Is Thailand a safe place to travel alone to?
In a word, yes.
One of the best/worst things (depending on your viewpoint) is how easy it is to meet other travellers while exploring Thailand. If you're travelling by yourself, chances are you'll meet even more people and, when you come to leave the country you'll realise you've developed a collection of friends from all over the globe (Thailand included) - that's one of the great things about travelling.
Its rare indeed for a lone traveller to not hook up with others for at least a part of their trip. When this is combined with the very gregarious nature of Thais its actually pretty difficult to stay alone for long periods.
As with just about anywhere in the world, you are safer travelling with others, but as long as you use your common sense, travelling alone is generally perfectly safe -- tens of thousands of people do it every year.
Take all the usual precautions, have copies of all your documentation and try to keep in touch with family or friends overseas. There's no shortage of internet cafes across the country, so there's not really any excuse for not occasionally dropping an email in to placate the worriers at home. Better still, send a postcard -- some people still use those ;-)
If you ever find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, don't hesitate to ask a local for assistance -- by and large Thais are very helpful people, end even if they don't speak your language, they'll be able to help you find someone who does.
Thailand is a great country to travel in -- alone or with others. If you come here alone, you'll most likely leave with a stack of new friends and already be planning your next trip together!
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What should I do if a bag is stolen from my room or dormitory while travelling in Thailand?
What standard of acommodation can I expect for US$5?
Why are there so few dormitories in Thailand?
BargainingShould I bargain for everything I want to buy in Thailand?
What is the best way to bargain in Thailand?
What shouldn't I do when bargaining in Thailand?
Cost of travellingHow much should I budget per day for a holiday in Thailand?
What is the bare minimum I could survive on in Thailand?
What is the best way to spend less money in Thailand?
Food glorious foodCan I drink the tap water in Thailand?
How can I avoid MSG in Thailand?
How do I avoid peanuts in Thailand?
I have a food allergy - will I cope?
Is there good vegetarian food in Thailand?
Is western food available in Thailand?
Getting aroundAre the ferries in Thailand safe?
Are the trains in Thailand safe?
Do they trains run on time?
Is it easy to hitch-hike in Thailand?
Is it easy to rent a car or motorcycle in Thailand?
Should I get a tourist minibus in Thailand?
What is Bangkok's bus system like?
Which is the better way to travel around Thailand - train or bus?
Getting there and awayHow late do the airport buses run?
What is the best way to get into town from Bangkok airport late at night?
Help Police!Can I trust the Thai police?
Will I be robbed?
Money madnessAre credit cards accepted in Thailand?
Are there ATMs in Thailand?
How can I have money sent to me in Thailand?
How can I send money out of Thailand?
Should I bring travellers cheques, credit/debit cards or cash to Thailand?
Should I tip in Thailand?
Packing purgatoryWhat should I pack for a holiday in Thailand?
What shouldn't I pack for a holiday in Thailand?
Scams and warningsIs it a good idea to buy drugs off a tuk tuk driver?
Should I buy gems I've been offered by a really convincing person I've met/been introduced to?
SecurityCan I use drugs in Thailand?
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Is Thailand safe?
Why are there so few hostels in Thailand?
Stay healthyAre leeches a problem in Thailand?
Are legal drugs cheap in Thailand?
Do I need a prescription in Thailand?
Do I need malarial medication in Thailand?
General food and water precautions in Thailand
General health advice for Thailand
HIV/AIDS in Thailand
Is cholera a problem?
Is heatstroke a problem in Thailand?
Is medical care cheap in Thailand?
Is medical care in Thailand good?
Is rabies a problem in Thailand?
Schistosomiasis in Thailand?
Traveller's medical kit for travel in Thailand
What about dengue fever in Thailand?
Will I get diarrhoea in Thailand?
TechnologyAre there many internet cafes in Thailand?
Can I travel with a laptop in Thailand?
Is there ADSL internet access in Thailand?
What is mobile phone coverage like in Thailand?
What is the voltage in Thailand?
Things to learnWhere can I learn how to cook authentic Thai food?
Where can I learn Thai massage?
Where can I learn Thai?
Vexed by visas?What are Thailand's visa requirements?
WeatherWhat is the weather like in Thailand?
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