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safe solo travel?

Posted by holydinahorben on 25/12/2012 at 02:20

how safe is it to be backpacking solo in thailand? for a 22 year old female?

also, any tips/cautions/words of advice/ect?

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Posted by Xircal on 25/12/2012 at 04:54

Hi holy... I'm not a girl, so difficult for me to give you a considered opinion, but this blog might be useful to you: http://www.hostelworld.com/blog/solo-female-travel-nine-myths-and-one-truth/155970

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Posted by holydinahorben on 25/12/2012 at 11:48

thanks xircal... that blog was really helpful. it was the reassurance and "you can do it" pep talk i've needed. the closer my departure date come the more every ones telling me how unsafe it is...

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Posted by Xircal on 25/12/2012 at 12:30

You're welcome holy... and good luck with your trip.

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Posted by RooX on 25/12/2012 at 12:54

The ones saying it's unsafe have probably never been on such a trip and have zero experience in the area. Some people just can't fathom travel that is not the all inclusive resort type. To each their own, but I wouldn't pay any attention to what they are saying unless they have recent first hand experiences in the areas you are going

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Posted by Xircal on 26/12/2012 at 02:44

One other thing worth mentioning holy... is that it's advisable to get the recommended jabs for that part of the world. These are:

1) Twinrix which is a combination vaccine and provides you with lifelong immunity against Hepatitis A & B. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hepatitis
2) DTP which provides immunity against Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio for 10 years. See these:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diptheria
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetanus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polio

Both of these are courses which means after the first jab, there's a one month interval followed by the third one six months later.

If time is short, your physician can adopt a different strategy by giving you four injections spaced out over a shorter period.

Neither vaccine causes any side effects though although the muscle in your upper arm may feel a little stiff for a week or two.

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Posted by altmtl on 26/12/2012 at 08:12

South East Asia is really safe, just take normal precautions. There are a lot of solo female travellers with online blogs, they are not hard to find, check them out :)

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