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Solo Female Travel in Thailand: The Ultimate Guide

If you’re thinking of solo female travel in Thailand in the near future, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, discover my experience and advice as a woman who has traveled alone in Thailand!

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After traveling solo to many countries around the world, it was time for me to discover Southeast Asia, which I still knew very little about. Thailand was my first stop on this 2-month journey.

Having already traveled to other countries on my own, traveling alone in Thailand didn’t really stress me out because of the rather positive feedback I’d received before my departure. Once there, I immediately felt at ease and safe, thanks to the kindness of the locals.

In this article, you can read about my experience of solo female travel in Thailand, as well as tips on how to stay safe during your next trip.

solo female travel in thailand in the national park of Koah Lake

Thailand

Thailand is one of the most visited countries in the world. It offers a cultural, gastronomic and natural experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Thailand is not only an ideal destination for beach and diving lovers, but also for anyone wishing to discover incredible nature and great people.

The north of Thailand is much wilder and slightly less touristy than the south. It’s the perfect place to discover pure nature and magnificent temples. I particularly loved the Chiang Rai region, on the border with Laos and Burma.

The center, as well as Bangkok, are places that will take you on a journey and immerse you in Thai culture. Personally, I didn’t fall in love with Bangkok. But it’s still worth spending a few hours or days there.

Southern Thailand is the most touristic part of the country. Of course, it’s still possible to find places that are a little less touristy, like Koh Lanta for example. Although some places have lost their authenticity, the scenery and seabed are breathtaking.

Solo female traveler on a beach in Rayley thailand

When should you travel alone in Thailand?

Thailand is a country that can be visited all year round, with a few showers depending on the season.

The dry season generally begins in November and ends around March. This is the period when temperatures are warmest and rainfall almost non-existent. Because of this fine weather, this is the period when prices are highest and tourism is at its peak.

The wet or rainy season generally lasts from May to October. Temperatures are cooler, but humidity is at its peak. In terms of rainfall, it generally rains for a few hours at the end of the day. Sometimes it even doesn’t rain at all for a few days.

Personally, I went in July and August. Clearly, I’ve had a little rain, but it’s usually 1 or 2 hours, and by no means every day.

Solo traveller in a temple close to Chiang Mai in thailand

My experience as a solo female traveller in Thailand

The safety

After traveling for over a month in Thailand, largely on my own, I can confidently say: YES, Thailand is a safe place to travel as a female solo ! Of course, this answer is my own, and each person’s experience will be different. But very rarely have I heard anyone say that they didn’t feel safe in Thailand.

Thais are generally very respectful and ready to help you if you have any problems. I think this has a lot to do with the country’s strong religious tradition. For my part, I try to respect local culture and traditions as much as possible, which generally helps to keep me safe!

I think it’s important to note, however, that some places in the south of the country can be slightly more dangerous when you’re traveling alone, due to the high concentration of tourists who are heavily into alcohol and drugs! So be careful when you go out to avoid unpleasant surprises!

Getting around on your own

Thailand is a very easy country to visit. The public transport system works very well and allows you to get to just about anywhere in the country. I used buses, trains and boats extensively during my stay. I had no unpleasant surprises or experiences.

I’d still advise you to keep your valuables with you in transport, for example in a banana bag if you plan to sleep.

I mainly used the 12go.asia platform to book my tickets. I’ve always been satisfied and safe in the transport offered by the platform.

Thailand as a first trip alone?

I think Thailand is one of the best countries to start traveling alone, and even more so if you’re a woman.

Thailand is, in my opinion, one of the easiest countries to discover. Everything is superbly organized for getting from one place to another. Many locals have a basic knowledge of English. It’s also a popular destination for solo travellers, which means you can quickly make new friends.

The safety of the country is also a great advantage for a first solo female trip to the other side of the world.

Bangkok on of the best destination for a solo female travel in Thailand

Tips for travelling alone in Thailand

Use GRAB

When you need to take a cab, I highly recommend the GRAB application, which is the equivalent of UBER. In Thailand, you can also take a GRAB bike, which is often cheaper, or a normal car.

Buy a SIM card

Whether it’s for communicating with friends and family or finding your way around a map, a SIM card is a must. You’ll find vendors all over the place, but I’d recommend going to a 7/11. They usually have the best rates and will install the card for you.

Dress appropriately

Even though we’re in a country accustomed to tourism, I still recommend dressing respectfully as soon as you leave the beaches. This is even more important if you’re planning to visit temples.

Negotiating prices

This can often be a scary thought, but haggling is a common practice in many places. I’m thinking in particular of excursions, tuktuk/taxis and small souvenir stands. Of course, be respectful!

Follow your instincts

As you travel alone, you’ll soon notice that your instincts become more and more developed. Follow it, because it’s very often correct and can save you from unpleasant surprises.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this article about solo female travel in Thailand, and that it’s given you plenty of tips for your next trip!



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