood movies. Be especially careful in party towns, particularly in Bali and the Thai islands.

Travelling in Muslim regions introduces additional challenges. In conservative areas, local women rarely go out unaccompanied and are usually modestly dressed, often wearing a hair-covering hijab or a face-covering burka, and with arms and legs covered. Clothing that would be seen as casual wear back home may be considered immodest and provocative here.

Women with a male companion or women travelling together in a group will experience less unwanted attention than solo women travellers.