Solo Travel Destination: Thailand

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

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Thailand has gorgeous beaches.

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.

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The Small World Bar at Ton Sai Beach.


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Sunset on Ko Phi Phi

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)


  • Rita Taillefer

    I am heading to Thailand and Vietnam by myself on December 30th. I am sooo looking forward to the experience. I have travelled alone before and enjoy the freedom that it affords. With that being said, I will be purchasing the book recommended on this site. We can always learn more!

  • Anonymous

    I travelled Thailand solo and it was great!

  • Janice Waugh

    Thanks for adding your experience to this post. Clearly, a destination is never for everyone and it’s helpful to have a few points of view.

  • travel circle

    I didn’t think Thailand was a good place to go solo.  The hotel was beautiful where I stayed and I did a yoga retreat thinking I would meet people in yoga classes but I was disappointed.  I didn’t find the culture to be relaxing and language was a major problem as an American.

  • Anonymous

    Have the uttermost experience of relaxation along with total comfort. Go for a flight to Thailand for your holidays and spend some quality time at the amazing beaches. 

  • solotraveler

    Lovely. Maybe when you return you could add some of your experiences in the comments here or submitt your own recommended destination that is about a specific area of Thailand. Keep it in mind. We’d love as much detail as possible.

  • solotraveler

    I still have to get there myself. But I will some day.

  • Anonymous

    Thailand is my favorite country I have visisted so far for the same reasons indicated in this post. Great food, incredibly friendly people, and a beautiful country are reasons why I love Thailand.

  • Kjm3579

    Thailand has been on my travel list for a long time and the wife is not wanting to go with me… looks like an excellent time for solo travel….

  • Rakshith Chengappa Mullengada

    Planning to Travel to Thailand coming Feb/March. I am sure to have fun :)