Solo Travel in Thailand
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For those looking for a popular Southeast Asian country to travel to, consider a solo trip to Thailand. Below is our solo travel to Thailand guide including the best places to visit in Thailand alone, where to stay in Thailand, tours to Thailand and how to get around Thailand.
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- Solo Female Travel To Thailand
- Working & Volunteering in Thailand
- Places To Visit in Thailand
- Thailand Tours
- Accommodation in Thailand
- Travelling Around Thailand
- Thailand Itinerary
- Thailand Travel Guide
- Best Time To Go To Thailand
- Travel Insurance For Thailand
- From Thailand Airports
- Thailand Border Crossings
- How To Be a Conscious Traveller in Thailand
- Frequently Asked Questions About Thailand
- Map of Thailand
- Plan a Trip To Thailand
Solo Female Travel To Thailand
Can there ever be an easier country to travel around? If you’ve never experienced Thailand female solo travel then you may feel nervous as a female traveling alone to Thailand but this country is one of the best destinations to experience going it alone for the first time.
The people are incredibly friendly (it’s not called ‘The Land of Smiles’ for nothing) and there are so many travellers backpacking Thailand alone, following the same routes that you’ll be looking for those hidden gems to escape the crowds.
Solo travel here 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 travellers. It's so easy that we've given it 4 out of 5 stars. Traveling to Thailand alone is so easy and you can meet others travelling here.
Is Thailand safe for single female travelers? Yes but 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 vacation to Thailand. Thailand is a wonderful country to explore independently but if you are unsure where to visit in Thailand and how to travel Thailand alone, you may prefer to take a group tour instead.
Thailand Travel Tips
If you travel to Thailand alone 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.
If you plan to travel around Thailand by boat, be aware that Thais don’t seem to know the meaning of health and safety and boats can get very overcrowded.
When you're traveling alone in Thailand, be careful with your drinks in tourist areas as drinks have been known to be spiked.
Working & Volunteering in Thailand
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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 on a Thailand solo trip.
Places To Visit in Thailand 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 (Wat Phra), 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. A dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River is a great way to see the riverside lit up at night.
Khao San Road is one of the best places in Thailand for solo travelers and the best place to visit in Thailand for first-timers. It's a mecca for travellers and you'll meet others traveling in Thailand alone here. So 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 – a must on any travel itinerary to Thailand, (which isn’t as relaxing as you may think) or a treatment from one of the many beauty parlours.
Day Trips From Bangkok
On a day trip from Bangkok is Khao Yai National Park, the country’s first national park and one of the most popular. This is the place to spot abundant bird life, monkeys and wild elephants. Apparently there are bears here too! It’s also a nature spot for waterfalls, and one of them (Haew Suwat) even appeared in the movie, The Beach.
Within the boundaries of the park is Sarika Waterfall or you may prefer to hike to Haew San Fai waterfall instead. The park is reachable on a 3 hour bus journey and is worth adding on a few extra days to your solo trip in Thailand to see it.
If you have time, Erawan National Park is north of Bangkok but not reachable in a day trip. The park is home to 7 waterfalls, where you can swim in emerald-green pools. To see all seven you do need to hike so many just make it to the third tier. Just be careful of the monkeys and the fish. You can choose to stay overnight in Kanchanaburi where you can just catch a bus to the park.
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 in Thailand we may 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 peninsula and a must see in Thailand with a turquoise blue lagoon that is only reachable by boat.
It is one of the best beaches in Thailand by far. It also attracts climbers and has a welcoming vibe making it one of the best places to travel alone in Thailand.
is Phuket safe for solo female travellers? Yes, as there are many tourists here. For Phuket solo travel, 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.
As with anywhere be careful at night and don't walk around in the dark. One of the most popular things to do in Phuket is to 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; one of the unique places in Thailand is Maya Bay. Just off Ko Phi Phi, Maya Bay 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 is the best place to visit in Thailand for first-timers.
This bustling little island has 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.
