If you’re thinking of heading to Thailand, aka the Land of Smiles, but are worried about solo female travel, fear not! On the whole, Thailand is a friendly, welcoming place for solo females to travel and there are plenty of resources to help allay your fears before setting off. Here we’ll talk through some common questions like “Is Thailand Safe?” “What to do in Thailand when travelling solo” and “Are there groups I can join as a solo female traveller in Thailand?”.
Is Thailand Safe?
“Is Thailand safe for solo female travellers?” is one of the most commonly asked questions on forums, blogs, Facebook and to travel agents, and you’ll be happy to hear that the general answer is: yes!
As with anywhere, a bit of common sense can take you a long way. Unwarranted attacks or crimes on tourists are rare in Thailand so if you keep your wits about you, you’re unlikely to get caught up in any trouble.
See some of our top tips below for staying safe in Thailand as a solo female traveller:
- Carry your money and valuables in a money belt close to your body; preferably in small denominations
- Ensure you don’t walk around or take moto taxis on your own at night
- Dress appropriately, especially when in and around religious sites (shoulders and knees covered)
- Keep an eye on your drinks at all times and don’t accept drinks from strangers
- Stay sober enough that you are aware of your actions and surroundings
Is It Easy To Get Around Thailand?
Thailand is very much on the backpacker trail now with well-organized transport and accommodation infrastructure throughout the country. You can, therefore, travel around the main highlights on buses/trains/ferries and you’re extremely unlikely to be the only farang (tourist) on board! With some basic Thai language (hello/thank you), a few baht, and a smile, your hotel front desk or local tour agent will be able to arrange your journey across the country in minutes.
If you chat to other travellers onboard it’s probable you’ll be heading in the same route so you can make friends for future journeys. You may also meet people who have come from where you are planning on going next who may have some top tips on places to eat/drink/party/shop – winning!
We’d recommend taking VIP buses as these have air-conditioning, safe drivers and a mix or backpackers and locals.
What To Do In Thailand When Travelling Solo?
Just because you’re travelling solo doesn’t mean you should have any less of an experience. If you want to sit on a paradise beach: do so! If you want to explore temples and rice paddies: go for it! If you fancy partying at a Full Moon Party: make some friends at your hostel and dance the night away!
The chances are, when staying in hostels throughout Thailand you’ll meet people that are similar to you or have similar plans for their trip. Therefore, you can join forces to create an awesome journey together without having to worry about being alone. But even if you do end up travelling solo throughout Thailand (just meeting people here and there in bars, beaches and hostels) you’re sure to have a great trip. Chat to everyone, learn about Thai traditions, dine on tasty street food like the locals do and visit temples, beaches and markets galore!
Are There Groups I Can Join As A Solo Female Traveller In Thailand?
Thanks to Thailand being a popular tourist spot, there are plenty of hostels, tour groups and meet-ups that you can get involved in during your trip. Whether you choose to join a full tour around the country or just want to dip in and out of organized activities, the choice is yours.
Just a quick Google or Facebook search will have you inundated with inspiration for group tours in Thailand. Check out hostel events, Facebook groups like Female Digital Nomads and Girls Gone International, Airbnb experiences and Intrepid Travel Tours for tips and tours to get your wanderlust thriving!
Hopefully, your fears about travelling to Thailand solo have now washed away and you’re ready to start planning your adventure to this land of pagodas, pad Thais, and parties! If you have any more questions about solo female travel in Thailand, comment below and we’ll get back to you ASAP