Solo Travel in Thailand4 star long

Types of Girl about the Globes – Beach GatG, Party GatG, Cultural GatG, Diving GatG

Can there ever be an easier country to travel around? If you’ve never experienced solo travel in Thailand before then this country should be your first port of call. The people are incredibly friendly (it’s not called ‘The Land of Smiles’ for nothing) and there are so many travellers here following the same routes that you’ll be looking for those hidden gems to escape the crowds.

Solo travel in Thailand is so easy as the country is geared up for tourism and because of its reputation for great beaches and partying, the country tends to attract a younger crowd of traveller. It's so easy that we've given it 4 out of 5 stars.

However, there is Thai Mafia on the islands, and places such as: Koh Samui, Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai have rip off industries protected by the police so don't argue with a local if you get overcharged. If you respect the culture, don't dress provocatively and avoid the beaches at night – you'll have an amazingly cheap time.

Below is our guide to how to travel solo in Thailand as well as lots of practical information such as where to stay, which tour company to use and how to get around. Find out how to get from the airports and what to do in each place. All companies included have been recommended by solo female travellers and come with our Solo Female Friendly endorsement. Just choose the relevant section or read the full article.

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Solo Travel in Thailand

Take a boat ride around the Andaman Coast (photo @ Nathalie Lascase)

Places to Visit in Thailand

Service with a smile, delicious cuisine and white pristine beaches, this country literally has it all, whether you’re into your sun-worshipping, hill tribes or Buddhist culture, the Land of Smiles will definitely not disappoint. The country is no stranger to tourism and is continuously evolving. With the cost of living so low you are guaranteed to be treated like a queen.

Bangkok

The capital, Bangkok is one of Asia’s most exciting and culture shocking cities. It’s busy, polluted and incredibly humid but it does have the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace, and Wat Pho which you can see on a walking temple tour

See the famous River Kwai and markets galore from night bazaars to the colourful Damnoen Saduak floating market. Tuk tuks whizz around the streets and are a cheap mode of transport but make sure you hold on tight. You can also hire them as a guide to take you around the city or take an evening tuk tuk tour to see the temples and markets at night.

Khao San Road is a mecca for travellers and if you’re in need of some company head for this well-known street with everything you need from guest houses, tour operators, bars and restaurants. When the crowds get too much treat yourself to a famous Thai massage (which isn’t as relaxing as you may think) or a treatment from one of the many beauty parlours.

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See Thailand's stunning temples (photo @ Stacey Lizette)

Southern Thailand

Head south from Bangkok and you’ll find the undisputed sex-tourism capital of the world, Pattaya known for tacky neon bars and Go Go girls. As women travelling alone we prefer the more luxurious hideaways of Hua Hin or Koh Kood to escape the crowds.

The beaches in southern Thailand are every cliche under the sun and there are so many to choose from especially along the Andaman Coast. If you only go to one beach in Thailand make it Railay Bay a stunning part of the peninsular with a turquoise blue lagoon that is only reachable by boat.

Patpong in Phuket is probably the liveliest area but if you want somewhere quieter choose Karon Beach which is close enough to venture into the hot spots at night. You can take a tour from here to James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay and explore the limestone caves by canoe.

From one movie set to another; Maya Bay just off Ko Phi Phi was the setting for the film The Beach and is as stunning as it is in the movie (if not a little different). Ko Phi Phi itself is a bustling little island with cafes serving western food as well as Thai and has movies playing all day long. You definitely won’t be short of company here. If you aren't staying in Phi Phi you can take a speedboat trip from Krabi to the Phi Phi Islands on a day trip instead.

Solo Travel in Thailand

Monkey Rock Angthong (photo @ Natalie Howson)

Thailand Beaches

Travelling solo in Thailand means you can island hop to your heart's content making the most of the stunning Thailand beaches, although the overnight boats leave a lot to be desired. Surrathani is the gateway to two of the most popular islands, Ko Samui and Koh Phangan.

If you’re into the party scene, Koh Phangan holds regular full or black moon parties at Koh Som where you can dance barefoot in the sand to hedonistic beats. Haadrin beach is full of travellers and you’ll find many solos here.

Just a boat ride away is Koh Samui, the largest of the islands with palm-fringed beaches and a lively party scene. There are quieter parts of the island which cater for couples and singles. Bo Phut is great for those wishing to escape from it all in a beach bungalow with waves lapping at your door.

There is more to do here than sunbathe. See the Mummified Monk, the Buddha's Magic Garden, and Namuang Waterfall. Either hire a motorbike taxi for a day or take a 4×4 jeep tour around the island.

Chaweng beach is the most touristy with Thai kickboxing, party dwellers and a beach that stretches for miles. You can do a day trip from here to Koh Tao, one of Thailand’s favourite dive spots, or just take a snorkeling trip here from Koh Samui instead.

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Big Buddha (photo @ Stacey Lizette)

Best Places in Thailand for Culture

There’s more to Thailand than its beaches, nightlife and fresh barracuda. The country is drenched in Buddhist culture and is dotted with stunning temples and palaces. Nakhon Pathom is the oldest city in Thailand and has the tallest Buddhist monument in the world but the most stunning has to be the White Temple of Chiang Rai in the north which borders neighbouring Burma.

