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Good places to meet fellow travellers

Posted by Gordon_M on 11/7/2006 at 03:58

Hello everyone hows it going, im travelling to bangkok on 2nd nov this year to start of my trip around sea and just wondered if anyone had any ideas for the best place to meet fellow travellers as i am backpacking on my own, i know theres a few bars and stuff around ksr area but i was wondering if anyone had any other ideas on places to meet people, any help is much appreciated

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Posted by exacto on 11/7/2006 at 10:58


in my own travels i've noticed that it is a bit harder to meet folks travelling as a single guy than when i travel with my sweetie. still, it isn't impossible to meet folks. obviously, you want to be friendly and outgoing but not needy or clingy. bars and stuff are okay places to meet folks, but i've had the most luck meeting people on outings and trips - like an organized day trip to a waterfall or such. you are in a group that way and have a nice chance to chat with folks.

on this trip, we've noticed more single folks travelling in chiang mai and luang prabang than anywhere else. i can't say why that is, but that's where they've been.

you could also get yourself a travelfish t-shirt! we're making it a point to say hello to fellow travelfishers on this trip. cheers.

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Posted by wolfman on 11/7/2006 at 17:29

for socializing, i noticed one thing: travel with the kao-san buses. they are less comfortable,a bit cheaper and full of fellow-travellers!

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Posted by EmjayReet on 12/7/2006 at 06:30

I personally wouldnt travel the kaosan buses... there are way too many reports of bad drivers, scams & thefts. You are much better jumping on the train or a government bus. You will still meet travellers that way.

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Posted by Tilapia on 18/7/2006 at 01:37

There will almost always be someone going your way. Or you may want to go someone else's way. Or someone will want to go your way. There are loads of people moving around on their own in every direction. I tend to think that you are only alone if you really want to be alone.

You'll likely meet people at the guest houses you stay in. That's where I've met most of my travel companions. Bars? Nah!

I also agree with Emjay. While Wolfman is correct that the buses leaving from the KSR area are full of fellow travelers, I think that it's better to avoid these buses and take the government buses and trains. You can get a bus anywhere at just about anytime from the stations. You get where you want to go, when you want to be there, without any unpleasant surprises.

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