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1. Posted by rover83 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi,

I love traveling and meeting new people, experiencing different cultures, food, adventure sports and making friends. I am planning to take a solo trip for the first time in my life and I am a little nervous. I am thinking of going to full moon party as heard so much about it. Is it a good idea to go alone for an Indian to FMP. I am aware of the fact how Indians are stereotyped in some places coz of attitude and behavior displayed by some Indians when they travel. Don't want to be stuck alone getting bored watching others enjoy in groups..

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Dec-2017, at 17:58 by rover83 ]

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1064 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

You're unlikely to encounter problems if you reach out to others. If you're friendly, they will be, too. That's my experience in more than 40 years of travel, most of it solo. I just returned this weekend from seven weeks in Nepal (Lower and Upper Mustang) and India (Odisha and Chhattisgarh); and many of the Indians I met were friendly and engaging. Some are new friends. Rise above the stereotypes. Go and experience life to its fullest by reaching out.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2123 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I am assuming you mean the FMP at Koh Phangan, Thailand. Google search will give you some links showing the dates. Sample link below:
http://www.fullmoonpartykohphangan.com/schedule_dates/2018.htm

How long will you be in Thailand? From Bangkok there is a bit of a ride just to get there. If you choose one of the short visits popular with Indian tourists you probably will be flying the longer distances just to get close.
http://fullmoonparty-thailand.com/travel_info.html

Koh Phangan FMP is popular with young tourists, often teenagers, early 20's. A place where they can get wasted on alcohol and use drugs without mommy and daddy knowing anything. Probably told their parent they would be riding elephants and visiting temples.

Some older visitors think this place will be good pickings where they can have their way with passed out or doped up women. Might happen or you could end up with broken legs or buried in the sand too!
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/roads/2014/06/thailand_s_full_moon_party_on_koh_phangan_is_debauched_depraved_and_increasingly.html

Millions of tourists visit Thailand on their own, including older women retirees on pensions. Thailand is easy to do on your own. If your time is short - perhaps under 8 days - my suggestion is Bangkok and a second city so you have more time actually do something. If you are mostly interested in nightlife both Bangkok and nearby Pattaya will fill the bill. Bangkok is good for shopping too. Bangkok has 2 airports.

Yes, no problem traveling alone but take care if you are not used to drinking alcohol. Make yourself aware of scams to avoid. Your bio says you are a male, know that for Thailand, everyone in women's clothing may not actually be a real woman! In Bangkok, but more often Pattaya, you often see evening TV shows (broadcast in English) with Indian and Middle Eastern tourists pointing out the guy in a dress who drugged and rolled them late at night. (So avoid people lurking in shadows late at night!)

Look at a map of Thailand and research your transportation requirements.

Good luck.

4. Posted by woinparis (Inactive 145 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Not sure I know what stereotypes Indians have. Apart from being, ime, friendly.
This being said, googling FMP I discovered that you will find yourself with between 6000 and 30.000 people, I'd be surprised you would not find a few to have fun with.

Kara is right to warn about problems that may occur, of which you can dodge a lot if you don't get (too) drunk in the first place, leave money safe etc. I'd avoid Pataya - was there on my honeymoon because the tour included one night there and hated it, and everything that was there. Especially the omnipresent prostitution, unless it has dramatically changed.

5. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 613 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

For a first time solo trip I can't help wondering if the FMP might be a dive in the deep end You haven't stated what if any travelling experience you do have.

In terms of stereotyping unfortunately you will inevitably bump into people who will give you crap for your place of origin. If you find yourself with those people just politely excuse yourself and find a better group of people. Believe me there are more of the good people than the bad;) If you are at the FMP, and someone is being negative don't get aggressive. With the mix of drugs and alcohol it will only lead to violence and you definitely want to avoid that

Speaking of alcohol I would avoid drinking anything that isn't beer. Unfortunately the doctoring of alcohol is becoming more prevelant in South East Asia and the industrial alcohol they add to spirits can lead to blindness, paralysis and death. Stick to fermented drinks like beer or wine and stay away from distilled drinks like vodka or whiskey.

