Solo Travel in Thailand

Types of Girl about the Globe (GatG) – Beach GatG, Budget GatG, Cultural GatG, Ocean GatG, Party GatG

The Southeast Asian country of Thailand is ideal for solo travellers. Having spent nearly a month in Thailand, it was so easy to meet others and navigate my way around the country. If you are considering a solo trip to Thailand, I've written a solo travel to Thailand guide including the best places to visit in Thailand alone, where to stay in Thailand, recommended Thailand tour companies and how to get around Thailand.

In this travel solo Thailand article, I've also included how to get from the airports and a suggested Thailand solo travel itinerary. All companies included have been recommended by either myself or solo female travellers from our solo community and come with our Solo Female Friendly endorsement. I hope my article inspires you to solo travel Thailand and to have the same enriching experience that many solos have. 

N.b. For every booking made through this article, I donate money to projects helping vulnerable girls about the globe. Thank you for helping to make a difference to their lives. 

Tip – If you prefer the company of a group tour for your Thailand solo travel, I recommend one of these G Adventures Thailand toursThey are perfect for solo travellers of all ages.

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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. You don't need to worry about spending too much time in Thailand alone; travel here and you'll meet many others solo travelling Thailand too!

Is Thailand safe for solo female travellers? For safe travel, Thailand is pretty safe. 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. (I've covered more on ‘is it safe to travel alone in Thailand' in the Tips For Traveling to Thailand section below).

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. Traveling to Thailand alone is so easy that I've given it 4 out of 5 stars for solo female travel. For the solo traveller, Thailand has a lot to offer no matter what type of solo traveller you are. 

Where To Solo Female Travel Thailand?

Active Solo – Thailand has so many activities for the active solo. You can trek through jungles, visit hill tribes and even try zip-lining in the lush rainforests of Chiang Mai. 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.

Cultural Solo – Immerse yourself in Thailand's rich cultural heritage by visiting historic cities like Ayutthaya or Sukhothai, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites with ancient temples and ruins. If cooking is on your Thailand travel itinerary, you can take an authentic Thai cooking class and visit a market in Chiang Mai. Or watch Muay Thai boxing in Bangkok to see the country’s traditional martial art.

History Solo – For history lovers, Sukhothai Historical Park has nearly 200 historical ruins with some of them 700 years old! Ayutthaya was once the nation’s capital and was ranked as the most magnificent city in the Orient. Or head to Nakhon Pathom, the oldest city in Thailand with the tallest Buddhist monument in the world. 

Island Solo – Thailand’s islands are just pure paradise. Koh Phi Phi and Koh Phangan are famous for their vibrant party scenes, attracting solo travellers from around the world. For a more laid-back atmosphere, visit Koh Lanta or Koh Tao, where you can relax on pristine beaches, snorkel in crystal-clear waters and enjoy the Koh Lanta nightlife. You can even get your scuba diving certification here. 

Nature Solo – There is so much nature in Thailand that you will be spoilt for choice. Chiang Mai is surrounded by lush greenery and mountains, Doi Inthanon National Park; the highest point in Thailand has stunning waterfalls and picturesque landscapes, See the seven tiers of Erawan and take a dip in its freshwater pools or head to any of the islands (especially Krabi) for stunning beaches. 

Ocean Solo – 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. 

Party Solo – If you love to party, the Thai nightlife definitely won't disappoint and it’s not limited to one area either. The capital, Bangkok, offers diverse nightlife, with rooftop bars, clubs, and the backpacker-friendly Khao San Road. In Chiang Mai, Nimmanhaemin has trendy bars and live music venues. If you’re brave enough to head to Pattaya, Walking Street offers a wild and vibrant Thailand nightlife scene.

To experience some hedonistic night life in Thailand, travel solo to the island of Koh Phangan, famous for the monthly Full Moon Party on Haad Rin Beach (some of the best nightlife in Thailand and they have black moon parties too!) The full moon parties are a great place to meet others. 

