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11. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 497 posts) 31w

Clare, I've met many women traveling alone around the world. As elsewhere, you'll have no difficulty in Bangkok and other places in Southeast Asia if you use common sense.

In fact, there's been a sea change in women traveling since I began hitting the road in the 1970s. More women now travel, often solo, than ever before. Some studies indicate the number of women traveling solo outstrips the number of men that do so. Anecdotally, I agree. Also, there are more American women studying overseas than men, according to the International Institute for Education. So, if you're traveling solo you'll be in good company.

Finally, check the helpful hints on this Web site: http://www.projects-abroad.co.uk/blog/?content=2014/women-travelling-alone/

12. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1591 posts) 31w

Veena 7

"Very risky to travel alone. Bangkok is a dangerous place."

Veena, you must be mistaking Bangkok for India! Isn't it India where solo women are molested and gang raped on buses and trains all the time? So often that there are protests in the cities about this!
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/90-of-women-in-Bangalore-Bhopal-find-bus-travel-unsafe-study-finds/articleshow/48490579.cms

Over the years probably millions of women have traveled to Thailand alone and had a good time without any major problems. There have been a few problems but probably no worse than the country they come from. Often problems with women have involved drinking too much alcohol and taking chances with random guys.

13. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 31w

Quoting veena7

Very risky to travel alone. Bangkok is a dangerous place.

That's a dumb blanket statement.

Cheers,
Terry

14. Posted by Wanderlust-Guru (First Time Poster 1 posts) 31w

Like the other users saying, don't be nervous. Traveling alone is a great experience!

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Enjoy you journey!

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

15. Posted by veena7 (Budding Member 7 posts) 31w

Quoting karazyal

Veena 7

"Very risky to travel alone. Bangkok is a dangerous place."

Veena, you must be mistaking Bangkok for India! Isn't it India where solo women are molested and gang raped on buses and trains all the time? So often that there are protests in the cities about this!
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/90-of-women-in-Bangalore-Bhopal-find-bus-travel-unsafe-study-finds/articleshow/48490579.cms

Over the years probably millions of women have traveled to Thailand alone and had a good time without any major problems. There have been a few problems but probably no worse than the country they come from. Often problems with women have involved drinking too much alcohol and taking chances with random guys.

Wonder how millions of people visit India every year then!

16. Posted by veena7 (Budding Member 7 posts) 31w

Quoting CheersT

Quoting veena7

Very risky to travel alone. Bangkok is a dangerous place.

That's a dumb blanket statement.

Cheers,
Terry

See Bangkok Hotel…
Or maybe you like to go to Bangkok for the same reason.

17. Posted by trisna01 (Budding Member 3 posts) 31w

You dont have to be afraid travelling alone instead take it as a challenge to yourself that you can travel independently.
When your traveling to Asia, Indonesia is one of the best route to take, it has the most number of tourist though there is a lot more to offer than just Bali. If you're thinking of a bigger trip through Indonesia and when you're looking on a map, you will immediately notice how big it is. If you are interested in the main travel experiences in Indonesia, then the islands of Java and Bali and the less visited islands of Lombok and Flores are great places to start. Bali is Indonesia's main tourist destination, where the feeling ranges from coarse commercialism in the island of Kuta to more pleasant and cool further inland.

Edited on 17-Feb-2016, at 23:16 by trisna01

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18. Posted by clara212 (Budding Member 5 posts) 31w

Hey guys, thanks so much for all (most of!!) your comments!!
To be fair the travelling alone isn't really worrying me too much (hope I'm not being naive!) after everything I have read so far. I'm pretty sure I will hook up with others and am tempted to have one or two tours pre-booked to start with so I am not totally on my own to start with.
The question of route and timings are more the issue! I am thinking of extending my trip, definitely by another 2 weeks, possibly by 4 but the longer the stay, the bigger the budget. I don't want to have to rush too much and think will need to do at least 8 weeks of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia although am thinking more time in Vietnam and Thailand than the others. The Phillipines aren't a must but would love to go, is meant to be so beautiful!! Would love to see a bit of Indonesia, a night or two in Singapore and Kuala Lumpar then back up through South Thailand. Want to totally take it as it comes time wise but your comments on proof of onwards travel are really useful - I guess I'll definitely have to have a few things booked - decisions, decisions!
Again, any advice really appreciated!!

19. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 31w

Quoting veena7

Quoting CheersT

Quoting veena7

Very risky to travel alone. Bangkok is a dangerous place.

That's a dumb blanket statement.

Cheers,
Terry

See Bangkok Hotel…
Or maybe you like to go to Bangkok for the same reason.

Veena, you're blabbering nonsense.

Cheers,
Terry

20. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 497 posts) 31w

Clare, take a look at today's Forum post by baldinakta on the Budgets thread. It has useful information.

Still think Indonesia and the Philippines will take more time as there are so many islands. It's doable, but you'll have to use some flights. There are cheap flights from Kuala Lumpur to Denpasar, Bali, on AirAsia. Bali is a major tourist destination, so you can get anywhere in Asia from Denpasar. You can get a taste of the Philippines by spending a few days in Manila, then flying to Puerto Princesa on Palawan island to visit the world's longest underground river and El Nido. From the latter, you can visit several spectacular islands nearby. Take all of the boat trips. They are amazing. I've been all over the world; and El Nido is one of my favorite destinations. The last few scenes of the movie, "Bourne Legacy," was filmed there. Fares to Puerto Princesa from Manila aren't expensive on either Philippines AirAsia or Cebu Pacific.

Another alternative is to visit Malaysian Borneo (Sarawak and Sabah); and Brunei. Orangutans are on Borneo (Sumatra as well); and there are some nearby islands that a lot of people like to visit for diving.

In Laos, my favorite is Luang Prabang. You can fly from there nonstop to Hanoi, visit Ha Long Bay, then continue down the country to Hue, Hoi An, Da Lat, Ho Chi Minh City, etc. Flights within Vietnam on Vietnam Airlines are reasonable. Book inside the country; it will be cheaper. It's also not expensive to hire a car and driver if you can find others to share the cost of the ride.

Hope this helps.

P.S. Take a look at my maps, which show the routes I took. I've been to all the places mentioned above, using a mix of transportation.

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Feb-2016, at 11:59 by berner256 ]