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February 10, 2020

Things To Do in Bangkok Alone - A Solo Traveler's Guide

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When planning a Bangkok solo travel itinerary, it’s important to feel comfortable, get the most out of the city and ultimately see everything you want to see – since there’s no one else to please! Whether you’re taking the plunge with your first-ever trip alone or are already an avid solo traveler, discover how to get the best out of Bangkok’s quirky cafes, world-renowned fusion food, buzzing Khao San nightlife and enchanting cultural spots. Traveling alone can be a daunting yet exciting experience, but travel to Bangkok alone, and you can experience the best of Thailand’s vibrant and friendly capital. From people-watching to café hopping to museum tripping, here are my top tips on what to do in Bangkok alone, where you can kickstart your trip , eat big, get the best snaps and connect with others. 

Where To Café Hop

Where To Café Hop

What’s better than sipping a hot cup of joe at a beautiful Thai café? Bangkok’s café culture, brimming with positive vibes, feel-good instrumental tunes, tantalizing aromas, and delicious coffee, secures a spot as one of the top things to do in Bangkok alone. Try coffee with a cute twist at Pooltime Café . Share your cuppa with fluffy friends Bob, Apo and Yee Pun, three cuddly yet cheeky rescued raccoons living the life in Bangkok. The café interior mimics a public swimming pool setting and makes a great place for unique snaps; deck chairs, tiled floors, blue bun burgers, and pink ombre milkshakes. Cafe service runs 12 pm-8 pm and Raccoon service runs 2 pm - 6:30 pm Tuesday – Sunday. If raccoons aren’t your thing, head to ViVi The Coffee Place for top coffee and coconut cake. Take in the beautiful prime views of the must-visit Bangkok attraction Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) floating peacefully over the Chao Praya River from the café’s veranda. Check it out at sunset for an extra special solo experience. Open Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 8 pm. 

Where To Eat Big

Where To Eat Big

Wondering where to eat alone in Bangkok? Try Sit and Wonder , a secret hideout tucked in the Thonglor district. It serves local food that’s authentic, delicious, cheap and generously served. Meals are less than 150 baht per person, and the juicy must-eat Bangkok dish of Pad Thai is well worth it. It’s open daily from 11 am to 11 pm. If that doesn’t satisfy you, head for decadent dessert at After You which offers incredibly inventive, aesthetically-pleasing and delicious desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth. Basked in sunlight, the chilled Thonglor outlet has a cozy ambiance and is perfect for some alone, self-loving, treat time! It’s open daily from 11 am to midnight. 

Where To Enjoy Art, Culture and History

Where To Enjoy Art, Culture and History

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok ( MOCA ) provides a great introduction to Thai culture and is a must for any art lover. It has everything a world-class art gallery should; natural light, well-spaced rooms, and beautiful thought-provoking art collections. Collections cover political and social issues that the country faces, as well as religion, corruption, prostitution and the loss of traditional values. The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Friday (closed on Monday) and 11 am-6 pm on weekends. Entrance, costs 180 baht for general admission, 80 baht for students and is free for visitors under 15 or over 60. If the history of Thai art is not what you’re looking for, try The Jim Thompson House . Considered one of the top things to do in Bangkok, the museum showcases traditional, beautifully maintained Thai home design, décor, art collections, and architecture. Jim Thompson was an American ex-pat, a former architect and silk entrepreneur who mysteriously disappeared, his former home is a fascinating jungle compound, open daily from 9 am to 6 pm and is located at 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, close to the National Stadium. 

Where To Stay In Bangkok

Where To Stay In Bangkok

The off-beat and unique hipster hostel, Tales Khaosan , attracts everyone from digital nomads to enthusiastic backpackers. It’s at the heart of Bangkok’s well-known Khao San Road; one of the best areas to stay in Bangkok . Wake up to Matcha or Thai Tea Latte at the Tales cafe and a community of locals, travelers, and ex-pats! Rental space is available on the 5th floor and 2nd floor; including a night-owl working space for those who work at night. Alternatively, stay at NapPark Hostel , a couple of streets away from Khao San Road; great for both proximity and lower noise levels. Rooms have a traditional Thai vibe; white beds and sheets, with colorful with golden ornamental touches. There are all-female dorms available too, so perfect if you’re a Bangkok solo female traveler. Both hostels are within close distance to famous tourist spots like the Grand Palace and Wat Pho temple , both just 2 kilometers away.

Tips and Guidance For Solo Travelers

Tips and Guidance For Solo Travelers

Traveling solo and figuring out where to stay in Bangkok can be intimidating and unknown, but also one of the greatest experiences. You have the freedom to tailor and shift your itinerary and be more open to experiences. Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles, and the people are friendly and helpful so it is a great place to travel alone, particularly if you’re a Bangkok solo female traveler. That being said, there are a few things to do to ensure everything runs smoothly. One of the things you need to know before visiting Bangkok is that there are 2 train options available. The BTS SkyTrain is above ground and covers a good area in Bangkok downtown, while the MRT is underground and serves a more limited range of distance. Single-use tickets for BTS come in credit-card sizes which you can buy using coins at self-service machines. The MRT’s single-use tickets come in circular tokens which you scan upon entry, then slot in to return when you leave.

Tips and Guidance For Solo Travelers

If you’re adventurous and want the Thai tuk-tuk travel experience, fares are the same regardless of the number of passengers, so you could team up with a couple of other travelers to save money. Agree the fare before setting off (expect to pay 100-150 baht for short Bangkok hops) and ensure you have the money ready on arrival. If you opt for a taxi, don’t take an unlicensed one. If you want to meet people, stick to the main backpacker destinations (including those listed above) and choose a dorm room. Bangkok is safe for solo travelers, but as with any major city, it’s important to keep your valuables on you and hidden at all times.

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Traveling solo can be intimidating. You are heading into the great unknown, with nobody but yourself to have your back. So many top sights and attractions in Bangkok may seem like they are better seen with a handful of friends to accompany you. That being said, traveling alone is one of the most rewarding experiences that you will ever have. Traveling as a group can be detrimental to your experience abroad, as you have to tailor and shift your itinerary to better align with the majority. Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles. The people here are friendly and helpful, making Bangkok one of the best cities to travel in solo. Here is a guide as to how to spend your days in the City of Angels, alone.

Stay close to public transportation.

Because you are taking on the city of Bangkok alone, you will also be paying for your transportation without the relief of having to split the cost however many ways. Because of this, the best and cheapest way to get around the city is by utilizing public transportation, including the BTS Skytrain, the MRT Subway, or the boats that run on the Chao Phraya River. Of course, getting a taxi at some point is inevitable, but save yourself some time and money by using public transportation. The closer your accommodation is to these, the better.

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Have a Drink on Khao San Road

Khao San Road certainly has mixed reviews. Some vouch by the nights they spend on this unforgiving road, while others steer clear of it as much as possible. This is a great area to meet people, however. Most of the bars that line the tourist-ridden street also have colorful plastic stools around shoddy, metal tables. Pull up a stool and grab a seat with your fellow travelers, and maybe even share a bucket or two. As goes for any situation, be wary of your surroundings and stay safe.

Khao San Road

Go Where the Expats Go

Bangkok has an extensive expat community. Prior to taking on the city alone, it is a good idea to get connected with this group. One of the best areas to meet expats is Cheap Charlie’s, an outdoor, street-side bar filled with foreigners and cheap drinks to boot. Other great places to meet expats include Levels Club & Lounge, Saxophone Pub, the Australian Pub; essentially any pub will be filled with English-speaking expats.

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Visit the Top Attractions

Bangkok has plenty of top sights and attractions that are jaw-dropping, whether you are alone or not. Some of the best places to visit in the city include the Grand Palace , which is also home to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is in this area of the city you will also find Wat Pho , which houses the enormous Reclining Buddha on its grounds. You can spend ample time exploring these ancient areas. Wat Arun is also located near these two temples, however, it is currently under construction and much of the temple is covered in scaffolding.

Grand Palace

Take on Bangkok’s Markets

Do not let all of that shiny baht burn a hole through your pocket. Instead, head to one of Bangkok’s outdoor shopping arenas and get ready for the shopping spree of a lifetime. Bangkok has some of the best markets and night bazaars in all of Southeast Asia. One of the most popular markets that foreigners visit is Chatuchak Weekend Market . It is one of the largest markets in the world, and the sheer number of goods and souvenirs certainly reflects its massive size. Whether you are on the hunt for a new outfit or just want to kill some time by exploring its weaving vendors and stalls, this is the market for you. Some other markets in Bangkok include JJ Green Night Market, Liab Duan Night Market, Rod Fai Train Market, Asiatique the Riverfront, and Pak Khlong, or the flower market. Many of these markets and night bazaars are only open on the weekend, so be sure to check online before venturing to one of these popular shopping scenes.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Learn Some Thai

While staying in backpacker hostels and visiting foreign-ridden areas of the city is one easy way to meet people, you will see the city much better in the hands of a local. While it is certainly more daunting to try and have a conversation with someone whose first language might not be English, you will find your solo traveling experience much more rewarding by doing so. Many Thais living in Bangkok already have a knowledge of basic English phrases, as it is a major city and they are oftentimes working and dealing with foreigners. Knowing a handful of Thai words is one way to attempt a conversation. Say hello, state your name, and most Thai people will appreciate your effort, even if your accent and intonation are horrific.

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Bangkok Solo Travel Guide

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Planning a solo trip to Bangkok , Thailand? Here’s everything you need to know for your visit:


  • Capital and highest populated city in Thailand ( 10.7 million people).
  • Known worldwide for its floating markets , hot climate and friendly people.
  • Nicknames: Sin City of Asia, Venice of the East, City of Angels.


  • Currency:  Baht  (THB)
  • Spoken languages: Thai (English is also widely spoken).
  • Best time to visit: from  November  to  April  (warm and humid year round).
  • Arriving via airport: public transport (airport train) is 45 THB , taxi is  300 THB .


  • Best hostel for solo travelers in Bangkok: The Yard . This isn’t a party hostel – it’s away from the chaos, located in a clean, modern neighbourhood. Clean beds/bathrooms, welcoming staff, modern facilities… a home away from home. Free delicious breakfast daily. Book ahead to reserve your bunk (or room)!
  • The Banglamphu area is aimed towards backpackers and budget travelers.
  • Silom is the place to go for the metropolitan experience (modern hotels, night clubs and malls).


  • The business district has a well developed subway and skytrain network with fares starting at 15 THB (it does not cover the old city or Banglamphu, however). The train network is complemented by shuttle boats (servicing the Chao Phraya river and most of the small canals).
  • Bangkok’s bus network is extensive – a fare of 2 THB gets you anywhere within city limits.
  • For metered taxi services, look for pink cars. The infamous tuk-tuks are also available everywhere. Ensure that the meter is running (or negotiate the price in advance).
  • Renting a car and driving on your own is not recommended – traffic in Bangkok is chaotic.


  • Drinking age is  20  (rarely enforced), last call is  never  (the party goes on past sunrise).
  • Hip/local scene: Sukhumvit is the place to go for hip night clubs and rooftop bars.
  • Out of town/random crowd: Khao San Road is the backpacker hot spot, and turns into one giant party at night.
  • Looking for casual drinks ? Check out Beer Belly in Thonglor, To More (cocktails), Mulligans Irish Bar (Khao San Road), or 23 bar & gallery (hipster scene).
  • Head to NeverNormalBkk for a great clubbing experience.


  • There are ~500 Buddhist temples in Bangkok, many of which are stunning. Wat Arun is one of the most beautiful ones, and is a must see (especially at dawn).
  • The Grand Palace is the old royal quarters of Bangkok, and contains the famous Emerald Buddha (carved from a single block of emerald).
  • The Chao Phraya  riverside is a sight to behold. Take a chartered boat for a cruise – make sure to ask the driver to take you to the floating markets , too.
  • You could spend a whole day walking through the Chatuchak weekend market . With over 8,000 stalls, the goods for sale range from cheap clothes/toys to live animals.


  • Note: walking is not always the best means of transport in Bangkok, as the city’s scorching heat can be unforgiving.
  • Chinatown makes for a great lunchtime walk, as its alleys are protected from the sun (and stuffed to the brim with with amazing food).
  • Little India  is another great walk, though somewhat out of the way. The easiest way to get there is by shuttle boat on the Chao Phraya river.


  • Bangkok is a true mecca for Asian cuisines , and has some of the best Chinese, Indian, Cambodian and Laotian food options in the area. And of course, the city features some of the best Thai food in the world – from street food to high end dining.
  • Interested in Muay Thai (kickboxing)? Catch a real fight at the Rajadamnern Muay Thai Stadium – it’s a real experience. See ticket info here .
  • The city goes wild during Thai holidays and festivals. During Songkran (Thai New Year), Bangkok turns into a three-day water fest – buckets of water are thrown from cars and super-soakers blast pedestrians. Leave your electronics at home!
  • The people of Bangkok are known for their friendliness. The city is itself very diverse, and as such is welcoming to visitors. You’ll soon realize why foreigners refer to Thailand as the LOS (Land of Smiles)!
  • Food you must try before you leave Thailand (quick checklist): – Pad Thai (Stir-Fried Noodles) – Tom Yum Goong (Hot & Sour Shrimp Soup) – Kaeng Lueang (Yellow Curry) – Gaeng Daeng (Red Curry) – Gaeng Keow Wan Gai (Green Curry) – Khao Soi (Thai Coconut Curry Noodle Soup) – Khao Pad (Thai Fried Rice) – Pad Kra Pao Moo (Stir-Fried Thai Basil & Pork) – Som Tam (Spicy Green Papaya Salad) – Laab (Spicy Salad) – Khao Niao Mamuang (Mango Sticky Rice)
  • Where to find good cheap eats :  everywhere!  Cheap, delicious food is available almost on every corner.
  • Dangerous areas : Bangkok is generally very safe. Use common sense when alone at night. Keep in mind that most tailors and jewellers are scams.

Recommended trip duration:  3-4 days

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Mad Monkey Hostels Travelling Alone in Bangkok A Complete Guide

Travelling Alone in Bangkok: A Complete Guide

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The City of Angels is not necessarily an easy one to traverse. This is especially true for those travellers taking on the city alone. Fret not, as we at Mad Monkey know all the ins and outs of exploring Bangkok so that you can successfully tackle the city, even if you are ridin’ solo. Here, a complete guide to travelling alone in Bangkok .

Travelling alone in Bangkok: Where should I stay?

Be sure to stay in a hostel in Bangkok over a hotel when you are travelling alone. Hostels foster an atmosphere that’s great for making friends. Just sit in the main lobby area and wait until the travellers start milling about. Also, be sure to stay in a dorm (the more beds, the better). There will undoubtedly always be someone in the room to chat with.

Mad Monkey Hostel Bangkok has plenty of large dorm rooms and common areas that are great spaces in which to mingle with other guests. There is a dining area equipped with long tables that encourage everyone to sit with one another, a pool with bean bag chairs at its exterior, and a lounging area along the canal. There are also activities happening every night of the week. All guests are encouraged to join in on the events which include karaoke, limbo, and free shots at the bar every evening.

If you are not staying at Mad Money, be sure to stay in a lively area of Bangkok that will be teeming with other travellers, such as Silom or Sukhumvit. The more secluded the area, the less likely you are to meet your fellow travellers!

Travelling alone in Bangkok: Where should I eat?

Dining out alone can either be an exciting or excruciating endeavour, depending on the traveller. That being said, there are plenty of delicious markets that are perfect for grabbing a few Thai dishes to-go and eating them streetside.

Those diners who eat on the side of the road are more likely to be joined than those who eat out in a restaurant, as well. Some amazing outdoor markets in Bangkok that are great for pulling up a chair solo and enjoying some delicious Thai street food include the Or Kor Tor Market, Pratunam Market, Chatuchak Weekend Market, and the Neon Market, just to name a few.

If you truly do not want to eat out alone, then instead order food from a delivery service like Food Panda ,  Uber Eats , or GrabFood . These websites deliver food from some of the best restaurants in town and come right to your doorstep.

Travelling alone in Bangkok:  What activities should I do?

Be sure to book activities where large groups must partake in something together, like a cooking class, for example. Private tours are not likely to get you very far in your endeavour to meet people while travelling alone. Some of the most noteworthy cooking schools in Bangkok include Silom Thai Cooking School , Pink Chili’s Thai Cooking Class , Blue Elephant Cooking School , and more. Traveling Spoon  also offers private Thai cooking classes straight out someone’s home, as well. Eating and learning to cook with a local is a memorable way to spend an afternoon in Bangkok with good company. It will also allow you to learn more about the country’s cuisine culture.

Bangkok is also brimming with museums , temples , and markets that, regardless of whether or not you have a companion, are worth exploring. Forget finding a partner for a day and instead head to the stunning Wat Arun to take photographs. Take in the awe-inspiring artwork at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre . Shine that baht and head to the luxurious Siam Paragon mall and get some shopping done. Whatever it is that interests you, do not feel as though you need someone to join in order to do it.

Travelling alone in Bangkok: How do I meet people?

Bangkok is simply crawling with tourists, expats, and locals who are all looking to expand their friend groups. When travelling alone, you will likely have to creep out of your comfort zone in order to meet these people, which is exactly why many travel solo in the first place.

One surefire way to meet other people is to download a dating app. Write what it is you are looking for in your profile and swipe until you find someone using an application like Tinder or Bumble. Another great website to check out is Meetup . People are always posting about things going on around town and inviting anyone in the area to join in on the fun.

If you are female and travelling to Bangkok a bit more long-term, then be sure to request to join the Bangkok Girl Gone International Facebook group. Women post both questions and suggestions about things going on in the capital. Many will write on the wall asking for a buddy to join in on whatever it is they are doing for the day, as well.  Girls Gone International is another Facebook group that women should join before boarding their red-eye. Simply post that you are going to Bangkok and see who responds: you never know who happens to be in the Big Mango at the same time as you.

Another great way to meet people is by frequenting one of the many gyms in the area. The studios and fitness arenas around the capital are filled with friendly expats and locals. We have found that tangling your way through one too many yoga poses is a great conversation starter!  Co-working spaces  and cafes in the city are watering holes for digital nomads, as well, making them great spots for meeting fellow travellers.

Travelling alone in Bangkok: How do I get around town?

Because you are travelling alone, the cost to get around town is going to be a bit more expensive than if you had the luxury of splitting up the cost of a taxi. Instead, opt for public transportation with set fares. These will take you long distances without the steep cost. The BTS Skytrain is one of the cheapest ways in which to explore the city. It reaches many of the major attractions in town. The MRT Subway is also a good option for solo travellers looking to get from point A to point B on a budget, as well.

Most signs around the city are in both Thai and English, so you do not have to be worried about not being able to get to where you are trying to go. If you have to travel by taxi, make sure they use a meter. Also, be sure to purchase a sim card if you are travelling alone. Download helpful applications like Google Maps and MAPS.ME to avoid getting lost.

