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thailand/southeast asia december 08 traveling alone???

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1. Posted by ttnn (Inactive, 4 posts) 20 May '08 10:18

hi im just in the process of booking my flights to bangkok for december this year. i will be arriving on the 7th dec 08 and leaving on the 10th of jan 09. i will be travelling alone. my main question is will i be ok traveling on my own? i have been to australia backpacking before and i had no problem in meeting people of different nationalities and ended up making some great mates. however i am a little worried that it may be harder to meet people in thailand as the rooms are generally single rather than dorms.
i have been considering the thaiintro package as this would enable me to meet ppl in the first few days of my trip.
any comments or things you think could help me??

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru, 809 posts) 20 May '08 15:59

No problems. Thailand is as easy for meeting people as Australia. There are thousands and thousands of solo backpackers at any given time in Thailand who are wanting to find someone to talk to. Just don't be shy, and be willing to strike up a conversation with anyone.
A package tour is absolutely not necessary and is a waste of money as far as I'm concerned. However, short day or a couple day tours once in Thailand are a good idea and a great way to meet people. Some ideas are - the floating markets in Bangkok, Kanchanaburi hiking, Chaing Mai hiking (very very popular), Chaing Mai cooking course, snorkelling and diving trips in the south, and National Park trips all over. Anytime you head out on one of these tours you will be matched up with loads of other traveler who would love to have a beer with you after.
I also find that the VIP buses from Bangkok are a great way to meet people.

3. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member, 274 posts) 21 May '08 03:47

I don't think you should have a problem - and theres probably almost as many Australians in Thailand as Australia

There should be many guest house type places that have a common room. Khao San Rd is strongly suggested in Bangkok as that's a backpacker haven with many bars etc which would be easy to meet people. For meeting people just try stick to touristy places, bars, etc. I wasn't there solo but from my impressions its a place you could easily do solo. I think where there's no 'hostels' as such there is more emphasis on bars. I guess you could also use the companions forum on this site if you are really concerned

If you're into locals many girls will be eager to keep you company...but be careful with that :P

4. Posted by frosty (Full Member, 107 posts) 22 May '08 13:50

Quoting richie1987

hi im just in the process of booking my flights to bangkok for december this year. i will be arriving on the 7th dec 08 and leaving on the 10th of jan 09. i will be travelling alone. my main question is will i be ok traveling on my own? i have been to australia backpacking before and i had no problem in meeting people of different nationalities and ended up making some great mates. however i am a little worried that it may be harder to meet people in thailand as the rooms are generally single rather than dorms.
i have been considering the thaiintro package as this would enable me to meet ppl in the first few days of my trip.
any comments or things you think could help me??

You won't have a problem in Thailand and one benefit that this country will be a heck of a lot cheaper than OZ!

You must be young, just head out to Khao San Road where there will be thousands of young travelers. Find a cheap hotel or hostel and you will meet many people.

http://www.khaosanroad.com/

Many people travel to Thailand on their own and prefer it that way! No joint decisions, no possibility of a jerk getting everyone in trouble with the police, no chance of one of your new friends ripping you off!

\Have a nice trip.

5. Posted by Eilang (Budding Member, 5 posts) 23 May '08 22:55

Travelling in any part of Thailand is never a problem. Remember to neg. if you are taking the Tuk-Tuk or taxi. The train within Bangkok is easy to take. Try it!! If you can't speak Thai, just ensure you have a Map or a photo to show the Tuk-Tuk driver. He will bring you there. It would have a unforgotten trip. Don't forget to try the Thai cuisine, yummy!! ;)