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Solo traveller - first time in March. Any companions?

Posted by SpenceH on 28/2/2010 at 04:05

Hey all,
I know its been posted and posted and posted (so I thought id post again)

travelling to SE Asia for the first time on 15th March. Its only for 7 weeks but planning on...

Arriving in Bkk, Onto Cambodia, Then Vietnam, Then Laos and back to Thailand to see the last few parts before I head back to UK

I'm a 27 year old male and although VERY excited about the trip, i'm also VERY VERY nervous.. and a tiny bit scared lol..

Anyone travelling around the same time and doing it solo?


#1 SpenceH has been a member since 28/2/2010. Location: United Kingdom. Posts: 6

Posted by bails87 on 1/3/2010 at 00:38

Sorry, it's not quite what you wanted, but I'm going to be in a similar situation later on in the year, would be interested to see what kind of responses you get.

#2 bails87 has been a member since 1/3/2010. Posts: 23

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Posted by SpenceH on 1/3/2010 at 02:36

None at the moment mate :-(

#3 SpenceH has been a member since 28/2/2010. Location: United Kingdom. Posts: 6

Posted by amylou on 1/3/2010 at 04:20

Hi Spencer, I am a 25 year old female with a similar plan to you - just booked my flights and I arrive in Thailand 24th April. I have 8 weeks of exploring Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam before flying back to the UK.

I am also VERY nervous (excited too) and hoping to meet people to travel with along the way! Do you have any tours booked at all or are you going to make your way around yourself?

Cheers Amy

#4 amylou has been a member since 3/12/2009. Posts: 19

Posted by shadek on 1/3/2010 at 20:45

Hi guys,

I've been doing the same, arrived in BKK on the 17th Feb and am now in Phuket, from where I will head to Phi Phi tmw morning. I'm a 30yo female, traveling solo for the first time in Asia, and I had all the same feelings, but it's been great. Ive only been to Thailand so far, but it's very easy to travel around the country. The people are nice, helpful, and sure, there are many touts, but you just walk on them. I heard from other travellers that Cambodia should be a bit different, but not a big deal, and people will try to genuinely help you as much as they can.

Do your homework, be grateful for the opportunity to be doing that and enjoy the travel! It's a wonderful and life-changing experience, at least it's been for me.

#5 shadek has been a member since 30/11/2009. Posts: 37

Posted by SpenceH on 2/3/2010 at 00:53

Hey Shad - thanks for the info and tips.. I'm planning it - but not planning too much. I will just go with the flow I think..
How long have you been there for?? Im so excited... Only 14 days to go and i'm away.. Ok, its only 7 weeks, but... I might not come back if I enjoy it that much :-)

AmyLou - I've planned bits of it. Mainly the route I plan to take and the things I would like to see... The rest SHOULD (hopefully) fall into place...
Humm.. I might be out there the same time (well ish) or in the same area.. I could give you some tips bearing in mind I will nearly be finished my travels....
OR.. I might do it all over again straight away lol.. There is a massive pull to stay out there longer....

I've put my email address on my first post.. Feel free to email me should you prefer that.

A very excited Spencer :-)

Ohh - I think I need to hand my notice in with work also.. God im SO not orginased

#6 SpenceH has been a member since 28/2/2010. Location: United Kingdom. Posts: 6

Posted by SpenceH on 2/3/2010 at 00:53

Tell a lie
I didnt put my email address but anyone can email me with thoughts or suggestions

#7 SpenceH has been a member since 28/2/2010. Location: United Kingdom. Posts: 6

Posted by wanderlust on 12/3/2010 at 03:06

Spencer and Amy,
I;m in similar situation as you (and also nervous and excited, but Cambodia can be a bit dicey I heard). right now planning to arrive in BKK on April 24 and then happy to move on to Angkor Wat as early as April 25 with some travel companions (ie taking bus or train is fine as long as you're not alone I think, then it's less likely you get scammed by border guards, fake or real, etc.; supposedly the road has improved a lot after it was voted the top ten worst road worldwide lol; however, one thing to avoid are the prepackaged tours from BKK apparently, since they can be a scam and/or take forever and it's much better to do it yourself). Let me know if you can wait that long :-)

planning to move on to South of Thailand after that, perhaps via detour through Malaysia/KUL ( but at the moment I'm only worried about that trip to Angkor Wat, which I wouldn't wanna do alone by land). Or are there good beaches in cambodia? u can email me directly at
Safe travels,

#8 wanderlust has been a member since 5/3/2010. Posts: 6

Posted by Jbarry on 6/4/2010 at 03:53

Hey everyone,
I am traveling through Thailand and Cambodia from april 6th through the 20th. I am a 34 year old male from Chicago and have traveled all over the world. Although I have never backpacked through SE asia, I have been there before. I will be flying into Bangkok tomorrow night and plan on maybe going to Cambodia (ankor Wat) the following day. When I go back to Thailand within a day or so, I plan on trying to see Ko Sumaei (spelling?), Ko Phi Ngan and perhaps Chaing MAi. If you anyone is interested in hooking up I will check the message board when I can.

#9 Jbarry has been a member since 11/3/2010. Posts: 10

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