I plan on spending 3 months in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos (though mainly Thailand) from beginning of November but some people have expressed suprise that I'm going for so long on my own. This has started to make me feel a little apprehensive. Does this trip warrant 3 months? I'm also a little worried of being on my own for 3 months. Is it easy to make aquientances out there? Dont fancy my own company for 3 months. To be honest I think I just need someone to reassure me what I'm doing isnt mad
Also I'm a bit rubbish at planning things. Is it feasible to just back a bag and turn up in Bangkok? Itineraries arent really my style.
I don't think it's too long. Certainly it wouldn't be if you looked at travelling to Vietnam or Malaysia as well.
It's easy to meet people - there are lots of travellers around who are always keen to chat. You certainly wouldn't risk being alone, unless you went a very ling way off the beaten track.
And no need for an itinerary, though it would be a good idea to do plenty of research so you have a rough idea of where you might like to go, and personally I would book the first and last few nights. And maybe somewhere comfortable for a few nights in the middle.
3 months to see 3 countries too long???????????? No way, its far too short to see 3 countries. 3 months spent in a small town anywhere in the world won't give you enough time to see all of it. You also really wont ever feel alone while travelling in SE Asia as millions of people are doing the same as you so you will always have people to talk to in english. Stop worrying and go and have a great time!!!
I don't think you have anything to worry about. I did the same thing you're doing back in 2006. I spent 4 months in SE Asia. Even now, with quite a bit more travel under my belt, those 4 months are probably the highlight of my life so far.
Arrived alone and with very little planning, basically all I did was buy Lonely Planet at the airport and read it on the plane. I wouldn't worry about going alone, you can't help but meet people over there. During the time I was there, I probably spent less than 2 weeks in total traveling on my own. I also felt I was at an advantage not having anything booked etc, that way when I met up with people I could tag with them, or change my plans on a whim.
Thanks for the replies.
I think other people's negativity was making me a little jittery. I've decided that I'm going to book my ticket next week (probably Tuesday). Flying in to Bangkok start of Nov and flying out of Bangkok end of Jan. Everything in between I'm just going to make up as I go along.
I definetly want to do a PADI scuba diving course out there. Anyone have any recommendations of dive schools? Or maybe just the best locations for diving?
i am also travelling solo to south east asia for the frst time at the beginning of november and it was great to read the replys from this topic. i was thinking as well 3 months may b to long for me to travel but im just going to go and c what happens!
lots of people have told me that i wont b on my own and there will be plenty of other travellers to meet
anyway if u do get lonely just jump back on the plane and go home. easy as that! - thats what ill be doing if i chicken out! but im sure that wont happen
No worries, you'll be fine. Just be sure to plan activities and stay in hostels, this is where you will meet the most people.
Don't worry about what non-travelers say to warn/beware/discourage you - they haven't got a clue what's beyond their little fenced lives.
You'll love S.E. Asia! =)