Hi, I am looking to travel all throughout SE Asia (Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam,Laos) for about 8 weeks, and for 4 of those weeks I would be alone...what is the age range for backpackers especially solo travelers in this area? I am only 18 almost 19, and I am just worried that I may be too young compared to other backpackers and will therefore have a harder time meeting people. Let me know what you think,,
Thanks for your help!
#1 ashereme has been a member since 2/4/2012. Posts: 1
Hey! I'd say don't sweat it. You'll definitely run into people that are a bit older but that doesn't mean you can't chill with them or have some good conversations, yeah? It's more about the individual then the age. Just stay safe and keep your wits about you since you're alone. If you want to meet people just be outgoing and friendly. You never know who you're gonna meet...kind of a matter of luck.
Short answer: No.
Long Answer: I've met plenty of younger people traveling through SE Asia, though usually in groups of 2-6 it shouldn't be hard for you to meet people as a lot of people are there traveling alone and in the mood to be friendly and open - not like they are keeping their head down going from work to home like back in the 'real world'. As long as you are mature you should find people willing to have you tag along with you on some of their own adventures. A lot of Europeans on gap year after university who aren't too much older than you, but also a fair shake of people just out of highschool and hoping to have an adventure before starting university.
There may be some dry spells where you aren't meeting too many people to interact with and the usual advice would be to go to someplace like Vang Vieng or 4,000 Islands where people are partying. However, I've actually had better luck meeting people who were fun to hang out with in places like Savanakhet or Tad Lo which were smaller and you ran into the same people each day while just hanging around.
I wouldn't rule out meeting indigenous persons either. That is so easy to do here.
#4 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
True enough, though when I've been traveling I will usually meet local people for a night of hanging out at a local bar or cafe, maybe run into them in the same restaurant for a couple of days in a row. I've found Laos was the place this happened most often, though I've also traveled alone most often in Laos.
You are not to young to travel solo, but I do suggest you do a lot of research and join sites like travbuddy & couchsurfing in order to get a "feel" for the places you're going to. If you're on FB you can join my group by clicking on the link below -