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Thailand, Vietnam and Bali.. is it cool to go alone?

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1. Posted by DareToJosh (Budding Member 3 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I had a trip booked flying to Bangkok for a month then Vietnam for 2 weeks then Bali for a month. My partner has backed out, so was wondering if this trip is still advised even if I went alone? I have the time booked off work so may as well go haha

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 974 posts) 6w 1 Star this if you like it!

It's perfectly OK and easy to travel solo in Bangkok, Vietnam and Bali.

Since you're planning to spend a month in Bali, and you're interested in music (I looked at your Travellerspoint profile), why not take lessons in Balinese gamelan. Go online to check what's offered. Perfect way to make new friends and learn (I performed for a decade with a Javanese gamelan group in the U.S.).

3. Posted by ManjitSingh (Budding Member 7 posts) 6w 1 Star this if you like it!

Yes, it is really cool option for travel solo in Bangkok, one of my friend has visited recently all three places as a solo traveler.

4. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 962 posts) 6w 1 Star this if you like it!

All three places are on the backpacker circuit; you'll have no trouble meeting new people. 😀😀😀

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1978 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

I hope you are not spending the whole month just in Bangkok. Thailand might be bigger than you think but it is an easy country to visit on your own. (Bangkok is pretty big too, square miles Bangkok is about the size of London for comparison.) Many tourists to Thailand try to do a beach area and Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand) so they get a little of everything.

Will you be entering Thailand on a one way plane ticket? If you intend to visit Thailand with the free 30 day Visa Exemption stamp you get at the airport this requires a flight out of the country at the 30 day point. This is called Proof of Onward Travel. (POOT.) This could be enforced at the first departure airport. Using a computer do a Google search for Proof of Onward Travel for each country. Remember the enforcement could be at your departure airport.

Maybe go over your visa requirements for each country and review how to best handle your currency again. Don't rely on a single cash card for spending money. I have been to each country but for Bali not recently. Cash is king in Thailand. You can bring UK pounds and easily change to Thai baht. If you use an ATM for cash there is a fee for that. No real fee to change pounds to baht. When you bring UK pounds stay with the larger denominations to save room in your wallet. Clean money, no writing on them, no stains or rips and tears.

You will meet other tourists on your trip. Sometimes in bars and pubs, sometimes on shared tours, sometimes at your hotel or wherever you stay. There are many solo travelers - should be no big problem!

Good luck.

6. Posted by DareToJosh (Budding Member 3 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Thanks guys! I will 100% look up that instrument! and i guess i will start stashing everything i can away and look to go in August!

I didn't mean spend the whole month in Bangkok sorry only flying into there, then heading south to do all the beach places, then Chiang Rai and Chaing Mai!

Thanks for the heads up about the POOT i had no idea! What about if my flight home is from Bangkok too but after i come back from Bali?

7. Posted by Yasuyo (Budding Member 9 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

Hello!
That’s interested in travel plan! SEA is perfect place for traveling alone.
If you go to Chaing Mai,I highly recommend you to visit Laos too! You’ll meet many backpackers.
From Bangkok,take a train for 12 hours to Vientiane then move up by bus to Vang ViengーLuang Prabang. From Luang Prabang,you can travel by bus to Chaing Mai.
If you like adventure it is :)

Cheers!

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1978 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

"Thanks for the heads up about the POOT i had no idea! What about if my flight home is from Bangkok too but after i come back from Bali?"

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If you enter Thailand using the FREE 30 day Visa Exemption stamp you get at the airport you need proof of a flight out of Thailand before the 30 days is up. A verifiable flight to any country will do. Some airports you fly to Thailand from enforce this rule some are more lax. Finding out at the departure airport you can't fly and lose your seat and money can be a bummer!

Up to you.

9. Posted by pieter_jan_v (Budding Member 3 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

The overstay fines are clearly posted at the BKK Airport.

10. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 962 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Yasuyo

Hello!
If you go to Chaing Mai,I highly recommend you to visit Laos too! You’ll meet many backpackers.
From Bangkok,take a train for 12 hours to Vientiane then move up by bus to Vang ViengーLuang Prabang. From Luang Prabang,you can travel by bus to Chaing Mai.
If you like adventure it is :)

Alternatively, a backpacker thing to do is the slow boat into Luang Prabang. There are loads of travel agents in Chiang Mai who can fix you up with a minivan to the border at Chiang Khong and a night's accommodation there. Then you get a two minute ferry ride across the Mekong to the Laos side and then get a slow boat down the river. The first day is about six hours and you stop at Pak Beng and negotiate accommodation (about USD10). The next day is about eight hours on the boat, arriving at Luang Prabang at sunset. There'll be another fifty or sixty on your boat doing the same thing.😀😀