Ayutthaya was once the nations’ capital and was ranked as the most magnificent city in the Orient. Nowadays it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with cultural shows and too many temples and palaces to count. See the ancient ruins of monasteries,  the large reclining Buddha, and the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace by bus and boat on a day trip from Bangkok. You also can see the Head of the Buddha at Wat Mahatat which has a tree trunk and roots which grow around it.

There really is no better way to meet Thailand’s indigenous people than on a hill tribe trek, staying overnight with the tribes. Head north to Chiang Mai, the largest city in the north and the gateway to tribal treks, and bamboo rafting. Visit an Elephant Sanctuary to learn more about the rescued elephants and even give them a bath.

It is Thailand’s second largest city with its own night bazaar and Sunday market and is home to the Crystal Buddha and the underground Tunnel Temple. (Don’t forget to try Thai cuisine from the street vendors, it’s just as good as the restaurants and much cheaper). Chiang Mai does get smoky in March each year due to the farmers burning their fields to get ready for the crops.

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Angthong (photo @ Natalie Howson)

Avoid The Tourist Places in Thailand

Many travellers come to Thailand each year and stick to a particular route. To avoid the masses, head to the north for rural tranquility in Surin, Ancient Khmer ruins in Buri Ram or Nong Khai for great river views of the Mekong (opposite Laos). The East has idyllic, isolated beaches but get there quick before they are properly discovered.

Sustainable and eco tourism are growing in Thailand especially in Chiang Mai and Koh Chang and the country has numerous national parks, waterfalls and heritage sites. See the Thi Lo Su waterfall for its beauty or the seven tiers of Erawan and take a dip in its freshwater pools. Visit the National Parks of Doi Inthanon, home to Thailand’s highest peak or Khao Sok National Park, one of the best in Thailand.

Visit Koh Chang for solitude or Rayong with its coastline of quieter less developed beaches. In the south a quiet escape can be found on the long coastline of Chumphon or visit Trang for the Emerald Cave and waterfalls in a peaceful forest setting.

Adventure in Thailand

Thailand also caters for the adventurous traveller with watersports, trekking, rafting (in the North), cycling, rock climbing (Krabi is the best spot) and even bungee jumping in Pattaya, Phuket, Ko Samui and Mae Rim. There’s a reason it’s called ‘Amazing Thailand’ because it literally is.

starIf you visit on a government holiday, tuk tuk drivers may try and take you to government shops in exchange for free fuel. Just be firm on where you want to go.

cautionThais don’t seem to know the meaning of health and safety and boats can get very overcrowded.

cautionBe careful with your drinks in the tourist areas as drinks have been known to be spiked.

Accommodation in Thailand

Accommodation in Thailand

From huts on the beach to staying in a hotel fit for Thai royalty, whichever accommodation you are looking for you will find in true Thai style. You won’t find many houses on stilts in paddy fields or cheap beach huts bookable on the internet but you will be able to book lavish hotels in Bangkok and spa resorts on the beach.

There aren’t many hostels in the beach areas but you’ll find them in Bangkok, Surat Thani, Phuket, Hua Hin and Chiang Mai on Booking.com. Plus there’s Airbnb which connects you to unique travel experiences and isn’t just limited to staying in a local’s spare room. You can save $20 off your first stay with this Airbnb link.

Homestay is an alternative to Airbnb. They connect you to hosts in over 160 countries and give a real home stay experience instead of just handing over keys. In Thailand they offer a unique mix of stays offering a real taste of Thailand such as staying in a riverside traditional Thai house, or home stays in the forest and nature of Chiang Mai. You can even video call your host family before you go to find the perfect host. Check homestays and prices here 

All of the accommodation below have been recommended by solo female travellers from our Girls about the Globe community and come with a Solo Female Friendly endorsement. 

Accommodation in Thailand - Once Again Hostel

Bangkok – Once Again Hostel

Just a 15 minute walk to Koh Sang Road, and 20 minutes to the temples, this super stylish hostel is on a quiet street with a nice rooftop. They offer daily activities as well as bike hire and have a 24 hour reception so you can arrive into Bangkok on a late flight and still be able to check in. The rooms are clean with comfy beds with your own personal curtain for more privacy. All of the rooms have balconies with a view. Choose from the 8 bed female-only dorm or a mixed 4, 6, 8 or 12 bed dorm room.

  • Prices start from £10 for a 12 bed dorm per night
  • To book, check prices or availability for Once Again Hostel

Accommodation in Thailand - D-Well Hostel

Chiang Mai – D-Well Hostel

Cheap, bright and impeccably clean, D-Well Hostel is a great choice for solo females. There are large lockers to store your bags, air-conditioning within the rooms, and also an ATM onsite. Breakfast is included but there’s a cafe next door too if you get peckish later. Choose from a 4 or 6 bed mixed dorm, a 6 bed female-only dorm.

“The people are super nice, the prices are good and there's female only dorms etc. They were also very happy to help me book in for different activities. It's clean and modern and 10/10 would recommend!” – Kelsey Nineham, a 19 year old solo traveller from South Africa.

