We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post. This one is a collaborative post between two Solo Travel Society members. Catherine lives in England, Nino lives in the Philippines, and they both submitted reports from their trips to Thailand. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 2 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: Primary: Thai Secondary: English
Reasons to go:
Catherine says: Whether you enjoy chilling on paradise beaches, partying until you drop, culture, jungles, fabulous food and friendly locals (or all of these!), this is the place to be. All of the above can be experienced in glorious hot sunshine, with the peak season occurring between November and April.
I recommend visiting Gecko Bar, just off Khao San Road in Bangkok, for cheap beer and food. The Banana Bungalows in Khao Lak are a great place to stay. The beauty of Ko Phi Phi brought me to tears!
Nino says: Anyone who travels solo in Asia, aside from going to India, eventually finds themselves in Thailand. Its tourist trade is well-established and there are a myriad of options for getting to certain places. Though I really recommend staying in Bangkok just for a few days, it’s when you go around the country that you see the true side of Thailand. The further away you are from Bangkok, the better it gets. The southern beaches and the cities in the North are a must for any traveler. Its culture is exotic yet it has many western attitudes. Some say that it is overly touristy, but this also means that you are almost guaranteed to find good company with other solo travelers. In my first solo trip to Thailand, I managed to meet people from Hungary, Slovakia, Finland, the USA, Argentina, Canada, Ireland, Indonesia, Australia and Germany.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety - 2 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language - 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 2 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 2 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult)