Hi all this i my first time on here and i will be going travelling for the first time this august. Im arriving in bangkok on the 18th aug 06 and i am thinking of booking a tour for the fist few weeks i am here. I fly into bangkok and out of singapore to melbourne four weeks later. The tours appeal because i will be travelling alone, does anyone have any information from tours they have been on or how easy it is to get around on your own, any help would help alot
#1 mooreo123 has been a member since 14/4/2006. Posts: 1
Welcome to Travelfish!
Thailand is a really easy country to travel on your own in -- if anything you won't be on your own for very long as there's no shortage of other travellers making there way around the country.
Doing a tour for a couple of weeks may work for some, but to be honest, Thailand really is so easy to get around, that I'd hesitate to recommend doing one if your only concern is travelling alone. If you had very limited time and wanted to see a lot, then a tour is worth considering, but otherwise... I'd lean towards doing it solo -- you may be surprised just how many people you'll meet!
I agree with Somtam that Thailand is a pretty easy place to navigate, and that making the trip by yourself should be more fun and affordable than booking a tour. It will also give you the flexibility to go where you like when you like.
You can always begin your trip in a backpacker-intensive place like the Khao San Road area. That will give you lots of opportunity to meet other travellers, and collect information on where you might want to go, stay, etc. You can also have a look at a travel companions website like TravelChums to see if there is anyone else with similar plans who you think you might enjoy as a travel partner.
I've done tours before in places like Turkey and Australia and had very good luck. But I suspect that in a place like Thailand, most backpackers prefer independent travel. If you were a little bit older (like me), or particularly well-heeled (definitely not me), a tour might make sense. Otherwise, I think you'll be better off at least starting out on your own. Cheers.