  • Prices start from £9 for a 6 bed dorm per night
  • To book, check prices or availability for D-Well Hostel 

Mad Monkeys Hostels

Chiang Mai – Mad Monkey Hostels

This hostel is great for solo female travellers. It’s really sociable and ideal for party GatGs with regular parties and events so it’s easy to meet others. There’s a swimming pool, a bar, gym, and even a yoga room to unwind after a night out. It’s close to the temples and main attractions and the hostel arranges tours and activities to ensure that you make the most of your time in Chiang Mai. Choose from a 6 bed female-only dorm: a 6, 8 or 12 bed dorm, or a double room with your own bathroom.

  • Prices start from £6 for a bed in a 12 bed mixed dorm room
  • To book, check prices or availability for Mad Monkeys Hostel

Accommodation in Thailand - Casa Luna Hostel

Koh Samui – Casa Luna Hostel

Clean, comfortable and close to the pier, Casa Luna is on the island of Koh Samui, away from Chaweng Beach. The lounge is oh so Thai with comfortable cushions and good food. Run by an English couple, the hostel has a great atmosphere with lovely staff to match. Accommodation is within a 10 bed mixed dorm room.

  • Prices from £7 for a 10 bed room per night
  • To book, check prices or availability for Casa Luna Hostel

Accommodation in Thailand - Slumber Party Ao Nang Beach

Krabi – Slumber Party Ao Nang Beach

Literally just one minute walk from the beach, Slumber Party hostel is the place to stay if you want to socialise. The staff are really helpful and they organise activities and tours every night so you can do as much or little as you choose. They do have two hostels so if you want to party they take you to Slumber Party 1 where the bar is. Choose Slumber Party 2 for the beach. Stay in a 6, 8, or 10 bed mixed dorm room, all with air conditioning and fans.

Accommodation in Thailand - Carrot On The Moon Hostel

Pai – Carrot On The Moon Hostel

This hostel will make you feel right at home. The location is good and it’s close to the street food but they do have a hostel cafe with tasty desserts and coffee. The owner is really friendly and accommodating (and prepares a great breakfast). There’s a peaceful garden to chill out in and because the hostel isn’t too big, it’s easy to meet other guests. Choose from a 6 bed dorm or a private deluxe room with your own bathroom.

“I can fully endorse Carrot on the Moon hostel. The service was great and the free breakfast was amazing.” Ashley Christensen – a 34 year old solo traveller from the U.S.

Thailand Tours

Thailand Tours

Tour Companies

G Adventures 

Solo travel in Thailand is really easy with many tour companies in the country but if you feel more comfortable in a group for either part of your trip or the whole duration, G Adventures is a responsible tour company which mainly caters towards budget travellers. Most tours have an average of 10 people and there is no upper age limit.

Once you book your trip you pay extra for any excursions you want to do when you’re there. Adventures range from a 4 sailing trip from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi to a 24 day Thailand encompassed trip. There’s even a 41 day trip through Malaysia and Indonesia. I have personally used G Adventures and recommend them as a solo female friendly company. 

Click here for the full itineraries, prices, and start dates

Intrepid Travel

Intrepid Travel is similar to G Adventures with an average of 12 people on each tour. Over 50% of people using their trips are solo travellers. They tend to use hotels instead of hostels and have a more comfortable style of accommodation hence the trips can appear a bit more costly than G Adventures. Their tours range from a 2 day Bite-Size Break Bangkok to a 35 day Indochina Unplugged trip through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

With both tour companies you share a room with someone of the same gender or you can pay extra for your own room.

Day Tours

Recommended day tour companies:

  • Chai Lai Sisters is a women-led trekking company which offers ethical tours such as hilltribe treks and cultural immersions.
  • Elephant Nature Park – This elephant park in Chiang Mai saves elephants from back-damaging tourist rides, circuses, and those who have been injured by land mines. Enjoy a forest walk with the elephants whilst learning about their behaviour.
  • Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School Chiang Mai – This cooking school teaches you not only how to cook amazing Thai cuisine but also to learn about Thai culture.
  • Visit.org offer sustainable tours whilst giving back. Choose from caring for puppies and kittens, to a walking tour of Bangkok, or cacao farming, knowing that your tour proceeds will go towards helping cacao farmers, animals welfare or the local community.
Travelling around Thailand

Photo @ Nathalie Lascase

Travelling Around Thailand

Travelling in Thailand is very easy. Local tour operators are everywhere to book your travel through the country and any onward tickets. Head north on overnight trains (from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 13 hours), and south on air-conditioned buses (journeys are up to 8 hours).

Ferries and overnight boats take you to the islands; motorcycles, taxis, tuk tuks and overland trucks pick you up in towns and cities. In Bangkok use the skytrain or even a boat. You can fly to some of the islands if you don’t have time to travel overland. Read here for domestic airports.

If you want to try driving, to hire a car we recommend pre-booking Check availability for all Viator tours so you can collect your car when you arrive at the airport.