The nightlife in Koh Samui is also good and fine for solos. Chaweng Beach has beachside bars, clubs, and live music. In Koh Phi Phi, Loh Dalum Beach has beach bars and vibrant fire shows, or head to Phuket, known for beachfront clubs. Patong’s Bangla Road in Phuket is the main party hub.

Spiritual & Wellness Solo – From Thai massages to luxurious spas and yoga retreats, Thailand is the ideal destination to recharge your mind and body surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. Being here alone, Thailand has so many retreats. You could join a meditation retreat at one of the many temples, take part in a Muay Thai class or join a fitness retreat. There are lots to choose from no matter what type of solo retreat Thailand you're looking for. * Discover all Thailand retreats here 

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Thailand Travel Tips

Solo travelling to Thailand is amazing but there are some Thailand travel tips that will make your trip more comfortable. 

Firstly, 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 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, one of the biggest Thailand tips is be careful with your drinks in tourist areas as drinks have been known to be spiked.

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.

When you're travelling solo to Thailand, knowing at least a bit of Thai might come in very handy, especially when you're solo, Thai helps you build a rapport with the locals and you may even get a cheaper price when you're haggling. So taking the time to learn at least some of the language will go a long way. Learning Thai online is the easiest way to go about it as it is convenient and a reliable way to learn the language and prepare yourself for the trip.

Maybe it's your first trip to Thailand and you're still wondering ‘is Thailand safe to travel alone and is Thailand dangerous?' I want to reassure you that it is a safe country. 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.

Working & Volunteering in Thailand

If you are thinking of working in Thailand or volunteering in Thailand, Global Work & Travel helps you to organise Thailand volunteer programs and around the world. You can teach English in Thailand, join an eco-tourism internship in Thailand, or even volunteer at a dog rescue Thailand. They also offer volunteer elephant sanctuary Thailand opportunities – perfect for wildlife lovers. 

Whether you’re looking for volunteer work in Thailand, teaching in Thailand, or want to meet others at a full moon party, their work and travel Thailand placements are ideal for solos and include all the support you need for a life-changing adventure. * Save £100/$100/€100 with the code ‘GatG.’ * Discover all Thailand volunteering and work placements 

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The beautiful Railay Bay

Best Places To Visit in Thailand For First Timers

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 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.

Sustainable and eco-tourism are growing in the country has numerous national parks, waterfalls and heritage sites. And with the cost of living so low, you are guaranteed to be treated like a queen on a Thailand solo trip. If you're traveling to Thailand solo, here are my best places for solo travel in Thailand and the best places to visit in Thailand for first timers. 

* Before you solo female travel in Thailand, check what paperwork or visas are required for Thailand

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Bangkok

Solo Travelling 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

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.

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. If you're unsure what to do in Bangkok at night, a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River is a great way to see the riverside lit up at night. Or 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.

I have a dedicated article on Bangkok which includes plenty of things to do in the capital for solo travellers. 

* Read more: Solo Travel in Bangkok

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Erawan National Park

Day Trips From Bangkok

If you are staying in Bangkok for longer than a few days, I recommend looking at some day trips. One 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 (the movie that inspired me to visit Thailand).

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. 

Nakhon Pathom in Central Thailand, 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.

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Big Buddha (photo @ Stacey Lizette)

Northern Thailand

Ayutthaya (80 km north of Bangkok), 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.

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.

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.

If you have time, Erawan National Park is north of Bangkok but it isn't 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 so just be careful of the monkeys and the fish. You can choose to stay overnight in Kanchanaburi where you can take a bus to the park.

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Ayutthaya

Chiang Mai

From Bangkok you can easily solo travel Chiang Mai, which is either a flight or an overnight train journey away. 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. 

Some say that Chiang Mai is the safest place to visit in 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.

On your Chiang Mai solo travel 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.

* Solo tip – “On your Chiang Mai solo female travel, there's a great place in the mountains called Pai and it's a lovely place to go for a night or two. It's a hippie mountain town. The bus from Chiang Mai to Pai takes 3 hours.” = Joanne, solo female traveller. 

 
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Krabi is stunning and an ideal place to meet other travellers

Southern Thailand

Head south from Bangkok and you’ll find Pattaya known for its tacky neon bars and Go Go girls. If you are going to Pattaya alone, expect to see lots of older Western men with Thai girls as it is a bit seedy. You may prefer the more luxurious hideaways of Hua Hin (which does have surprisingly good Hua Hin nightlife) or Koh Kood to escape the crowds, both of which are better for women travelling alone in Thailand. 

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. 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. * Read: Best Areas to Stay in Phuket

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.

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Monkey Rock Angthong (photo @ Natalie Howson)

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.

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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 Thailand. 

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Stunning Krabi

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, travel alone to the north for rural tranquillity. Surin offers a glimpse into traditional Thai life, with its charming villages and serene landscapes. If you're interested in history, head to Buri Ram, where you can explore Ancient Khmer ruins that hold tales of the region's rich past.

For river views of the mighty Mekong, Nong Khai is a hidden gem. Situated opposite Laos, the town offers a unique perspective on life along the river, away from the bustling tourist hotspots.

For Thailand nature enthusiasts, the Thi Lo Su Waterfall is a must-see, renowned for its beauty. Or spend time at Khao Sok National Park, one of Thailand's best-kept secrets, with its lush rainforests, diverse wildlife, and inspiring landscapes.

Koh Chang is an ideal destination to escape the crowds and seek some solitude amidst beautiful surroundings. Rayong also offers a quieter coastline with less-developed beaches, and is perfect for unwinding by the sea.

In the south, a quiet escape can be found on the long coastline of Chumphon where you can bask in the beauty of unspoiled beaches and enjoy the serenity of the ocean. Explore pristine beaches, like Thung Wua Laen, for sunbathing and water sports. Discover Mu Ko Chumphon National Park's islands and coral reefs whilst snorkelling and diving or just enjoy local seafood whilst soaking in the coastal charm.

Trang, on the other hand, offers a different kind of tranquillity, with the Emerald Cave and picturesque waterfalls in a peaceful forest setting.  Relax at Ko Kradan's stunning beaches, try Trang's famous dim sum or dive at Ko Ngai. 

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. Travel solo to Thailand and you'll soon discover the reason it’s called ‘Amazing Thailand.’ Because it literally is.

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Thailand Tours

Experiencing a Thailand trip solo gives you the ultimate freedom and the country is easy to navigate but if you feel nervous about backpacking alone in Thailand there are several travel groups to Thailand and beyond that offer Thailand group trips in the comfort and fun of a group. From Thailand backpacker tours to solo travel groups Thailand, you can find the right Thailand travel group and itinerary for you. Below I've included some of the best Thailand tour companies for solos of all ages. 

Tours For All Ages 

G Adventures 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. * Check rates and availability for G Adventures Thailand tours

Stray Travel

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. Check the review here. If you visit during the peak season you may need to pre-book all sections of your trip before you go. * Check rates and availability for Stray Thailand tours

Intrepid Travel Thailand

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 Thailand hotels instead of hostels and have a more comfortable style of accommodation hence the trips can appear a bit more costly than G Adventures. Intrepid Tours Thailand range from a 2 day Bite-Size Break Bangkok to a 35 day Indochina Unplugged trip through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Read our Intrepid Travel Reviews or click here for the full itineraries, prices, and start dates

Tours For 18 – 39s

TruTravels Thailand

For the backpacker solo or the fitness solo, TruTravels offers backpacking Thailand tours with trips from 5 days to 27 days. You can also combine Cambodia and Vietnam on a 50-day trip. Explore 2 weeks in northern Thailand, or island hop around the south. Choose from their Classic backpacker trips, a full moon party pack or go for the Flashpacker for a bit more comfort. If you want to get fit in Thailand, their Fitventures tour is 9 days of beachfront yoga, Muay Thai lessons and HIIT workouts. Their Thailand backpacking tours are for all kinds of solos! Trips are a maximum of 20 people with most travellers between the ages of 18 and mid 30’s. Prices from £395, based on a twin share. * Check rates and availability for TruTravels Thailand tours

Tours For Over 40s

Just You

Just You offers Thailand group travel especially for solo travellers. Their 2 week Thailand holiday packages include both men and women (usually more women). You will have your own room, time for yourself (if you want it) and other solo travellers to sightsee and dine with.

