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Traveling to Thailand Alone: Is It Good for Solo Explorers?

Traveling to Thailand Alone: Is It Good for Solo Explorers?

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Are you in the mood for a solo vacation? Well, Thailand seems like the perfect place. Because who isn’t looking forward to spending some quality alone time by the beach?

Thailand is one of the top travel destinations countries globally, especially concerning tradition, culture, religion, and celebrations. The activities will make you feel like you were never alone in the first place.

Thailand is an excellent country for solo travel. You will find several solo-travelers, especially in the reopening season of tourism, following covid. The country is home to backpackers who aim for affordability and easy accommodation. You will find lively wonder and independent opportunities.

This article will provide you with the best travel tips and reasons why you should travel solo to Thailand. With the latest information on hotel rooms and activities for single travel lovers, you will have an excellent and practical time on your trip.

6 Reasons Why Thailand Is Good for Solo Travel

1. Solo Travel Means Affordability 

One of the first reasons to travel to Thailand alone is affordability. Hotels and resorts suit all budgets and lifestyles (3).

Whether you’re in the mood for something luxurious or in need of a budget-saving vacation, Thai people will handle you with the utmost hospitality. While being one of the most popular countries for tourism, Thailand is the easiest at managing your bills. Budget-friendly prices mean no sharing and private accommodation at a low cost (3).

Solo travelers do not need to be concerned with splitting costs of the room or having to share with a stranger. As an example, here are the prices for a few of the best singles hotels in Bangkok (6).

HotelPriceAddress
Siam Design Hotel2361 baht Opposite National Stadium 865 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square 1956 baht392, 44 Siam Square Soi 6, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
iCheck inn Residence Soi 2 903 baht71 Sukhumvit Soi 2 Sukhumvit road, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok2710 baht4 Sukhumvit Soi 15 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey-Nua, Wattana, Klongtoey, Nua, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
BelAire Bangkok Sukhumvit1590 baht16 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Citadines Sukhumvit 111141 baht22/22 Sukhumvit, 11 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Park Plaza Bangkok1482 bahtSukhumvit Soi 18, Khwaeng Khlong Toei, Klongtoey, Bangkok, 10110, Thailand
Arnoma Grand Bangkok2301 baht99 Ratchadamri Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Aphrodite Inn Bangkok4635 baht61-65 Ratchadamri Rd, ลุมพินี Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Evergreen Place Siam by UHG2489 baht318 Phaya Thai Rd, Thanon Phetchaburi, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
VELA Dhi GLOW Pratunam2123 baht919 Petchburi Rd, Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

2. Thailand is Home to Backpackers

Besides being a couple and family-friendly location, Thailand is a spectacular region for backpackers. Thailand is the most visited country in the area; the name speaks for itself. Thailand is home to beaches, tropical forests, and delicious food, making it a fun solo experience. 

Backpacking is an excellent way to travel around without spending too much money. For example, you can plan a budget between 825-1150 baht (25-35 USD) per day (1). Under this range, you can get a single room, a fan, and nearby local transportation and street food. 

Backpackers often tend to explore tourist attractions and islands, spending around 1330 baht (40 USD) per day.

Here are some money-saving tips for backpackers out there: (1).

Stay in hostels:

These are socially and economically friendly rooms near tourist areas. You can also prepare ahead by bringing your food and earplugs for the noise.

Couchsurf:

While meeting new people around the city, there are tons of backpackers looking for accessible places to stay. You can get a local tour guide that offers you a place to stay and introduces you to the best places to visit.

Do not book ahead:

It is essential to wait until you get to Thailand before making any bookings. Travel agencies can get pricey and often ask you to pay more ahead of time. It is better to get to the country, negotiate prices, and look into what you want to try.

Street food:

A must-have to backpacking a country is experiencing local culture. It is probably not the healthiest option, but street food serves as Thailand’s tradition. Most importantly, you can pay half the price for the same kinds of food you would find at an expensive Thai restaurant.

3. Explore Thailand through Life-Changing Opportunities 

Long before the pandemic took over, solo-traveling was taking Thailand by storm. People would come from all over the world to join volunteer programs or get an English teaching job in the country (3). Through Global Work & Travel, you can apply to work or study in Thailand for your desired period.

Thailand is also considered a teacher’s dream destination; there are hundreds of jobs, beautiful cities and beaches, and a low cost of living. The most common area to experience a solo-career life is in the central city of Bangkok, where you can find culture and everyday lifestyle. There are international schools, language schools, and government schools. Additionally, the city is full of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants to spend time with yourself and meet other single travelers (2).

Other opportunities are available in Chiang Mai, a city known for hill tribes and Thai culture. With a more laid-back culture than Bangkok, it’s very much possible to find teaching jobs at small language schools that value the importance of foreign teachers and the English language. Additionally, Krabi Town, Koh Samui, and Issan are other friendly places from where you can join the TEFL Academy (2).

4. Thailand is Relatively Safe for Solo Travel

There is danger everywhere in the world. Thailand is no exception to crime. However, it is a relatively safe country. You will feel comfortable walking around, especially as a solo traveler visiting Thailand for the first time (3).