6. Posted by rover83 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Thanks so much for the useful tips guys. I will give Pattaya a pass. Don't want to be in the middle of those activities. May be will go and see what happens there for an experience if it fits in to itinerary. I have traveled to Korea,China, Malaysia, US with friends or on official trips but never alone. So, yeah it might be weird and boring being alone if you are not able to join a nice person or a friendly group to hang out with.

7. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1064 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Lots of people travel solo. It's neither weird nor boring. If you're outgoing (...reaching out), you'll have no problems meeting, engaging and perhaps traveling with others. I've met lots of people that way; and many remain friends. This past spring, I visited several in Austria, Ukraine and the U.K.

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2123 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

"Thanks so much for the useful tips guys. I will give Pattaya a pass. Don't want to be in the middle of those activities. May be will go and see what happens there for an experience...."

5 5 5

(Whenever you see 5 5 5 in a post about Thailand it means ha, ha, ha! The number 5 in Thai sounds like ha - like in ha ha - something funny!)

Pattaya, believe it or not, is one of the most popular destinations for Indian tourists. (Cheap 2 hour bus ride from Bangkok.) This includes males traveling alone or in groups and many family groups. Sometimes large family groups including granny, aunts and uncles along with young children! (But they rarely stay as long as Western tourists.) Hotels cheaper than other good beach destinations, cheap local transportation, good restaurants, good malls but a crappy beach for swimming! Many hotels have pools. Yes, lots of nightlife but no one will make any tourist enter a bar by force!

In a go go bar you do see single Indian men but also sometimes Indian couples sitting around too. Perhaps experiencing something that is not available where they come from; sort of a "walk on the wild side!" Transvestite shows are popular with some Indian tourists too.

  • * Be careful interacting with ladyboys, especially late at night! Too often they are accused of drugging and robbing tourists!

There is some stereotyping of Indian males such as when a "guest" accompanies an Indian male back to his hotel room there is 4 or 5 more men there sharing the cost of the room! Some Russian owned bars will bar Indian males from entering. But year after year more Indian tourists visit Thailand, mostly places like Bangkok, Phuket, sometimes Chiang Mai and Pattaya often for a "quick inspection!"

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/thailand-receives-1-2-mn-indian-tourists-during-jan-sep-2017/articleshow/62023257.cms

Good luck.

[ Edit: Edited on 13-Dec-2017, at 03:08 by karazyal ]

9. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 512 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting rover83

So, yeah it might be weird and boring being alone if you are not able to join a nice person or a friendly group to hang out with.

There will be times when you're on your own and that can be a problem for some people. The actual travelling on long journeys on buses, trains and planes is when it's most noticeable, but if you're happy with your own company (reading a book or just people watching) then that's quite a small amount of the time.
I have friends that cannot stand being alone and will spend hours on the phone instead of spending time alone, and they would definately have problems with solo travel, but once you've arrived somewhere then there will always be people around to talk with.
Are you intending to stay in Hostels, guest houses or hotels?
In my experience the higher the grade of hotel, the less interaction with other guests, however there have been many exceptions to this rule.

Although I've been drunk on many occasions, It's always as a consequence of my enjoying myself and the company I'm with. Unfortunately some people go out with the sole intention of getting drunk and believe it's the only way to enjoy their evening. This seems to me to be the case at the FMP, so I've only been once many many years ago. Be very careful there.

10. Posted by rover83 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi Karazyal.. Thanks for the info. I think it is extremely ridiculous and sad that some people so this. Don't know how these hotels let more than two stay in one room. But I can imagine how some morons would have tried to pull off a stunt like this who think these girls are commodities. These kind of stereotypes dissuade me from going to these places coz I don't wanna be tagged like that. But I guess every one makes an impression based on how they think and how they behave around others. Can't really blame Thai girls also who have the right to safeguard themselves from such ugly situations.

That said, if I get a chance, I will definitely try to visit these bars to enjoy the scene there. I am not in to pay for play scene and probably never will be but fun atmosphere I have heard and read about in Pattaya sounds exciting.. 555(;))

I'd rather stick to other travel spots more often, make friends and let things happen on their own. However, never hung out with tourists from other countries and shared experiences. Hopefully, I will be able to join some nice group or a travel companion..