Travelling alone in Bangkok: How do I stay safe?

As with any city, there are more risks to exploring Bangkok if you alone. That being said, there are ways in which to help keep from having an incident happen and spoil your trip. For example, on a night out, do not accept drinks from strangers. Use apps like Grab and Uber to avoid having to wait for a taxi alone for a longer period of time at night. If you are alone on a night out, be sure to check out the best  backpacker bars in Bangkok that are great for meeting fellow travellers, as well.

Long story short … travelling alone is worth it

In the end, travelling alone is worth all the hardship that comes along with it. From the memories to the friends and all the other things that you gain by venturing out into the world solo, powering through any fears you may have will be the best decision you have ever made. Odds are you will not be travelling alone for long if you follow our guide!

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If you enjoyed reading this article about traversing the capital alone and want to know more about how to successfully get around Bangkok solo, then check out these excellent articles we have rounded up to get you prepared!

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Bangkok travelling alone: what to do, what to see and where to stay

Travelling alone can be a great experience, and Bangkok is an ideal destination for women planning a solo trip . Thailand’s capital is a safe destination, with numerous temples, museums, and many activities to keep you engaged. You’ll undoubtedly appreciate countless markets and temples, must-visit attractions such as the Grand Royal Palace and the Jim Thompson House, tasty street food, and traditional massages. In this article, I will share my amazing experience and give you some tips on planning your solo trip to Bangkok.

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Discover Bangkok on your own: tips and tricks

Exploring Bangkok alone can be exciting and challenging, especially if it is your first solo trip far from home. To feel more confident during your trip, plan every detail in advance. Bangkok offers various options for accommodation, and you will never run out of choices. However, it would be better to book your room and activities to focus more on sightseeing beforehand.

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When I visited Bangkok alone for the first time, I had only booked the first night in a hostel and improvised the whole trip for two weeks. However, I already knew Thailand quite well. You can do that, too, if you are an experienced solo traveller, but it may not be suitable for everyone. For example, if I were to travel with my son, I would book the whole trip in advance.

Fun activities to do alone

When it comes to activities to do, Bangkok offers many fun options for women travelling alone. I love gastronomy, so I enjoyed trying street food at all the street stalls. If you like shopping, you can visit a floating market or the Chatuchak weekend market, one of the largest in Thailand.

A visit to the most famous temples, such as Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun, is a must to discover the local culture and spirituality. Finally, if you like massages and are curious about traditional Thai culture, take advantage of a traditional massage at the Wat Pho school inside the monastery complex.

Getting around Bangkok

Getting around Bangkok is very easy, and you can choose from various options depending on your preferences and budget. The cheapest option to get into the city from the airport is the Airport Rail Link train . Alternatively, taxis are very convenient, but remember to check if they have the meter to avoid scams.

Once in the city, the most popular option for tourists to get around is the characteristic tuk-tuk , a typical Thai transport. These vehicles are widely used in Bangkok, but you should agree on the price before boarding.

An inexpensive alternative is public transport, such as buses, metros, and Skytrains . The bus is cheap, but it may not be as comfortable or fast as the train. The Skytrain is an elevated railway line that runs through the city and covers many tourist attractions. At the same time, the metro has two lines that connect various points in the Thai capital.

If you want to explore the city independently, renting a bicycle or scooter would be a good option. However, remember that Bangkok’s traffic can be chaotic and dangerous, so you should be careful. Finally, there is also the option of using ride-sharing services such as Grab, the counterpart of Uber in Thailand and South East Asia .

To cross the Chao Phraya River, on the other hand, there are several ferry berths along the shore. You can choose from inexpensive boats that go back and forth between the two banks, such as the Wat Arun temple service, or rely on water taxis to reach a particular destination by the river.

Wat Arun temple in Bangkok

What to see in Bangkok: must-see temples and museums

Bangkok is a city rich in history, culture and art, with many temples and museums. Popular attractions include the Grand Royal Palace, the Jim Thompson House Museum, and the Wat Pho, Wat Phra Kaew, and Wat Arun temples, to name but a few.

The Grand Royal Palace

The Grand Royal Palace is one of Bangkok’s most popular tourist attractions. It’s an exceptional architectural masterpiece that contains various places of interest within its premises.

The complex is home to Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the official residence of the King of Thailand. The grandeur and magnificence of the building are truly remarkable. You can explore gardens and historical buildings and appreciate the art and architecture of the past era.

Bangkok’s most famous temples

In Bangkok, there are at least four must-see temples. The first one is  Wat Phra Kaew , the  Temple of the Emerald Buddha , considered Thailand’s holiest temple. Inside, you can see the famous Emerald Buddha, a sacred Buddha statue that dates back to the 14th century.

The second temple is  Wat Arun , the  Temple of Dawn , located on the western bank of the Chao Phraya River. You can reach it by boat. It has a magnificent central tower shaped like a stupa and covered in Chinese porcelain tiles. You can enjoy a spectacular view of Bangkok city and the river from the temple.

The third temple is  Wat Pho , which is most famous for its 46-meter-long statue of the reclining Buddha. Additionally, it has a school of massage and traditional Thai medicine where you can get a massage.

Lastly, there’s  Wat Saket , the  Golden Mountain Temple . It’s a large religious complex situated on a scenic hill artificially created from the debris of an ancient destroyed temple. The climb to the top can be tiring on hot days, but the view is breathtaking, and you can also see a series of Buddhist bells lined up in a row.

The bells of Bangkok's Wat Saket temple, the Golden Mountain

Jim Thompson House Museum

Bangkok has a lot to offer for art and culture enthusiasts. The  Jim Thompson House  is a must-visit attraction. This museum was once the home of Jim Thompson, an American entrepreneur and former secret agent who revolutionised the silk industry in Thailand before disappearing under mysterious circumstances. The house displays antiques and traditional art objects, and it’s one of the rare opportunities to see a Thai-style wooden house in Bangkok.

Exterior of the Jim Thompson House Museum built of wood in the traditional Thai style

Bangkok monuments

Besides the temples and museums, Bangkok houses numerous awe-inspiring art and architectural masterpieces. The temples and public buildings offer an opportunity to learn about Thailand’s rich history and culture, making a trip to Bangkok worthwhile.

One of the most popular attractions is the  Giant Swing . This colossal red teak wooden structure was used as a swing for a Hindu ritual from the 1700s until the early 1900s. Lightning damaged the original swing, prompting its reconstruction in 1920 using teak wood.

Another important public work in Bangkok is the  Democracy Monument  in the city centre, designed by the Italian sculptor Corrado Feroci, known in Thailand under the name of Silpa Bhirasri. The monument is a 50-metre-high dome encircled by four stone sails, representing the four branches of Thai government: executive, legislative, judicial, and constitutional. The monument was built in 1939 to commemorate the coup d’état that transformed the Kingdom of Siam into a constitutional monarchy.

The Bangkok Democracy Monument

What to do in Bangkok: the best activities for a solo trip

Bangkok is a city that offers numerous opportunities to explore and enjoy on your own. Among the best activities are those related to food and local culture. One of the most authentic experiences you can enjoy is  street food from street stalls and tiny restaurants , sampling traditional dishes such as Pad Thai, green curry, and Som Tum.

Street vendors can be found everywhere, from the main street to hidden alleys, offering delicious food for just a few dollars. If you want to learn how to replicate these recipes, you can sign up for a  cooking class with a market tour .

The city has several markets, but the most famous is the  Damnoen Saduak floating market , which is about two hours away from the city. You can buy fresh produce such as fruits, vegetables, and fish. However, the unique feature is seeing the stalls set up directly from boats floating on the canal. It is a unique experience that allows you to get in touch with the local culture and tradition of floating markets in Southeast Asia.

Finally, a  cruise on the Chao Phraya River  is another enjoyable activity to do alone in Bangkok. The river runs through the city and offers panoramic views of the main attractions, such as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Royal Palace. Several cruise options are available, from the  convenient hop-on hop-off boat  to the  customised private long-tail boat tour with a guide . All of them allow you to enjoy a relaxing time contemplating the city from the water.

Boats on the Chao Phraya River in front of Wat Arun Temple, Bangkok

Where to experience the authentic traditional Thai massage

Traditional Thai massage  is very popular in Bangkok. Known for its intense style, it aims to reduce muscle tension and stimulate circulation and the lymphatic system. However, finding an authentic traditional Thai massage can be challenging due to the vast number of spas and wellness centres in Bangkok, some of which might not provide authentic services.

To try a traditional Thai massage, I recommend avoiding the cheapest places you find along the streets and relying on experienced professionals. You can start by visiting the  Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School , one of the most authentic places to try Thai massage. In one day, you can combine a visit to the Grand Royal Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and try an authentic massage performed by experienced and qualified professionals who follow traditional techniques.

Alternatively, you can opt for a  hotel or independent spas  with qualified masseurs. It’s a good idea to rely on your intuition, having first tried some traditional Thai massage in the Wat Pho school. Massage parlours in Thailand may look basic, but the services are usually excellent. Getting a massage is something you can enjoy when travelling alone because you don’t have to adjust to the schedules of your fellow travellers.

View of the Wat Arun temple complex in Bangkok

Where to buy the best souvenirs in Bangkok

Bangkok is a great place to get inexpensive souvenirs to take home. However, not all shops and market stalls offer authentic, high-quality products. For instance, popular among Western backpackers,  Khao San Road  offers classic souvenirs like elephant trousers and Thai beer T-shirts.

I recommend visiting the markets or the Chinatown district to find the best souvenirs in Bangkok. The  Chatuchak weekend market  is one of the largest covered markets in the world. It has a wide range of products, including clothing, jewellery, beauty products, and textiles. Although it has recently become very touristy, it still offers unique and original items.

Another option is the  Pratunam market , located in the district of the same name. It has many shops offering traditional clothing, such as trousers to wear during traditional massages, Buddha amulets, and other souvenirs. Finally, the  Chinatown district  in Bangkok is another great place to find interesting and original souvenirs.

Chinatown is also a great area to stay in while travelling alone. It has many different shops, some specialised in herbal medicine, art, and antiques. In particular, I recommend the  Moshi Moshi  and  Pan Pan  gift shops in the Chinese district. They have mugs, stationery, dining sets, and kawaii-style travel items. You can use Google Maps to find them, but watch out for homonyms, as they don’t have a website.

Chinatown district in Bangkok, photo Uwe Schwarzbach

Where to sleep in Bangkok when travelling alone

Bangkok offers many different choices of where to stay when travelling alone. In general, hostels are a good option if you are looking for a cheap place to stay and make new friends, while hotels offer luxury and comfort at great prices. You can have a great experience in a nice hotel for just a few dollars more, so I advise you not to go for savings at all costs.

Khao San Road: neighbourhood to avoid when travelling alone

Many backpacker blogs and guidebooks recommend staying in Khao San Road to find a cheap room and stay in a lively neighbourhood. However, in my opinion,  Khao San Road is the worst choice for solo travellers , especially solo female travellers like me. Even if the reviews seem promising, you might end up in questionable, unsafe facilities with dirty dorm beds in guest houses. 

If you still want to try staying in Khao San Road, compare reviews on multiple sites and not book more than one night before seeing the room. Many budget accommodations in this area lack windows, and this detail is often not mentioned on booking portals.  Most hotels, guest houses, and hostels in Khao San Road are noisy and uncomfortable.

Despite the positive online reviews, my worst travel experience was here, at the AT Guesthouse (now closed). The shared bathroom had no proper shower, just a cold water tap next to the toilet bowl. My private room, without a window, was so small that it fitted only a single bed, without other space. Still, at night, it was incredibly noisy because all the drunks were returning to their beds in the dormitory.  

Many backpackers pass through Khao San Road but often prioritise a cheap holiday. As a result, the neighbourhood transforms at night with bars open until late, concerts, and a souvenir market where you can try fried insects (which may not be the freshest).

Boutique hostels

Hostels are not all spartan facilities for young travellers with no money. Today, some hostels are boutique hostels located in historical buildings or modern facilities and fully equipped.

For instance,  Niras Bankoc Cultural Hostel  is a hostel in a historical building from 1869, once owned by a royal family member and now tastefully renovated. The dorms are furnished in a modern style and come with personal lockers. At the same time, each bed has electrical and USB sockets for charging mobile phones. The ground floor houses the Peyton Café, which serves breakfast and light meals.

Vivit Hostel  is another boutique hostel located in a period building that once housed the tailor’s shop of the Vivit Busagar royal house. It features private rooms and dormitories furnished in a modern style, with lockers and electrical outlets for each bed. It also has a computer work area with laundry and coffee for guests.

Vivit Hostel in Bangkok

During my stay in Bangkok, I tried out a few luxury hotels in the city. The first was the  Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok , in front of the Chao Phraya River, with a fantastic river view and boat service rental. This hotel has an infinity pool, a spa, a restaurant, and a water taxi service. I highly recommend this property to anyone planning a trip to Bangkok.

Another hotel I enjoyed staying at was the  Shanghai Mansion Bangkok , located in the Chinatown district. The hotel is designed inspired by 1930s Shanghai and is truly a unique experience. Their Chinese restaurant is one of the best I have tried, offering a variety of sophisticated dishes that are hard to find outside China.

The  Amara Bangkok Hotel  is another luxury hotel that I highly recommend. They have an infinity pool and fantastic fusion restaurants. If you want a more exclusive experience, consider upgrading to the club room, which includes daily drinks on a private terrace with panoramic views of Bangkok. I had a fantastic time staying here, especially as a solo traveller.

Infinity pool on the roof of the Amara Bangkok hotel in Thailand

Safety tips when travelling alone

Travelling alone can be a wonderful experience, but it’s essential to take a few precautions to ensure that you always stay safe, whether you’re in Bangkok or Europe. Firstly, it’s wise to check for any restrictions or limitations related to public events and the pandemic before you depart so you can stay informed about the current situation.

Another important safety tip is to avoid walking alone at night, particularly in outlying or poorly lit areas, especially if you’re a woman travelling solo. Instead, opt for official public transport with other people on board, such as buses or metros. If you take a tuk-tuk or taxi, ensure they are legit.

While I’ve never experienced any issues while travelling alone, it’s generally wise to avoid excessive partying when you’re on your own. If you want to drink and dance, joining a group of other people you’ve met in the hostel is better than clubbing alone. It is a golden rule to follow no matter where you are in the world.

Conclusion: why Bangkok is a great idea for a solo trip

Bangkok is one of the world’s most exciting and fascinating cities, where you can have a unique and unforgettable experience travelling alone. With its vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, ancient temples and bustling city markets, Bangkok has everything you could want in a city. Feel free to comment if you have already visited Bangkok alone or if this article has enticed you to have a solo travel experience.

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Thailand is the quintessential solo travel backpacker destination. Here you can make the first footprints on secluded sands , dance shoeless under a full moon and swim beneath cascading waterfalls.

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Running through Thailand’s rainforests and temples and looping around its islands and beaches is the so-called “banana pancake trail”, a well-worn, tried and tested backpacker route that has seen the sandals of thousands of independent travellers over the decades.

They’re still coming in their droves – and you’re a part of the action as soon as you strap on that backpack. Here's everything you need to know.

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Which sights shouldn't I miss?

For a frenetic introduction to Thailand, head straight to Bangkok where the neon lights and market stalls of Khao San Road still serve as the country’s main backpacker hangout . Slurp noodles, sip local beer and visit the gilded Grand Palace and Wat Pho’s giant gold reclining Buddha with your new friends. Especially on the first days, Bangkok can seem very overwhelming, so a guided tour helps to gain a first overview of the highlights .

For impressive Thai temples, head to Ayutthaya in the north, the country’s ancient capital now scattered with temples in varying stages of decay. The brooding red-brick ruins are best viewed at sunset when the golden light makes this atmospheric city a photographer’s dream. To explore the temples, consider taking a bicycle tour . It's a wonderful opportunity to explore the countryside.

If you’re after something a little more laid-back, Kanchanaburi is the spot for you. You can take a train along the famous Death Railway, built by prisoners of war during World War II, see the Bridge over the River Kwai and swim at the tumbling seven-tiered Erawan Falls. If you're pressed on time, it's also possible to visit Kanchanaburi from Bangkok on a day trip .

Check our detailed list of things not to miss in Thailand.

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Ko Pha Ngan is where the sands of Hat Rin see up to 30,000 people arrive each month for the famous full moon parties. The party starts at dusk, when thousands of lamps are lit, and continues through the night, with dancing, fire twirling and, of course, drinking.

If you want to get to know the locals, head to Chiang Mai , the jumping-off point for numerous guided multi-day treks and short walks in the country’s remote north. Here you can visit small local communities, but be mindful of concerns around tribal tourism . The north is also known for its amazing cuisine - learn how to make Pad Thai or Tom Yun on a small, organic local farm .

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A journey by tuk tuk is an essential Thai travel experience and you’re sure to use these noisy, fume-cloaked (but very fun) vehicles to get around, especially in Bangkok. Fares are the same no matter the number of passengers so team up with one or two (three is the safe maximum) other travellers to save money. Agree the fare before setting out (expect to pay 100-150 baht for short Bangkok hops) and be sure to have the right money ready on arrival.

Solo travellers can make good use of the motorcycle taxis that ply all common routes in both major towns and more off-the-beaten-track parts. These only seat one passenger and are no good if you’ve got luggage, but short journeys across town or the island can be good value (as low as 20 baht).

Thailand is a sizeable country and distances between large towns can be great (it’s 700km from Bangkok to Chiang Mai). An overnight bus or train is a good way of getting from A to B while also saving the cost of a hostel.

Bangkok tuk tuk

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The overnight trains are operated by the State Railway of Thailand and run on four useful routes out of Bangkok, including services to Ayutthaya, to Chiang Mai and to Surat Thani (a jumping off point for many of the southern islands).

Second-class berths are the best bet for solo travellers, with the communal comfortable seats converting into fully flat curtained-off beds come nightfall.

First-class cabins are set up for two so only book these if you’re happy sharing with a stranger. Bring snacks and drinks and settle in for a long journey.

Don’t fancy the long journey alone? There are plenty of internal flights, with Bangkok Airways, Air Asia, Nok Air (Thai Airways’ budget arm) and Thai Lion Air all offering daily Bangkok-Chiang Mai flights with a flight time of 1hr 15min. Flying also means not having to go back to Bangkok – trains and buses use the capital as a hub meaning you will keep ending up back there.

Eating alone in Thailand doesn’t need to mean a table for one. The best food is often found at the local night market, where mobile kitchens sell noodles, fried rice, sticky rice cakes, pancakes and fresh juices, and seating is communal and lively.


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Almost every large town will have street stalls selling noodles day and night, so you can fill up without even sitting down.

Many hostels have cafés or restaurants, where you won’t stand out as a solo diner and may even meet fellow travellers in search of dining companions. Most travellers love nothing more than discussing where they’ve been or are going over a bowl of noodles or a beer. Or if you prefer to meet others on a tour, take a foodie tour like this one in Bangkok with electric scooters to enjoy Thai delicacies and meet travellers at the same time.

