My name is Lucie and i will be travelling from feb 09... My plan is to do a tour in thailand and then end up in Phuket and do a bit of island hopping before i go to india.
Obviously i am a bit weary as i will be travelling alone and feel a little more vunerable as i am female.
Does any1 have a similar itinery??
Thailand is quite safe. Dress fairly conservatively when out and about and you will be respected. Be careful of accepting drinks from strangers or leaving a drink while you go to the toilet. Rare but drinks are doped and girls taken advantage of. Old advice but still sage: Don't accept any presents (as they might contain drugs). Apart from that, just the usual romeos and lech's you'll find anywhere.
India is very diverse, if you're after people to travel with name some specific areas!
Otherwise - you should be fine as a solo female, follow Cyberia's advice.
In India especially be mindful, cover up and try not to smile at strangers as they may "take it the wrong way".
Also, prepare for some superficial stares, remarks and comments (which there will be less of if you dress respectfully). There is nothing immediately dangerous about this, but it can make someone feel uncomfortable. Just remember that Western women can be perceived as "available" due to their liberal minds and independence. And often the only time they may see Western women is in MTV music videos - so some stereotypes may be formed from those.
Also, haggle and get to know what you buy so you don't get charged exhorbitant amounts in these countries.
I think once you are familiar with these, there really is no other danger and taking the normal precautions as you would at home applies. In both countries things like violence and theft are strongly against their backgrounds and religious beliefs.
Just to add to Erik's advice
It is pretty much safe in India, just follow the usual precautions as is expected of a tourist. Try travelling in AC-3tier coaches in trains, the fare of which is slightly more than the ordinary sleeper class.
Additionally keep in mind the following:
1. Dont hang out too late at night, especially in isolated places
2. Dress modestly
3. If ur lost and need help avoid middle-aged men, seek help from women or elderly people
4. Try to book ur train/air tickets in advance.
Wish u all the best and have a nice time in india
Take the usual precautions and you will be fine. All the advice offered so far on this blog is good advice just follow it. If you want to include Sri Lanka in the Indian portion of your trip we would be most happy to show you around this historic island with a history stretching back 2500 years. We live here so we know the island very well. Where to go and where to avoid and its 60% cheaper than India. My husband is English so language will not be a problem and i speak five languages myself. If you want any info on Sri lanka, anything at all, contact us through the site. My name is Shamila ukslbureau. Take a look at my picture profile. have a safe and pleasant trip.
Lucie! I am a female solo traveler as well. I will spend one month in Thailand starting Feb 6. Would love to have a travel mate! Let me know if you're interested in joining me.
I am not sure which part of india you are travelling however in north that is winter season so travel accordingily.
I am not sure when you are planning to go to India...
But a friend and i are planning to go there on March 13th and to stay there for 3 months minimum,
I myself am a 22yr old male and my friend is soon to be 27yrs old,
I am not sure what kind of "traveler" you are,
But our plans is to start down from Goa...and venture all around India...
Our main plans in India are too....
Party of course =D
Try and find some sort of community volunteer work,
Try our hand at Yoga everywhere we go and deffo dabble in the Martial arts as thats the main reason for my travels =D
We not going to wanting to stay in exactly the "best" accommodation as the cheaper we live the longer we out there =D
So if your gonna be out and about when we out there, and feeling like ye need some company give us a shout!
We are gonna be checking on here constantly when we are away just in case we find some like-minded people,
If you are planning to travel india , please be careful North India, Delhi and all places, weather is around 5 to 10 degree celcius. So carry some woolen cloths with you. However, South India is not that cold.
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]
I'm flying into Singapore on Feb 11,and am taking the train to KL,and then Bangkok,should be there on 15th.I'll be in the area for about a week,visiting sights etc.I'll be going to Burma then,you're quite welcome to tag along if you want,or visit some places in Thailand,or just need any advice.