Their Thailand tour includes ruins, temples, a visit to an elephant rehabilitation centre and a blessing ceremony with monks. Over 14 days you’ll visit Bangkok, Phitsanulok, Lampang, Chiang Mai, and Cha-Am. Prices start from £3249. They are also ideal if you’re looking for Thailand tours for singles. * Check rates and availability for Thailand holidays for singles and solos

Day Tours in 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

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Best Areas To Stay in Thailand

When you are traveling solo in Thailand, you'll find many types of accommodation for all kinds of budgets. From beach huts and hostels to boutique hotels and luxury Thai-style hotels. For a more local experience, choose a guest house with a local.

There are so many areas to stay in Thailand, especially ones that are good for solo female travellers. If you’re unsure where to stay, I recommend choosing one or more of these areas. These areas are also the best places to stay in Thailand for first timers to the country. 

All of the Thailand accommodations below have been recommended by solo female travellers from our Girls about the Globe community and come with our Solo Female Friendly endorsement. For all other accommodation in Thailand, click on the link below. * To book, check prices or availability for all accommodation in Thailand

Bangkok

You probably have to fly through Bangkok anyway so if you do choose to stay here, there are many neighbourhoods in Bangkok that are safe for solo female travellers, such as Sukhumvit, Silom, and Siam. These areas are well-connected by public transportation and have plenty of options for accommodation, restaurants, and nightlife. Bangkok is a bustling city with plenty of things to do and see and good for the sightseeing solo.

$ – Once Again Hostel. One of the best hostels in Bangkok for solo female travellers, this stylish hostel is on a quiet street with a nice rooftop. Located a 15 minute walk to Khao San Road, and 20 mins to the temples, they offer activities as well as bike hire. The beds have curtains for more privacy and reception is open 24 hours. Prices start from £10/$12 p/n for a 12-bed dorm p/n. * Check prices and availability: Once Again Hostel

$$ – Asia Hotel. If you love food, the Asia Hotel has 6 different dining options. The rooms are really spacious and include a fridge and a minibar. 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. Plus, the Skytrain is nearby. Prices start from £42/$52 p/n. * Check prices and availability: Asia Hotel

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a charming city in the north of Thailand, known for its temples, night markets, and natural beauty. It's a popular destination for solo female travellers, as it has a laid-back atmosphere and a strong ex-pat community.

If you're wondering “Is Chiang Mai safe for females?” Yes it is, and the Old City is the best area to stay in Chiang Mai as it’s the historic centre and surrounded by a moat and ancient walls. There’s also the lively night bazaar which has many hotels and guesthouses. Or stay in Nimmanhaemin, a trendy area with boutique shops, cafes, bars and shopping malls. 

$$ – ON Thapae Chiangmai. This modern and comfortable 3-star hotel is located near the Night Bazaar, Three Kings Monument and Chedi Luang Temple. The hotel has a homely feel with an outdoor pool, lounge and terrace and it’s close to the bars too! Plus there’s free water and snacks. Prices from £67/$83 p/n. * Check prices and availability: ON Thapae Chiangmai

Koh Samui

Koh Samui is a popular island destination in the Gulf of Thailand well-connected to the mainland by ferry with a diverse range of accommodation options, from luxury resorts to budget hostels. There are plenty of beaches to explore, as well as water sports, yoga classes, and wellness. Plus a friendly and welcoming vibe.

