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Female lone traveller Thailand in May 2010

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1. Posted by daschniz (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Hi,

I'm going travelling alone for the first time and I was looking for some advice on getting accommodation for singles?

My plan was to head south where I'll hopefully meet people and from there travel up north and maybe into Laos/Cam or Vietnam.

My only concern is having no where to stay because all the accommodation seems to be hotels and not dormitory style hostels!

Any advice is greatly appreciated

D

2. Posted by stoneman (Respected Member 216 posts) 6y

Asian countries don't really have dormitory style hostels like they do throughout Europe, Australia etc. There are many guesthouses/hotels that DO have a dorm room (usually very basic) in addition to single/double etc rooms. Check out accom. and reviews on this site as well as Tripadvisor, VirtualTourist and websites specific to a particular town/city. Great sources of information. Then, if you have specific questions eg has anyone recently stayed at ???, or travel options from one place to another, or how much does such and such cost? then Members will be more motivated to reply. IMHO

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 6y

Quoting daschniz

Hi,

I'm going travelling alone for the first time and I was looking for some advice on getting accommodation for singles?

My plan was to head south where I'll hopefully meet people and from there travel up north and maybe into Laos/Cam or Vietnam.

My only concern is having no where to stay because all the accommodation seems to be hotels and not dormitory style hostels!

Any advice is greatly appreciated

D

When you have your plans more sorted out you can ask for hotel recommendations. Often hotels and guesthouses are not that much more expensive than some hostels in Europe. When you ask for recommendations mention what price you are looking for and you will get suggestions closer to your price range.

Bangkok does have a few hostels available. Suk 11 Hostel is a well known place and it is not far from the Skytrain route. Soi 1 Guesthouse is another place popular with backpackers. In Bangkok Khao San Road (KSR) is popular with young travelers but there is no close access to the Skytrain. The Skytrain (overhead rail service) can connect you to many places in Bangkok popular with tourists. Also, the Skytrain can connect you with the subway and Ekamai bus terminal. The subway has a final stop at the national train station.

Sample hotels for Bangkok:
http://www.thaiwebsites.com/hotels-sukhumvit-bangkok.asp
http://www.khaosanroad.com/

Now is the time to figure out what currency to bring because not all countries are the same. In Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam US dollars are also widely accepted. Don't leave those countries with their currencies because no one wants to change it in a different country. In some cases ATMs can be used. In Thailand you convert your home currency over to Thai baht real easy. In Thailand you use their currency for just about everything you purchase. There are BANK money changers at the airport 24 hours a day as well as ATM's. Lots of older posts on currency in Asia, do a search for specifics. Also, if you intend to use a debit or credit card you first must tell your bank that you will be overseas or your ATM withdrawal may be denied because of suspected fraud.

Good luck.

4. Posted by daschniz (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Thank you both for your advice. I'm new writing on these forums so bear with me! I appreciate all your advice! Thanks again..

5. Posted by ellejames (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Hi D,

I am very jealous of your plans for thailand, I was a female travelling alone in Thailand april-June 08, and I had the best time! It was the final leg of my 6 month oz-new zealand-singapore-thailand trip. And it blew the other destinations out of the water for me, such immense culture and friendly people, it really is unbelievable!

With regard to you looking for accommodation, as mentioned above its only really the heavily populated areas that have hotels, i.e bangkok. Is this where you are initially landing? From there you will find that you can get rooms (usually a double bed) with/without bathroom, and with/without a fan/air conditioning. I dont really remember there being single rooms, but its worth asking I guess. I did stay in one dorm in chiang mai, and there were actually a couple listed there to my surprise, and this was very cheap indeed. But you will find the rooms very affordable, its particularly worth asking around. If you do meet friends then you could always consider getting a twin/double between you to split the cost!

I personally worked it through the LP guide just to be safe, and then checked around the local area and recommendations if I wasnt happy with the suggested accommodation. I know this isnt very 'off the beaten track' or whatever, but I just felt safer that way, especially if I ended up arriving in a new town at night, which is a little daunting.

If you need any more advise, just give me a shout!
Elle

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