Thailand Itinerary

To see the major destinations or travel overland to Malaysia you’ll need around a month but experiencing the country as a holiday can be done in less depending on which areas you visit. In 12 days you can visit Bangkok, Chiang Mai and the southern beaches. These recommended itineraries include our favourite islands where you are guaranteed to meet others.

One week itinerary (heading north)

Bangkok – 3 nights, Ayutthaya – 1 night, Chiang Mai – overnight train or fly – 2 nights (plus overnight train), Pai – 1 night. Back to Chiang Mai, then Bangkok.

One week itinerary (heading south)

Bangkok – 3 nights, Koh Pha Ngan (from Surat Thani) – 2 nights, Ko Samui – 2 nights, Ko Tao – Day trip, Fly back to Bangkok from Ko Samui.

10 day itinerary

Bangkok – 3 nights, Krabi – 3 nights, Railay Bay – 2 nights, Koh Lanta – 2 nights.

Two week itinerary

Bangkok – 3 nights, fly to Phuket – 3 nights, Koh Phi Phi – 2 nights, ferry to Koh Lanta – 2 nights, ferry to Krabi – 2 nights, fly to Chiang Mai – 2 nights, fly back to Bangkok.

Best time to go to Thailand

Best Time To Go To Thailand

Thailand does have rainy seasons where it can rain for hours. The monsoons technically start from May to October but you can still find a few hours of sunshine. If you are hoping to catch some rays it’s better to avoid these months but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy yourself if this is the only time that you can go. The seasons can change slightly and it may rain in the evenings so you can squeeze half a day on a beach.

As a rough idea, The best time to go to Thailand is March to May for the south, and November to December for the north.

Thailand is very humid and the capital is always hot and humid. The best time to go to Bangkok is January. Below is the weather chart for Bangkok from January to December. Click this link to find the weather for the destinations you are travelling to. 

Best time to go to Thailand

Travel insurance for Thailand

Travel Insurance For Thailand

Thailand is a great country to explore but the health and safety isn’t up to the standard that you may expect at home. If you are planning a trip to Thailand, travel insurance is definitely recommended especially if you are planning on taking a hill-tribe hike, long tail boat rides or snorkelling and diving.

I recommend True Traveller for UK and European residents, and World Nomads for U.S. and worldwide citizens. Both companies allow you to buy insurance when you are already on the road, and offer different plans depending on your coverage needs including additional adventure packs.

From the Airport

Thailand Airports

Bangkok: Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) – It takes 30 minutes to the city by airport rail link which leaves every 30 minutes and takes you to Phaya Thai for the Skytrain. There’s also a commuter line which stops at all stations. Trains cost £1.00. Buses operate from the airport to Ratchadamnoen Avenue and take one hour, costing £1.00. Taxis are really reasonable and can be booked on the first floor. The desk will ask your destination and write the name in Thai to hand to the driver. Public buses run from the second floor but there is no direct service to Khao San Road.

Bangkok: Don Mueang Airport (DMK) – Buses run between DMK and the MRT/BTS station and take up to 55 minutes. Trains also run and cost £3 for the hour journey instead of £2 for the bus. A taxi will cost £8. * There is also a free shuttle between BKK and DMK airport.

Chiang Mai – From Chiang Mai Airport you can take a bus which takes 11 minutes to the Chiang Mai City Art & Cultural Centre and costs £1.00. A taxi is quicker and costs £5.

Phuket – The bus from Phuket Airport takes 1 hour to Central Big C and costs £2.00. Taxis only take 30 minutes but cost at least £20 for the journey. If you are on a budget take the bus option.

*  Check Rome2Rio for your airport journeys.

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Border Crossings

Thailand Border Crossings (check visas before you travel)

If you’re travelling on a round the world ticket, Bangkok can be used for the neighbouring countries of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Burma which can be reached overland. Thailand can also be twinned with: Korea, Middle East and the Maldives with Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways or Air Asia.

Thailand To Malaysia – Hat Yin is just a few hours from the border where you get a minibus to Penang. Krabi is a good last stop as minibuses go from here to Hai Yin, or catch a boat from Satun to the island of Langkawi.

Thailand To Myanmar – Cross from Mae Sai at the northern tip but check the latest advice before you go as border crossing information can change.

Thailand To Laos – There are several crossings but one of the most popular is Nong Khai, which crosses into Vientiane, the capital of Laos. You can travel from Bangkok to Nong Khai which takes approx 10 hours or cross at Chiang Khong into Huya Xai but you will need to pre-arrange your visa here.

Thailand To Cambodia – From Bangkok it’s 3 hours to the Aranyprathet border crossing to Poipet.

Where can I go from here?

planelistCambodia – 1 hour 25 minutes

planelistBurma – 1 hour 30 minutes

planelistLaos – 1 hour 30 minutes

FAQ's

Frequently asked questions about Thailand 

  • Can I drink the water? No.
  • Is tipping expected? No but 10% is appreciated.
  • Fixed price or barter? Barter.
  • Any ATMs? Yes and lots of money exchanges.
  • Which side of the road do they drive? Left.
  • Good for vegetarians? Yes.
  • Any seven wonders of the world? No.