If you want to meet people, sticking to the main backpacker destinations (including those listed above) is the best bet. Stay in hostels rather than hotels – choose to stay in a dorm so you’ll be sharing with other people and not holed up alone.

In Bangkok stay on or near the Khao San Road for the best chance of impromptu Singhas with your new friends – NapPark is a good choice, with its communal tamarind-shaded courtyard and TV room.

In Chiang Mai, Oon Poshtel has dorms and a sociable café on the ground floor, while Kanchanaburi’s Latima Boutique Hostel has a communal atmosphere and swimming pool.

Group activities are a great way to make friends fast. You can try everything, from day trips to Thai cookery courses. If you want an insight into Thailand through food, try a cooking class in either Bangkok or Chiang Mai .

For more of an adventure, take a zipline tour through the rainforest near Chiang Mai with Flight of the Gibbon or learn to scuba dive on Koh Phi Phi.

The Great Holy Relics Pagoda Nabhapolbhumisiri, Chiang Mai, Thailand © Shutterstock

The Great Holy Relics Pagoda Nabhapolbhumisiri, Chiang mai, Thailand © Shutterstock

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Thailand is largely safe for solo travellers of both genders – and despite the country’s prolific sex industry, women are unlikely to attract any more attention than men when travelling alone.

The standard precautions apply: don’t take unlicensed taxis and don’t go home with strangers. As long as you use your common sense, Thailand is a perfectly safe place to travel. Many hostels will also have female-only dorms.

Unfortunately drug-muggings are known to sometimes happen in Thailand. Don’t eat or drink anything a stranger gives you, especially on a train or at a full moon party. Trains and buses are ripe for petty theft so keep all your valuables with you when you travel.

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Solo travel in Bangkok, Thailand, what to see and where to go if traveling alone

Solo travel in bangkok, thailand what to see and where to go if traveling alone.

Will you soon be heading to Bangkok, Thailand as a solo traveler? Are you a little nervous about traveling alone, especially if you are a woman?

Don’t be. Not only is Bangkok one of the safest cities in the world (I am female and have been living here for 15 years with zero problems anywhere), it is also one of the most interesting.

Throw in that it is also an easy place to meet other solo travelers and, once you get to Bangkok, you will wonder why you left it so long to visit.

During any solo travel in Bangkok, there are also certain things you should do. Here is a list of things to check out during your time in this amazing city.

Khao San Road

While Khao San Road is definitely not my favorite place in Bangkok — well, I live here, it’s very tacky, quintessentially not -Thai and basically nothing more than backpacker heaven — it is a great place to get yourself acclimatized when you first arrive in Bangkok and to meet a ton of other solo travelers.

Eat cheap street food, drink Thai beer and hang out in bars and cafes on Khao San Road with other travelers who will be able to give you some excellent tips about where in Thailand to go and what to see. Find out how to get to Khao San Road here .

Stay in the area at Nap Park Hostel — which has several communal spaces that are great for getting to know other travelers. Or, if you would like to spend a little more money and have a more private experience, then ZEN Rooms offers budget hotel rooms that are clean and comfortable.

Eat Bangkok street food

Literally some of the best and cheapest food in the world, Bangkok street food is everywhere on every block, and you should eat it as much as you can. Street stalls are also wonderful for people who travel alone in Bangkok as many people eat at them solo.

At a typical street stall, you can buy a plate of Thai food (som tam, pad Thai, chicken/shrimp fried rice, noodles, chicken satay with a peanut sauce dip — you name it, they sell it) for around 40 to 60 baht ($1.25 to $1.90). The food is fresh, traditional Thai and always delicious. You can also buy a bottle of water, a Coke or a beer for just a few baht more.

What to eat at a Thai street stall will give you some ideas of dishes to look for.

Just one tip to make sure you get some of the best street food in Bangkok — choose a stall that is popular with Thais, as Thais will never eat at a street stall serving food that doesn’t taste very good.

The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

Just about my favorite spot in Bangkok when it comes to tourist destinations, the Grand Palace  is an opulent and incredibly beautiful palace and temple complex that you have to see to believe. It also includes the famous Wat Phra Kaew, or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which houses a stunningly beautiful Buddha statue carved from one enormous emerald.

Just make sure you are appropriately dressed for a temple as, if you are not, officials will make you rent clothes before they let you in.

And, if someone stops you at the gate and tells you “The Grand Palace is closed today”, it is not. It is a well-known scam from touters trying to get you to take a tuk-tuk tour to a local jewelry shop. Ignore them and head to the Grand Palace where you will see it is most definitely open.

Get there early as, after about 10.30 am, it is unbelievably crowded.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak is quite literally one of the best places you will ever visit if you love to shop, grab a cheap coffee, breath in the local sights and sounds, or hang out in a bar drinking beer and watch the crowds walk by.

This open-air market has over 15,000 stalls and sells everything from cheap clothes, DVDs and CDs, Thai handicrafts, artwork and house supplies to exotic animals and pets.

Plan to spend half of your day here as it is huge and there is so much to see. You can also stop off at a cafe to have a coffee and cool down, or at one of the market’s many cheap restaurants for a very good and dirt cheap lunch.

Bars at Chatuchak, by the way, are a wonderful place to meet fellow travelers as well as talk to some of the local Thais. There are several bars in the market that get quite busy, but the atmosphere is relaxed and chill. Just order a beer and some Thai snacks, find a table and start talking to people around you.

Here are my tips on how to survive Chatuchak Weekend Market . It is open on Friday nights and all day Saturday and Sunday till around 6-7pm.

Mahboonkrong (MBK) shopping mall

If you want to do some shopping but can’t stand another second in the heat, then head to Mahboonkrong shopping mall. Known by the locals as MBK, Mahboonkrong is one of the cheapest and largest malls in Bangkok.

MBK is a great place for someone traveling alone in Bangkok as it is easy to get to (it’s right next to the National Stadium sky train station), can keep you occupied for hours, and is full of good restaurants and coffee shops.

There is also one of the best food courts in Bangkok on one of the higher floors. A superb place for a dirt cheap lunch or dinner.

And, if you really can’t bear going back into the heat, MBK also has a bowling alley and a multi-screen movie theater — both of which are excellent.

Here are some tips for what to buy at MBK .

Take a Chao Praya ferry boat

A wonderful way to see some of the city, experience local life and get a bit of a breeze while you do it is to take a motorized ferry boat up the Chao Praya River. Boats run all day and well into the evening hours and are only 15-30 baht per trip (less than $1) depending on where you are going.

My favorite way to take a boat on the Chao Praya, and I travel alone in Bangkok all the time, is to take a ferry boat and get on and off at different stops. I then spend an hour exploring the neighborhood, taking photographs, getting a coffee, eating lunch, before I get back on another ferry boat to the next stop.

Here is what you will need to figure out the boat system . Believe me, though, it’s easy. And, if you get on a boat going in the wrong direction, just get off at the next stop and get on another one going the direction you want to go. They arrive every five minutes or so.

Asiatique is a gorgeously designed night market right on the banks of the Chao Praya River. It has a massive number of cool restaurants and cafes and more than 1,500 boutiques and shops that are housed in a faux warehouse district.

There is also a ferris wheel, a ladyboy cabaret and a Thai puppet performance, and it is a great way to spend an evening. Especially if you are traveling alone in Bangkok as the atmosphere is fun, all welcoming and packed with Thais and non-Thais alike.

You can get to Asiatique on a ferry boat from the Saphan Thaksin boat pier, right next to the Saphan Thaksin BTS sky train station.

Do be warned, though, the Saphan Thaksin BTS station is due to close sometime this year for an expansion (no news as to which date yet though). So if you are heading down to the river via the Saphan Thaksin sky train stop, you may have to get off at the previous station — Surasak — where there will likely be free shuttle buses available to Saphan Thaksin.

Remember, traveling along in Bangkok is not dangerous. Thais are friendly, helpful and love to take care of foreigners so, if you need any help, do not be afraid to ask. Many Thais do not speak much English, some speak a lot, but whoever you stop will usually smile and do their absolute best to figure out what you are saying and how you need help.

Enjoy your time as a solo traveler in Bangkok, and see as much as you can possibly see. I promise you, you will love it.

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11 tips for solo travel in Thailand

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Thailand is one of the most popular Southeast Asian countries to visit. From adventures in jungles to white sand beaches and vibrant Bangkok nights, it’s a country that is enticing to every visitor.

But is Thailand a good place for solo travel? My answer to this question is a resounding ‘YES’! Some of my best memories and experiences have been borne out of solo travel in Thailand.

I spent a couple of months on a solo adventure in Thailand – I’ve used my experience to put together my ultimate guide to solo travel in Thailand.

I understand that solo travel can be daunting, but I also believe it’s one of the most empowering things you can do. And Thailand is such a fantastic destination for it.

So, read on to learn some of my best tips for solo travel in Thailand.

Author Bio: Jessie Moore

Jessie Moore is a luxury travel expert with years of experience travelling the world to find the best destinations, hotels and adventures.

Is Thailand safe for solo female travellers?

Yes, Thailand is safe for solo female travel as much as it is for the gents. As with solo travel in any country, you need to take some precautions and keep a level head.

For some advice around travelling solo as a woman, have a read of my solo female travel tips . Stay aware but don’t forget to have fun!

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Let’s crack on with my travel tips and you’ll discover why I’m confident that Thailand is great for solo travel – for all.

1. Thailand is popular

It can be frustrating that Thailand is so popular with tourists, especially those looking for off-the-beaten-track experiences.

However, I think this popularity is what makes it good for those travelling solo. And it’s not just for backpackers – it’s a popular luxury travel destination too. 

travelling alone in bangkok

My first tip for anyone relatively new to solo travel is to visit places that are quite popular. This is because they have the tourist infrastructure to make it easier and safer for solo travellers. 

It doesn’t mean that you’re only going to find crowded beaches that sap the vibe. It just means you can benefit from being in the action without actually being trapped in a crowd.

I cover some of the best places in Thailand for solo travellers below.

2. Be polite and be kind 

Thailand isn’t nicknamed ‘The Land of Smiles’ for no good reason. Generally speaking, the people are incredibly friendly.

This means that if you act appropriately, many locals will help you as a solo traveller and this is just what you need.

Khao Sok Lake

Take time to learn a few key Thai phrases before you go, such as ‘khop khun ka’ (thank you) and ‘sawasdee ka’ (hello). 

3. Pick luxury hotels, if you can

Thailand has a reputation for its backpacker trail – true, it can be a lot of fun for younger solo travellers.

However, Thailand isn’t just for young solo backpackers; it’s great for solo luxury travel too.

The best luxury hotels in Thailand make it easy for solo travellers. From transfers to excursions, it can be a way to get the Thai experience you’re looking for.

4. Join trips, activities and excursions

As a solo traveller, I highly recommend joining organised trips, activities and excursions.

Not only does this mean that you can safely travel in an organised group to the places you want to go and the things you want to see, but you can also meet other solo travellers too.

Maya Bay Thailand

Some of my best friends have been made while sharing experiences on a solo excursion. Remember, you’re only strangers because you’ve not met yet.

And you’ve obviously got a love of travel and adventure in common! Once you’ve met, you can then head off together on less organised tours.

Some my favourite Thailand trips and excursions are as follows:

  • Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour
  • Phuket: James Bond Island Luxury Sunset Cruise
  • Phi Phi: Private Longtail Boat to Maya Bay with Snorkeling
  • From Bangkok: Ayutthaya & Ayothaya Floating Market Day Trip
  • Koh Samui: Half-Day Island Highlights Tour with Hotel Pickup
  • Krabi: Emerald Pool, Blue Pool and Tiger Cave Temple Tour

I’d also recommend choosing accommodation that organises trips and you’ll have some travel buddies in no time.

5. Understand the culture

My top tip for safe solo travelling in any country, wherever you are in the world, is to know and understand the local culture and customs.

Typically, in my experience, people run into trouble when they don’t act appropriately, or do something out of step with the local culture.

In Thailand, there are various different elements to this. For example, at religious sites and in less touristy areas, don’t expose too much skin – save your bikini for a well-populated tourist beach or around the hotel pool.

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Fundamentally, Thailand is very spiritual and there are numerous customs and cultural expectations – respect these.

I always recommend a large floaty lightweight scarf that you can whip out for covering your shoulders at religious sites like temples. 

There are other things that you may need to be aware of. For example, e-cigarettes (and thus vaping) are prohibited.

When it comes to showing respect – Buddha, the King and the law are prime areas for your attention. 

6. Be aware of the danger spots

Every country has its less desirable aspects and Thailand is no different.

This doesn’t mean that it’s dangerous for solo travellers; it just means that all travellers (solo or not) should be aware of places and people to avoid.

In Thailand, there is some gang/mafia activity on some islands. Even if you feel that you’re being ripped off, don’t argue.

These industries can be protected by the police, so it’s best to be safe and suck it up.

Unfortunately, these scams can be a concern, but chat with your hotel concierge or front desk and they will help you avoid these.

travelling alone in bangkok

Another concern, as in many places, is drink spiking with the intent of mugging. So both male and female travellers need to take care at beach parties, especially full moon parties.

Watch your drinks, keep them covered and don’t accept drinks from strangers.

The biggest concern is less sinister and is actually the roads! Hiring a scooter is fun, but if you’re new to it, I’d suggest saving it for another location.

Thai roads are utterly chaotic and I’ve seen many a tourist walking around with an arm or leg in a cast! Always make sure you’ve got excellent travel insurance.

The prolific sex industry can concern women travellers, but you won’t actually attract more attention as a solo female traveller.

7. Use regular common sense

Similarly, travelling safely often comes down to good old fashioned common sense. Remember the basics of safe travel, such as telling someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back.

Don’t take unlicensed taxis and keep valuables in the hotel’s safe or leave them at home if you can.

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8. Do what you want to do

Often as a solo traveller you may feel that you can’t do the things you really want to do. This really doesn’t need to be the case.

You don’t need a partner to enjoy the romance of a Thai sunset and you don’t need a buddy to seek out the hidden gems. 

Long Tail Boat Khao Sok

If you’d really rather avoid certain activities on your own, team up with other people to enjoy everything that you want to do.

Thailand is teeming with solo travellers and adventurers, so ask to join others or book onto a tour.

9. Travel safely

Chances are that you want to visit more than one location in Thailand and so will need to move between places. 

As a solo traveller, I highly recommend organising these transfers in advance so that you can choose the safest options, including private transfer from one hotel to another.

There are also a surprising number of internal flights in Thailand. This is a good option, particularly as you move from Bangkok to Chiang-Mai .

Bangkok China Town

If you take the sleeper train, choose first class and buy two tickets so that you have an entire lockable compartment, unless you’re happy to share.

As an individual, you can take advantage of always fitting on a motorcycle taxi for short journeys. Tuk tuks are a must for the experience too.

But again ask your hotel to organise these safely for you and barter the pricing where possible.

Top tip: Say you’ve been living in the area for a while and the tuk tuk drivers will be less likely to rip you off, as they’ll assume you’re familiar with pricing.

Ask your hotel for guidance on travel prices so you have a good idea.

10. Eat well

One of the most compelling reasons to visit Thailand is for the delicious food. Dining alone is very common, so don’t feel put off. 

In places like Bangkok, dining solo is particularly easy with an abundance of street food offerings. 

travelling alone in bangkok

However, if you want some food brought to your accommodation (and want a change to what they offer as room service), then you can use one of many food delivery apps, such as Food Panda.

Know your spice limits and don’t be afraid to ask for “tourist spicy” if you want to retain the skin on the roof of your mouth!

Book a guided street food tour in Bangkok .

11. Know where to go for the best places in Thailand for solo travellers

Bangkok is a great place for solo travellers as there is a range of tours and trips you can join to experience important sights, such as Wat Phra , Wat Pho and the Grand Palace .

You can even join tours to enjoy the night bazaars, as well as visit the bright and colourful Damnoen Saduak floating market .

Khao Sok National Park Thailand

There are also day trips to places such as Khao Yai National Park (think waterfalls, monkeys and elephants!).

It’s generally easy to hire a guide if that will make you feel more confident.

In southern Thailand you’ll find the iconic beaches of the Andaman Coast that beckon so many travellers.

On your way, make sure you stop off at Khao Sok National Park . Other places I highly recommend for solo travel in Thailand include Krabi and a trip to the Phi Phi Islands . 

Thailand offers a wealth of opportunities, experiences and adventures for solo travellers.

With a little forethought and planning, you can have a solo luxury travel experience in this incredible country that is remarkable, memorable and exactly what you are looking for. 

Planning a visit to this beautiful South East Asian country? Have a read of my Thailand travel guide .

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ULTIMATE Guide to Solo Travel in Thailand | Destinations & Tips for 2024

With a treasure trove of experiences that are equal parts natural beauty, cultural splendor, and pure, unadulterated fun, the ‘Land of Smiles’ opens its arms to solo travelers. Picture yourself sipping a Mai Thai on a golden beach, dining out at bustling night markets, and strolling through gold-clad temples that whisper centuries of ancient traditions.

Best of all? Solo travel in Thailand is relatively safe and incredibly affordable.

True, Thailand’s backpacker scene is a robust one, with plenty of destinations safe enough to travel solo, all for a super-duper low price. Traveling alone in Thailand will open you up to plenty of new experiences, people, and feelings of independence you never knew you were capable of.

After all, travel is about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, right? That said, understanding where to go and when to visit this colorful country can be overwhelming.

But worry not, that’s where I come in. Let’s get clued up on tips and tricks on how to meet other travelers, stay safe, and have the best damn time possible. Throw in a few personal recommendations for places to go and things to do, and we have ourselves the ultimate guide to traveling solo in Thailand.

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5 Things to Do in Thailand When Traveling Solo

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Backpacking in Thailand is so fashionable right now. It’s the PERFECT location for first-time solo travelers, and was my first-ever solo travel destination.

Thailand is known for its contagious smiles and adventurous spirit, often shared by the tourists who visit. There is no better way to explore the country than getting right into the thick of Thai culture and nature; and damn, is there a lot of it…

Without further ado, here are five activities worth looking into as you plan your getaway. It would be a good idea to add these to your pre-planned activities, as mentioned earlier.

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1. Learn to Cook Traditional Pad Thai in a Cooking Class

thailand cooking class

A trip to Bangkok is a total assault on the senses. May aswell assault them nicely, eh? I’m such a huge fan of Pad Thai I would practically book a flight to try the dish in its authentic form. 

One of my favorite things to do in any foreign country is to join a cooking class. Not only will you gain a new skill and meet like-minded foodies, but you’ll also be able to taste the dishes you make. There are not many other activities where you can combine culture and socializing and come out with a new skill.

At this cooking class in Silom , Bangkok you really can have your cake and eat it too!