Best Thai Islands For Solo Travellers
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, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.
If you’re into the party scene, attend a full moon party in Koh Phangan or a black moon party at Koh Som where you can dance barefoot in the sand on the Thailand beaches to hedonistic beats. Haadrin beach is full of travellers and you’ll find many solos here.
Koh Samui Solo Travel
Just a boat ride away is Koh Samui, the best Thai island for solo travellers where it is easy to meet other solos. Samui is 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 the best places to travel in Thailand for diving, or just take a snorkeling trip here from Koh Samui instead.
Near Koh Samui is the beautiful Ang Thong National Marine Park. This archipelago of over 40 islands has hidden coves, jungle islands and waterfalls. It is the best place to go in Thailand for some of the most spectacular scenery with the iconic limestone karst.
You can reach some of the islands such as Koh Wua Ta Lap or Koh Mae (which has a stunning Emerald Lake), on a day trip from either Koh Samui or Koh Phangan.
Best Places in Thailand for Culture
When you travel alone in Thailand, there is more to this country than its beaches, nightlife and fresh barracuda. The country is drenched in Buddhist culture and is dotted with stunning temples and palaces. When exploring Thailand on your own, you simply have to visit a temple or two.
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 (known as Wat Rong Khun) which borders neighbouring Burma.
Ayutthaya was once the nation’s capital and was ranked as the most magnificent city in the Orient. Nowadays, Ayutthaya Historical Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with cultural shows and too many temples and palaces to count.
In Northern Thailand is one of the country’s most impressive sites. Sukhothai Historical Park is a World Heritage Site and has nearly 200 historical ruins, with some of the temples dating back 700 years. Wander through the old town, and see Buddha statues and lilies within the site’s four ponds. It’s a place for solitude and reflection.
As a historic place to go in Thailand you can 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. The best place in Thailand for this is Chiang Mai, the largest city in northern Thailand 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. For the cultural solo traveler Thailand, this is the place to come.
Chiang Mai solo travel – Some say that Chiang Mai is the safest place to visit Thailand. As Thailand’s second-largest city it has its own night bazaar and Sunday market and is home to the Crystal Buddha, Wat Chedi Luang (known as “The temple of the Great Stupa”) 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.
Near Chiang Mai, you’ll also find Doi Inthanon National Park, 70 km away from the city centre. Named after one of the last kings of Chiang Mai, the park is one of the most popular in the country with cloud forests and waterfalls. Trek to remote villages, or just admire the landscape at one of the viewpoints.
Also in Northern Thailand is Mae Hong Son, a remote village that borders Myanmar. The province is home to hill tribes and is a Mecca for those seeking rural life in Thailand. Within this region is Pai, a backpacker town nestled in a valley, surrounded by mountains and an abundance of nature.
Other Places To Travel Alone in Thailand
Many travellers come to Thailand each year and stick to a particular route. To avoid the tourist places in Thailand, head to the north for rural tranquillity in Surin, Ancient Khmer ruins in Buri Ram or Nong Khai for great river views of the Mekong (opposite Laos). East Asia has idyllic, isolated beaches but get there quickly 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
It's not all about laying on a beach when you're traveling Thailand solo as there are plenty of fun things to do in Thailand alone. If you need to get your heart pumping, here are the best places to go in Thailand.
Try your hand at water sports, trekking, rafting (in the North), cycling, rock climbing (Krabi is the coolest place in Thailand for this), and even bungee jumping in Pattaya, Phuket, Ko Samui and Mae Rim. Travel solo to Thailand and you'll soon discover the reason it’s called ‘Amazing Thailand.’ Because it literally is.
Thailand is really easy with many tour companies in the country but if you feel nervous about backpacking alone in Thailand, G Adventures is a responsible tour company offering Thailand tours for solo travellers, especially 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
Stray Travel – More for the adventurous GatG, Stray is a hop on hop off bus tour offering bus passes around Asia. Hop aboard in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos or Bhutan. As well as Thailand trips, they also offer trips to Borneo where you can explore the world’s oldest rainforest, get up close and personal with orang-utans, and dive in some of the world’s top dive sites.