Map of Thailand

Plan a Trip to Thailand

If you are ready to plan a trip to Thailand here are some useful links to help you plan your trip including airlines which fly there, where you can volunteer and eco accommodation.

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Budget – £20 a day

Facts

Capital – Bangkok

Population – 63.5 million

Language Spoken – Thai. English is widely spoken.

Local Currency – Thai Baht

Do I Need a Visa?

Vaccinations Required

Flying Time to Thailand – 12 hrs 

Useful Info

Airlines to Thailand

Best Time to Go – March to May for the South. November to December for the North.

Which Plug Do I Need?

UNESCO Sites in Thailand

Events & Festivals in Thailand

Local Cost Guide

Local Customs & Etiquette

Sacred Places

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Did you know? Thailand has many homestays for authentic experiences with the local people.

 

 

Useful Thai Phrases

 

eco

Stay Eco

Stay at Gecko Villa in the Northeast

Green Gecko Thailand Holiday Villa

Eco-Logic Guesthouse

Volunteering

The Thai Child Development Foundation

Go Differently Voluntourism

Volunteer with dogs at ENP Dog Shelter

Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket rescue and rehabilitate street dogs and dogs from the illegal meat trade. It's an awesome facility with a great volunteer network and is very hands on. It doesn't cost any money to volunteer, you just need your own accommodation as they offer transport.

Cultural Experiences

Take an authentic Rome2Rioin Chiang Mai. Take a tour of a local market and find out the secrets of Thai cuisine at a morning or afternoon cooking class.

Watch traditional Muay Thai boxing in Bangkok and learn more about this national sport. The Rome2Rioticket includes martial arts, sword fights and even acrobatics. Perfect for a night out.

If watching dancers and musicians is more your style then spend an evening at the Rome2Rioto discover Thailand's rich cultural heritage and be dazzled by a stage show.

Diving

Thailand has some of the best diving in the world and is perfect for a diving GatGs. Find out more at Dive Worldwide

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80 thoughts on “Solo Travel in Thailand

  1. Anika

    Hi,

    I must tell you that your blog is amazing and super helpful!!!!!!! *BIG FAN*. I love the clarity and simplicity of your writing.

    I am planning to travel to Thailand next month and have a few questions. Is it possible to get in touch with you over mail??

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      1. Sonya

        Hi there,

        I came across your blog, really helpful. I am traveling to Bangkok in November on my own. A little bit nervous but very excited at the same time.
        Can you recommended any hotel for single girl, perhaps away from all those noisy areas but not too far away from city either ?

        Thanks 🙂
        Sonya

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        1. Girl about the Globe Post author

          Hi Sonya, that’s exciting! If you want to meet other people I would recommend staying in Khoa San Road where the rest of the travellers go but it can be a bit noisy with tourists. I stayed at Asia Hotel which was lovely ut you had to get a tuk tuk to other places in the city.

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        2. kandace saunders

          Hi sonya, I am solo female traveler from Canada going to Thailand for 20 days in april. I have traveled to mexico, domincian and Australia so very easy to get around and felt safe 95% of the time (aus was completely safe of course)

          May I get in touch with you to ask some questions or advice? so many of my friends have gone but not solo, and they were ‘world travelers’ before going.

          Reply
          1. carla

            Hi Kandace whate date do u arrive in thailand as im travelling alone tomorw to bangkok?

  2. Gemma

    Hi
    I’m a solo female traveller looking to go to thailand for 3 weeks over christmas next year. I’m so excited about going and looking forward to planning it etc… I wasn’t going to book any hotels as I wanted the freedom to travel etc. Is it cheap enough and easy enough to book into hotels on a daily basis?
    Love your blog. It was very helpful and informative.

    Reply
    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Hi Gemma, Thailand over Christmas will be amazing. I would say to pre-book the first 2 or 3 nights accommodation before you go to make sure you have somewhere to stay. Christmas is peak time so keep an eye on hotel booking sites such as Booking.com or Hotels Combined to see what the availability is like and book somewhere if it looks as though the availability is low. Saying that, there are always touts when you arrive in the beach destinations in Thailand offering guest houses cheaply which may not be on the internet so you still have that option too. If you’re taking any internal flights, keep an eye on the availability too because it’s a busy period. Have fun! Lisa

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  3. Stacey

    Hi

    I am travelling to Thailand (Koh Samui) for christmas and new year. Your website is great but I was just wanting to ask for some more in-depth answer to travelling around solo in Koh Samui and things to do on the island or even around neighbouring islands.

    Thanks

    Stacey

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    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Hi Stacey, I definitely recommend doing a snorkelling or diving trip in Koh Tao which is a neighbouring island. Koh Samui has really good nightlife so it’s easy to meet others there too. Definitely watch Thai Kickboxing at Chaweng Beach and take a cooking class at Yings Thai Cooking Home. The Big Buddha Temple is cool, so is a trip to Bophuts Fisherman’s village.

