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What\'s Travelling Alone in Low Season Like?

  • Madrileno

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    Hi there,

    I am thinking of travelling alone in Thailand in July for about 8 weeks. I know this is low-season, which is cheaper and quieter, but are there still many other people travelling?

    Is it still just as easy to meet other travellers in low season if you're travelling alone?

    Are some of the smaller, remote islands still accessible and do tours/excursions still run in low-season?

    Is there still a fairly lively backpacker scene?

    Thanks for your answers!

    *The \ in the title appeared automatically : )

    #1 Posted: 6/6/2014 - 09:49

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  • Captain_Bob

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    Low season is more like May/early-June and again in Sept/early-Oct, but in July and August many school-aged Europeans and North Americans and families come to Thailand, etc. Some of the smaller islands down the SW coast, ferry services, and activities like scuba diving shut down partially due to sea conditions, but still loads of people travelling in the more popular destinations. July is particularly busy for the likes of Ko Samui/Phangan/Tao on the more sheltered/sunny Gulf side.

    #2 Posted: 6/6/2014 - 10:01

  • amnicoll

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    You will not have trouble meeting other travellers

    However as above you do need to study weather patterns for the different islands and coastal areas because there is considerable variation

    #3 Posted: 7/6/2014 - 05:29

  • Turkishpizza

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    None of the ferries shut down due to seas. They shut down due to low demand. There are daily boats to Phi Phi, Lipe, Chang, Kood. Lipe and Kood are both far from mainland but there is now enough demand to operate daily boats.

    May to Oct is low season.

    #4 Posted: 8/6/2014 - 05:48

  • MADMAC

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    "Is it still just as easy to meet other travellers in low season if you're travelling alone?"

    It's back! The theme repeats itself. Don't feel like you need to meet other tourists. The best part of coming here is meeting and socializing with indigenous persons. Give it a shot.

    #5 Posted: 8/6/2014 - 09:16

  • amnicoll

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    MADMAC What associate with the locals!!!! surely not why an earth would you want to come all this way and meet the locals when you can spend your time in an overpriced bar drinking and eating with fellow travellers and enjoying pizza, banana pancakes and burgers

    I have to say I am always amazed at the number of such posts but then I am well travelled and I usually chose to spend my time in places where there are no travelers and not where they all hang out. I am totally unfazed by not seeing a fellow westerners for the entire trip and the experience is all the richer for it

    #6 Posted: 9/6/2014 - 05:42

  • captainbkk

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    July itself is just 31 days-4,5 weeks.And for the low-budget bekpek sector its DEFINitely NOT low season, in fact its about as busy as the usual time around 25/12=1/1. Due to all those superrich (though claiming to be poor studnets) European types with monthes of holidays.

    #7 Posted: 9/6/2014 - 07:05

  • MADMAC

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    You and I must be weirdos amnicoll.

    #8 Posted: 9/6/2014 - 08:46

  • Turkishpizza

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    July is middle of low season and the whole Andaman coast is very quiet apart from Phi Phi and Patong.

    Christmas time is much more busy.

    #9 Posted: 10/6/2014 - 06:07

  • amnicoll

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    Madmac - old weirdo in my case.

    Whilst I will visit the tourist sights in new places for me travel is all about the local culture and food. I may be considered adventurous in visiting some of the places that I go to but I have found it to be very rewarding and have met many wonderful "local" people as a result. To see posters saying to ignore any local who approaches you is a sad indictment and only applies in the small number of places where the banana pancake brigade congregate.

    As a single person then I find that I am only alone if I want to be alone and that the locals are very welcoming and friendly

    #10 Posted: 10/6/2014 - 06:27

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