If you’re planning on travelling Southeast Asia in two or more months and want the flexibility to go with the flow and meet lots of other travellers, Stray is an ideal choice. If you visit during the peak season you may need to pre-book all sections of your trip before you go. Check the review here.
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Day Tours in Thailand
Recommended day tour companies for tours of Thailand:
Chai Lai Sisters is a women-led trekking company which offers ethical tours such as hill-tribe 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.
Get Your Guide – When you travel Thailand alone, Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated activities and day guided tours in Thailand. Choose from a visit to an elephant retirement park, a Damnoen Saduak floating market tour, or a ferry transfer between Phuket and Koh Phi Phi.
Some of the tours require a minimum of 2 people but there are plenty to book as a solo and it's really simple to use. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online. * Check all tours and prices here
Accommodation in Thailand
When you are traveling solo in Thailand, you'll find many types of accommodation in Thailand. From huts on the beach to staying in one of the luxury hotels in Thailand 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 your accommodation in Thailand Bangkok, a boutique hotel or hostel, and spa resorts on the beach. For tourist resorts in Thailand head to Phuket.
There aren’t many hostels in the beach areas but you will find them in Bangkok, Surat Thani, Phuket, Hua Hin and Chiang Mai. Where there isn't a hostel there are budget hotels or guest houses in Thailand instead. Plus there’s Airbnb where you can stay with locals or rent their whole property instead.
If you are searching for the best places to stay in Thailand, all of the Thailand accommodations below have been recommended by solo female travellers from our Girls about the Globe community and come with a Solo Female Friendly endorsement.
Bangkok – Once Again Hostel ($)
Once Again Hostel is one of the best hostels in Bangkok for solo female travellers. 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 in 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
Bangkok – Asia Hotel ($$)
This Thailand accommodation is the perfect place to stay in Bangkok with the Skytrain nearby. If you love food, the Asia Hotel has an impressive range of cuisine with 6 different dining options. The rooms are really spacious and include a fridge, minibar and flat-screen TV.
You can take a bath in your own marble bathroom or relax in the hotel’s hot tub after a workout at the gym. This 4-star hotel is great value for money and you’ll feel like a princess walking into the Palacio surroundings on a traveller’s budget.
- Prices start from £42 per night for a superior double room
- To book, check prices or availability for Asia Hotel Bangkok
Chiang Mai – D-Well Hostel ($)
Cheap, bright and impeccably clean, D-Well Hostel is a great choice for solo females and those traveling solo to Thailand. There are large lockers to store your bags, air-conditioning within the rooms, and also an ATM onsite. Breakfast is included but there’s a cafe next door too if you get peckish later. Choose from a 4 or 6-bed mixed dorm, or a 6-bed female-only dorm.
“The people are super nice, the prices are good and there are female only dorms etc. They were also very happy to help me book different activities. It's clean and modern and 10/10 would recommend it! It's one of the best hostels for solo travellers Thailand” – Kelsey Nineham, a 19-year-old solo traveller from South Africa.
- Prices start from £9 for a 6-bed dorm per night
- To book, check prices or availability for D-Well Hostel
Khao Lak – ThaiLife Homestay Resort & Spa ($$)
If you prefer to be surrounded by nature with the added bonus of a nearby beach, ThaiLife Homestay Resort & Spa is a stunning choice. Situated in the region of Phang Nga Province, you can escape the hustle and bustle in a peaceful, cosy environment.
The resort has a private beach to lie on, bikes to ride on and an outdoor swimming pool. Superior villas include a sitting area, kettle, toiletries and a hairdryer. You may have to share the property with couples but if you are looking for a piece of paradise in Thailand, this resort is in the perfect setting. If you do start missing city life, there is a free shuttle to the city.
