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1. Posted by rastacourage (Budding Member 23 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I am currently planning a solo trip through SE Asia. I am trying to avoid overplanning, but I am also concerned about having backup plans for worst-case scenarios. I am tempted to reserve stays at trustworthy hostels/hotels throughout my trip, with the intentions to cancel if plans change, just so I have the security of having a safe place to go at night. However, I know plans change frequently and I want to allow flexibility for my trip. Does anyone have any recommendations for a solo female traveler? Thanks & Happy Travels! :)

2. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 463 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

advice for Thailand and Laos,

You don't really need to book much in advance at all.
I'd say if you fly into Bkk, it might be a good idea to have a hotel booked for your first night.

After that most rooms can be secured with a quick phone call or just by turning up.

The exception would be New Year and Song Khran festival (mid April) - at these times your preferred place good be booked. I think you'll struggle on the islands too on these national holidays

nothing worse than havingto get somwhere because you've booked a room....or don't want to leave because you've payed in advance for 3 nights etc etc...

3. Posted by Andrew Mack (Budding Member 15 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

You don't mention how long you'll be travelling for, when or which countries and that may have a bearing on accommodation.
As wildfk says, Thailand is really easy to travel and get decent accommodation.
Although Hostels may be more of a problem (?) and high season (December/January) can be a bit more difficult.

4. Posted by rastacourage (Budding Member 23 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Sorry all - I will be traveling for 1-2 months to Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. My fear is that if I wait to the last minute to book things, everything trustworthy will be booked up (especially since I'm planning on going during high season). That's why I'd like to ensure I have places to stay by booking ahead of time, but I know that would reduce my flexibility significantly.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1853 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Well if your time in this part of Asia includes Christmas and New Years holidays definitely have a hotel/hostel booked for those dates if you want a particular place. Even during high season you can still find a place to stay but it could be in a location not your first choice.

"Does anyone have any recommendations for a solo female traveler?"

Read some of the posts on this forum concerning solo female tourists. If you need some hotel recommendations also include your price range per night.

Good luck.

6. Posted by Andrew Mack (Budding Member 15 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting rastacourage

everything trustworthy will be booked up.

There's loads of 'Trustworthy' places in Thailand.
Vietnam has plenty as well (but maybe not quite as many).
Cambodia can be a bit more 'hit and miss' accommodation-wise.

In TH (... actually it's probably relevant to all 3 countries...) it's more about getting places where you want to be, which can be a bit more difficult in Dec/Jan, as karazyal says..

Without knowing your personality It's difficult to confidently advise anything really... maybe if you're a worrier then you're better off booking everything rather than spoil your enjoyment by worrying, but as a guess I'd suggest you firm something up for 2 weeks covering Christmas/NewYear and for your first few nights after your 1st flight.
Maybe Cambodia as well. But one of the benefits of solo travel is that you will meet people and you may want to change your plans to stay with them... Or maybe you'll want a reason not to stay with them
Ifs and buts....

7. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 339 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I wouldn't book anything in advance aside from your first night or two, and as another user mentions anything at a busy time of year.

I spent months traveling South East Asia and never felt unsafe once (ok I am male, but the point is I never felt threatened).

In 7 or 8 months in area and staying at probably 40 or 50 hotels/hostels/guesthouse I only had one where I had something stolen, and that was my the owner of the guesthouse and it was only about £15, which obviously wasn't a lot for me, but was a lot for the guesthouse owner.

Just enjoy it and don't book up your accommodation in advance unless absolutely necessary.

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9. Posted by davidlee1357 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5d Star this if you like it!

I traveled to South East Asia before, this place is quite safe.
Hope you enjoy this place.

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