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1. Posted by Alicia3 (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hello! I am a 25 year old Solo Female FIRST time Backpacker! WAHOO! I have a one way ticket to Chiang Mai on July 1st. Coming from the States. Tentatively I am interested in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, possibly Malaysia. I am traveling until my funds run out and then flying home (leaving money at access from plane ticket home).

I am trying to read and research a lot but its so much information that does not directly answer my questions, Or leads me to new ideas haha. So heres the plan; I dont have much one.. I would like to spend time in Chiang Mai to get my bearings, and relax. But eventually escape the rainy season and make my way to Ko Samui, enjoying Thailand along the way. Then Indonesia during August/Septemberish, and then back to Thailand and Cambodia? I have no clue this is just my thoughts I would love and NEED input on an itinerary. I have a passport, and roughly 5k for the trip with ONEWAY plane ticket already purchased so that's not included. Anyways I am interested in Culture, Temples, Hikes, Music, Food, Yoga, Martial Arts, Surfing, Beaches, Adventures, Relaxing. Not much into party scenes as number one I don't drink and number two I am solo, but that's not to say I wouldn't enjoy the experience at some point. I would also love to volunteer and give back to the community.
One of my biggest questions (I have read a ton about visa's) is I have a one way ticket and hear I need proof of onward travel not only with Thai immigration but the airline from the US...I don't want to purchase a plane ticket because I don't have an exact idea of when I will fly and where I will fly. Thoughts? Advice? Further more, it was suggested I get a visa before I go so I have the 90? day visa? or should I wait, get my visa on arrival, do my traveling fly to Indonesia and get my visa on arrival there and just make sure I don't spend more than 30 days in any one country? How do I prove I have proof of onward travel?
I know this may sounds confusing and a lot of information, but I am pretty much blind and winging this trip as I have never traveled, and especially not alone I want to avoid fines, and getting kicked out or denied from countries the best I can. I appreciate all of the help and for reading this mess. :)

By the way: I don't mind rain to much, I am from the Northwest of the states and live in 10 months of rain a year, but I don't want it to cause to much of a hassle during my trekking, and traveling and I hear flooding and roads can get bad.

Thanks a ton!

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1855 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Two one way tickets are expensive. You would have been better buying one with an open return date.

I have been to Thailand many times and though at immigration they ask where you are going next, I have yet to have one to ask for evidence. Bangkok is a travel hub and many people leave there by air, train and bus for many different destinations, booked in a Thai travel agent.
You get 30 days visa waiver on arrival and now for 1900 baht, that can be extended for another 30 days. Malaysia is no problem. Cambodia is US$30 on arrival. Indonesia is no problem either if you do not spend too long there. Possibly buy a Lonely Planet guide as the islands have a lot to offer.

Many millions travel to these places every year. Obey the customs and laws and you will be OK. Do be careful of petty theft. Get a money belt or something and be VERY careful of who you trust and drugged drinks. Do not leave a drink and go to the toilet. Someone could put something in it.

Weather is variable before December, so you can get wet days and dry days. The rain water evaporates quickly. A small umbrella may be handy. A can of mosquito spray is a good investment but of course cannot be taken onto airplanes. Talcum powder is good for heavy perspiration. Remember the traveller's cure for diarrhoea. A small spoon full of salt washed down by a sugary drink.

Hostelbookers, asiarooms,, agoda, etc have accommodation. Book your first few nights at least.

3. Posted by Alicia3 (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I didn't realize I could purchase an open ended return ticket..I got a good deal for being under 25 on my plane ticket. Bummer, true to research as much as possiblE. I'm not as worried about thai immigration as I am the airline. Thank you!

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1949 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

How long will you be in Thailand before leaving for another country? How many days in total at one time after arrival?

{Flying from the US I have been asked for a visa or proof of onward travel! }

With a US passport and staying over 30 days you can buy a Tourist Visa ahead of time. Thirty days or less for the free Visa Exemption you are SUPPOSED to have a confirmed flight out of Thailand. This is more enforced in the US than some other countries. (Although I have been asked for confirmed flights out of the Philippines too when flying from Bangkok.)

Check with your airline. Your airline ticket agent is the first person who may turn you back or you will be forced to buy an expensive plane ride out of Bangkok. If your departure airport is convenient to where you live take a subway ride or cheap bus trip there. Talk to an agent in person if you want.

Usually round trip is cheaper than 2 one way flights using major airlines from the US. My preference would be to have definite return date. This gives you a point of return for planning a budget. Also with a definite return date you know how much money you have available after paying for plane tickets.

  • How much money have you planned on spending each day for accommodation, food, transportation and entrance fees? Thailand and some of the nearby countries can be cheap but not that cheap! You shouldn't be sleeping in crappy places with one eye open so you can protect your belongings. Or sweating in rooms without A/C that have window screens that don't keep anyone out! Eating crappy food because it is cheap gets a little tired after a while! If you don't have enough money for a cheap hotel and other expenses don't stay so long overseas!

How do I prove I have proof of onward travel?
(Plane tickets are proof of transportation out of Thailand.)

Two things that affect the safety and finances of a female tourist; one is drinking too much alcohol and two falling in love with a local guy! (Sort of adopting him and then he bleeds you dry financially!)

Have you figured out how much money you THINK you can get by with each day?

Malaysia you can reach overland. For Indonesia I think you should fly or save that country for another day.

Bangkok, by the way, can be much cheaper than some beach locations. Don't go all the way to Thailand and not see Bangkok!

[ Edit: Edited on 29-May-2015, at 19:13 by karazyal ]