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South East Asia Safe to backpack alone?

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1. Posted by Daniel Micah (Budding Member, 5 posts) 22 Jul '13 02:17

A bit nervous about my upcoming trip backpacking SEA alone.
Any Advice from other young backpackers who have done a similar trip alone?
I'll be staying on the regular "backpacker" tracks and staying in backpacker hostels while backpacking Thailand, Laos, and maybe Vietnam by myself over the course of 3 months.
I'm a 19 year old male turning 20 over sea's.
I'm a pretty outgoing guy and keen to meet new people.
Cheers :)

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1748 posts) 22 Jul '13 06:43

It's well worn routes with thousands of tourists about an any time and English often spoken. The only bug bear might be petty theft so be very careful of money and other valuables.

Have you sorted out your visas?

3. Posted by Daniel Micah (Budding Member, 5 posts) 22 Jul '13 18:07

I have completed my Philippines visa, I was going to stay under the thirty days in Thailand and cross over to Laos, meaning I don't need one for Thailand, than purchase a visa when I enter Laos over the friendship bridge. I'm thinking I might save Vietnam for another trip. Since I'm not entirely positive when i would enter the country, making the visa purchase before I go a bit tricky.
Cheers :)

4. Posted by rhiane (Budding Member, 11 posts) 22 Jul '13 21:39

when are you traveling asia .. im solo female traveler, i feel the same on my first time.. but now more confident, good to stay in backpackers hostel where you can meet fellow travelers ..
btw i will travel southeast asia start november 22 at bangkok, now looking for possible people to meet or to travel around ..

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Jul-2013, at 21:43 by rhiane ]

5. Posted by Daniel Micah (Budding Member, 5 posts) 24 Jul '13 17:44

Hey Rhiane
i will be flying to Bangkok from the Philippines on the 11th of April 2014. Will you still be there at that time?

6. Posted by pali37 (Budding Member, 14 posts) 10 Aug '13 01:26

Hi Rhiane,

I'm also a solo traveller, and will be heading out to SE Asia on 27th October 2013. I'm starting in Cambodia and working way up to Laos. Do you have a route planned?

I agree with staying in Backpacker hostels- definitely a great way to meet fellow solo travellers. :)