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Solo first time Traveller to Thailand from November onwards. Looking for advise and company :)

Posted by rubyforanparkin on 15/7/2012 at 13:28


I've booked a one way flight to Thailand for the 12th November! I've never been so far before and I'm a little apprehensive about going alone. I've done a few trips on my own and a lot of Europe but this feels like a big leap. I'm only 19 so I've not done that much!
I'm planning on doing the North first and then travelling down to the Islands for new year. Then carrying on to Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
If anyone has any advise for me or is going to be around at the same time let me know :)

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Posted by Tilapia on 15/7/2012 at 14:33

Hi Ruby,

Thailand provides a soft-landing for people new to Southeast Asia. Getting to and from the airport is easy and inexpensive, as is getting around the cities and country in general. People and food are great, and there's plenty to do.

New Year is probably the busiest and most expensive time of the year on the islands. You might want to get there early to make sure you've got a place to stay.

Have a great time.

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Posted by longbeach on 15/7/2012 at 18:02

You might need a visa to get on the plane or onward ticket. Some airlines won't let you board without them. 1 way tickets are always more expensive. Makes no sense to buy them. Buy a return with flexible conditions if you don't know your travel return date.

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Posted by exacto on 15/7/2012 at 18:35

I've never seen Thai immigration turn someone away at the airport because they didn't have a return ticket, but I have seen some airlines have a problem with it, so it wouldn't hurt to check with your airline to see what their policy is. You could always get a tourist visa or buy and onward ticket as suggested above if the one-way ticket is a problem. Air Asia is a good option for cheap onward tickets, particularly to places like Malaysia.

What route are you planning on taking? Are you really going to Malaysia and then back up to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos?

Also, you can get a visa on arrival at most border crossings into Cambodia and Laos, but I think you'll need to arrange a visa in advance for Vietnam. The embassy in Bangkok is a popular place for this.

People from most western countries get a 30-day visa exemption when they arrive in Bangkok by air, but only 15 days when they arrive in Thailand overland. It is important to have this information about visas so you can plan where you want to go next after you arrive in Thailand.

Good for you getting out and about while you are still so young. Like Tilapia says, Thailand is a good first place to arrive in Asia, with a good infrastructure to make getting around easy and lots of great things to see/do/eat/etc. Have a wonderful time.

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Posted by longbeach on 15/7/2012 at 19:16

She didn't mention how long the trip was or what she was interested in. If you want good advice ask specific questions.

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Posted by rubyforanparkin on 16/7/2012 at 16:32

longbeach I'm going for an indefinite amount of time hence the one way ticket. I'm not planning on coming home in a hurry.

Tilapia thank you very much for the advise! I'll look into accommodation now for it.

exacto I'm flying with China Airlines, I'll have a check and see what their policies are.
I am stuck between the idea of spending Christmas and New Year on the Islands and the logical route. Flying to Bangkok at the date I am it would really make sense to go North and then continue to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and then re-enter Thailand and go south at that point. Then continue to Malaysia and maybe Indonesia.
Thanks for the heads up about the visa for Vietnam! Good to know.

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Posted by exacto on 16/7/2012 at 19:02


have a look at the islands in eastern thailand along the cambodian border, including koh maak and koh chang. i spent christmas and new year's there a few years back and the weather was great. should you find yourself in that area, it is a quick trip across to cambodia, and from there you could continue to vietnam or laos. just an option...

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Posted by magicrob69 on 17/7/2012 at 11:18

hey ruby same here! im going solo but im going on the 15th nov. my first time as well should be good.! im starting off in bangkok and then up north to chaing mai and rai then back to thailand. coming back end of jan. going scuba diving as well in dec!

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Posted by RC2012 on 21/7/2012 at 05:15

Hey, Im 22 from UK and travelling for the first time I leave in 2 weeks time but I will probably be back in Thailand end of Nov I also have only got a 1 way ticket as I have no timescales and will just come home when I feel like it :). I dont know why people say buy a return its cheaper... so many plans change so it would probably be more expensive as you then have to get back to where you landed just to get home and flexible tickets still have timescales anyway.

With Thai immagration the embassy told me they will refuse me entry without a tourist visa or onwards flight but in reality they rarely check this but its not unheard of, the problem is with the airline and i've heard alot of people say they were told they cant board without the requirments as its the airlines responsibility to check this so they had to buy a return ticket and then refund this this once they were in Thailand, all this just to board the plane... again some people say they were never asked but thats just luck. This is because the visa examption only applies if you have proof that you are leaving and I had no idea when I was leaving or what I was doing which is why I went for the 1 way ticket, I eventually just applied for a single entry 60 day tourist visa which was only £25 and took 1 day to get back. Now I know 100% I can board the plane + I dont have to do a boarder run as I plan on staying just over 30 days before travelling up to Laos and Vietnam.

Hope this helps

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Posted by morashid on 21/7/2012 at 16:59

Hi Ruby,

I'm landing in Thailand at the start of November.

Got a open return ticket, no real plans. Never been there before.

Extremely excited.

Give me a shout if you want to meet up for a beer or two.

I'm from Manchester, England by the way.



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Posted by rubyforanparkin on 22/7/2012 at 15:25

RC2012, that's great help thankyou!
I think I will get one before I go so I feel secure that I'll be able to just get there and go. Would be cool to chat to you some more if you want. You can add me on facebook or email me;

morashid, really?! That's amazing! Want to add me on Facebook so we can talk more etc?

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