I have stayed in two areas in Koh Samui, Bo Phut Beach and Chaweng Beach. Chaweng Beach is definitely the best area to stay in Koh Samui as this is where all the Koh Samui nightlife is. There’s a long stretch of beach and plenty of restaurants and bars. Bo Phut is a fishing village that has a quieter vibe than Chaweng. You may prefer Lamai beach Koh Samui which is more laid-back than Chaweng with restaurants too. But the Lamai Samui does attract families.

$$ – Chaweng Garden Beach Resort. This Thai resort on Chaweng Beach is an ideal place to relax (and one of the best areas in Koh Samui to stay in). It’s close enough to bars if you need some evening entertainment and you can laze around the swim-up bar and have a massage at the pool during the day. There’s a beachside restaurant and lots of other options nearby. Prices start from £61/$76 p/n. * Check prices and availability: Chaweng Garden Beach

Koh Tao

Koh Tao is a small island in the Gulf of Thailand that is known for its crystal-clear waters and excellent snorkelling and diving opportunities. It has a laid-back and relaxed vibe and is known for its healthy and vegetarian food options, as well as its friendly and welcoming community.

Krabi

Krabi offers stunning natural beauty, white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and lush green forests. It is also home to a wide range of activities, including rock climbing, kayaking, and snorkelling, as well as cultural attractions like temples and markets. Krabi also has a laid-back vibe and welcoming locals, making it a perfect place for solo females to relax and unwind.

For Krabi solo travel, Railay Beach is the best area to stay in Krabi to be near the beach. It’s only accessible by boat so it’s more secluded (I personally stayed here and loved it). Ao Nang is another popular area with plenty of restaurants, bars and shops.

$$ – The Brown Hotel. This 3-star hotel in Krabi Town is a good choice if you want to be in the town. At night you can browse the night markets or just sightsee during the day. The staff area really friendly and they also arrange airport transfers. Prices from £37/$46 p/n. * Check prices and availability: The Brown Hotel

Phuket

Phuket is a beautiful island in the south of Thailand, famous for its beaches and nightlife. While some areas of Phuket can be crowded and touristy, there are also quieter areas such as Kata and Kamala that are safe and welcoming for solo female travellers. * Read more: Best Areas To Stay in Phuket

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Traveling Thailand Alone: Transportation

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. When you travel alone Thailand has some great transport options that I've listed below. 

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 that you can collect your vehicle when you arrive at the airport. I have personally used Discover Cars and recommend them. * Check car rental prices here

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Thailand Itinerary

If you're unsure how much time you need to plan travelling alone to Thailand, one week in Thailand just isn't enough; unless you're planning to stay in a hotel resort on one of the islands.

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. Bear in mind that when you're travelling in Thailand alone you may need to go through Bangkok which is the main hub.

A 12-day Thailand itinerary, for example, could include Bangkok, Chiang Mai and the southern beaches. Below I have included examples of places to stay on a Thailand solo travel itinerary, whether you're looking to explore Thailand in 7 days, have 10 days in Thailand or are searching for a 14 day Thailand itinerary. I've also included the best Thai islands for backpackers where you are guaranteed to meet others. To get from place to place, Rome2Rio is a great website that lists all transport options. 

Thailand Itinerary 1 Week (heading north)

If you only have 7 days in Thailand, you can still explore the capital and the north of the country. Here is an example of a Thailand trip itinerary for a week. 

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)

These places are my recommended choices for a 1 week Thailand itinerary exploring the best of the south of Thailand. 

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

In a 10 day trip, you can travel south to some of the most beautiful places in the country on this Thailand 10 days itinerary. 

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

Thailand Itinerary 14 Days

If you have two weeks in Thailand, this 14 day itinerary Thailand covers the must see destinations in the country. 

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 For Solo Traveling Thailand

If you need a guidebook for your travels I recommend the Solo Girl’s Travel Guides. These Thailand solo female travel guides are written specifically for women and cover every travel detail including exclusive access to off-the-beaten-path destinations and secret beaches.

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

If you are planning on travelling to Thailand for the first time, this Thailand solo travel guide covers topics such as what to pack, the best places to travel in Thailand alone, the best islands in Thailand for solo travelers and beaches for your budget, and the sights and temples that you shouldn’t miss. It also includes hidden bars where you can meet others and local places to eat and shop. For any girl travelling Thailand alone it’s your travel Bible.