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      1. Mag

        Hello,

        I love your website, very informative, thanks! 🙂
        I have another question as I’m planning to travel solo to Bangkok and Kho Samui in July. I’ve read that it’s fine to travel there all year but some friends told me that because of the monsoon the weather could not great at all (when I’ve read that it rains only at night…) and that it could very quiet as it’s not the high season.
        I would love to get your point of view.
        Thanks so much! 🙂

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        1. Girl about the Globe Post author

          Hi Mag, thanks so much 🙂 It only really rained at night when I was there. If you are thinking about hill tribe trekking then it may not be a good time but if you don’t mind it not being busy and raining a bit then I would still go in the monsoon period. Lots of girls in our Girls about the Globe Facebook group have been to Thailand recently or are heading there soon. Here’s the link if you would like to join https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/

          Reply
  4. Olivia

    Hi,
    I’m a new female solo traveller in south east Asia! Heading to Thailand in a month, just wondering if you have any cheap accommodation to recommend on/near khao san rd?
    Thanks,
    Olivia

    Reply
  5. Eleanor

    Hi!

    I am heading to Thailand in under a week. I am keen to do some trekking in Chiang Mai but am struggling to find places that offer packages for solo travelers. Any ideas of companies that have single-person packages or options to join a group?

    Thanks so much – your blog is so helpful!

    Eleanor

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    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Hi Eleanor, I booked a trekking tour from Khao San Road when I got there and left the following day. I would say that that is a cheaper alternative and you can just join the tour as a solo too. I can’t remember the name of the agency but there are lots in that area. There are lots of girls from the Girls about the Globe FB group also heading to Thailand if you wanted to chat with them: https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/

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  6. BR

    Hello! I’m a female solo traveler heading to Thailand for the first time, and wonder if you have any lodging recommendations in Railay? I’m trying not to spend too much, but would like a step or two above a backpacker hut and would prefer not to be too far away from people/restuarants. There were mixed reviews from solo travelers about the safety of walking back to Railay Garden View Resort in East Railay, so welcome any thoughts! Thank you.

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    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Hi, I stayed in Railay Bay and don’t remember it being unsafe to walk there. There were lots of people there at the time so ask at your accommodation about the safety and see if you can get someone to walk with you if you feel unsafe. I think tha most of the accommodation there isn’t on the internet except the more expensive properties. I stayed in a backpack hut so maybe the best idea is to book one night somewhere then get there and look around for accommodation. http://www.booking.com/searchresults.en-gb.html?aid=378266&label=booking-name-sONOsHFUDs3qkZY8eHVLqgS35419516711%3Apl%3Ata%3Ap1%3Ap2835%2C000%3Aac%3Aap1t1%3Aneg%3Afi%3Atikwd-334108349%3Alp1003654%3Ali%3Adec%3Adm&sid=a71cc7568be5b4379f7eda54ca5e7c33&dcid=4&checkin_monthday=16&checkin_year_month=2015-12&checkout_monthday=17&checkout_year_month=2015-12&city=900040168&class_interval=1&csflt=%7B%7D&dest_id=900040168&dest_type=city&group_adults=1&group_children=0&label_click=undef&no_rooms=1&review_score_group=empty&room1=A&sb_price_type=total&score_min=0&si=ai%2Cco%2Cci%2Cre%2Cdi&ss=Railay%20Beach&ssb=empty&ssne=Railay%20Beach&ssne_untouched=Railay%20Beach&track_sks=1&order=price_for_two There are lots of girls from the Girls about the Globe FB group also heading to Thailand if you wanted to chat with them: https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/

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  7. Leigh

    hi
    Im looking to stop off in Thailand on my way to the Philippines over xmas time. I will have my surfboard with me as Il be surfing in Phil. can you give me any advice, ie how easy will it be to get around with a board? will taxis/tu tuks etc carry them or even is there somewhere at Bangkok airport where I mght be able to store it for a week?
    any advice would be great, Im really looking forwards to it. this website is so helpful,thanks

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    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Hi Leigh, this is a useful website: http://wavetribecompany.com/2014-airline-surfboard-boardbag-fee-guide-for-surfers/ I would try and put it in storage. I also found this too: “I’ve used the Chubb luggage storage at the airport and was happy with it. They scan the baggage and ask that you don’t try to store valuables, electronic items etc. but it’s easy and convenient if you don’t want to leave the airport.” Here’s the thread to follow: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g293915-i3686-k4436986-FYI_Left_luggage_storage_at_Suvarnabhumi_Airport_Photos-Thailand.html#35831103

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  8. hurrin

    Hi,
    There is a free accomodation for 1 person in a 4 star pattaya hotel on 18th dec – 20th dec and in bangkok on 21st dec with free breakfast in the hotel. Its a twin room executive room. Let me know if anyone interested to stay for free.

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  9. Emen

    Hi,
    Great blog and thanks for sharing your knowledge! I’m thinking about traveling either end of May 2016 or beginning of Dec 2016 for a couple weeks. Any advice on what to pack and how much? Are there places to do laundry or have it done? I’m in my 40s, traveling solo, and have never backpacked. I do, however, want to travel lightly and most efficiently.

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  10. Sarah

    Great blog, thank you so much for the advice! A question for you and anyone that has traveled recently to Thailand- is it still safe to travel there as a solo female with the recent political unrest? There are some travel advisories and just wondering what you thoughts about safety in 2016 are?