2. Charter a Boat and go Island Hopping from Koh Samui

Island hopping is one of those activities you just can’t afford to miss out on when traveling solo in Thailand . With over 300 islands across the Gulf of Thailand, pick a few islands you want to explore and go forth. 

The beach and blue waters of Koh Samui in Thailand, Asia

And by going forth, I mean charter a private longtail boat and local skipper to guide you there. Affordable and easy to organize without booking too far in advance, there is nothing better than parking off on your own private island for the day. This really takes solo travel to the next level.

3. Explore the Ruins of the Ancient City of Sukhothai

Another ancient temple complex that was once the capital of the Kingdom of Siam (a whopping eight centuries ago), Sukhothai, is scattered with monuments and temple ruins you’ll need your comfortable shoes to explore. 

Sukhothai park

Whether you choose to visit Ayutthaya or Sukhothai is your choice, and both are easily accessible from Bangkok.

4. Trek Through the Northern Mountains of Chiang Dao

While everyone heads towards the beaches, go against the flow and travel north to the mountains near Chiang Dao for some of the best hiking in Thailand . Other than hiking through misty rainforests and summiting incredible mountains without large crowds, you can visit various local tribal villages like the Akha and Kahu villages.


Pro Thailand solo travel tip? I really recommend these treks for those interested in ethical and environmental sustainability. Many of these tour companies and organizations raise money for local health centers and schools.

5. Join a Night Tour of Bangkok via Tuk Tuk

There are night markets all over the country, but by far, the most vibrant and buzzing have to be the ones in the capital. Chatuchak is the most famous market, while the Lamai market runs only on Sunday evenings.

A great place to grab a bite, explore the local food scene, and really immerse yourself in Thai culture, I promise you will walk away with all your senses overwhelmed. Talk about a culture-shock.

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I won’t play it down; there are countless beautiful places worth making the trip to Thailand for. It doesn’t matter if you’re more of a city-slicker, a beach-lounger, or a jungle-trekker; there is a spot in Thailand with your name on it. 

Here is my list of the top five places to visit in Thailand, especially curated for solo adventurers:

One thing that makes this such a perfect city for solo travelers is that it’s super small and walkable. Easy to navigate and stacked with adventures, Chiang Rai is located in a mountainous region of the same name in Northern Thailand. From any given viewpoint, you can expect gorgeous natural beauty of rolling hills, snaking rivers, and the odd ornate temple to top it off. 

Think of it as the older sibling of Chiang Mai , a busier, bigger, and equally as worthwhile city to visit. But Chiang Rai seems to fall slightly off the radar – which also means it’s a lot more affordable – big tick!

Of all Thai locations, this town might just be home to the most beautiful temples of them all. And that is saying A LOT in a temple-studded country like this. Wat Rong Suean Ten, Wat Rong Khun, Wat Huay Pla Kang – all beautiful and unique. You’ll also want to explore the gorgeous mountains surrounding the city. How about a hike to Huay Kaew Waterfall or Khun Korn Waterfall? 

After a day in the jungle or mountains, you’ll be able to pick from countless bars and nightclubs. Yup, this city is well known for its vibrant nightlife scene – perfect for a solo traveler in Thailand!

Just a few steps from the Clock Tower and fresh produce market, Mercy Hostel is one of the best located in Chiang Rai. Relax on the large terrace or spend some social time playing a game of pool in the games room.

With a name like Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, we won’t judge you for calling it by its nickname.  Ayutthaya is a small city a short drive north of Bangkok that was the original capital of the Kingdom of Siam before it became the Thailand we know today. 

From around 1350, Ayatthuya was a bustling international trading port – a metropolis of the time, you might say – until it was destroyed by Burma in 1767. Today, the ruins of the old city are preserved in the Ayutthaya Historical Park. First on your to-do list is to explore this archeological site, featuring palaces, Buddhist temples, statues, and monasteries. You could call it the Angkor Wat of Thailand.

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

In fact, visiting the historical city might take two days out of your itinerary. Make sure to dress appropriately. That means no short skirts and shoulders covered!

Around these impressive ruins is a modern city, or town, if you will. Over fifty thousand people live and work in the region. 

Cozy, homey, and social – what more can you ask for? Early Bird Hostel Ayutthaya is your ideal base for exploring this historical region. It’s located on City Island, where you can easily walk to the major Wats, night markets, and nearby bars. 

As the capital and largest city in the country, it’s no shock Bangkok is one of the top places to visit as a solo traveler in Thailand . The bustling city is packed with high-rise skyscrapers, a boat scattered Chao Phraya River, canals, and ornate palaces and shrines. Add vibrant street life and an incredible food scene to the mix, and we have ourselves one of the most exciting cities in Southeast Asia – if not the world.

First things first, explore the city on foot or tuk-tuk, absorbing all the bright colors, lights, sounds, and smells along the way. Here, I recommend joining a food tour or a free city walking tour.

Wat Arun Bangkok

Next, take a step back in time and head to some historical sites. The Grand Palace is the official home of the King of Siam. Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan (Wat Arun for short) is a Buddhist Temple from the 17th century worth checking out. 

Not to mention, Bangkok gets a double thumbs up from solo travelers, both for its ease of getting around on public transport and its affordability.

Khao San Social Capsule Hostel is one of the cleanest and most comfortable hostels I’ve laid eyes on. There are plenty of common spaces to socialize, with regular activities and events hosted through the hostel. 

After some time in the busy city, Koh Samui is an epic place to recharge. Thailand’s second biggest island sits just off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus and is loved for its palm-tree-lined beaches, coconut groves, and tropical jungles.

Some of your best Thailand solo travel days will be spent lounging on the beach, snorkeling, diving, or enjoying boat trips to nearby islands and beaches. When the sun sets on a beautiful beach day (which is every day, might I add), head out for a bite to eat and a night on the town. Koh Samui is known for its party scene, mostly concentrated in Chaweng – the island’s party center.

Beautiful beach and reef

Sure, a place as beautiful as this has its fair share of high-end hotels and resorts, but that isn’t to say you won’t find affordable accommodation on the island.

For a taste of beachy luxury, Lub d Koh Samui Chaweng Beach is set right on the sand of Chaweng Beach (obvs). The trusted Lub d brand found elsewhere in Thailand offers a social hostel concept that perfectly blends a high-end hotel and a hostel. It’s the best of both worlds!

Falling slightly under the radar, Pattaya is a city on the mainland of Thailand, south of Bangkok. What used to be a charming fishing village is now a resort town known for its water sports, long stretches of beaches, and 24-hour night clubs.

I added this city to the list because it offers a small taste of everything. For historical beauty, explore the Phra Yai Temple and its towering golden Buddha. For sports fans, not only can you enjoy watersports from the beach, but you can also indulge in a game of golf or a hike in the nearby hills.

Pattaya Beach, Pattaya

On top of this, Pattaya also offers a never-ending loop of nightlife, beautiful beaches, classy restaurants, and affordable shops. 

While there is a bar on the property (thumbs up from those traveling solo in Thailand ), I would say that Kaen Hostel is more suitable for solo travelers who enjoy a bit of peace and quiet in between the hustle of solo traveling. I love this spot for its clean and modern interiors and close proximity to the beach, but it doesn’t hurt that it also features plenty of common areas.

Having the right apps for travel makes your life a whole lot easier. Here are some of my personal favs.

  • Hostelworld : To find hostels in every region.
  • Booking.com and Airbnb : Your go-to apps for finding hotels, bed and breakfasts, and self-catering rentals.
  • GetYourGuide and Viator : The best tour groups to find tours and experiences in the area. Check the reviews before booking anything, and try to find refundable options.
  • Couchsurfing : Connecting locals with foreigners for cheap (or even free) accommodation.
  • Tinder, Bumble, Hinge : Dating apps that can be switched to ‘friend mode’ to help you meet people in your vicinity.
  • ThaiCupid, ThaiFriendly, and ThaiFlirting: Thailand-specific dating and friend-finding apps.
  • Grab : Thailand’s equivalent to Uber.
  • Line: Thailand’s version of WhatsApp, useful for communication.
  • Thai Best Dict: A translation app that can be used offline to help you communicate in Thai.
  • Foodpanda : Thailand’s first food delivery platform. Order in at your hostel and share with friends!
  • Holafly : An e-SIM application that allows you to download a data-only SIM card without installing a physical card.

I also suggest joining relevant Facebook groups to get info about upcoming events, news, and important updates for the main cities you might visit. For example, “ Thailand Travel Advice” is an open group designed to give people tips and tricks for exploring the country.

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Onto the boring stuff. As I’ve mentioned, most solo travelers feel safe, welcomed, and comfortable traveling through Thailand. Most safety issues tend to revolve around scams. Tuk-tuk scammers might overcharge you for a ride, and pickpocketing is always a possibility. Keep your belongings close to you! I like to travel with a belt bag.

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As with any country, you’re going to want to take extra care as a solo female traveling in Thailand . When you go out at night, stick to well-lit areas and do your research to make sure you do not end up walking down any particularly dodgy streets (even the safest cities have them). 

Don’t accept drinks from strangers, always keep an eye on your drinks, and try not to get blackout drunk when you have absolutely no one to carry you home. I’m also a big fan of sharing my geo-location with a friend in Thailand and back home.


  • Stay in a hostel, and book them in advance. Hostels are the best and easiest way to meet other travelers.
  • Meet your new ‘best friend’ at Bed Friends Poshtel in Chiang Rai. Modern, clean, and just a stroll from the city center, no wonder this is one of the top places to stay in town. The Yard Hostel Bangkok is one of the best spots in the capital. With a central terrace and a multi-national guest list, you’re bound to meet people here.
  • Plan your own trip. This is one of the few times you are allowed to be totally selfish with where you go, what you do, and how much money you want to spend. Take advantage of this independence and call the shots yourself while taking template itineraries and any friend’s advice as guidelines.
  • Take the time to understand the local culture and religions. When visiting temples or holy sites, make sure you are modestly dressed to show respect for the local customs and traditions. This is something that solo female travelers in Thailand need to be particularly aware of.
  • Plan some booked adventures. Scatter these throughout your itinerary to create some structure. I always like joining a walking tour of every new city I visit, as well as checking out the local museums. In Bangkok, you can join unique tours like this midnight tuk-tuk food tour or this flower market tour .

Girls on a tuk tuk ride in Bangkok, Thailand

Oh, and I almost forgot. Last but most definitely NOT least. The most important solo travel tip…

  • Get insured. Always prepare for the worst and hope for the best. I recommend getting comprehensive travel AND medical insurance for any trip abroad. 

ALWAYS sort out your backpacker insurance before your trip. There’s plenty to choose from in that department, but a good place to start is Safety Wing .

They offer month-to-month payments, no lock-in contracts, and require absolutely no itineraries: that’s the exact kind of insurance long-term travellers and digital nomads need.

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SafetyWing is cheap, easy, and admin-free: just sign up lickety-split so you can get back to it!

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  • Join group tours . Take a guess at who else joins these tours… Spot on! It’s other solo travelers. Group tours are a good way to meet others who have similar interests to yourself. 
  • Make use of shared spaces. Coffee shops or co-working spaces for digital nomads and hostels are packed with friendly people who are usually happy to meet others. I recommend Get Hi Hostel , an absolute social hub for travelers. With a multi-national guest list, you’re bound to meet people and enjoy endless karaoke nights and family dinners.
  • Have an open mind and be willing to engage . There is no point in traveling solo if you aren’t interested in opening yourself up to new connections and relationships.
  • Join hostel-organized activities and events . Other than sharing a room with others, hostels are known for being super social because of the events that they host (it is literally in the name).
  • Volunteer. It’s always good to give back, but volunteering in Thailand is also an epic way to meet other humanitarian-minded friends.
  • Utilise social media and dating apps . Social media was designed to help us make friends. If you have no mutual connections traveling solo in Thailand, this is an epic way to meet people in your vicinity.
  • Sign up for a short-term membership . Not only will you get your daily sweat in, but you never know who will be willing to spot you on the weights.
  • Attend local cultural events. Check the calendar for local Thai events and festivals . Usually attended by a good mix of locals and tourists, this can be an easy way to meet people.

There is nothing better than heading into the unknown with nothing but a backpack, a good attitude, and an adventurous spirit. No one to guide your decisions or sway your perceptions of the world. Just your own open mind, willing to expand across the four corners of the globe.

Traveling solo in Thailand will easily be one of the best things you will do for yourself. Not only does this Southeast Asian gem offer the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation, but it’s also home to one of the world’s most colorful cultures, ancient traditions, and, let’s not forget, the food!

Of course, it’s also one of the safer countries in the region to travel solo (even as a female solo traveler in Thailand ), has a bustling backpacker scene, and well-run facilities in the odd case something does go wrong. Oh, and it’s also extremely affordable, which you’ll quickly come to appreciate when you have no travel bud to share your cabs and rooms with.

Let’s get packing, traveler friend. It’s time to write your solo travel manifesto and discover one of the best places in the world – Thailand.

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Female Solo Travel in Bangkok – What to Do?

Posted by Carolyn Boston | Nov 21, 2020 | Asia

Female Solo Travel in Bangkok – What to Do?

There's definitely a whole lot of bravery required in travelling the world solo and that's especially true if you're a female. If you would have asked me a year ago if doing female solo travel in Bangkok is safe, I would probably have said no. Bangkok, the capital of Thailand , with all its madness and chaos, you'd be forgiven to think that the city is not for the fainthearted.

But I just came back from a week-long trip to this vibrant city in Asia and I must say that I enjoyed my trip so much. There was never a moment that I felt threatened or feared for my safety during the entire time that I was there. Here are some tips for Female Solo Travel in Bangkok .

Female Solo Travel in Bangkok - Bangkok Asia temple

By now, I can confidently say that Bangkok is a great place to start your Asian journey as a solo female traveller. But of course, just like with visiting any other city in the world, it's always important to exercise precaution, especially when roaming the streets on your own. If you're wondering what to do in Bangkok as a female solo traveller, here are some tips.

Get A Prepaid Sim Card At The Airport

It's important to stay connected to your friends and family back home when travelling solo. Thus, the first thing that you need to do upon arriving at Bangkok's airport is to get yourself a prepaid sim card. I got mine from TrueMove, although I've also heard a lot of great things about AIS. Nevertheless, I'm happy with TrueMove and it only cost me 299 baht . It's already good to use for 8 days with 2.5 GB of data in it.

After you exit out of immigration and just before you get out of the airport at the arrival area, you'll easily see the kiosks where you can get the sim cards. If you can't find them, approach any airport personnel and ask where you can get the card. Simply present your passport, make a payment and give them your phone. They will install the sim and activate your number for you so you can immediately start using the Internet after they hand back your phone.

Female Solo Travel in Bangkok - Sim Card

Never Display Your Cash In Public

Although not as common as other major cities in Asia, there are still a few pickpocketers in Bangkok. Thus, wherever you go, always hide your valuables, especially your cash. Never display it in public and place it somewhere that will make it difficult for anyone to snatch it away from you. Avoid placing your wallet in your pocket, even in the front pockets.

These are easily accessible for seasoned pickpocketers. Tuck your money inside your pouch or bag. Place your cash in the mini pockets in your bag and zip it for safety. In my case, I bought a travel secret waist money belt, which looks like a regular belt but comes with a hidden zipped pocket where I stash my cash.

Female Solo Travel in Bangkok - money bag

As much as possible, avoid bringing expensive bags when walking the streets of Bangkok. There are instances where motorcycle-riding pickpocketers would snatch purses from wealthy-looking tourists walking along the busy streets. If possible, carry as few items with you when roaming the streets. Carrying fewer things also makes it easier and more comfortable for you to walk freely around the city.

Skip The Taxis And Tuk-tuks, Take The Train Instead

One of the most annoying things in Bangkok is being bombarded with a group of tuk-tuk or taxi drivers just after you exit out of a famous tourist attraction, such as the Grand Palace. Although it's fun to ride a tuk-tuk and it's a great idea to experience it when in Bangkok , it's not really the best way to get around the city.

Also, there are lots of reported incidents where unsuspecting tourists are being scammed by these notorious drivers. If you want to stay up to date on travel scams check out Nomad Girl's article on this .

Taking a Tuk Tuk is something you have to experience once. But as a way of transport, it is expensive, hot, full of smog and noisy. Also, some drivers are good scam artists.

Female Solo Travel in Bangkok - taking a tuk tuk

The best and the safest way to get around Bangkok is to take the BTS Skytrain . These trains are safe and comfortable, and they travel fast above ground, covering the entire area of Bangkok downtown. You can purchase single tickets at the station using coins or from a ticket booth, although it's more convenient to use the BTS Rabbit cards especially if you plan to stay in Bangkok for a week like me. These are stored-value cards that cost 100 baht plus a 50 baht deposit, which was given back to me when I returned the card on my last day in the city.

Wear Appropriate Clothing Especially When Visiting Temples

You are free to wear anything that makes you feel comfortable when roaming around Bangkok . However, avoid wearing very revealing clothes that will attract unwanted attention. You don't really need to wear layers or jackets. The weather in this part of the world is extremely hot and humid so choose your clothing wisely.

Wear something light and comfortable. And since you'll be walking a lot, make sure you wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes or sandals such as the Toms Zoe Sandals . It's so stylish, yet very comfortable for walking.

If you plan on visiting temples and other religious sites, make sure you are covered up. All females are required to cover their legs and shoulders when visiting any of these religious sites. Therefore, you can't wear skimpy shorts and spaghetti straps. They may allow you to get inside but you have to rent a sarong from them, which you will use to cover yourself.

Female Solo Travel in Bangkok - Bangkok Asia temple

Choose A Hotel With A Good Location

Choosing the right accommodation is extremely important for solo female travellers. It's important that the location is easily accessible and that you will not have to walk through small alleys and dark streets when going back to your place at night. A good idea is to choose a hotel that's close to one of the BTS stations. There are plenty of affordable and decent accommodations in the downtown area of Bangkok and most of them are within easy reach from the train station.

It's also important that you take time to read reviews of the hotel you plan to book. From these reviews, you'll be able to tell if such a hotel is safe for solo female travellers like you. You may also check out some of the local homestays at Airbnb and consider staying at a local home. This is a great way to learn more about Thai culture and to meet local friends as well.

Be Extra Cautious When Going Out Late At Night

Bangkok has a vibrant and exciting nightlife, especially at the Khao San Road, dubbed as the centre of the backpacking universe. This is a great place to meet and exchange travel tales with fellow travellers, mostly backpackers, who are preparing for their next destination on the backpacker trail. The street is lined with lots of hippie bars, and when nighttime comes, everyone seems to be in the party mood.

Female Solo Travel in Bangkok - Khao San road

Busy Khao San Road – Party Street and Backpackers heaven in Bangkok

If you plan on going out at night to experience the party scene at the Khao San Road, you need to be extra careful. Although Bangkok is relatively safe, given the abundance of cheap alcohol in this area, the road will be filled with lots of drunken people just before midnight comes.