- Prices start from £85 per night for a superior villa
- To book, check prices or availability for ThaiLife Homestay Resort & Spa
Koh Samui – Casa Luna Hostel ($)
When you solo travel Koh Samui, Casa Luna Hostel is clean, comfortable and close to the pier, 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
Koh Samui – Chaweng Buri Resort ($$)
This 3-star Thai resort is set in the heart of Chaweng Beach amongst tropical vegetation. Each room comes with a TV, a fridge and free tea and coffee so you can enjoy a hot brew in the gorgeous gardens.
There is a pool and sun loungers for when you want to relax, and if you choose not to dine at the resort’s restaurant, there are a choice of restaurants close by. It may only have 3 stars but there is plenty to help you relax from a hot tub to Thai massages. Choose from a standard villa or upgrade to a deluxe pool villa.
- Prices start from £66 per night for a standard villa
- To book, check prices or availability for Chaweng Buri Resort
Krabi – Slumber Party Ao Nang Beach ($)
Literally, just one minute's walk from the beach, the Slumber Party hostel is the place to stay if you want to socialise. The staff are really helpful and they organise activities and tours every night so you can do as much or little as you choose.
They do have two hostels so if you want to party they take you to Slumber Party 1 where the bar is. Choose Slumber Party 2 for the beach. Stay in a 6, 8, or 10-bed mixed dorm room, all with air conditioning and fans.
- Prices start from £10 for a 10-bed dorm per night
- To book, check prices or availability for Slumber Party Ao Nang Beach
Pai – Carrot On The Moon Hostel ($)
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 Thailand, from the U.S.
- Prices start from £6 for a 6-bed dorm
- To book, check prices or availability for Carrot on The Moon Hostel
Travelling Around Thailand
Travelling in Thailand alone is easy. Local tour operators are everywhere to book your Thailand transportation through the country and any onward tickets, especially on Khao San Road in Bangkok.
Public Transportation in Thailand
The best way to travel Thailand from Bangkok to the north is on a night train. From Bangkok to Chiang May it takes approximately 13 hours. There are different transportation options depending on which train you take.
First class has its own lockable air-conditioned compartment with a seat that turns into a bunk bed. The toilet and shower are shared. Second class usually has a fan and a bunk bed with a curtain to separate you from the other passengers. You can also travel south on the train to Surat Thani or Hat Yai. Hua Lamphong Train Station is the main Bangkok station.
How to get around in Thailand by bus – Getting around Thailand is also possible with buses. Head south on air-conditioned buses (journeys are up to 8 hours). Express buses are for longer journeys with reclining seats and toilets onboard but you may prefer the comfort of a VIP bus instead. Buses generally stop for lunch or dinner.
Southern Bangkok Bus Terminal is the station for buses to the south. Most buses for the north leave from Bangkok Bus Terminal. If you’re in Bangkok and travelling back to your accommodation, the night bus runs 24 hours a day. You can book your transport through your accommodation or a local tour agency when you’re there.
There are also local buses in smaller towns where you can buy a ticket at the bus station before you get on. Whichever method of transport you choose, getting around in Thailand is easy.
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.
How to travel Thailand by ferry – Most people when solo backpacking Thailand, go island hopping and travel across Thailand islands using regular ferries and overnight boats. Ferries operate from near Surat Thani (30 miles away but it’s the nearest town to go to), to Koh Phangan, and Koh Samui.
You can also travel between these islands and to and from Koh Tao. To travel within Thailand by ferry, you can buy your ferry ticket from ferry offices and travel agents, or pre-book it through a ferry website.
If you want to try driving for your solo trip Thailand, to hire a car I recommend pre-booking a car so you can collect your vehicle when you arrive at the airport.
If you're unsure how much time you need to plan travelling alone to Thailand, to see the major destinations or travel through Thailand overland to Malaysia you will need approximately a month. However, two weeks in Thailand is also enough time to experience the country and see the best Thailand places depending on your interests.
A 12-day Thailand itinerary, for example, could include Bangkok, Chiang Mai and the southern beaches. Below I have included examples of a Thailand solo travel itinerary, from a 7-day itinerary for Thailand to 2 weeks in Thailand. I've also included my favourite islands where you are guaranteed to meet others.
