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First time solo traveler (getting nervous!)

  • denisey123

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    Hi all,

    Im a 23 year old female travelling to bangkok in april alone and have absolutely no plan. I have 5 months to travel thailand, laos, cambodia, vietnam or anywhere else the wind can take me! If anyone could give me some tips on where to stay when I land in Bangkok and the best route to take thereafter it would be much appreciated. I have never been to se asia before so the nerves are kicking in now!

    Thanks :-)

    #1 Posted: 27/3/2014 - 15:31

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  • LeonardCohe-
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    Where to stay? Depends on budget. See booking.com for ideas.

    Where to go? Depends what u like.

    No best route.

    Buy a guidebook.or read sites like this.

    Surely u can do a bit of reading.

    Sea gets plenty of tourists and travel.is so easy. No need to worry.

    #2 Posted: 27/3/2014 - 18:04

  • Saphir

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    Don't be nervous. Be careful. Be polite. I have travelled mostly solo from when I was in my twenties to now in my fifties. There are so many resources available to you now to research your planning. There are many budget hotels/hostels in SEA. You can book them through an agency such as the one already mentioned, or contact the establishment directly.

    I would include Malaysia if I were you. But I'm not.

    #3 Posted: 28/3/2014 - 01:10

  • amnicoll

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    I agree with leonard above you must do some homework and then draw up a rough plan BUT stay flexible. Sort out "must sees" and be prepared to miss out on the final country

    The hardest part of your trip will be when you land so sort out and book somewhere to stay if arriving afternoon evening or if in morning head to Khao san Road and find somewhere for the first night and splash out on a taxi from the airport

    #4 Posted: 28/3/2014 - 06:50

  • amnicoll

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    I agree with leonard above you must do some homework and then draw up a rough plan BUT stay flexible. Sort out "must sees" and be prepared to miss out on the final country

    The hardest part of your trip will be when you land so sort out and book somewhere to stay if arriving afternoon evening or if in morning head to Khao san Road and find somewhere for the first night and splash out on a taxi from the airport

    #5 Posted: 28/3/2014 - 06:50

  • Twerto

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    You will be nervous to begin with but after a day or two of acclimatising to the changes such as traffic and sheer heat you will realise that you are just in another place in the world and people are generally the same as home, follow the same rules as you would at home, ie be polite, courteous and avoid random strangers that come up and talk to you. 99% of locals will just be getting on with their day but there is that 1% that are trying to get you to part with you money by trying to sell you something. Simple rule is, if anyone comes up to you avoid them.. I will never forget the time i was stood at a random road crossing in Bangkok waiting to cross and this nice little old lady came up and started general chit chat with me.. amazed at how good her english was the next thing i knew I was in a tuk tuk heading to a tourist agent. thankfully i woke up before entering the tourist agents but i quickly learnt to keep my wits about me.

    As to where to go that is very much a personal choice, read up on things that interest you and build a rough itinerary give yourself a week in each place as a guide and then be flexible enough to stay longer or leave early depending on how you feel when you get their. I used Agoda.com for booking hotels the day before moving onto the next place. rarely had to pay more than £20 a night between the two of us and im sure if your not looking for a hotel with pool and aircon every night you will find a lot cheaper than that.

    we generally traveled by bus and plane but if you find yourself in a small group then taxi's can become plausible. we got a taxi from Seam Reap to Bangkok ( had to change at the boarder) equivalent as drivign from Manchester to London for £20 each which worked out at £6 more than a bus and you could stop where ever you wanted on the route.

    Sorry ended up waffling there, key thing is to just stop catch your breath when you get to a new place and don't be pushed into anything your not comfortable with. the people trying to get to go in their tuk tuk or their tour bus generally stop after the second or third time of being told no.. some can be more persistent but that is all it never got nasty for us anyway.

    Cheers fae moi

    #6 Posted: 28/3/2014 - 09:53

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    Check out some of the suggested itineraries here to get you started.

    http://www.travelfish.org/trip_planner/

    #7 Posted: 28/3/2014 - 12:38

  • antoniamitc-
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    Just chiming in here - some people will want to sell you things. You might even meet someone who wants to take advantage of you. But not everyone you meet wants your money. Some people just want to say hi, practice their English, or find out what your experience is like. So by all means keep your wits about you and trust your instincts, but don't automatically assume everyone you meet is a rotter. There are lots of nice people out there, same as there are at home.

    #8 Posted: 28/3/2014 - 15:17

  • amnicoll

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    Generally the more tourists the more you need to be aware but the real SE Asia is a place of friendship and hospitality where the locals will respond positively to any gesture of friendship you may offer.

    #9 Posted: 29/3/2014 - 05:46

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