Also, be careful with who you will share a drink with. There are lots of stories about unsuspecting female travellers being drugged through their drinks and later robbed in this area. It might be best to carry a Personal Alarm that comes with a night vision if you really want to go out and party at night in Bangkok.

Know Where To Go For A Relaxing Thai Massage

You can never leave Bangkok without getting a relaxing Thai massage . In fact, foot and body massages are very popular in Bangkok that you will find massage parlours in almost every corner of the city. But before you go to any of these places, it is best to do a bit of research and know what to expect.

Female Solo Travel in Bangkok - massage sign

Most of the massage places will require you to wear a set of loose clothing before they can start with their massage. Others may ask you to take all your clothes off, but if you're not comfortable with the idea, politely inform the attendant that you would prefer to have your underwear on.

Also, Thai massages will require close body contact and the therapist will massage your body using her own hands. Sometimes, they might need to press kick against your back. The experience may not be gentle and sometimes painful especially if it's your first time. So be prepared for this if you really want to experience an authentic Thai massage on your trip to Bangkok .

The list above should be enough to prepare you for your solo travel to Bangkok . Remember that these tips may not only apply in Bangkok but also in other cities you plan on visiting alone. The most important thing to remember is to use your common sense and always exercise precaution just like you would back home.

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Traveling Alone to Thailand as a Single Man: Travel Tips for Male Solo Travelers

Thailand is one of the most popular solo travel destinations for men looking for an exciting overseas adventure. With its affordability, safety, and wealth of activities, Thailand offers an amazing cultural experience unmatched anywhere else in the world. 

As a solo male traveler myself, I know that traveling to Thailand alone can seem daunting, especially if this is your first solo trip. But with proper planning and research, traveling alone to Thailand as a single man is absolutely incredible.

Throughout this article, I’ll provide essential advice on everything from choosing accommodations, budgeting, staying safe, meeting people, partying, and more! 

Traveling Alone to Thailand as a Single Man

Why Should Men Travel Alone to Thailand?

Thailand is especially suitable for solo male travelers for several reasons:

Easy to Meet Fellow Travelers

Thailand attracts solo travelers from across the globe, making it very easy to meet up with others in hostels, bars, tours, and popular attractions. Traveling alone doesn’t mean you have to be lonely in Thailand.

Lively Nightlife and Partying

Thailand is renowned for its exciting nightlife, especially in places like Bangkok, Phuket, and Pattaya. As a single guy, you can easily experience famous nightclubs, go-go bars, and Full Moon Parties.

Incredible Scenery and Activities

Thailand offers breathtaking tropical scenery from pristine islands to mountainous jungles. You can fill your days with adventures like scuba diving, jungle trekking, motorbike rides, and more.

Experience Thrilling Muay Thai Matches

Take in the exciting atmosphere of a Muay Thai (Thai boxing) match, a popular part of Thai culture. The aggressive style of fighting is thrilling to watch live.


Thailand offers amazing value for budget travelers . You can find cheap accommodations, delicious local street food, and long-distance transportation easily.

Unique Culture and Cuisine

Immerse yourself in Thailand’s distinctive culture flavored by Buddhism, fabulous food markets, and friendly locals. It’s an eye-opening experience.

So if you’re a single dude looking for a destination that’s exotic, affordable, full of adventure, and solo traveler-friendly, Thailand is calling your name!

Food at Baan Ice Iconsiam

Is Thailand Safe for Solo Male Travelers?

I’m sure safety is one of your top concerns when traveling to a new overseas destination alone. Here’s the good news – Thailand is generally very safe for solo male travelers as long as you take some common-sense precautions:

  • Avoid confrontations – don’t lose your temper or get visibly upset with locals.
  • Research common scams – Rickshaw drivers and jet ski rentals are notorious for scams.
  • Don’t drink excessively or do illegal drugs.
  • Don’t venture into dangerous areas – southern Thailand has faced civil unrest.
  • Get travel insurance with emergency medical coverage.
  • Keep valuables in a hidden money belt and only carry minimal cash.

Thailand is relatively safe, but petty theft and scams do occur, especially in the major tourist centers. Violent crime is rare, however, as Thai culture emphasizes non-confrontation. 

Use the same smart travel habits you would anywhere and you shouldn’t have any issues. Also, remember that foreigners tend to stand out, so keeping a low profile and avoiding sketchy situations is wise.

Top Destinations in Thailand for Solo Male Travelers  

Thailand offers tons of amazing destinations to explore. As a solo male traveler, I recommend spending time in these spots:

The capital city of Bangkok is many visitors’ first stop in Thailand, and for good reason. This huge, chaotic city offers historic temples like Wat Pho, world-class shopping at malls like MBK Center, and a legendary nightlife scene centered around Khao San Road.

As a solo traveler, Bangkok’s hostels make it easy to meet fellow backpackers to explore with. And a night out on the town hitting Bangkok’s bars and clubs is not to be missed! Just be wary of scams, like rigged gem tours and overpriced cocktail bars.

City view from iconsiam

Chiang Mai 

For a more laidback experience, head to Chiang Mai up in Northern Thailand. Nestled among jungle-covered mountains, Chiang Mai boasts hundreds of Buddhist temples, cooking classes, an energetic night bazaar, and plenty of adventure activities.

Solo travelers can easily meet up with others by staying at hostels and joining organized tours. Don’t miss nightly open-air food markets with tasty local dishes at low prices.

The island of Phuket off Thailand’s south coast is renowned for its gorgeous beaches, water sports, and legendary party scene. Patong Beach is the place to go in Phuket for partying, shopping, and people-watching. 

Phuket is very solo traveler-friendly – stay at youth-oriented hostels and you’ll quickly find fellow travelers to hang out with. Join boat trips to nearby islands for snorkeling and relaxing on white sand beaches.


Located only a couple of hours from Bangkok, Pattaya is loved by solo male travelers for its wild nightlife. Walking Street is filled with go-go bars, nightclubs pumping EDM, and more adult-oriented pleasures. 

During the day, you can recover at the beach or check out attractions like the Sanctuary of Truth temple. Pattaya is a bit seedier than other Thai destinations but offers an indulgent “sin city” experience.

Great Ways to Meet Other Travelers and Locals

One of the big advantages of solo travel in Thailand is the opportunity to meet amazing new people along your journey. Here are some of my favorite ways to connect with other travelers and locals:

Stay in Hostels 

Hostels make meeting people easy since you’ll be sharing dorm rooms, communal lounges, and activities. Choose hostels that offer free walking tours, bar crawls, or other social events.

Chat with roommates over a beer in the hostel bar or bond with others while making dinner in the communal kitchen. Traveling alone doesn’t mean you have to feel lonely in a Thai hostel!

Join Organized Tours and Activities

Booking a group tour or activity like Thai cooking classes, jungle trekking, or Muay Thai lessons are great ways to meet fellow travelers. Chat while taking part in the shared experience.

Ask people you meet if they want to join your table at dinner or go out for drinks later. Making friends on tours removes the awkwardness of approaching strangers.

Strike Up Conversations at Tourist Sites

Popular temples, viewpoints, and markets are full of solo travelers who also appreciate having a new friend to explore with. 

Complimenting someone’s camera or backpack and asking how long they’ve been traveling is an easy conversation starter. Suggest grabbing lunch or checking out the next site together.

Head to Bars and Nightclubs 

Befriending other solo partiers is easy when enjoying Bangkok’s famous nightlife scene. Ask to join someone’s table and get drinks together is one of the easiest ways to make friends.

Dancefloors and beach parties like Full Moon are also fun places to bond over the music and festive energy. Just use good judgment when partying.

Try Dating Apps 

Dating apps like Tinder, ThaiCupid , and ThaiFriendly connect you with local people interested in meeting foreign men. You can also try Bumble if you’re into more international people and solo female travelers.

Even if you’re not seeking romance, these apps allow you to meet locals open to grabbing dinner, showing you around, or practicing English over drinks.

3 men riding a motor bike in Thailand rural

Managing Your Budget as a Solo Dude 

Thailand offers remarkable value for budget-conscious travelers. With proper planning, you can easily adventure across Thailand on $50 USD a day:

  • Avoid overpriced tourist restaurants – eat where locals do.
  • Stay in hostel dorms instead of private hotel rooms. 
  • Use public transportation like trains, buses, and ferries to get around.
  • Join free walking tours and visit temples, parks, and markets.
  • Shop at 7-Elevens instead of pricey mini-marts. 
  • Get the best exchange rates by withdrawing Thai Baht from ATMs.
  • Buy big 1L+ bottles of water instead of smaller ones.
  • Take overnight buses and trains to save on accommodation.

Flashpackers and those seeking more comfort can enjoy Thailand at $100+ USD per day. The main thing is to watch out for tourist traps (like jet ski rentals) that massively overcharge.

With upfront planning and smart spending habits, Thailand can be experienced on any solo male traveler’s budget. 

Nightlife in Thailand: A Guide for the Solo Male Traveler

Hey there, night owl! Ready to dive into the vibrant nightlife that Thailand has to offer? Whether you’re a dance-till-dawn kind of guy or someone who prefers a chill evening with a cold drink in hand, Thailand’s got you covered. Let’s explore the ins and outs of enjoying Thai nightlife as a solo male traveler.

The Electric Energy of Full Moon Parties

If you’ve heard tales of epic beach parties that last till the sun comes up, you’re probably thinking of the famous Full Moon Parties on Koh Phangan. Imagine dancing on the soft sands, neon paint glowing on your skin, and the rhythmic beats of music filling the air. It’s an experience like no other! But a word to the wise: while these parties are a blast, it’s essential to keep your wits about you. Stay hydrated, watch your drink, and if you plan to indulge in the local ‘buckets’ (a mix of alcohol and mixers), pace yourself. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint!

Pattaya and Bangkok: Neon Lights and Night Owls

Pattaya and Bangkok are the heartbeats of Thailand’s nightlife. Walking Street in Pattaya is a sensory overload with its neon lights, live music, and an array of bars and clubs. Meanwhile, Bangkok’s Sukhumvit area offers everything from upscale rooftop bars to underground clubs.

For a unique experience, why not check out a Muay Thai fight night in Bangkok? It’s a blend of sport and entertainment, and you’ll get to witness Thailand’s national sport up close. After the match, the nearby bars and clubs are perfect for unwinding and discussing the night’s events.

Chiang Mai: A Different Vibe

Looking for something a bit more laid-back? With its cooler climate and relaxed vibe, Chiang Mai offers a different kind of nightlife. The city is known for its night bazaars where you can shop, eat, and even catch some live music. For those looking to connect with fellow travelers, the hostels and bars around the Old City are perfect. Share travel stories over a cold Chang beer and maybe even plan a day trip with your new friends!

Safety First: Tips for the Solo Male Traveler enjoying the nightlife

Navigating the nightlife alone can be thrilling, but safety should always be a priority. Here are some quick tips:

  • Stay Alert: Especially in crowded areas, keep an eye on your belongings.
  • Know Your Limits: Enjoy the local drinks, but know your limits. Overindulgence can lead to unwanted situations.
  • Local Laws: Remember, drug laws in Thailand are stringent. It’s best to steer clear and enjoy the natural highs of the music and atmosphere.
  • Getting Around: Always use reputable transportation. Whether it’s a tuk-tuk or a taxi, ensure they use the meter or agree on a price beforehand.

Thailand’s nightlife is a mesmerizing blend of sights, sounds, and experiences. Whether you’re grooving to the beats on a beach or chilling in a rooftop bar overlooking the city lights, the memories you make will be very memorable!

How to Stay Safe and Healthy in Thailand

Here are my top tips to avoid getting sick, injured, scammed, or robbed during your solo travels across Thailand:

  • Only drink bottled or filtered water.
  • Get travel insurance – it’s cheap and provides peace of mind.
  • Wear sunscreen and mosquito repellent (to avoid Dengue).
  • Never ride a motorbike without a valid license and insurance.
  • Avoid drug use and heavy drinking to keep your wits.
  • Be wary of tourist-aimed scams and theft, especially in Bangkok.
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport instead of the original.
  • Don’t pet or take selfies with wild monkeys – they bite!
  • Practice protected sex to avoid STIs and unwanted pregnancies.  
  • Wash hands frequently and stick to hot, cooked foods.

By taking basic precautions, you shouldn’t encounter any major health or safety issues. However, problems can arise anywhere, so travel insurance is a must. And listen to your intuition if a situation feels sketchy or dangerous.

Thailand is generally safe, especially in tourist areas, but petty crime does occur. Just use the same common sense you would at home and your trip will go smoothly.

Handy Packing Tips and Checklist for Solo Travel in Thailand

The key to comfortable Thailand travel is packing light, yet being prepared for different conditions. Here are my essential packing tips:

  • Versatile clothes – stick to light shirts, shorts, and pants you can mix and match. Dark colors hide stains.
  • Lightweight walking shoes – skip flip flops and pack sneakers or sandals with arch support. 
  • Small backpack – make it your day bag to carry essentials while sightseeing.
  • Microfiber towels – they pack small, dry quickly, and don’t hold odors. 
  • Earplugs and sleep mask – you’ll sleep better in noisy, bright hostels. 
  • Outlet adapter – Thailand outlets fit flat 2-pronged plugs (some hostels have universal outlets).
  • Photocopies of documents – keep your real passport secure in the hostel locker.
  • First aid kit – bandages, antiseptic cream, painkillers, antihistamines, etc.
  • Laundry sheets – scrub clothes in sinks to avoid frequent laundry costs.
  • Tiny lock-lock hostel lockers – loop easily on backpacks too.

Packing light allows you maximum mobility on your Thailand travels. Carrying valuables in a hidden money belt also lets you explore freely without worry.

Essential Thailand Travel Tips for Guys

From getting around to saving money and making friends, here are some last insider tips:

  • Pre-book overnight trains and buses to reserve a bunk. Also, plan your itinerary ahead. Walk-up tickets may sell out.
  • Use Google Maps offline – it works great even without data or WiFi.
  • Buy a cheap Thai SIM card for your unlocked phone at 7-Eleven stores. 
  • Be respectful at temples – cover your shoulders and knees, take your shoes off, and don’t point your feet at Buddha statues.
  • Carry toilet paper or tissues – some bathrooms don’t provide.
  • Treat tap water with caution – stick to bottled water, even when brushing your teeth.
  • Get some Thai Baht before arriving – airports have the worst exchange rates. 
  • Keep 6-8 photocopies of your passport’s info page. Carry one when going out.
  • Use your own judgment with new friends – some travelers party too hard or do risky things.
  • Don’t forget to research visa requirements – some nationalities get 30 days, others only 15 days visa-free.
  • Avoid confrontations and don’t lose your temper – being the “ugly foreigner” won’t end well.
  • Learn a few handy Thai phrases like greetings, thanks, and for ordering food.

Thailand truly offers an incredible cultural experience for solo male travelers ready to embrace the adventure. By following the tips in this guide, you’re guaranteed to have an epic trip where you create lifelong memories.

Just remember to travel responsibly, trust your instincts, and treat the amazing country of Thailand with the utmost respect.

Summary: Traveling Alone to Thailand as a single man

Here are the key takeaways:

  • Choose hostels for easy socializing with fellow travelers
  • Eat street food to enjoy Thailand’s flavors on a budget  
  • Join group tours and activities to meet people 
  • Avoid common scams like rigged gem tours 
  • Buy travel insurance – it’s cheap and you need the coverage
  • Carry photocopies of your passport when going out
  • Only drink bottled or filtered water to stay healthy
  • Pack light and versatile clothes in a small backpack
  • Withdraw Thai Baht from ATMs for the best rates  
  • Respect local customs, especially at temples
  • Use common sense and avoid confrontations

Thailand offers an amazing cultural immersion for solo guys ready to dive in headfirst. By preparing properly and following these tips, you are guaranteed to have the adventure of a lifetime exploring Thailand. Enjoy your trip!

FAQs: Traveling Solo to Thailand as Men

Is traveling solo in thailand more expensive than group tours.

Generally speaking, solo travel can be more cost-effective if you budget wisely. However, group tours often include accommodation, transportation, and some meals, which can be convenient.

How can I meet other solo travelers in Bangkok?

Staying in hostels or joining group activities like cooking classes or day trips are great ways to meet fellow travelers.

How has the solo travel scene in Thailand evolved in the past years?

With the rise of digital nomadism and remote work, more people are choosing Thailand as their solo travel destination. The infrastructure has also improved, making it easier for solo travelers.

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Traveling Solo In Thailand

While it’s fun to get together with friends and family for large group vacations, there’s something to be said about the pleasure of traveling solo. From choosing your own itinerary (and changing it on a whim) to not having to worry about the responsibilities of pleasing everyone, traveling alone has many benefits.

That being said, knowing where to go when traveling alone is often difficult. You want to find a destination that offers a variety of activities ; whether it’s relaxing on a beach or exploring a cave, hiking a rainforest trail, or touring an ancient temple, finding that perfect spot that’s safe, affordable, and fun can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be challenging when you visit beautiful Thailand! Thailand is one of the safest and most fascinating destinations in the world and is perfect for traveling alone or with others.

Safety First

When planning your solo  trip to Thailand, it’s normal to wonder if you will be safe by yourself. The great news is that Thailand is very safe for visitors. In fact, Thailand is such a popular destination with solo travelers, you may even meet a few friends along your journey!  

Best Places in Thailand To Visit Alone

Now that you’re ready to plan your solo vacation to the Land of Smiles, you’re probably wondering where in Thailand you should go by yourself. The truth is, anywhere in Thailand is indeed a good place for a solo journey!

Thailand is an ideal destination for solo travelers for various reasons. Firstly, there is a considerable number of tourists who travel alone in Thailand, which makes it effortless to connect with like-minded individuals and potentially find travel companions to join you on your journey.

Secondly, Thailand boasts an abundance of breathtaking locations to explore and an array of activities to engage in, which will undoubtedly keep you occupied and potentially distract you from traveling alone.

Thirdly, Thailand has an impressive and cost-effective public transportation system that includes trains, buses, ferries, and tuk-tuks, providing solo travelers with various options to navigate the country’s popular destinations.

Lastly, Thailand is an excellent option for those on a tight budget. With its reasonable prices, solo travelers can still enjoy private accommodations without having to share, making it an economical choice.

Phuket offers history and beauty, with its Big Buddha statue and many lovely beaches, including Patong Beach. Phuket even has an elephant sanctuary where you can wander around and view rescued elephants. You can even ride a jet ski or zip-line or take a Thai cooking class and learn traditional Thai recipes you can make at home! Phuket makes a lovely vacation for those traveling alone because many of its activities, such as relaxing on Patong Beach, allow for peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Furthermore, Phuket is very safe for travelers journeying alone.

Khao San Road is one of the most famous streets in Thailand, with plenty of dining, cafes, bars, shops, tattoo parlors, and street vendors. This vibrant neighborhood offers plenty to explore for solo visitors looking to experience the bustling city life of Bangkok .

