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Traveling alone is SEA

Posted by sausage19 on 14/2/2012 at 15:06

I am planning on starting a 9 month long trip to Southeast Asia this September and I am a little worried about traveling alone as a 22 yr old female. Everyone back home is worried about my safety and even though I have read countless articles about how safe Southeast Asia is, I am still not convinced. I have never backpacked anywhere and was wondering if this was a safe/smart idea???

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Posted by busylizzy on 14/2/2012 at 15:44

The people back home worrying about it have likely never travelled to SEA - am I right? So they are primarily speaking out of concern for you, and ignorance of travelling in SEA.

Look at how many people post on TF - and you rarely hear of any problems. Yes, there are the occasional pickpockets, bag grabs and other thefts (although I've never had problems....). But from a personal safety perspective, you will be fine - as long as you are sensible! ie don't go wandering the streets or tubing when drunk, take care if you really need to go to the full moon parties, don't flaunt your valuables, wear a helmet when on a motorbike, look both ways (twice!) when crossing the road.. the usual precautions that you would take at home anyhow. And read all the common-sense guidelines on this site (and others) - eg scams and buses to avoid in Bkk, etc).

If you want some inspiration, read this post: It's an old-ish post, but it still gets hit with lots of good comments.

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Posted by MADMAC on 15/2/2012 at 02:54

It's extremely dangerous here and you have to be really careful. With the civil war still on going and Al Shabab... oh wait, that's Somalia.

This is a very safe place to travel around. The only two cautions I would give is:

1. If you've been drinking and moving about at night be somewhat cautious. I would pretty much give that advice anywhere in the world.
2. Don't go to remote places like some national parks and wander around alone. Rapes and murders of young women doing this, while certainly not common, do occur. In cities, where there are lots of people around, you are much safer. Wrong person stumbles upon you in a remote environment, that can (and has) spell bad news.

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