Both single men and women will get equal amounts of hospitality as those that come to Thailand as a couple or with their families. Especially for women, there are a lot of tips to ensure that they can stay safe, despite news of crime in different cities.

Here are a few tips you should remain cautious of: (4).

Choose safe accommodation:

The most straightforward way to travel solo is to choose somewhere appropriate. Although a cheap $5 hotel pay looks tempting and cost-effective, this might not be the safest option. You can always pay a few dollars extra for a room that has a lock, clean facilities, 24/7 service, and is free of bed bugs and aroma. Cities also have “only men” or “only female” hostels.”

Beware of bag-snatching:

Violent crimes in the country are rare compared to petty crimes such as bag-snatching. Similar to other countries, this is a common way to snatch items from someone’s bag or get someone injured in the process. In Thailand, bag-snatching mainly occurs through motorbikes. It is essential to keep your shoulder on the opposite side of the street. Remember that it is worth losing your bag than getting yourself hurt in the process of trying to fight back.

Street safety:

As a solo traveler, you should remain cautious of nightlife. Thailand has several dark alleyways that are not necessarily bad areas but then get overcrowded or become spots for the homeless at night. 

Another interesting fact about Thailand is that they value safety at the hands of religious independence. For example, monks represent the key to living a single lifestyle. Men and women cannot touch or sit near monks on public transport or even stare at them from afar. This way, there is a system in place for the safety of these people (4).

5. Easy to Find Accommodation and Solo Activities

Have you ever wanted a whole beach to yourself? Well, this dream could become a reality. Thailand is home to accessible accommodation, where you can be that single guy or girl at the beach or restaurant.

Moreover, there’s an endless amount of activities and opportunities available for solo travelers in Thailand, for example:

Solo Night Drinking:

As a solo traveler, you do not have many restrictions to taking care of anyone but yourself. Thailand is home to hundreds of other people in the same space as you, waiting to meet new people or spend time alone at their own pace. An excellent adventure as a solo traveler would be to experience Thailand’s nightlife.

You can go to Khao San Road in Bangkok, watch a Ladyboy show in Chiang Mai, attend a Full Moon Party, or go to beach bars at the beach. This truly depends on your personality and preferences. You can either opt for busier spots or choose quiet places such as night markets or resorts for spending quality time alone (5). 

Solo Activities:

Another positive point to traveling alone is having easy access to adventure. You can go on easy-commute hiking trips or consider scuba diving and snorkeling. You can experience more than just one activity and make your vacation worthwhile and cost-friendly.

6. Easy and Accessible Solo-Transportation

Another prominent cost-friendly contribution to solo traveling is transportation. Although this might not affect the fare of your taxi or tuk-tuk ride, it can be cost-effective for quick travel. Thailand is home to dozens of various kinds of transportation. From tuk-tuks, taxis, motorbikes, buses, trains, and bikes, you can commute anywhere at cheap rates (3).

The BTS and MRT lines run through Bangkok and can cost as low as 10-15 baht, depending on how far you travel. The city also has various bike rental stations and motorbike services, from which they can drop you off at your desired location for much cheaper than a train ride. Most importantly, traveling alone means more affordable flights, especially during the ongoing pandemic.

Conclusion 

All in all, Thailand is a special place for solo traveling. You can enjoy various activities that will make you forget that you are alone. Thai people’s hospitality, culture, and traditions are enough to make you feel loved and welcomed. Alongside backpacking and affordability, Thailand is a relatively safe space for men and women. You can enjoy your single life with the absolute most easy forms of accommodation, transport, and nightlife.


References

1. Nomadic Matt. Thailand Travel Guide. Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site. [Online] December 7, 2021. https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-guides/thailand-travel-tips/.

2. The TEFL Academy. The Best Places To Teach In Thailand. The TEFL Academy. [Online] November 16, 2019. www.theteflacademy.com/blog/2019/11/the-best-places-to-teach-in-thailand/.

3. Hake, Nate. 18 Thailand Travel Tips For Solo Visitors [in 2022]. Travel Lemming. [Online] December 9, 2021. https://travellemming.com/solo-travel-in-thailand/.

4. Jennings, Allyson. Is Thailand Safe For Solo Women Travelers? 6 Safety Tips. World Nomads. [Online] November 3, 2019. www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/southeast-asia/thailand/women-s-safety-in-thailand/.

5. Logan, Hannah. Solo Travel In Thailand: Tips, Thoughts, And What To Expect. Eat Sleep Breathe Travel. [Online] March 3, 2021. https://eatsleepbreathetravel.com/solo-travel-thailand/.

6. Tripadvisor. The 5 Best Singles Hotels In Bangkok – Jan 2022. Tripadvisor. [Online] [Cited: January 25, 2022.] www.tripadvisor.com/HotelsList-Bangkok-Singles-Hotels-zfp12749774.html/.

Jordan Sully

I'm a Thailand fanatic who has been traveling to the Kingdom since 2017. The country has given me so much, this is my small way of giving back. I hope the articles on this site help you to learn more about Thailand and inspire your next adventure to The Land of Smiles. Thanks for checking out ThaiGuider!

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