Thailand Itinerary 1 Week (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.
7 Days in Thailand 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.
Thailand Itinerary 10 days
Bangkok – 3 nights, Krabi – 3 nights, Railay Bay – 2 nights, Koh Lanta – 2 nights.
Thailand Itinerary 14 Days
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.
Thailand Travel Guide
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The author, Alexa West, has lived in Thailand and shares all her knowledge including places to go in Thailand as a woman, hidden restaurants and how to avoid scams.
Thailand: The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide
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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 alone 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 when solo traveling in Thailand is in 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.
Travel Insurance For Thailand
Thailand is a great country to explore but the health and safety aren’t up to the standard that you may expect at home. For solo trips 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 scuba 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.
Bangkok: Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) – Most international flights to Thailand fly into Bangkok. 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. The 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 for 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.
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Thailand Border Crossings (check visas before you travel)
If you’re travelling to Thailand alone 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. The cheapest way to get to Thailand from Asia is either with Air Asia or by bus from Malaysia, Cambodia or Laos. International buses are well-connected to Bangkok.
Thailand can also be twinned with: Korea, the Middle East and the Maldives with Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways or Air Asia. Below are the ways to travel to Thailand from neighbouring countries in Southeast 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 Hat Yai, 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?
Cambodia – 1 hour 25 minutes
Burma – 1 hour 30 minutes
Laos – 1 hour 30 minutes
How To Be a Conscious Traveller in Thailand
Wildlife tourism is big in Thailand, and tigers and elephants are used are tourist attractions so In addition to the universal ways to be a conscious traveller, here are our recommendations for responsible travel in Thailand alone.
Don’t visit the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi. Not only are you compromising your own safety with these wild animals but there have been cases of illegal breeding and tiger abuse. Avoid any animal parks offering cuddles with tiger cubs too.
Asian elephants are an endangered species and are being exploited in several venues in Thailand. When not giving rides or performing, elephants at tourist attractions are typically kept chained day and night. Don’t ride an elephant, instead visit an elephant sanctuary. Find ethical sanctuaries here
Don’t volunteer in an orphanage. Many of these in Southeast Asia have become unethical businesses with children being removed from their parents to cater for the demand of people wanting to volunteer.
If you are planning on visiting a hill tribe, avoid any human zoo experiences. Ensure that the company is operating ethically and helps to give back to the schools or community. Instead of seeing the Karen tribe choose a homestay to discover more about agriculture for example.
Don’t give money to begging children. By giving them money you are helping to keep them on the streets and out of schools. Instead, look for an NGO that is working with the children.
Social Impact Programs
There are several social enterprises in Thailand that help give back to the community on your solo Thailand trip. Dine on a vegetarian meal at Baan Unrak Children’s Village in Kanchanaburi and help support a local orphanage.
Buy a cup of artisan coffee at Akha Ama Coffee in Chiang Mai and the funds are sent back to a small village. Or enjoy a vegetarian Burmese dish or smoothie at Freebird Cafe in Chiang May and you’ll be helping the indigenous community and refugees.
Borderline Collective Handicraft shop offers a range of products handmade by several Women groups living along the border between Thailand and Burma, including items such as tote bags, wallets and wall hangings. Moreover, Borderline offers cooking classes (learn to cook Shan, Karen, Burmese and other foods of the region).
You don’t just have to dine to be able to give back; the Doitung Tourism Project is an enterprise of guesthouses, boutiques and coffee shops that support the livelihoods of the people in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Doitung.
Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket rescue and rehabilitate street dogs and dogs from the illegal meat trade. It's an awesome facility where you can donate or sponsor a dog or a cat.
You can learn about elephants and other wildlife in Hua Hin whilst helping support the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand, help support farmers in rural areas on a cotton-weaving tour, and purchase handicrafts and food products from women in some of the poorest regions in Wanita. From massages to local tours, here are some amazing social enterprises in Thailand.