Bangkok also has many temples to explore for those seeking a spiritual journey, such as Wat Arun Ratchawararam (Temple of Dawn) and Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram (The Grand Palace), and Wat Rachabophit. Wat Rachaphobit is an excellent destination for solo travelers because it is much smaller than temples like The Grand Palace, and much less crowded.

Bangkok has plenty of parks , too – like Lumphini Park, an expansive green space with a manufactured lake, or the Metro Forest Project, a newer park with a skywalk and observation tower that overlooks around 60,000 trees!

Are you looking to let loose and enjoy Thailand’s party scene? Pattaya is the perfect place. With many theatrical shows such as the famous Alcazar Cabaret Show, Pattaya is also home to the Pattaya Walking Street and Pattaya Floating Market, a waterpark and Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, for when you need a moment of relaxation.

Fascinating places to visit in Pattaya include Wat Phra Yai (Big Buddha), Khao Chi Chan’s giant Buddha engraving, or a visit to the stunning Ko Larn (Coral Island), which is accessible by a short trip (30-45 minutes) by ferry from Pattaya.

If you’re seeking tranquility in your solo adventure, Krabi town is worth a stop. Populated mainly by fishermen, Krabi boasts pristine beaches and a friendly small-town feel. For the adventurous spirit, Krabi even has rock climbing excursions, such as at the stunning Railay Beach.

For those who enjoy a physical challenge, a hike to the top of the awe-inspiring Tiger Temple, accessible by 1,000 steps that are sure to get your heart rate pumping.

Cultural activities in Krabi include a visit to Koh Klang, an island Muslim community where solo travelers can make friends with the locals. Koh Klang also has small accommodations perfect for one guest.

Khao Sok is home to Khao Sok National Park, a park bustling with wildlife and dotted with trees, rivers, and waterfalls. It is also known for its beautiful Cheow Lan Lake. This park is perfect for single travelers looking to explore nature alone or as part of a tour group.

For the animal lovers, Khao Sok Elephant Sanctuary lets you get a closer look at rescued elephants, while nature adventurers can explore caves such as Pakarang Cave (Corol Cave), hiking excursions like Kri Sorn Viewpoint or Rajjaprabha Dam, or an ATV tour at the Khao Sok ATV Adventure,

Visitors can also try their hand at Jungle Cooking, an outdoor cooking class that teaches students how to cook in the jungle!

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Chiang Rai offers the best of both worlds, with stunning temples, Buddha caves, and a fun nightlife scene. The Night Bazaar also offers plenty of souvenirs for those looking to take home some local handicrafts. Other night markets include the Saturday Night Market, a lively market with street food and live music, as well as Sankhong Happy Street and the Kad Luang Chiang Rai Market.

Best Activities For Singles In Thailand

While there are many activities you can do alone, or as a group in Thailand, some activities are better if you’re single. From the many nightclubs in Bangkok and Thailand’s resort towns to group hiking tours that let you follow an experienced guide so you’re not going alone, Thailand offers many opportunities to meet others on your visit.

Yoga Retreats

Many people come to Thailand to experience their world-class yoga and wellness retreats . Because yoga and meditation are perfectly acceptable to practice solo, a yoga retreat is the perfect way to be single in Thailand but meet others during your stay.

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Muay Thai Lessons

For those looking to push themselves to the limits physically, learning Muay Thai from the Thai masters is another excellent way to vacation solo in Thailand. You’ll not only meet locals along for the class, but you may even meet a few fellow vacationers on a solo journey to Thailand, too!

Island Cruising

An island cruise around Thailand’s many beautiful islands and beaches is an excellent way to spend the day. You’ll benefit from being in the company of others during your excursion. A boat cruise will allow you to see many sights you may not have been able to visit on your own, and it doesn’t require you to travel alone like you might have if you had rented a kayak or taken a more private mode of transportation.

A reputable and highly recommended cruise is Blue Voyage. This luxury yacht charter offers excursions by both yachts and catamarans, and provides luxury service to guests during they voyage.

Because zip lining is done safely and with guides, you never need to worry about bringing along a spotter to participate, making zip lining a fun experience for singles and groups.

If you still need to decide about planning your solo itinerary, consider taking a tour of Thailand from a reputable tour agency. These tours offer packages for singletons with private rooms and daily excursions that don’t require you to have a partner or activities that will allow you to pair up with a fellow traveler if they do.

Remember, when traveling solo, don’t hesitate to step outside your comfort zone and try something new. Whether it’s rock climbing, snorkeling, jet skiing, or zip lining, many adventures await in Thailand, and just because you’re going it alone doesn’t mean you should miss out!

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I felt super safe in Bangkok even at night. I would recommend to use bolt because it’s cheaper than grab. As a women I think it’s completely okay to travel there by yourself. The food is amazing and if you don’t know what to do you can try all the malls are huge and you can never get bored. The temples are amazing as well. I recommande Chinatown

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I found this a rather overwhelming first destination for my solo travelling venture. I would say, read up about the city first and find out what it is you want to do/focus your energy on. Even though the locals are lovely and enthusiastic about the city, you can often get roped in to booking stuff that isn't really what you're looking for. I would say I felt very safe though and not threatened in any way. I found that within seconds of me being unsure where I was going, a local would pop up out of nowhere asking where I was going but not in a creepy way. They just seem genuinely keen to help and want you to have the best time!

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it was nice, I felt very safe and comfortable! Such a nice stay would do it again, can recommend :) I stayed for 2weeks and enjoyed it a lot. Even tho I travelled solo I never felt alone or unsafe! :)

It was an amazing experience, Bangkok truly stole my heart. With its many activities, locations to visit, foods to try you’ll for sure never get bored! Even if in many warned me about the criminality in the city I never felt unsafe, of course I was careful about going around with other people at night and the neighbors I was visiting.


Despite most people saying Bangkok is overrated, busy, and dirty, I managed to find a lot of fun experiences within this massive city. While it is a bit grimy and busy, I think that may add to the appeal. I found tons of things to do in this city and I think that’s why I enjoyed it so much. Some of the best things I did in Bangkok were: - watching a pro Muay Thai match - the floating market - the night markets - a food tour of China Town - iconsiam Mall - temple hopping at the Grand Palace, Wat Pho (reclining Buddha), and Wat Arun This was my first city in Asia and I was at first intimidated but came to feel quite comfortable after finding the right hostel. I stayed at Jam Hostel near Khao San road which made me feel comfortable, safe and welcomed. They had daily activities and the women working there go out of their way to provided the best experience for guests, and always ensuring their guests are getting the best deals and not being scammed by tuktuks and tour groups. The only time I really felt “unsafe” here was walking around at night, which I guess is to be expected of any large metropolitan city - including even my home town. However, I never had any bad experiences here and I would go as far as to say I felt more safe here at night then I did in my own city of Vancouver. This city is huge and it’s quite spread out, somethings are very difficult to get to. I would recommend taking the water taxi and metro as much as possible. Avoid taxis and tuktuks where you’ll surely be scammed, instead take grab bikes which are generally cheaper and get around much faster.

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I was left alone in Bangkok for 2 days before the arrival of my best friend. I never felt unsafe. In the evening, I stayed close to the hotel, I had a plan for the day, I studied maps so as not to look lost, and I probably asked questions. People were incredibly kind and helpful.

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Safety walking alone after dark:, safety using public transport:, worries of being sexually harassed:, worries of being sexually assaulted or raped:, worries of being physically attacked:, worries of home broken and things stolen:, worries of being mugged or robbed:, worries of being kidnapped or murdered:.

Most of the time I felt safe in Bangkok, in my daily life, I travel alone to and back from work around Sukhumvit and Thonburi. The time when I felt unsafe is when taking taxi at the night, so suggest to take public transport if you can or you have to have someone going with you when taking taxi otherwise things will be very fine in Bangkok! :-)

Bangkok is safe for women to come alone. The journey is not difficult but the weather is quite hot. Popular locations for foreigners may have additional fees. If you don't want to reject it clearly. If you come alone, we don't recommend traveling at night. Even though Thailand is safe, it's better to be careful.

As a Colombian I was very used to being afraid of taking my phone out, but mostly pf walking by myself, especially because I como from a very sexist country. But living in Bangkok for almost 2 months I have never experienced an event in which I felt scared or anything like it.

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I had a great time taking a cooking course, they show you how to make curry and take you to a market. I would try to get a hotel close to a train station. My least positive experience was getting around with taxis, they don't want to use the meter which will 100% get you a better price. Better to just not take the ride till you find one that will turn on the meter.

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Bangkok is really similar to Jakarta! easy access to everywhere, you can use motorbike, taxi, bus, BTS, MRT or tuktuk. But the traffic also really bad They have wide and clean road for pedestrian, savory food beverage and snack! you must gain weight during the trip everything is relatively affordable, many places to explore like temple, malls, museum, market or cafe hopping be prepared for extra baggage because Bangkok is the place for shopping especially clothing

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I went to Grand Palace , Nonthaburi and enjoyed shopping in Bangkok.

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Just keep your wits about you..keep your valuables even closer ...you'll be fine!

Many thanks for all the replies and helpful links :)

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se... I concurr with previous posters that the most important thing is to use common sense.

Despite the country's charm, beautiful sceneries and occasional smiles from the people, keep in mind that this is a developing country. For some people, a tourist is someone that has sometimes 50 times the income they have, if not more... In some cases they have imaginary beliefs.

If you travel alone at night, try to avoid cabs and use other public transportations. Don´t show your valuables in public nor in cabs (Even cameras for example).

First time around its recommended to stick to the tourist areas and try to learn bit of the lingo before you venture in to other less known places. All it take is to know how it works which you will do sooner or later , once you are here .

But with all said and done , as I said, common sense..

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Solo Female Travel in Thailand — Is Thailand Safe?

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I’ve traveled solo in Thailand several times in the past ten years. I consider it one of the best destinations in the world for women traveling on their own, including first-time solo female travelers.

There are a number of guides out there, but they tend to be lacking in specific tips for women to stay safe while traveling. (Oh, and I SEE YOU, Rough Guides, with that post labeled “solo female guide to Thailand” in the search results that omits the word “female” once you click on the page and has exactly zero female-specific tips .)

Additionally, you might have family or loved ones who say, “It’s not safe for a woman to travel alone in Thailand!” Believe me, I know. Are they experienced Thailand travelers? If not, they’re not the right people to ask.

I’m an expert on solo female travel in Thailand. I’ve spent several months in Thailand altogether, most of the time traveling solo. I’ve traveled on a shoestring budget and in luxury; I’ve traveled to big cities, small towns, quirky islands, and national parks all over the country.

By this point, I have a strong perspective about what travel in Thailand is like for women, and I want to share the truth about Thailand solo travel with all of you.

This post was last updated in December 2019.

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Why Travel Solo to Thailand?

I always say, “First time in Asia? Go to Thailand!” It’s the perfect introduction to the continent. Asia can feel overwhelming if you’ve never been before. Even my friends who are very experienced travelers were nervous for their first trips to Asia.

And everyone who did their first trip to Thailand said something along the lines of, “I don’t know what I was worried about!”

Not only is Thailand a fantastic destination for first-time solo female travelers, I also think it’s the ideal location for a first-time trip to Asia. Here’s why:

First off, Thailand is a very easy place to travel.  There is a well-worn tourist trail and great infrastructure. If you suddenly wake up in Pai and decide you want to go to Koh Phi Phi tomorrow, go to your guesthouse desk and they will purchase the combination of bus, train, and ferry tickets that will take you directly to the island.

Isn’t that insane?! And there are travel agencies on every block that will do it for a bit less. (Side note: don’t go from Pai to Koh Phi Phi overland in one go. That’s a LONG journey. Flying from Chiang Mai to Krabi makes it infinitely easier and shorter.)

There isn’t much of a language barrier in Thailand. If you stick to the tourist trail (and the tourist trail is vast and expansive in Thailand), people speak at least a little English. Learning a few phrases like “sawatdee-ka/kap” (hello for women/men) and “kop kun ka/kap” (thank you for women/men) will be appreciated, however.

Excellent food. Even if you have no idea what Thai food is beyond pad thai , you’ll soon discover a plethora of delicious dishes. Just know that spicy is one thing, but “Thai spicy” is spicier than anything you’ve had in your life!

Thailand is easy to get to. While there aren’t direct flights to Thailand from the United States, you can find easy connections via Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Beijing, and more.

I use Skyscanner to find flights to Thailand, as they tend to have the cheapest rates.

Thailand has something for everyone. Thailand is equally fantastic for young backpackers who want to party, older couples who love history, and families with young kids. It’s a safe and welcoming destination for LGBT travelers. It’s a top culinary destination.

You can backpack Thailand for very cheap or bask in some of the best luxury resorts in Asia. Whether you’re a city person, a mountain person, or a beach person, you’ll find a place that’s perfect for you in Thailand. Solo travel is a blast here.

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Is Thailand Good for First-Time Solo Travelers?

If you’ve never traveled solo before, I think Thailand is a great place to start. Even though Asia may seem daunting, Thailand is as easy as Asia gets.

Thailand has been a popular travel destination for a long time and you’ll find tons of travel infrastructure for backpackers, mid-range travelers, and luxury travelers. Transportation is easy and the language barrier is minimal. Internet access is excellent.

Thai food will likely be familiar to you — pad Thai, green curries, tom yum soups — and this is a great opportunity to break out of your usual Thai food orders.

And because Thailand is so cheap, it’s easy to justify spending a bit more money to feel more safe and secure — like taking a taxi at night instead of the Skytrain, or spending a bit more for a hotel in a central location.

Group Tours to Thailand

If you want to go to Thailand and you’ve never traveled solo before, you may enjoy joining a tour group.

G Adventures , a tour company I’ve traveled with and recommend, offers several group tours to Thailand. Here are a few of their Thailand tours:

  • Classic Thailand: East Coast (14 days, Bangkok to Koh Tao) — A ton of variety in a two-week Thailand trip.
  • Bangkok to Chiang Mai Express (7 days, Bangkok to Chiang Mai) — A short weeklong trip with some northern highlights.
  • Thailand Hike, Bike, and Kayak (14 days from Bangkok) — An active trip all over the country, including hill tribe trekking.
  • Sailing Thailand — Phuket to Phuket (7 days from Phuket) — A week sailing the islands on the Andaman coast.
  • See all their Thailand tours here.

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Is Thailand Good for Experienced Solo Travelers?

You can have a great time in Thailand if you’re an experienced solo traveler. If you’re used to traveling in developing countries, you’ll find Thailand to be a very easy destinations.

If you’ve done a lot of solo travel, though, you probably have a lower tolerance for tourist zones. I would steer clear of touristy zones like Khao San Road and Patong in Phuket.

If you’re heading for the islands, I’d recommend avoiding the best known islands and heading to lesser-known islands like Koh Kood, Koh Mak, or Koh Kraden. Many of the better known islands are overwhelmed with tourists.

In Thailand, solo travel is very common for newbie travelers and experienced travelers. It’s up to you where you want to spend your time.

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Is Thailand Safe?

Generally speaking, Thailand is a very safe country to visit as a traveler. Violent crime against foreigners is extremely rare, and most theft can be prevented with common sense. Petty criminals tend to seek out inebriated travelers, which makes it all the more important to stay sober enough to know what you’re doing.

That doesn’t mean that nothing bad happens, ever.  There’s no 100% perfectly safe location on the planet. Even if you follow every precaution, you can still get robbed. You occasionally hear about a traveler dying in Thailand, and while these incidents are tragic, they are uncommon, just as tragedies are uncommon in your home country.

While you occasionally hear of terrorism and bombings, these tend to be in off-the-beaten-path destinations in far southern Thailand. There was one bombing at Erawan Shine in Bangkok, a busy and well-traversed area, in 2015. Again, these incidents are rare, but they happen — in Bangkok, in New York, in Paris.

Overall, traveling in Thailand as a solo woman is often as safe or safer than staying in your hometown.

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What It’s Like to Travel in Thailand as a Woman

Traveling alone as a woman in Thailand is a safe and secure experience, and I feel very comfortable there. In fact, I feel safer and more comfortable in Thailand than almost any other destination. Here’s why:

Catcalling and street harassment are nearly nonexistent. It’s almost disconcerting how pleasant it is. If any man catcalls you as you walk down the street, it will likely be a foreign visitor, not a Thai.

The closest I’ve been to being hit on by a Thai was a makeup salesman at MAC who shyly told me, “I like your eye.”

People are out all night in Thailand. You see people manning street carts even late at night. This is good because it means you’ll never be alone on the street. That in itself is huge for safety.

Thai people are incredibly kind and welcoming. Just like anywhere else in the world, 98% of people are nice and the other 2% are jerks, but I think Thai people are a lot kinder, a lot more open, and much gentler than the general population of the world.

Here are a few things to know as a woman:

Tampons and pads are readily available, but… It’s hard to find tampons with applicators. You can get them at drugstores like Boots or Tesco Lotus; otherwise, get your products at 7-Eleven. That said, I recommend you use a DivaCup instead for convenience, packing, and environmental reasons ( read why here ).

Condoms are also readily available. You can get them at 7-Eleven, including Western brands like Durex and Trojan. And in the event that you get a UTI, just head to a pharmacy and they’ll give you a prescription. Thai pharmacists often prescribe Cipro for UTIs; check with your doctor at home to see if taking it is right for you.

Women are not permitted to touch monks. Don’t sit next to them or walk next to them, either. If you give them something, put it down on the table in front of you and let them pick it up.

Many Thai toiletries have bleaching agents added to them. This even happens in products you wouldn’t expect, like deodorant. Be sure to read the labels when you buy any skin products.

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Thailand Safety Tips

“Is Thailand safe?” is the question of most solo female travelers. Like most destinations in the world, Thailand safety is all about researching in advance and having common sense. Here are some tips that I recommend:

Keep your drinks close to you. Don’t take drinks from strangers and don’t leave them out when you’re drinking them. Watch them like a hawk.

Don’t drink too much. Be in a state where you’re aware of your surroundings. I generally recommend sticking to two drinks per night.

Be cautious of bucket cocktails. These buckets are made from Sangsom (“Thai whiskey,” technically rum), Coke, and Red Bull. Each bucket is worth several drinks and the Coke and Red Bull keep you caffeinated so you don’t realize how drunk you are. These can be very dangerous and I only get one if sharing with friends.

Lock up your valuables in a portable safe in your hotel room. I lock up my valuables in my Pacsafe Travelsafe and I consider it the most important thing I pack .

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Cover up a bit. Thai women tend to cover up more than Westerners, and it’s good to blend in by dressing a bit more conservatively and not wearing short-shorts or super revealing tops or dresses. Do not wear your swimwear anywhere but the beach.

Always cover your shoulders and knees when you visit a temple.

Don’t take photos of you in front of a Buddha statue. Don’t point your feet at the Buddha, especially when sitting. These actions are disrespectful to Buddhists.

