I've plans to fly independantly to Tokyo at the end of the year, but I'd like to stop over somewhere and I would love to get some suggestions.
Millions of things that would interest me: namely warm weather, snorkelling, surfing, trekking, cycling, meeting locals, volunteer work.
I was thinking of Lombok, Indonesia (east of Bali) but I am not sure RE safety and being female?
Other countries that have popped up are Nepal, Sth Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore...
What would you suggest?
Thailand. Safety for a chiock travelling solo is fine. Heaps of chicks do it. I did it and I had no preoblem. Warm weather, great snorkelling etc. So far, Thailand has been my favourite country to travel to.
Bali or lombok is the best choice if you ask me... The locals are friendly, the snorkling is great, the beach is warm, no problem with a girl going solo there for sure... It's safe down there!
I guess Thailand would be the best for you.
Nothing wrong with Lombok, but what sometimes could be a little bit annoying is the people trying to sell items, taxi trips etc. You might get very quick sick about this "hello miss"
Thailand is very easy for traveling. First you will meet a lot of travellers there and can receive a lot of informations, and also backpacking is so easy. You can actually book anything from your Guesthouse to a next Guesthouse.
Trekking in North Thailand. Diving in the south. Full moon Parties etc. everything is available.
I've just heard about Thailand's government overthrow.. Not that I know too much but I know the military have taken over, perhaps it might not be easy travelling around, it may have changed the atmosphere slightly (eg military control = guns), and there has been Australian government warnings to travel over. I don't mean to sound rigid,
but perhaps somewhere else might be better for now.
Is the Malaria tablet quite expensive for travels to Lombok?
The army coup in Thai last week was no big deal, everyone had a day off work and went back to work as usuall the next day. We live an hour or so out of Bangkok and saw no military presence untill going to the airport yesterday morning. They've had to put barriers round the tanks as too many kids were climbing all over them. Certainly no restrictions on traveling about the place.
That's great to hear something from someone who lives there. Appreciate it
Hey - I wouldn't listen too much to our government site. They seem to go to the extreme. I travelled by myself all over S.E Asia and most places had warnings to not travel and I had no problems what so ever. I would definitely reccommend Thailand - its very safe, even as a solo female traveller and you meet to so many awesome people. You said about volunteering in Nepal. I volunteered in Thailand, Nongkhai for 3 months as an English teacher and had the time of my life. Nongkhai is awesome- very relaxed and very few tourists. I worked for an awesome school who provided me with food and accomadation for my time. Alot of places you have to pay alot of money so if you were interested I could definitely get you in touch with some people and schools. Other than that Vietnam is quite beautiful- people like to hassel you to buy stuff but it is safe.