Volunteering in Thailand
Thai Child Development – supports underprivileged children and those with disabilities or learning disorders to ensure that they receive medical care and education. You can volunteer with the foundation and help on the farm, in the food forest or at the Community Creative Learning Centre. And if you have a skill such as writing, marketing, accounting or others, you can continue to support from home too.
Global Work & Travel offer a variety of volunteering placements in Thailand. Volunteer at a Street Dog Rescue & Rehabilitation project for 2 to 12 weeks. You’ll be rescuing and rehabilitating stray dogs and puppies in a Thai beach town and get to see the sights whilst you do it.
You could volunteer at an Elephant Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre for 2 to 4 weeks learning about elephant conservation and feeding abused and mistreated elephants that have been rescued from poachers.
Or combine your love of both elephants and dogs at a Trunks & Tails Rescue. Over 3 to 12 weeks you’ll be rescuing and rehabilitating dogs and elephants whilst volunteering in authentic Thai villages and nursing injured animals back to health.
Or maybe you prefer to teach children on a 7-week placement instead? The Summer Teach in Thailand experience offers teaching experience to a classroom of students in the seaside resort of Hua Hin. Global Work & Travel offer complete volunteering and teaching packages including transfers, accommodation, insurance and ongoing support.
Stay Eco in Thailand
Eco Logic Resort For Charity
When you are solo travelling in Thailand, if you're planning on staying in an eco-retreat, the Eco Logic Resort For Charity is a retreat with a difference. All of the profits help the development of local children and during your stay, you can see with your own eyes the difference that they are making.
They have different types of accommodation for all budgets. Stay in a tent or a shared dormitory, a private guest room or one of their cheap bungalows in Thailand.
The FarmFresh Restaurant has great jungle views and serves organic produce grown on their doorstep. Even the soap and shampoo are made locally. This resort for charity is located near Ranong and they can arrange a paid shuttle from the airport for you. There is a minimum of a 2-night stay.
- Prices start from £15 for a bed for 2 nights in a 10-bed dorm room
- To book, check prices or availability for Eco-Logic Resort For Charity
Bangkok Tree House
Just because you are in the capital city doesn’t mean that you can’t go eco. Bangkok Tree House is a short drive from Bangkok and offers accommodations such as nests (that look like insect hives) built from reclaimed wood, bamboo and recycled materials, and rooms. Everything is provided including organic meals at the Reflect Restaurant, free ice cream and free bicycles.
The best thing about staying here apart from the use of wind and solar energy is that you are helping to clean up the river too. Just by staying here, they remove 1 kg of litter from the river. Bonus! If you’re looking for a green, rustic stay, the tree house is a long-tail boat ride away. But do expect some insects.
- Prices start from £88 for a deluxe double room
- To book, check prices or availability for Bangkok Tree House
The Yard Hostel, Bangkok
Tucked away in Ari neighbourhood, this hostel offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. Aiming to reduce their human footprint, The Yard Hostel is constructed from shipping containers and other reused materials. Moreover, each guest is provided with glass water bottles in an effort to reduce plastic waste.
- Prices start from £11 for a bed in a 6-bed mixed dorm room
- To book, check prices or availability for The Yard Hostel
Green Tiger House, Chiang Mai
The Green Tiger House is Chiang Mai’s first plant-based hotel, as well as a member of VeggieHotels and is Green Key certified. Currently closed due to the pandemic.
- To book, check prices or availability for Green Tiger House
Old Capital Bike Inn, Bangkok
This family-run inn is in the heart of Bangkok. The refurbished property uses exclusively energy-efficient appliances and lighting, a solar water heater system, operates a robust recycling program and incorporates furniture and fixtures salvaged from old teak wood.
Complimentary night bike tours are given every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Bikes can also be rented out during the day.