Take VIP buses and avoid backpacker buses. Travel agencies will try to send you on backpacker buses, but these sometimes have drivers who are forced to work long hours and take amphetamines to stay awake. VIP buses are what the locals take.

Do not take drugs, even if you’re a party drug enthusiast.  First, drugs in Thailand can be cut with poisonous substances that can often lead to your death.

Second, if you’re arrested while on drugs, the police have the power to do a urinalysis and use the results in a court of law.

Third, if you’re caught with drugs, some corrupt police will take your passport and demand hundreds or thousands of dollars in order to get it back.

Fourth, the penalties for drugs are extremely severe in Thailand. To see the worst case scenario, watch the movie Brokedown Palace .

Don’t be afraid of street food. Street food is life in Thailand. Go where the crowds are; it means the food is great and there’s high turnover. You may want to start with vegetarian food and slowly ease yourself into meat.

Hide your money in multiple places. Only take a small amount of cash and a debit card with you when going out. Keep the rest locked up in your room.

Get an extra debit card. You should have two debit cards to two different bank accounts. If you only have one, I recommend you get a debit card from Transferwise . Keep a few hundred dollars in your account, hide the card deep in your luggage, and use it if your primary debit card is stolen.

Don’t insult the royal family. Thai people love their king, who recently passed away, and speaking badly about the royal family can get you arrested. Always rise and stand still when the national anthem plays — even in places like movie theaters.

Protect yourself from the sun and heat. Bring sunscreen and a hat. If you plan on snorkeling or diving, use reef safe sunscreen ( Stream2Sea is a good reef safe brand). Hydrate constantly. Water is ideal, but coconuts are great for the electrolytes!

The water in Thailand is not safe to drink. For this reason, I recommend you bring a  reusable bottle  and invest in a  SteriPen water purifier  (much better and faster than tablets). Alternatively, you can bring a  LifeStraw , a bottle that purifies water as you drink it through its straw.

Taxi and tuk-tuk scams abound in Thailand, especially Bangkok. Most commonly, drivers will tell you an attraction is closed, then offer to take you on a super-cheap tour instead…and he will bring you to shops his friends own. (I once got hit with this at Wat Po: “You can’t go in, there is special ceremony right now!”)

These shop tours aren’t dangerous, but they are annoying time-wasters. If a taxi driver offers you a tour, say no.

Additionally, always ask to use the meter when riding in a taxi. Taxi drivers should always use the meter. If the driver says the meter’s not working or he doesn’t have one, it’s a scam and he’ll try to negotiate for more than what the ride should cost.

Tuk-tuks are different — you negotiate their price before your trip. If you don’t, your driver will try to charge you an inflated price upon arrival.

Finally, invest in a guidebook. Even as an expert traveler in the year 2017, I love guidebooks. They’re filled with detailed information about everything from travel times between cities to medical clinics serving foreigners.

I’m a Lonely Planet fan and I recommend Lonely Planet’s Guide to Thailand or Southeast Asia on a Shoestring if you’re visiting multiple countries in the region.


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Best Things to Do on a Thailand Solo Trip

Get massages every single day. An hourlong massage in Bangkok usually runs around 250 baht, or a little over $7. Expect to pay a bit less in rural areas and a bit more on the beach. At prices like that, you can afford to get them daily! If you’ve never had a foot massage, this is the time to get one.

Celebrate Loy Krathong. During this November holiday, locals make krathongs, or floating lanterns, and release them into the river. It’s beautiful, especially if you can make it to Chiang Mai for the Yi Peng lantern release.

Find your perfect island or beach. There are plenty of them, but my absolute favorite is Koh Lanta .

Visit Elephant Nature Park and care for rescued elephants. DO NOT RIDE AN ELEPHANT IN THAILAND, EVER. Elephant rides are animal abuse 100% of the time. Instead, visit this park that cares for rescued elephants. You can feed them, wash them, and even hug them — and unlike elephant rides, it’s not abusive at all.

Learn to ride a motorbike. Motorbiking is an adventurous way to explore the countryside! I recommend learning in the northern town of Pai, where the streets are empty and the countryside is stunning.

Shop like crazy. One of my favorite markets in the world is Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, only open on the weekends. This massive place has everything from furniture to local hipster clothing to live animals for sale! You can also get clothing tailored for a very cheap price.

Learn to dive. Koh Tao is one of the top destinations to get scuba-certified. This will be a skill you can take around the world.

Join the water fight at Songkran. Every April, Thailand erupts into a three-day water fight to celebrate the New Year. The best celebrations are in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

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Where to Go in Thailand

What are the best places in Thailand for solo female travelers? Whether you’re looking for cities or beaches, small towns or ancient monuments, there are tons of options for all kinds of solo travelers.

Bangkok is a thrilling city with more to do than you could ever fit into one vacation. The food is outstanding, the rooftop bars are insane, the people are wonderful. It’s one of my favorite cities on the planet. I wrote a detailed accommodation guide so you can find out the best place to stay.

There are a lot of people who don’t like Bangkok, but I’ve found that these people tend not to be city people in general. My suggestion? Roll with it and enjoy it.

In the north, Chiang Mai is a relaxing city full of temples with great night markets and an amazing street food scene.  Pai is a gorgeous mountain village filled with musicians and I think it’s the ideal place to learn to ride a motorbike.

If you like ancient cities, be sure to do a day trip to Ayutthaya from Bangkok, or to head further north and visit Sukhothai en route to Chiang Mai. Sukhothai in particular has surprisingly few tourists.

Thailand is famous for its islands and beaches. I will always recommend Koh Lanta first. Railay  in the Krabi region gets a lot of praise but I think it’s past its prime, sadly. If you’re looking for luxury beach resorts in Thailand, the best selection are in Phuket and Koh Samui .

If you want to dive or just chill, Koh Tao is your place. Koh Phangan is home to the infamous Full Moon Party. I’m also a big fan of chilled out  Koh Chang in That province, which is close to the Cambodian border. 

One nice off-the-beaten-path spot is Khao Sok National Park in the south. You can cruise giant lakes filled with limestone karsts , canoe down rivers, and stay in over-water cabins.

These are just a few suggestions — Thailand is full of great places to visit!

My Favorite Place in Thailand:

Adventurous Kate’s Guide to Koh Lanta, Thailand

A beach with bright blue water in Koh Phayam, Thailand.

Best Time to Travel to Thailand

Most Thailand travelers from the Northern hemisphere come to escape the winter — so Thailand is at its busiest from December through March. But what is the best time to visit Thailand?

Thailand has three official seasons: hot, cool, and wet.

Thailand’s cool season lasts from November through March. Temperatures are at their lowest, which makes this a very pleasant time to visit. It’s also the busiest time in Thailand. Most hotels have the highest rates during this time, with peak rates running from Christmas through New Year’s.

Thailand’s hot season lasts from late March through June. Temperatures are at their hottest in April and May, which makes Songkran a very welcome holiday (see more on that below).

Thailand’s wet season or monsoon season varies depending on the region. The Andaman Coast (west coast) has monsoon season roughly from June through October. The Gulf Coast (east coast) has monsoon season roughly from November through May.

Monsoon season is characterized by occasional showers throughout the day. Sometimes it’s just one brief shower per day and the rest of the day is sunny. Sometimes you have longer gray days. But the nice thing about the different monsoon seasons is that you can often go from one coast to the other and have completely different weather!

Keep in mind that weather in Thailand can vary enormously from year to year; this is just a general guide.

One other thing: every year Chiang Mai has a burning season from March 1 through April 12, when the farmers burn their fields. I strongly recommend avoiding Chiang Mai during this time. Most locals who are able to leave the area. If you do go, be sure to wear a surgical mask whenever you’re outdoors.

Personally, I love visiting the islands of the Andaman Coast in November and December. There is some rain and a Thailand trip can be a bit risky for this reason — but the streakiness of the sky leads to the most gorgeous sunsets. The sunsets are so boring by comparison in January and February.

As for holidays, there are two main Thai holidays that I think are worth planning a trip to experience: Songkran and Loy Krathong/Yi Peng.

Songkran is the Thai New Year and it takes place from April 13-15. The streets erupt in nonstop water fights for three days straight, as Thais wear Hawaiian shirts, run around with water guns and buckets, and douse everyone in their path (save monks and the elderly). Songkran is insanely fun and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done in Thailand.

I recommend experiencing Songkran in Bangkok (the best water fight zones are on Silom Road and Khao San Road) and Chiang Mai; it is a more muted experience in rural areas.

Loy Krathong usually falls in November each year. On this holiday, Thais build krathongs (water baskets) and set them alight and afloat in the water. There are usually beauty contests and other celebrations. I celebrated Loy Krathong in Koh Lanta and was welcomed wholeheartedly by the celebrating locals.

Yi Peng, a northern Thai or Lanna festival, takes place during Loy Krathong in the north. It’s characterized by its release of lanterns. Chiang Mai is home to the biggest lantern release and it’s an enormously popular event for photographers and travelers. Be sure to book far in advance, as Chiang Mai gets expensive during this fine.

Kate gets her bracelets caught on a chair on a train in Thailand.

How to Get Around Thailand Solo

Is Thailand safe to get around on your own? Yes! Thailand is a very easy country to get around. In every tourist destination there are travel agencies on what seems like every corner, and that’s in addition to the guesthouses that double as travel agencies!

Here are the different ways to get around Thailand:

How to Get Around Thailand by Plane

It’s easy to get cheap flights all over Thailand. Whether you’re looking to earn points on Thai Airways flights or looking for dirt-cheap flights on Air Asia, cheap flights will save you tons of time in traveling throughout Thailand.

Let me put it this way: an overnight bus or train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is about 12 hours. A flight is about 40 minutes and usually costs less than $50.

The cheapest flights tend to be on Skyscanner. Check rates here.

Keep in mind that not a lot of islands are flight-accessible. You may need to fly to Ranong, Phuket, or Krabi on the west coast, or Chumphong, Suratthani, or Koh Samui on the east coast, then get a ferry to your final destination. You can check various Thailand ferry schedules here.

How to Get Around Thailand by Train

Thailand has several train lines running throughout Thailand with Bangkok as the epicenter. Many of the journeys are overnight, and I highly recommend taking one overnight train in Thailand just for the experience!

Thai trains sometimes sell out in advance, especially during holidays, so I recommend booking tickets through an agency as soon as you arrive in Thailand.

On overnight trains you need to book a bunk as well. Bunks are sized for Thai bodies and I don’t recommend booking a bunk if you’re very tall or plus-sized.

If you’re traveling solo on a popular tourist line, like to Chiang Mai or Nong Khai (on the Laos border), expect a convivial party atmosphere among the travelers — at least until the bar closes!

If you’re traveling solo on a local line, like I did to Ubon Ratchathani, expect to be asked “Why you no have boyfriend?” over and over by Thai ladies, translated through their younger relatives. I was the only one not in bed by nine.

Finally, keep in mind that trains don’t go to the southern beaches. The closest a train gets is Suratthani, and from there you’ll need to take a bus to points further south.

How to Get Around Thailand by Bus

Not all Thai buses are equal. You have regular-sized buses, usually to popular destinations, and “minibuses,” which are essentially vans.

More importantly, there are cheap tourist buses, which backpackers take on long distances, and VIP buses, which are much better and safer buses.

Always ask for a VIP bus, or the local bus for Thais. Many of the cheap backpacker buses are unsafe — drivers are often hopped up on amphetamines to stay awake and the vehicles are often kept in poor condition. They are not safe travel options and I urge you not to take them.

VIP buses are pricier but nicer, usually taken by all Thais, and the proper way to travel long distances in Thailand by bus.

Minibuses are often the only option for shorter distances.

How to Get Around Thailand by Boat

If you’re traveling to islands or isolated beaches in Thailand, you’ll have to take a boat there. Ferries run regularly along popular routes.

Some destinations, like Railay, don’t have docks big enough for ferries — you must take a longtail boat (those famous small wooden boats) to shore. Keep this in mind if you have larger luggage; you’ll have to carry it through the surf.

NOTE: Please take boat safety seriously in Thailand. I survived a horrific shipwreck in Indonesia in 2011 and have since made it my mission to educate travelers of the risks of boat travel in the developing world.

This is what I tell everyone: Never take a boat at night or in bad weather. Never take any “fast ferries,” they tend to sink most often. Take a larger and/or slower ferry whenever possible. If you’re on the inside, look for the exits before you depart. Grab a life jacket and sit on it during your journey, just in case.

Adventurous Kate Gets Shipwrecked in Indonesia

How to Get Around Thailand by Car

I’ve never felt the need to rent a car in Thailand as a solo traveler, but it’s an option. It will give you the ultimate freedom to come and go as you please.

How to Get Around Thailand by Motorbike

I definitely recommend renting a motorbike during your time in Thailand! Hitting the open road all alone on a motorbike is one of my favorite pleasures as a solo traveler.

Don’t learn to ride a motorbike in a city — learn somewhere rural, like Pai or an island. Always wear a helmet.

Most motorbike rental places will want to hold onto your passport while you have the bike in your possession.

I’ve never gone on multi-day motorbike trips around Thailand, but I have in Laos . My top tip is to leave your main luggage at your guesthouse and only travel with a small backpack with the essentials. You don’t want to wield a huge backpack on a motorbike.

Traveling Within Thai Cities

When traveling locally, you can rent a motorbike or bicycle, or take taxis or tuk-tuks. Taxis should have the meter running; if they don’t have a working meter, they’re trying to scam you.

Tuk-tuks look different in every Thai city. They’re best for short journeys (especially in Bangkok, as the air pollution is awful), and you negotiate a fare in advance.

Bangkok has the Skytrain and MRT — two subway systems. There are also boats along the Chao Phraya and the canals within the city.

If you ride a motorcycle taxi in Thailand (WOW, you are a badass!), it’s expected that women ride sidesaddle. They will provide a helmet for you to wear.

In Chiang Mai, the songthaew is a popular method of transportation — it’s a red pickup truck with two rows of seats on the inside. You tell the driver where you want to go, he may pick up others along the way and the rate is 20 baht for anywhere within the city. Pay on your way out.

Kate pets a brown puppy named Monroe on a beach in Thailand.

What to Pack for a Solo Trip to Thailand

One nice thing about traveling in Thailand is that the shopping is great. There are a few exceptions, though — plus-size clothing is very difficult to find and even as a size 8, I found is extremely difficult to find underwear that fit.

Here are some important things to pack for a solo trip to Thailand:

Flip-flops or other easy-on, easy-off sandals. You’ll be constantly taking your shoes on and off. I have arch issues and can’t wear most flip-flops but I LOVE these flip-flops with arch support from The Walking Company.

A sarong. Works as a cover-up on the beach or when visiting a temple. Extremely easy to find for cheap throughout Thailand.

A Speakeasy Travel Supply scarf . These scarves are ideal for travel — they all have a hidden passport pocket and some come in light fabrics perfect for Thailand. I love these scarves ( I even designed my own! ).

A hooded sweatshirt and long pants. Some parts of the mountains get cool at night, and buses blast the AC.

A portable safe . By far the most important thing I pack — it keeps your valuables safely locked up in your room.

Either a  reusable bottle  and  SteriPen water purifier  or a  LifeStraw . The water isn’t safe to drink in Thailand as is, but you can drink it safely with either of these methods. This keeps you from buying bottled water and contributing to Thailand’s horrible waste epidemic.

A Divacup , if you menstruate. Another way to avoid buying pads and tampons and ultimately creating more waste in Thailand.

Reef safe sunscreen. Even if you’re not planning on diving or snorkeling, most of Thailand’s beaches are close to reefs.

A bowl of Khao soi noodle soup topped with wontons in Chiang Mai.

Eating Alone in Thailand

Eating alone may seem scary, but it’s a perfectly normal way to eat in Thailand! Nobody will look at you strangely for eating alone.

Most travelers in Thailand tend to order the same familiar dishes over and over — green curry, pad Thai, tom yum, spring rolls, sticky rice with mango. Try to try new dishes each day. I love eating soup for breakfast in Thailand!

Street food is a way of life in Thailand. Most street carts specialize in one dish and if it’s a busy place, you know it’s good! Fruit shakes are ubiquitous and delicious, but keep in mind they often contain a lot of sugar.

If you’re vegetarian or vegan, Thailand will be paradise for you. You can easily eat gluten-free in Thailand — be sure to bring the most extensive gluten-free cards for eating in Thailand , created by my friend Jodi, a expert on navigating Thailand as a celiac.

Keep in mind that Thais love their food VERY spicy. Thai chefs are used to foreign palates and can prepare non-spicy or medium spicy food, but if they say “Thai spicy?” be prepared for the spiciest food of your life.

If you’re eager to experience fine dining in Thailand, consider Bo.lan , Paste , or nahm , all in Bangkok. Make reservations early!

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How to Meet People in Thailand

I’ve met so many friends while traveling solo in Thailand. If you’re backpacking or traveling on a budget, it’s very easy to make friends; if you’re not, it requires more of an effort but can still be done.

Stay in social hostels and guesthouses. Read through the reviews of hostels and guesthouses (and keep in mind that many Thai hostels have private rooms!) and spend time in the common areas.

Check out local meetups via Meetup.com .  Whether you’re into travel, running, movies, board games, or just want to meet a group of nice people, there’s a Meetup for that.

Couchsurfing.  The Couchsurfing Thailand community isn’t just for free accommodation, it’s also for socializing. The local Couchsurfers often put on events and meetups in a variety of cities.

Join local tours and events. Taking a cooking class or visiting Elephant Nature Park or doing a day trip to a few different islands is a great way to meet other travelers in Thailand! Once the day is over, ask them if they feel like getting a drink or dinner.

Join the local party scene. If you’re up for party friends, join a local pub crawl tour or head to a popular bar in town.

Put out feelers on social media.  You never know — often a friend of yours will have a cousin or friend in Thailand at the same time as you.

Tinder.  If you’re looking to date or hook up, you’ll have a lot of options at your fingertips.

How to Travel Solo to a Party Destination

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Travel Insurance for Thailand

One last note — it’s absolutely vital to have travel insurance before traveling to Thailand. If you get sick or injured on your trip, or even have to be flown home, travel insurance will protect you from financial ruin. I use and recommend World Nomads for trips to Thailand.

I once had a medical issue crop up while in Bangkok and I had to see a doctor. I went to Bumrungrad Hospital (which is excellent, FYI — far better than any American hospital I’ve ever visited), got an examination and an ultrasound, got documentation, and my expenses were reimbursed by World Nomads.

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If you’re a woman, you will feel safe in Thailand.

People often ask me where the safest place for a woman to travel is.  If I were considering safety alone, I would probably put Iceland and Japan at the top of the list. But right after that would be Southeast Asia, and Thailand specifically.

If you’re nervous about your trip to Thailand, don’t be. Plan carefully, do your research, and then go and have the time of your life!