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    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Hi Sarah, thanks for your comment. A friend of mine has recently travelled through and had no problems. I would advise checking the Foreign Office for advice before you go. As with anywhere there will be certain areas that are better than others. I would still visit in 2016.

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  11. Theresa

    Hi,
    Thank you for sharing all of the helpful information. I am thinking of traveling to Thailand in the end of May/ beginning of June for about three weeks. Ideally, I would like to volunteer somewhere unique and off the beaten path but also somewhere where I can get a taste of outdoor adventure (hiking, biking, swimming, etc). Can you suggest any places that accept volunteers or locations that I might research? Also, I will be traveling alone and I am in my late 20s so I am not really interested in spending time with a super young crew. THANK YOU!

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  12. nicole

    hi! I’m a fellow blogger and i am traveling to Thailand for my 25th birthday for a week in may! i fly into Bangkok but i really want to have an eat,pray, love experience! i also am a spendthrift so I am looking for a inexpensive stay or potential, blogging opportunity (collaboration/sponsorship) i will also be a solo female traveler so safety is a priority and i would like to meet other travelers as well! Any suggestions, tips , advice?

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  13. Carrey van Eck

    Hi There,

    Awesome blog btw, I am very excited to read more on your site 🙂

    So here’s my question, perhaps someone can assist. I am a brunette currently, but have my hair highlighted blonde. Also, I like getting my nails and toes done… Can anyone advise me on getting my hair done in Thailand. Ie: is it expensive, what type of salon to go to, what to look out for, etc. Nails I can probably still deal with, I just want to know if I am going to have my hair burnt off at a huge cost, or if I should just be a brunette again.

    Thanks 🙂

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      1. jj

        I have done solo in thailand many times and I can recomend this little trip : buy u simcard for the phone at the airport and take out some money , go to the bus to hua hin buy a ticket and start u travel when u come to hua hin take the train to a small beachtown called baan krut
        Scootertaxi from station to beach 5 min then u have a lot of non expencive bungalows next to the beach . Stay there for a day or two and from this little heaven u have all of thailand not so far its my perfect start point
        Safe travel jj

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  14. Isobel Rees

    Hi,

    I’m planning a trip to Thailand for a week at the end of June but am unsure where to go! There are so many options and beautiful places to visit that i can’t choose where to go. I am going alone and want a relaxing holiday where i can do some activities and keep myself busy if i need to but also just relax and do nothing as well. Any recommendations on where i should go? I’ve never been before so open to options!

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  15. Jalpa Rathod

    Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for such a great post..I’m currently reading your book – How To Travel Solo and its great ..awesome content..Thank you for that. 🙂
    I am and Indian woman travelling solo first time to Thailand from May 11th to May 15th.
    I am planning to stay 2 nights in Bangkok and 2 nights in Pattaya..(not sure on Pattaya part as its a bit dangerous in the nights I have heard), can you help me which other place can I visit keeping in mind that i am mostly not a beach person.. would like to see the tiger zoo, buddha temples, floating markets, get elephant rides, etc..kind of adventurous type..
    so, can you help get in touch with other solo female travellers travelling during this period so that I can have some company.. Also, I wanted to know if there are any good hotels for solo females in Bangkok centrally located to well known tourist spots.
    I maybe asking abit too much..but it would help if you can guide me for the same. Thanks in Advance..:)

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  16. Clare

    I am traveling to Thailand for 2 weeks in July. I arrive in Bankok and am planning on spending the night at a hotel near the airport then flying to Chiang Mai the next day. From there, I plan to go to Koh Samui. Any tips on where to stay in Chiang Mai? Things to do in Koh Samui? Also, if anyone is going at the same time let me know so we can meet up.

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  17. Jacqui

    Hi 52yrs but active, Im travelling to Phuket I will get some operations in the first week but after that Ill be looking for company to go and do fun things with tours, beauty, bars any interested parties.

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  18. Bridgette Adams

    Hi! First let me say I love your website. I was supposed to travel to Thailand with friends in mid-February 2017 but one just got a new job and isn’t sure when he’d be able to go. I get a trip from my company for my 10 year anniversary and I really want to go to Thailand. It is my dream trip. I’ve never traveled alone but am considering doing it now. I don’t want to regret not taking the trip. Is anyone interested in going February 2017 or even March or April? I already put in a request to join the facebook group. I’ll definitely check there too. Thanks a lot for putting this blog together.

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  19. Katalina

    Hello! My name is catalina! I am 20 years old and i am travelling to southeast asia for 3 months starting in october in thailand! I am really exited yet nervous! I have heard it is rainy season iin thaialnd during oct! Do you know if it is still a good season to go in terms of other backpackers and young people? I am then going to bali cambodia and vietnam!
    I am really exited about goging in my own but also looking forward to meeting lots of young people and other travellers! Do you have any advice or knowledge of this season?!