* Buy The Solo Girl's Travel Guide

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Best Time To Go To Thailand

When you're traveling solo to Thailand, make sure to check which season you're travelling in as Thailand does have rainy seasons where it can rain for hours. The monsoons technically start from June 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 which some say are the worst time to visit Thailand 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 Thailand in January through to December (based on the weather in Bangkok). 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 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.

True Traveller and World Nomads are two insurance companies which can cover travel to Thailand. True Traveller is available to UK and European residents, and World Nomads is available to over 100 countries worldwide, including the USA and UK. For digital nomads, Safety Wing is a nomad insurance that covers people from all over the world.

All companies allow you to buy insurance when you are already on the road and offer different plans depending on your needs including additional adventure cover.

* Check insurance cover and prices for True Traveller

N.b. World Nomads provides travel insurance for travellers in over 100 countries. As an affiliate, I receive a fee when you get a quote from World Nomads using this link. I do not represent World Nomads. This is information only and not a recommendation to buy travel insurance.

Thailand Airports

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.

*  Check Rome2Rio for your airport journeys.

* Feel more confident with someone waiting for you at the airport when you're travelling Thailand solo by pre-booking an airport transfer with Hoppa, a reliable and safe service for solo females.

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Backpacking in Thailand

There are so many backpackers in Thailand making it easy to meet people and travel throughout the country. I backpacked around Thailand in 3 weeks but I recommend to stay in Thailand for a month at least as you travel from the north to the south.

If you are traveling to Thailand for the first time and are a bit unsure of the best cities in Thailand to visit or where to go in Thailand, you may prefer to join a backpacking Thailand tour (check backpacking tours Thailand here)

But if you’re looking for ways on how to travel Thailand on a budget, I recommend touring Thailand on your own. It’s cheaper with public transport, you can stay in hostels and will still meet people to travel with, especially if you follow the popular Thailand travel route. You meet a lot of young people choosing to single travel Thailand so if you’re also single in Thailand, expect to make romantic connections.

I met so many travellers when I was backpacking south Thailand especially. The best islands in Thailand for backpackers are Koh Pha Ngan, Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi.

A typical backpacking Thailand budget is between $20-$40 a day, depending on which destination you are staying in. Street food is great here and a good way of keeping costs down. The cheapest island in Thailand is Koh Chang (which I didn’t get to visit) but Koh Samui is also good value. Chiang Mai is cheaper so you may want to plan a longer stay in the north if you’re looking to work on your trip.

Self-Guided Backpacking Tour Thailand

When I told people that I was travelling to Thailand, they all had the same questions “Is Thailand safe for female travellers? Is it safe to travel Thailand alone?” And more importantly “Is Thailand safe for single female travelers?” The answer to all these questions is yes.

This is the Thailand backpacking route that I took and I had no problems travelling around the country. In my personal opinion these are some of the best places to backpack in Thailand, and some of the safest places in Thailand, but as with anywhere, you still need to be careful at night. (I’ve covered how to be safe in Thailand in the Is Thailand safe for female travellers section).

Backpacking Thailand Route

Bangkok

Koh San Road should be your first stop on a Thailand backpacker route. This is without a doubt, the best place to stay in Thailand for first timers. It has hostels, tour agencies, bars, Thai massages, shops to pick up those last minute items to go hill trekking in the north. It’s also one of the best cities in Thailand for nightlife if you like to party, before jumping on the night train to Chiang Mai for a hill-tribe trek.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a hub for digital nomads so if you’re planning to work whilst travelling, this is the city to stay in for a while as you’re guaranteed to meet others to co-work with here. Explore the night bazaar of Chiang Mai and see some Thai culture on a trek to see the tribes in their local villages. You can stay overnight and learn more about the culture with the other guests too.

Surat Thani

Head back to Bangkok before travelling south. Flying into Surat Thani is the easiest way to get access to the Southern beaches of Thailand. Domestic flights operate from the capital, Bangkok and take only three hours. If you’re on a budget, travelling from a bus from Bangkok is the cheapest mode of transport.

