Planning to head to Bangkok first and from there venture to nearby areas such as Koh chang / Kanchanaburi or Ayutthaya. 19 yrs old female from Singapore. It my first time travelling alone and I am sure as hell nervous about it! So will like to know whether if it is safe and what are the things to look out for? Many thanks!
If you are the type that stays out of trouble at home, you should be able to avoid trouble in Thailand.
Besides the occasional picked pocket, snatched purse, or scam, most real problems happen late night. Hanging out in and closing up bars is a good source of problems.
Keep a tight leash on your belongings. Most thieves are opportunists; don't offer the opportunity. Here is an example of an easy target: http://cheapeatsbangkok.com/photos/thai/bag_mbk.jpg
Stay around well populated areas. Don't wander too far off the path, unless accompanied.
Although Thai people can be very friendly and helpful when called upon, very few will approach a stranger, especially a foreigner. If one does, you can be pretty sure a scam is in progress. Politely excuse yourself and walk away.
Leave your jewelry at home. Even if it is inexpensive, you don't need to flash.
Although you might be hit by a random theft, the odds are very slim that any harm will come to you. Use common sense and you should be just fine.
That sounds exciting! independent traveling! Just don't bring jewelries with you when you go out of the hotel and be mindful of your money, carefully place it somewhere in your body where it won't be noticed.
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I was 32 when I first travelled OS by myself and I was nervous to. I found that the research I had undertaken prior to travelling gave me confidence 'on the road'. Follow the advice provided by Curt1591 and you should have a great time. I would only add: use safety deposit box/safe at your accom. for money and passport. Only take what money you need whenever you venture out to sightsee/socialise etc. Bottom line: doesn't matter what country your in, always be aware of your surroundings.
Thanks so much for the advice! Appreciate it.
I travelled around Thailand alone from April - June 2008 and had the best time! I initially travelled around australia with a friend, so that gave me confidence to go it alone and leave for thailand. I can understand that you are nervous! But it WILL be so worth it.
Like a post above says, if you are sensible at home and keep your wits about you, you will be fine in thailand, its only if you get careless, go out alone late at night, or put yourself in difficult situations. I did hear of people getting their luggage messed with especially in bangkok, and camera taken etc. but if you keep your eye on your baggage at all times when they are putting your bags onto the buses and at break stops, you should have no problems.
I felt safe pretty much most of the time on my trip! Try and travel between destinations so that you arrive in the day, and at least have an idea of where you are staying (even if you havent booked it!).
And most of all enjoy every second because you will be dreaming about going back for a very long time after, like me!!!