- Prices start from £64 for a twin room with a private bathroom
- To book, check prices or availability for Old Capital Bike Inn
Vulnerable Girls in Thailand
There are more than 1 million victims of child labour in Thailand. With many families living in poverty, children are sent to work to help the family, in particular immigrant children. Some children are sent into prostitution by their families even though this is illegal.
The Child Safe Movement trains street vendors, tuk-tuk drivers and taxis to report any suspected child sex tourism and helps to provide them with an alternative to a life on the streets. It is also estimated that there are 20,000 street children in Thailand’s cities vulnerable to sexual and physical abuse. Read more…
Thailand is a safe haven for refugee children from Myanmar who live in camps along the border. More than 110,000 people have been displaced and the International Rescue Committee provides health care, food and water, education and protection for these children.
(N.b. By purchasing one of our Girl about the Globe products, we donate 10% to the IRC to help support displaced girls)
Frequently asked questions about Thailand
- Can I drink the water? It isn't recommended to drink tap water so buy bottled water or take your own water filter with you.
- 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.
- What is Thailand famous for? Beaches, islands, and Buddhist culture and temples.
Map of Thailand
How To Plan a Solo Trip to Thailand
If you are ready to travel Thailand solo, here are some useful links for female solo travel Thailand, including airlines which fly there, currency and vaccinations required.
Thailand Solo Trip Cost = Budget at least £25 a day (based on staying in cheap accommodation and taking local transport).
Capital – Bangkok
Population – 63.5 million
Language Spoken – Thai. English is widely spoken.
Flying Time to Thailand – 12 hrs
Best Time to Go – March to May for the South. November to December for the North.
Events & Festivals in Thailand
Did you know? Thailand has many homestays for authentic experiences with the local people.
Stay at Gecko Villa in the Northeast
Green Gecko Thailand Holiday Villa
The Thai Child Development Foundation
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.
If cooking is on your Thailand travel itinerary, take an authentic Thai cooking class in Chiang Mai. Take a tour of a local market and find out the secrets of Thai cuisine during a morning or afternoon cooking class.
Watch traditional Muay Thai boxing in Bangkok and learn more about this national sport. The Muay Thai ticket 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 Bangkok Siam show to discover Thailand's rich cultural heritage and be dazzled by a stage show.
Thailand has some of the best diving in the world and is perfect for a diving GatG going to Thailand alone. It's also a great activity to meet others backpacking through Thailand at the same time. Find out more at Dive Worldwide
Mind Body & Soul
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??
Thanks so much Anika 🙂 Yes it’s firstname.lastname@example.org x
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 ?
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.
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.
Hi Kandace, of course. Just email me on: email@example.com Lisa x
Hi Kandace whate date do u arrive in thailand as im travelling alone tomorw to bangkok?
Hi Carla, we have a Girls about the Globe Facebook group which you may want to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/
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.
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
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.
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.
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! 🙂
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/
I am travelling to Thailand on my own for Christmas too, so nervous!!
Hi Rachel, you’ll have an amazing time in Thailand. Head to Khao San Road if you need some company as this is where the other travellers hang out.
If anyone fancies meeting up im in Thailand from December 30th.
Hi Lisa, cool! You may want to join the Girls about the Globe Facebook group to see if anyone is in Thailand too. It’s https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/ 🙂 x
I will be in Bangkok Dec 30. I am hoping to celebrate the new year out there.
Hi Nadia, Bangkok for New Year sounds fab! There are a few girls in the Girls about the Globe Facebook group heading to Thailand if you would like to join. https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/
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?
Hi Oliva, Here’s a couple of ideas for accommodation: The Glory Hostel, Sabye Hostel, Baan Dinso 2. Have an amazing time!
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!
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/
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.
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/
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
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
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.
Hi, can you give me the details and I can post it on my GatG FB page. Thanks.
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.
Hi Emen. I would say only take enough clothes for 1 to 2 weeks maximum as you can get your laundry done there very cheap. I have a Facebook group with others travelling to Thailand too. Here’s the link to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/
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?
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.
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!