    Thank you!
    C

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  20. Michaela

    Hello. My name is Michaela and I am planning to travel to Thailand alone, for 8-10 days. I would like to be in the places with not so many tourists, with temples, local people, beaches, and for reasonable prices. Could you please reccomend something? Thank you 🙂

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  21. Magda Pothietet

    I am planning to travel to Thailand alone in January 2017. Need advice on where to stay and best spas. Also good beaches and tourist attractions and things to do.

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  22. Clare K

    Thanks for this info, it’s really helpful!

    I’m hoping to go to Thailand solo soon and was would love to go to a full moon party, but I’m worried about going alone. Firstly because I don’t know if it would be odd to go without friends, and secondly, do you think it would be safe to go alone?

    Appreciate any advice! 🙂

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    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Hi Clare, I’m sure you’ll find someone who is also going to the full moon party. There are so many travellers in Thailand and loads of the girls from our Facebook group have been there. Just look after your drink if you’re by yourself and you’ll have fun. Here’s the link to join our FB group if you want to see if any of the girls are going to be there at the same time as you https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/ x

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  23. Dorra

    Im on my way to bangkok then Phuket in solo now and just saw your article about it. That was reaaally helfull. I was kind of afraid thats why i decided to read more about thailand in solo on the way and your site made feel more excited

    Now unfortunately, i just planed for six days trip in total so do you have any recomandations for seeing the maxumum of things?

    Thank you again and hope to hear from you on arrival

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  24. Hannah

    So helpful reading all of this! I’m look No on packing up and booking a one way for the summer and seeing on how I get on. Do you think 3 months would be a reasonable amount of time? My biggest worry is once having booked a ticket, how do you go about knowing where to go? Do travellers just ask at the airport where the best place to head is?! I’m literally stuck with where to even begun booking. I want to go somewhere I’ll meet people and hopefully just tag along on there journey.
    Sorry for waffling I’m just desperate to do it but don’t know where to start x

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  25. Kevin

    Hey! I love this blog, it’s what has gotten me into the travel bug at a later age, even if I’m male. It’s far more diverse and informative than a lot of the other travel blogs which feel like they exist for bragging rights more than anything else.

    I’m a 38 year old male from Canada who finds myself with 3 free weeks this fall, and I wanted to travel to somewhere in Asia to get out of my comfort zone of sticking to the Americas, UK and Europe. Your blog like many others points out that Thailand is a great place for a first-timer in Asia for various reasons, but I’m wondering if it’s the type of place I enjoy? I can spend maybe one day on a beach before I get bored and I’m not into the nightlife stuff. I’m more into exploring cities and villages, doing on day-long hikes with good scenery (both natural and manmade), and of course eating amazing food. I’m sure I can get some of that in Thailand, but will it be enough? If not, any recommendations for someone like me? Been considering Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Malaysia but haven’t made my mind up yet.

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    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Hi Kevin, thanks for your kind comments and great to know that my blog is inspiring men too 🙂 Northern Thailand sounds more suitable for you if you get bored on a beach and aren’t into the nightlife scene. I’ve never been to Japan or Taiwan but Taiwan is apparently great for nature. Here’s an interview that you may find useful https://www.girlabouttheglobe.com/expert-interviews/taiwan-with-sarah/ Malaysia is known for its cuisine and would be a good choice with lots of places to discover which are different from each other – KL, Melaka, Cameron Highlands, Penang, Langkawi. Vietnam isn’t as touristy as Thailand and you can take overnight trains to get around or fly internally. I would opt for either Vietnam or Taiwan. I hope this helps and let me know what you decide to do. Happy travelling 🙂 x

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  26. Sana

    Hi,
    I am traveling on first week of March this year..I am travelling alone as of now could you please provide your suggestions for the places to visit, dorms to stay and people to get as companion.

    Thanks

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  27. Jassu

    Hie
    I am travelling solo to Thailand from next Monday. Could you please suggest the kinda clothes which will be comfortable during this time of year.
    Thanks

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  28. Sharissa

    Hi! I just came across your blog and love it so much! It’s so simple while giving you everything you need to know! I am traveling as a solo girl in May (20 years old). I am scared as this will be my first solo trip. If you have any safety tips that would be awesome! Thank you again for all the great tips!

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    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Thanks for your lovely comments Sharissa. So many girls choose Thailand as their first solo travel trip so you will definitely meet others. Act confident even if you don’t feel it and always go with your instinct and you will be absolutely fine. These safety tips may help https://www.girlabouttheglobe.com/on-the-road/stay-safe/ Are you on Facebook? I recommend joining our Facebook community for some more tips. Here is the link to join https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/

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  29. Carolina

    Hello!
    I have been searching for tips for 3 months and definitely this is the most complete and useful for solo travelers and girls! Congratulations for the amazing work. I am spending 7 days in south Thailandia (island and beaches) before going to Chiang Mae. I was planning two places to be my “hub”. Ton Sae was one of them but after reading your comments I may change it. What would you recommend? I have not found hostels there so it may not be the best place for solo travelers…
    Thank you!!!!!!!

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    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Thanks Carolina 🙂 It really depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking to meet others then Chiang Mai has a digital nomad community so you’re guaranteed to have company there. Are you a member of our Girls about the Globe Facebook group? I would ask the same question in there about Ton Sae and see if someone has been there recently x

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