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1. Posted by Goonerboy (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Im thinking of going travelling on my own in January for 3 - 6 mths. Trying to decide the best place to start for meeting new people. Any body got any suggestions??

2. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I can't really speak for any other Asian countries, but I'd say Thailand is definately up there. Friendly people, great atmosphere and a lot of other tourists and backpackers to mingle with. Many locals in the urban and tourist areas have some basic grasp of English, which is an added bonus.

3. Posted by Jenny_h (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia
Busses and boat rides are the best place to meet people. Get chatting to people before you get on a coach trip and you will find you have loads of friends by the end of the journey!!!

4. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Definitly Thailand where you will meet lots of foreigners and friendly locals.

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6. Posted by Twinkle (Respected Member 1112 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I would definatley agree that Thailand is the best starting point for a solo trip! It was the first place I travelled to alone and I ended up meeting people with whom I spent my whole time in Thailand with! Buses and Ferries are definatley great social gatherings and the perfect way to find out hidden gems of places to visit etc!I met a load of people in Bangkok and made contacts to meet up with people further on in my's, hostels, bars, buses...all great places to meet new travel chums!

7. Posted by pat10 (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hello mate ! traveling to thailand end of march for hopefully for a cpl of month gonn astart in bangkok and hopefully meert other like your self along the way find out where best tpo go and wherevto stay will proobaly head into a cpl of other countrys along the way but i should imagine you ll meet lots of people along the way

8. Posted by gilvarry_r (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I went on my own last year and Thailand is really easy place to meet new people, I'll agree with the other posts and say ferries and minibuses etc are the places where I met most people. Koh Phangan is aslo a goo place to meet people.

9. Posted by hash09 (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

seems everyone love thai people, i agree with them too, i went to thailand a few times on my own and i made a lots of friends there.. but that time was just a vacation at one location, so that is alright.. i dont have to worry about walking alone from one country to another on my own...i guess goonerboy try to say that he wanted to have companion along the way his journey at one point... and met other backpaker at backpack point... and do the joueny together, and stop again and seeing a new people and do the journey together and etc... i would like to do that as i will be going on my own too.. but i am still searching for a good point of meeting up with other backpaker... my trip will be start in March 2008 - april 2008, i would like to do one month trip at 4 countries... bangkok is a best start for this type of journey, that what other backpaker i met told me... therefore i would like to start my trip from bangkok before i can do other route trip to ther SEA countries..

anyway, the point is.. i also in delima as i would like to do the same trip as goonerboy... as i would like to start from bangkok-cambodia-vietnam-laos and back to bangkok again in one month... but the delima i had was, shall i start from bangkok to the north(loas) and end at the south, cambodia then back to bangkok or shall i start from bangkok to the south (cambodia) go up north and end at laos and back to bangkok.. which one is faster and i can see lots of things at the same time...

i also would like to get to bangkok by train from kuala lumpur, other backpaker told me its was a nice journey and they asked me to try out...but i was thinking of taking flight from KUL-BKK.. i can make a choice, but everything is about time i had...

any advice?

10. Posted by pPamela (Full Member 158 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Please consider Indonesia as one of the countries you will visit- it is such a magical place. I travelled by myself there last year for 5.5 months with no langauge skills and had the best time. The people are what make Indonesia so friendly and caring and then combine that with the most wonderful scenery, different customs on each island, diving, snorkeling, climbing mountains, trekking in the jungle to see wild animals i.e orangutans, tubing down rivers, interesting food/fruits etc and you can have one fantastic time there.
My trip took me to Bali, Lombok, South Sulawesi, Java for 35 days, Sumatra for 3.5 months and Aceh for 18 days which included Pulau Weh.
You can see some of my photos of my trip at
If you would like more details about my trip you can send me a message via this forum.
Pamela- passionate about Indonesia.:)