Hi Theresa. Thanks for your message 🙂 There are some girls in the Girls about the Globe who have just been to Thailand. You can find the link here to join and ask questions https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/ x
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?
Hi Nicole, Koh San Road is a great place to start. You could also join the Girls about the Globe Facebook group as some of the girls there have just been in Thailand. https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/
thanks! i did join the group but i will def check that area out as wel!
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 Carrey 🙂 I would suggest joining the Girls about the Globe Facebook group as there are a few girls there who have been or are heading to Thailand and can give you some tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/
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
Hi, thanks for your recommendation 🙂
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!
Hi Isobel, Thailand is amazing! You may want to join the Girls about the Globe Facebook group to get other girl’s recommendations as it is seems to be one of the most popular destinations in the group 🙂 Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/
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..:)
Hi Jalpa, thanks so much for your kind comments 🙂 Join our Girls about the Globe Facebook group. There are lots of girls who have either been to Thailand or are travelling there. Here’s the link to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/
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.
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.
Im going over in the whole month of September
HI Jacqui, that’s great that you’re going to Phuket. I was there over 10 years ago so I would recommend joining the Girls about the Globe Facebook group as some of the girls there have recently been or are heading to Thailand so they can offer you some better tips. Here’s the link to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/
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.
Hi Bridgette, thanks for your kind words. I would definitely suggest asking in the Facebook group 🙂
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?!
Hi Katalina, I was there over 10 years ago so I would recommend joining the Girls about the Globe Facebook group as some of the girls there have recently been or are heading to Thailand so they can offer you some better tips. Here’s the link to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/
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 🙂
Hi Michaela, I was there over 10 years ago so I would recommend joining the Girls about the Globe Facebook group as some of the girls there have recently been or are heading to Thailand so they can offer you some better tips. Here’s the link to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/
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.
Hi Magda, I was there over 10 years ago so I would recommend joining the Girls about the Globe Facebook group as some of the girls there have recently been or are heading to Thailand so they can offer you some better tips. Here’s the link to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/
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! 🙂
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
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
Hi Dorra, I was there over 10 years ago so I would recommend joining the Girls about the Globe Facebook group as some of the girls there have recently been or are heading to Thailand so they can offer you some better tips. Here’s the link to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/
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
Thanks Hannah. Don’t get overwhelmed. Join our Facebook group and search for Thailand. There are so many girls in the group who have been to Thailand and will give you tips https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/
Hoping to find a tour suitable for a single female over40. Any tips. X
I’m not sure if any of these companies go to Thailand but look at Wander Tours, Venus Adventures, Diva Holidays and Women Travelling Together https://www.women-traveling.com x
I love anything & everything that is written well… yeah you got some good content going on there for sure.
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.
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 http://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
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.
Hi Sana, I would suggest Bangkok, Chiang Mai then down to the south to Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. It really depends what kind of experience you are after – cultural, beach, partying. Have you joined our Facebook community? Search for Thailand when you join as there are lots of tips from other solo travellers. Here is the link to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/369115206621307/
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.
Hi Jyoti, take a light rain jacket with you if you have one (just in case of a shower). This site is great for packing lists all around the world https://herpackinglist.com Have a great time x
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!
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 http://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/
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…
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
I am planning on solo travelling Thailand over the Christmas period, I will be there for 12 days. I am wanting to party and be in the places where you will easily meet people in the hostels, that will be into the party scene, So I am thinking Koh Phangnan, Phuket and I don’t know where else? I arrive on the 21st of December. What would you recommend as a plan? I am also wanting to go to an elephant sanctuary and don’t know which would be the best to book on for or to just book when there, will the tours be safe?
Hi Charley, Koh Samui would also be a great choice and you could do a day trip and snorkel on Koh Tao or spend some time overnight there. Are you a member of our Girls about the Globe Facebook community? I would recommend joining there and asking the same question. Thailand is really popular with solos and many of our group have been there. This article lists our ethical elephant sanctuaries too. Hope to see you in the group x http://www.girlabouttheglobe.com/elephant-tourism/