Where to Stay in Bangkok: Best Neighborhoods and Accommodation

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This is how you visit Bangkok on a budget

Joe Cummings

Apr 20, 2024 • 7 min read

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Bangkok's excellent street food and markets are a great way to eat well on a budget © Witthaya Prasongsin / Getty Images

Bangkok has an enduring allure to global visitors that never seems to get old or go out of style – it continues to fight for its spot on lists of the world's most visited cities.

From hallowed monasteries to all-night techno clubs, street noodles to Michelin-starred tasting menus, and lush public parks to gritty urban train loops, Thailand's capital will leave you dizzy with options and a never-ending list of reasons to return.

That admirable versatility creates an extreme range of costs, reflecting differing income levels and social strata amongst both locals and international visitors. The City of Angels can be a gift to budget travelers if you know where to cut corners but costs can quickly spiral if you go off script. Here are all the insider tips you need to ensure your trip to Bangkok doesn't break the bank.

Daily Costs in Bangkok

  • Hostel dorm bed: 250-400B
  • Basic room for two: 800-1500B
  • Self-catering apartment (including Airbnb): 800-2500B
  • MRT subway ticket: 15-40B
  • City bus: 8-25B
  • Canal boat: 8-20B
  • Motorcycle taxi: 15-100B
  • Car taxi: 45-200B
  • Coffee: 30-120B
  • Local Thai dinner of four dishes for two: 350-500B
  • Bottle of domestic beer in a shop: 41-55B
  • Bottle of domestic/imported beer at a bar or restaurant: 150-250B/200-270B
  • Glass of wine in a bar or restaurant: 150-300B

Average daily cost: 1800-2800B

 Man wearing a backpack looking at a map on a busy street in Bangkok

Time your visit well

For maximum savings, avoid travel during peak season if at all possible. High season in Bangkok extends from mid-November to early March, when hotels, hostels and guesthouses enjoy high occupancy and charge full rates. It gets even more expensive the week before Christmas through the week after New Year's – some accommodation providers add temporary surcharges of 25 to 35 percent to their peak season rates.

Room rates tend to run significantly lower at other times of the year, with the best deals typically offered in June, July, September and October. Find out more about big events in Bangkok and what you can expect each season in our insider guide to the best times to visit .

Choose local budget airlines

Two airlines based in Thailand – Nok Air and Thai AirAsia – almost always offer lower domestic fares than those posted by national carrier Thai Airways and boutique-marketed Bangkok Airways. It also pays to travel lightly – eligible carry-ons can be taken aboard for free, while checked luggage costs 300B and up for 15kg (Thai AirAsia) or 20 kg (Nok Air). If you can't resist traveling without your home comforts, book your checked baggage in advance to save cash. Start planning early to nab the cheapest fares and choose off-season bargains to save big and stretch your budget.

Opt for a cold beer over cocktails

Wine and spirits, whether imported or produced in Thailand, are subject to high taxes – as much as 400% for imported wine. Just one bottle of wine can double or triple your restaurant tab – a night out in Bangkok that focuses on cocktails and cabernet can often cost the same as one in a European or US city. Beer, which is subject to a much lower tax rate, will bring your restaurant and bar bills down to more affordable levels.

Domestic beers such as Singha, Chang and Leo cost about 30-40% less than imported beers. International brands that are brewed in Thailand under license, such as Heineken San Miguel and Tiger, are priced in between domestic and imported beers. Thai craft beers, including such well-known brands as Chalawan, Chatri and Busaba, aren’t actually brewed in Thailand but in neighboring countries Cambodia and Vietnam, as well as in Australia; they tend to be priced similarly to imported beers.

Asian family enjoy eating food on street food restaurant with crowd of people at Yaowarat road, Bangkok

Eat like a local

The dining scene in Bangkok has exploded over the last decade. Enterprising chefs from all over the world, along with practically every global culinary franchise, have moved in with a vengeance. At last count the city boasted 30 Michelin-starred chefs, elevating Bangkok to world-class levels for fine dining. Although these tasty delights are wonderful for a big occasional blowout, they're not a nightly option for those visiting on a budget.

Luckily, Bangkok is known for its incredible street food culture and the streets are where you'll find the best bargains. It’s also where you’ll find the most authentically Thai and Thai-Chinese cuisine, arguably representing the real heart and soul of the city. Bangkok street food includes not only umbrella-shaded carts parked at the edge of the road or on footpaths but also one-room eateries in modest shophouses throughout the city.

You'll find the pick of such culinary gems in Talat Noi, Chinatown, Suan Phlu, Phra Nakhon and Banglamphu and also in lesser numbers sprinkled about every precinct of the city. Multiple-course, family-style meals are very affordable; for tighter budgets, stick to one-plate dishes where rice is included in the order.

Embrace public transport

Taxi fares are relatively low compared to many other major global cities, but they can still eat up your daily budget quickly. The BTS Skytrain and MRT subway lines are much better budget options than taxis and you won't waste time sitting in traffic jams. The networks are quite extensive and you can reach just about any corner of the city using one or the other.

Travel cards are available for both modes of transport, but there are no discounts available and you’ll have to pay a deposit for the card. For short visits, it’s better to buy separate tickets at the station. MRT offers a 50% discount for seniors (over 60 years of age) for all fares, and you don’t have to be a Thai citizen to take advantage of the discount – just show your passport at the ticket window. A 50% discount is also available on MRT for children who are under 120cm (3.9ft) tall and aged under 14. BTS doesn’t offer senior or child fares for foreigners.

City bus fares are even cheaper than rail or subway fares, but the huge network (with over 500 separate routes) is complicated and the buses tend to be slow and relatively uncomfortable. Canal boat lines are similarly cheap but much easier to figure out. Boats run frequently in daylight hours along Khlong Saen Saep across the city from west to east, and they’re especially useful for passengers visiting attractions along the lengthy Sukhumvit Road. Hop on a motorcycle taxi from the canal jetties to get there quickly.

The Chao Phraya River Express line operates passenger boats up and down the Chao Phraya River, stopping at piers on both sides along the way for fares of between 14 to 33B. There's also a Chao Phraya Tourist Boat hop-on-hop-off service that departs every 30 minutes from 11 piers between Sathorn Pier and Phra Arthit Pier. A ticket costs 150B and includes unlimited stops along the route for one day, running from Sathorn to Phra Arthit between 9am and 7:15pm and from Phra Arthit to Sathorn between 8am and 6:30pm.

A young woman holding a map and smiling on a busy street in Bangkok, Thailand

Stay outside the tourist hub

Generally speaking, restaurants and accommodations along or near Sukhumvit Rd from Soi 1 and as far east as Soi 65 tend to be more expensive than elsewhere in the city. The concentration of bars, nightclubs, restaurants, speakeasies, and massage shops in this district is significantly higher here than in any other area in Bangkok but you'll pay for the privilege.

Go beyond the tourist hub to find bargains in Talat Noi, Chinatown and Phra Nakhon (sometimes referred to as Old Town), three contiguous neighborhoods extending from Charoen Krung Rd parallel to the Chao Phraya River and then north to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. Amidst the most historic buildings and temples in the city, there are dozens of budget hostels and guesthouses, along with small eateries and street vendors offering some of the best and most authentic Thai and Chinese cooking in the city. All for less than half the price you'd pay around Sukhumvit Rd.

The districts around Sathon and Silom Rds are a little more expensive than their Old Town neighbors but tend to be more colorful, culturally engaging and affordable than the Sukhumvit area. Towards the north end of the city, the Ari neighborhood is similarly mid-level when it comes to budget but has a more authentic Thai community vibe.

Save on sightseeing with a GetYourGuide City Card

GetYourGuide City Cards offer an all-inclusive pass good for 30+ attractions for two to five days, starting from 4500B. The card includes walking and bike tours, river cruises, cooking classes, massages, pub crawls, and a few museum entries, but not temple entry fees. Make a shortlist of your must-visit highlights to ensure you get maximum bang for your baht before booking. Why not start with our favorite 17 things to do in Bangkok ?

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23 Helpful Tips for Traveling to Thailand with Kids

W e already knew a lot about travel in Thailand, having previously lived in Bangkok teaching English and visiting multiple times on holidays.

It’s a country that we know well, and have found it to be an easy place to travel to whether you’re alone, or as a family.

We thought we knew what to expect when travelling to Thailand with kids and felt prepared for the adventure, but that was until we got there and realized there were a few things we could have done to make it a bit easier.

Thailand is one of our favorite destinations in Southeast Asia , and so we want you and your family to fall in love with it the same way we did.

To help you out, and to make your trip run a little smoother, we’ve listed our top tips for traveling Thailand with kids so you can know what to expect and can plan ahead.

1. Get organized and plan ahead

2. get a direct flight to thailand, 3. time it so you arrive in thailand for your children’s bedtime or before, 4. make your first day in thailand a relaxing day with the kids, 5. if you can, save visiting bangkok until the end of your trip, 6. allow for several days before your children adjust, 7. only do one big activity a day in thailand with the kids, 8. if you have a toddler, take an umbrella stroller, 9. if flying out of the old don mueang airport, save money for a taxi, 10. for toddlers, make sure you check your hotel room has baby cots, 11. visit one or two cities in thailand with kids, 12. pack homely comforts, 13. know it’s rare to find a seat belt, let alone a baby car seat in thailand, 14. ease them into thai cuisine, 15. keep your children hydrated with plenty of water, 16. duck into places with a/c often, 17. stay at family-friendly resorts with entertainment, 18. have lazy beach or pool days or mornings / afternoons, 19. involve your children in activities they will enjoy, 20. be prepared for your children to be adored by the thai people, 21. don’t go to too many temples, 22. be mindful of elephant sanctuaries, 23. there’s no shame in going to a theme park, best time to visit thailand with kids, family travel planning toolkit, thailand travel with kids videos:, where to book thailand tours, more travel tips for thailand, save on pinterest:, tips for traveling to thailand with kids.

Below you will find our top tips for traveling with kids in Thailand to help you plan a trip to Thailand with kids with ease. Some of these tips will require you to plan ahead, so my first tip for you is…

I highly recommend you book flights, accommodation and key tours you want to do beforehand. Not only does this save you money but it also means you will have more options available to you.

Not every hotel has a family room, and the good vacation rentals get booked up well in advance thanks to the boom of digital nomads.

If you want a good place to stay, and you want to ensure you are booked on tours, you need to plan ahead these days.

It also helps your kids prepare for the trip too. Knowing what’s going to happen can ease their anxiety and help them settle into this new experience in Thailand.

We flew from Sydney via Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia (4-hour wait) and it was too long a journey for the girls and an unnecessary extra leg of travel each way.

Airports tend to be a stressful environment for kids if they are waiting around for too long. Most of airports don’t offer much in the way of entertainment, and there’s only so many toys you can pack with you.

Sorry Air Asia, but I think our “long haul” relationship with you is over. Yes, you were cheaper, BUT next time we will fly direct and pay the little bit extra to avoid the airport meltdowns.

You can find cheap deals on flights by searching on SkyScanner. Read more of our tips for finding cheap flights.

We FINALLY checked in to our hotel in Bangkok at 2.00 am (Australian time). This was a little too much for the girls to handle and they were exhausted by the time we arrived.

With a little foresight, we should have timed it so they had time to unwind in the hotel before going to bed.

It also helps if they can sleep on the plane.

Going to the crowded Grand Palace the morning after an extremely long day of travel and tiring flight was the cause of a meltdown in the most important temple in Bangkok.

The first day you will all be tired, not just the kids. Don’t rush straight into the itinerary and have an easy day into adventuring.

Use the first day as an orientation day. Go for a walk, try some local Thai food, and relax. You might also need to get used to the tropical climate!

Most tourists tend to fly to Bangkok start the trip there. But you can also find direct flights to Phuket, which is a much more relaxing environment than Bangkok .

If you can, save Bangkok to the end when the kids have adjusted to Thai culture.

Bangkok can be a little too crazy for a young, fresh-to-the-country mind to absorb first up. Plus, you won’t have to carry all your “shopping purchases” around with you.

It’s also hot and humid in Bangkok, so you’ll find it easier if your kids have got used to the weather before spending a day exploring Bangkok’s attractions .

One of the best parts of travel is experiencing new cultures, weather, and experiences.

But for kids, it takes time for them to get used to the new time, temperature and culture.

Don’t stress if they are still not used to it by the third or fourth day. Allow them at least a week to settle in.

The easiest way to tire your kids out and cause a tantrum is to pack too much into your day. Don’t try to visit too many attractions in one day, pick one big one to visit and make it in the morning while they are fresh.

Relax more in the afternoon, play by the pool or go to a play park. Try to incorporate some of your “normal life” into your trip too so they don’t feel too much outside their comfort zone.

They will be lighter and easier to move around the crazy, uneven streets. They will also offer protection from the hot Thailand sun.

There are two airports in Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi airport (BKK) which is the main international one, and Don Mueang airport.

If you are flying into Suvarnabhumi then you don’t need to worry, there is a fast and easy to use Skyrail direct to the city, plus several buses.

But if you fly to Don Mueang, then save for a taxi to and from the airport in Bangkok into Siam because the public transport is long and a hassle. It is worth the spend.

You have to get the shuttle bus from the airport to Chit Lom sky train station, and then into the city, and then figure out where your hotel is.

Not all sky train stations have escalators, and don’t connect to every part of the city. If it’s a scorching hot day, or raining, it can be tiring with your kiddies and all your luggage climbing stairs.

For the rest of your time in Bangkok, the Skytrain (BTS) is awesome! Also kids love riding around in tuk-tuks. They are expensive but would be a fun first day activity.

Read more: A guide for getting around Bangkok

These are not always available in Thailand, so unless you co-sleep, be sure to request a rollaway crib beforehand.

It is not common and you don’t want to be chasing a toddler around the room at 4 am.

Read more: tips for travelling with toddlers

Moving around a lot is too taxing for your children and you. I recommend you visit just one or two cities, and don’t try to pack in a full Thailand itinerary.

Kids cannot travel like backpackers, they need time to adjust and every time you take long-haul transport you can expect it to tire them out.

Pick a couple of places you want to visit, and stay for at least 5 days before moving on to somewhere else.

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Most baby essentials are easy to find across the country, but if you or your child is fussy to a certain brand then pack enough supplies.

Having a few things from home that your child associates with home can help them feel at ease.

It can be as simple as a few snacks that they like, to their favorite toy or blanket, or even a familiar brand of soap.

It’s a simple trick to ease their anxiety.

Be prepared to wrestle your toddler the whole trip, or bring your own car seat if you are that concerned (not sure how you will go hooking it up though!).

If you are travelling in a van or a bus, you may be lucky enough to have enough space to pop in your pram with your baby strapped inside (what we did).

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You’ll be able to find Western food easily enough, but if you want your child’s taste buds to explore then we recommend Pad Thai or Pad See Ew as an easy way to start.

Other foods might be a little too spicy for your child’s stomach. You can ask for a dish to be not too spicy ( nid noi ) which means little bit in Thai.

Read more : 10 must-visit Places to eat street food in Bangkok and Thai cooking class in Phuket with kids

7/11 stores are EVERYWHERE and you can buy bottled water for cheap.

Fresh coconuts, if they like the flavour, is great for hydration (and cheap too compared to here in Australia).

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Shopping malls, 7/11 stores or even Starbucks are a great place to go for a little A/C cool down.

This can really help your child readjust to the heat and give them a break. Hot children can turn into cranky ones fast.

If you are staying in a resort hotel , they often have babysitting and kids club services. And the Thai’s are GREAT with kids. Use it once or twice for a break.

It’s not just your kids holiday, but yours too, so take some time for yourself.

This is another easy way for your kids to relax and have fun.

If you plan to visit Phuket, you’ll find many white sand beaches for them to play on, or if you visit Koh Samui or Koh Phangan, many of the beaches there have shallow water that’s ideal for kids to paddle in.

Most beaches in Thailand have entertainment options – mostly kayaks and canoes for rent, or snorkel gear to go snorkelling. Some may even have inflatable toys or obstacle courses (Koh Samui is known for having these).

You can even take them to some waterfalls for an alternate break from the beach.

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There are plenty of fun things for kids to do. Kalyra loved doing the Thai cooking class with me and she was fascinated learning about preparing coconut and rice, and of course drinking Thai condensed milk tea and coconut milk sweets.

She also loved getting her hair braided.

Thai people are so friendly and love children, so be prepared for your kids to receive a lot of attention. You will find the locals will want to pick them up, cuddle them, photos taken with them, and playing games with them.

This was actually a really great way for mom and dad to relax. It was like free babysitting and allows you a moment to breathe!

There are many buddhist temples in Thailand that are world famous, such as the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai, Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, or Wat Pho in Bangkok, home to the famous reclining buddha.

But temples are not exactly exciting for kids. They might be tired after one or two.

Our kids love wildlife and so we always try to fit in some time to see the animals when we travel, but be mindful that in Thailand not all animal tourism is ethical tourism.

If you plan to visit elephant sanctuaries, do some research into an ethical one and make sure it’s safe for kids.

Some of the ones in Chiang Mai allow you to feed, bathe and play with the elephants, which gives me anxiety thinking about my little ones standing next to one of these huge giants.

You may find it better to do a wildlife safari or jungle walk in Khao Sok National Park instead, where you can observe but don’t get too close.

You might be thinking that you’re in Thailand, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and known for its incredible nature and unique culture, why spend it in an amusement park?

Thailand has a lot of great theme parks and amusement parks, and kids love them.

Dream World in Bangkok is a great theme park for kids and you could easily spend a full day there.

Thailand is warm and sunny all year round, which makes it a popular destination for travelers.

But if your kids are not used to the heat, then a good time to visit would be in November, December or January.

This is high season in Thailand and is when there is the most amount of tourists, so while it has the coolest and most comfortable weather, it also has the crowds, so book in advance.

March, April and May are not great times to travel with kids as they are the hottest months of the year. It’s also when the farmers are burning their fields in the north which brings pollution across the whole country.

June to September (sometimes into October) is the rainy season. It won’t rain all day, but it will probably rain every day, which can make planning your activities difficult.

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When it comes to saving money and stress when traveling, you may want to plan ahead and book tours.

Get Your Guide is a place where you can find many Thailand tours and attractions tickets , which are operated by local tour operators and businesses.

They have no booking fees or hidden charges and are perfect for family travelers wanting to be organized.

You can pre-book tickets and  skip the line at top attractions  and cancel up to 24 hours before if you change your mind.

Some best-selling tours are below:

Need more inspiration for your trip to Thailand? Check out these other guides…

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  • Complete Guide to the Grand Palace, Bangkok
  • 8 Unmissable Things To Do In Chinatown Bangkok (A Complete Guide)
  • 10 Must-Visit Places to Try Thai Street Food in Bangkok
  • 13 Places To Visit in Bangkok that offer Serenity

Have you visited Thailand with kids? What tips can you share? Let us know in the comments.

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