Koh Samui

From Surat Thani, it’s a bus and a ferry to the island of Koh Samui (it takes less than 2 hours in total). Koh Samui is quite large getting around you need to take a taxi or motorbike taxi. The nightlife here is great and it’s an ideal island to stay for at least a week. I recommend going to Koh Tao from here but you don’t have to stay overnight at Koh Tao as snorkeling trips can be booked from Koh Samui via a speedboat.

Ko Pha Ngan

Take the ferry from Samui to Ko Pha Ngan. This island is the place for full moon parties and Haad Rin is the place to hang out and stay at. This is the most well-known lively area where you can meet others and enjoy the beach.

Phuket

From Ko Phangan there’s a 9 hour ferry ride to the island of Phuket. I personally think it’s easier to meet people in Samui and Ko Phan Ngan but this island is definitely worth visiting. In Phuket you can take a day trip to see James Bond island (which is gorgeous). Patong is the liveliest area here but I have a whole guide on the best areas to stay in Phuket.

Krabi

Hop aboard a ferry from Phuket to Krabi which takes 2.5 hours. Krabi is stunning and if you’re into rock climbing then you’ll love it here. Railay Beach is the place to stay, where you can dine on fresh fish and meet other backpackers.

Koh Phi Phi

If you’ve heard of ‘The Beach’ make sure to head to Koh Phi Phi. A ferry from Krabi only takes 30 minutes. It’s a tiny island amongst a small cluster surrounded by clear seas and white sand, protected by the limestone karsts. This is where you can visit Maya Bay, snorkel and take boat trips. One of my travel tips to Thailand is to take ear plugs with you if you stay on this island. Thais love karaoke and this island is quite small so if you’re a light sleeper, you may need some sound proofing.

This is the route that I took which is ideal for a Thailand itinerary 4 weeks or even longer depending on which place you want to stay at.

Bangkok is a great gateway for neighbouring countries; it’s definitely worth seeing more than one country when you backpack Thailand. So one of my travel tips Thailand is to travel overland and visit Cambodia or Laos when you’re here. This is how I travelled and share the border crossings below. (Make sure to check if you need visas for onward travel).

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.

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  • 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 my 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.

On your Chiang Mai solo travel, make sure to buy a cup of artisan coffee at Akha Ama Coffee in Chiang Mai as 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. 

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. 

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.

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, I donate 10% to the IRC to help support displaced girls)

FAQ's

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? As well as beaches, islands, Buddhist culture and temples, Thailand is famous for nightlife. I've included the best Thailand night life in the Solo Female Travel To Thailand section.

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. 

How much does a Thailand Solo Trip Cost? Budget at least £25 a day (based on staying in cheap accommodation and taking local transport).

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

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

Useful Thai Phrases

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86 thoughts on “Solo Travel in Thailand – Updated August 2023

  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.

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          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.

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    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/

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  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

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  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 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

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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 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/

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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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  30. ckelly

    Hi,
    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?
    Thanks x

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    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      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/

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  31. Fiona Katergarakis

    Hi there, I loved your blog, its super helpful. I’m planning a Mom/daughter trip with my 16yr old and would like to use some of you recommendations. How up to date is your blog?

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  32. Jane

    Do not go to Th ailand ! Period . It is not safe for anyone.
    How can you write this article w hen overwhelming evidence is of the contrary , you should be ashamed
    Research deaths o f : Nick Pearson, Hannah Witheridge and David Miller , Elise Dallemange , Luke Miller , Christina Annesley , Nick Pearson , V alentina Novozhyonov , D imitri Povse , that’s just the tip of the iceberg

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    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Hi Jane, thanks for your comment and I’m sorry that you feel that Thailand is unsafe. In my experience I have only encountered friendly locals and never felt unsafe. We have a solo female community and Thailand is one of our top destinations that women travel to alone without any problems. I’m truly sorry for the families of all the people that you mentioned. Unfortunately the world is unsafe and things also happen in our home countries. But thank you for commenting.

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