Before I set out travelling for the first time on my own, I had the nerves too! But when you're on your own its much easier to meet people and make new friends, you gain unique experiences and it improves your overall confidence. Khao San Road is the best place to meet new people, and on tourist buses and trains. The locals are so friendly and are just as much intrigued about your life as you are about theirs. Most people are in the same boat so don't worry, and prepare for the time of your life!!
Im flying into bangkok in June and doing thailand, cambodia, vietnam and Laos..will i definitely meet people when im going round, is it quite easy meeting people? coz im a bit scared
You may also meet people who will take advantage of your inexperience and baffle you with bullcrap or dazzle you with brilliance - and you end up losing something, hopefully it is only money!
You have to be careful, don't trust everyone you meet. Be friendly but be careful. There are men, some foreign and some local who make a living off young lonesome and scared young women. Living off the money of foreign female tourists is a job for some of these men.
When someone is extra helpful, "let me carry your bags, I can get you discounts on this or that, I know all the best places or you can trust me, I'm not like the other guys!" Be extra careful!
Make a point of keeping your family and friends informed of where you are going and who you are going there with. I don't want to scare you but you sound like you would be an easy mark.
U probably wont even have to go talk to strangers.
There are plenty of easy going and friendly travellers, who will come and talk with u. Just plant yourself, in a popular bar or cafe, and look aproachable.
thanks everyone that's given me some comfort...i leave for the airport in 5 mintues. I'm not scared right now just quite emotional about leaving my family, spontanious crying has been quite common in the last few days!
Bet your are having fun, there already.
k, just got back from my trip, and i had same doubts, but now i think i can safely say that........
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You shouldn't have any problems. Don't freak out if you don't meet people on the first day - sometimes you just don't have any luck! But it's so easy to meet people. A lot of people will have been out there for a while so ask people for travel advice. And i found going on day trips was a good way to meet people cause you spend the day with people who are staying near-ish the place you are, and you already have the day trip in common.
I had people coming up to me in cafe's on Khao San Rd, asking me about bus times and day trips, and you just get talking and arrange to meet up later for a night out! And i walked into a bar on my own and sat down - immediately a bunch of canadians turned round and said they needed one more for a drinking game, so that was that too! Def stay in that area if you're on your own cause there's sooo many tourists, although make sure you see the rest of Bangkok cause it's wicked. You'll be fine!
I met 180 people in 49 days alone on that route and kept track of the nationalities!!!!!!!
49 from Ireland, same form Canada, 98 from England, 92 form Sweden, 25 German, 24 Oz, etc