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advice on travelling asia alone female on a tight budget

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1. Posted by danielle21 (Budding Member 64 posts) 8y

Hi, After some advice been travelling now for 4 months and am currently in fiji fly to australia and have a work visa and will need to work asap. but i am thinking of changing my plans and going to thailand on the way home.

i have a few concerns and would like you advice:
Is it safe a young female travelling alone?
How easy is it to book buses and travel around?
Also i would like to try and go to loas, cambodia and vietnam is crossing the border easy by bus?
Sorry final question, what would you suggest as a daily budget?

your advice will be gratefully recieved.
Many thanks

danielle

2. Posted by jokar (Budding Member 27 posts) 8y

Hi Danielle,

Is it safe a young female travelling alone?
Travelling in Thailand (and Laos and Vietnam and Cambodia in general) is relatively safe. You'll usually be able to meet people along the way who are going to the same destinations and stuff, so you'll probably find companions along the way.

How easy is it to book buses and travel around?
Very easy. Just go the bus station and get a ticket, you don't usually need to buy in advance. If there are multiple bus stations, the guesthouse owners are usually able to give you the right information on where to go.

Also i would like to try and go to loas, cambodia and vietnam is crossing the border easy by bus?
Crossing is easy, as long as you have the right visas. These you can get in Bangkok, or you can get visas on arrival at certain entry points.

Sorry final question, what would you suggest as a daily budget?
If you're going for the cheapest accommodation and the cheapest alternatives, a daily budget of US$15.00 is more than sufficient. However, some have suggest a budget of US$30.00. So it really depends on what you're going for. I suggest you check out www.travelfish.org for some suggestions on places to stay, they have a list of guesthouses and hotels ranging from backpacker prices to luxury standards.

Hope this helps! :)

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Danielle,
'Jokar has given you excellent advice. I will only add a few things. I am currently in Thailand, but I did find rooms under $10 all through VN & Cambodia. Fans rooms are usually between $6-10 now, share dorms even cheaper when available. If you eat with the locals, $5/day is a realistic food budget. You cannot go for dinner where westerners eat and have a meal for $1, but you can by 'eating street' or where there is not English on the menu. $20/day is more realistic than $15 now. Inflation has hit every country.

I encourage you to hook up with other females as you travel. It is quite easy to find someone in your age bracket that is heading the same direction. It is just more fun and safer with another along for the journey. Make a bit of an effort to meet others and it will add to your adventure. Best of luck to you.

4. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 8y

Don't worry about a thing. Thailand, and really most of Asia, is generally very safe, even for solo females. There are many scams and tricks to rid you of your money that are good to find out about before you go, but violent crime against tourists isn't particularly common, especially compared to other destinations in the world like South America. Of course it's always good to be prepared. Bad things can happen at random anywhere in the world, and when in an unfamiliar surrounding you are more vulnerable, but if you use common sense (like you would at home) and pay attention to your surroundings, then there is very little chance that anything will happen to you.
You will find in Thailand that there are more fellow travelers roaming around than you ever thought possible. Many of these will be solo females as well. If you aren't shy and don't mind starting up a conversation with random people on a bus, or restaurant, at your hotel, or wherever, then you won't stay solo for long. People go traveling to meet people, and there will always be someone who wants to join you for dinner or catch a bus with you to the next town.
Catching a bus couldn't be easier. As others mentioned, heading to the bus station and buying a ticket presents little challenge. But there are also many tourist buses that can be arranged easily at travel agents or hotels that are a hassle free way to travel. Many don't like these buses because they isolate you from the real country. Indeed there is some merit to that argument, and you will find on these buses that it's 100% fellow young traveler on them. But for some people, particularly solo travelers, there is a comfort in that, and it's a fantastic way to meet others. I don't think I've ever taken one of these buses without meeting someone.
Daily budget - first time I traveled solo, I spent probably $15-20/day in Southeast Asia. Next couple times I went with my girlfriend and we budgeted around $30 for two of us together. Last time I went solo over Christmas and struggled to keep it under $30 for myself alone. But, I drank more and stayed in a few places I normally wouldn't have.
Have a good time, you have nothing to worry about.