I am wondering if anyone has any opinions on me traveling alone. I'm looking at doing doing a Contiki tour for 2 weeks which goes to Bangkok, Laos and Cambodia so that I have a tour group of people rather than traveling alone. But I'm wondering if it may be way cheaper and I can still safely see everything I want to on my own and will have no problem meeting people along the way. I really want to do Laos river tubing and Ankor Wat and spend lots of time on the beach and a couple good party nights per week. I will be landing in Thailand sometime at the start of February and could have free time for a couple weeks and then do the Contiki tour on the 19th which is kind of what I'm looking at right now, but I would be landing in Bangkok and probably wouldn't want to spend 2 whole weeks there.
I am a blonde caucasian girl so am a little nervous of being on my own over there!
Any help, suggestions, or others traveling alone at that time, let me know. Thanks!!
#1 lpartington has been a member since 21/10/2009. Posts: 7
No problems travelling alone. That said, here are two stories comparing the pros and cons of each -- you may find them helpful.
10 reasons to travel independently
10 reasons to do an adventure tour
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,652
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i too am a 27 yr old blonde and planning on travelling to thailand the same time. i was looking into doing one of those trips also but they seem quite expensive. would you be interested in travelling with me?
#4 haylzster has been a member since 28/12/2011. Posts: 1
Personally, I'd do it alone, don't do an expensive tour with senior citizens, there's plenty of ways to meet people... I've got 4 potential travel partners lined up... just from FB, Couchsurfing and travbuddy.
Hayley - the original post was made in 2009, so I suspect she has done her trip by now.
Regardless of that, I would agree with altmtl - do it on your own. It certainly is cheaper. I guess the advantage of the tour group is that they probably travel more efficiently if you are trying to cover a large number of places in a relatively short period of time - but you pay for it!
A few years ago I spent 5 months travelling through SEA. I did briefly consider looking at a tour with Intrepid for the Vietnam leg but after doing some initial cost comparisons, it was going to be far more expensive and limiting. Because I had a whole month to spend in Vietnam I opted for doing it independently, and it was by far the better choice for me - less costs, more flexibility, etc. But I was travelling with a friend, so that also made it easier/better on that side.
Having said, I have a couple of friends who have done various Intrepid tours over the year and the love it - especially as they would be otherwise travelling on their own and only have a few weeks. They want the company and don't want the hassle of trying to organise transport and accom along the way.
For me, I would always opt for doing it independently though. I like the flexibility, the challenge and I don't want to end up with people that may get on my nerves!
Much too late for the OP who sadly didn't return to the forum to let us all know how she got on, but for any other single female travellers:
Just exersize sensible precautions as you would in any country.
Don't walk around wearing lots of gold, expensive watches, etc.
Don't walk down quiet dark side sois (streets) alone late at night.
Don't drink too much alcohol. You need your wits about you when travelling alone.
Don't put yourself in bad situations, i.e. On a deserted beach where there are only Thai fishermen.
If something goes wrong, don't get angry and shout. Its not done in Thai culture.
Carry a personal attack alarm. (most unlikely to need it).
Use the skytrain & underground to travel in Bangkok in preference to TukTuks & Taxis, especially at night. If you have to use a taxi, look for an older driver.
Scan & email to yourself copies of passport and all important travel docs.
Wear a dogtag with medical/contact details recorded.
If travelling independantly (as others have said, much cheaper) and into Bangkok for the 1st time, head to Khaosan Road. Here you find lots of budget accommodation, will meet lots of other back packers and be able to arrange all your national and international side trips.
Lastly: enjoy amazing Thailand, its a great place.
#8 JohnnieWalker has been a member since 20/12/2011. Posts: 19
I booked flight to Thailand from Jan 23 to Feb 3rd. I traveled a lot but this is the first time I go to Thailand and travel alone. I am a bit worry. Thank for your useful advice, JohnnieWalker. I think everything will be ok and we can enjoy our trip.