Thailand is a renowned tropical heaven and one of the most sought out destinations by UK travel agents for solo female travellers. Yet, travelling alone for girls can always be a bit of daunting task. Well, fear no more; with these few tips and tricks, you will be able to make your holiday travel experience in the Kingdom of Thailand a unique and memorable one.
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Being a solo female traveller, it is important to be mindful of your outward appearance. A breezy tropical paradise in the heart of Southeast Asia would definitely come across as the land of swimsuit season.
Make no mistake, while your swimsuit and beach cover up should be at the top of your checklist, you should also be well equipped with various other clothing items that would come in handy at various situations.
Thailand is not only famous for its scenic beaches, there’s a lot more to the ‘land of smiles’ than what meets the eye. There are majestic temples, waterfall hikes, beautiful viewpoints and of course cocktails under the stars, which are all part of the whole experience.
Accordingly, here’s a list of items that are a must for your holiday travel in Thailand:
- A long skirt or a pair of loose trousers (to visit the majestic temples)
- A scarf (in case your choice of top is not suitable to visit temples)
- Comfortable yet sensible shoes (for sightseeing in the city as well as hiking)
- Clothing appropriate for bar hopping and clubbing in the night (especially in Bangkok the clubs and pubs are very strict about their dress codes)
- Lastly, all your sun, sand and sea essentials
Thailand is a nation deep-rooted in Buddhist culture. Its customs, traditions and values may vary to what you are accustomed to. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to be mindful about your attire and behavior, especially when visiting temples and religious sites.
As mentioned above, when visiting these places make sure to wear a long loose outfit which covers your shoulders and legs. Furthermore, be respectful of the local worshippers that may be there. Avoid crowding and making too much noise as it may disturb them.
Another thing to keep in mind is, to never point your feet at a statue of Lord Buddha. This is deemed as very disrespectful, so avoid doing this at all costs!
As long as you show kindness, abide by the government laws, and show respect to the King and the Buddhist culture, you’re bound to get nothing but smiles from the locals. This is deemed as very disrespectful, so avoid doing this at all costs! As long as you show kindness, abide by the government laws, and show respect to the King and the Buddhist culture, you’re bound to get nothing but smiles from the locals.
One of the reasons Thailand is known as ‘the land of smiles’ is because of its friendly people. In Thailand, a smile can go a long way because a smile is not just a smile. To them it is a form of inter-personal communication. Furthermore, as female solo travellers it may be a relief to know that English is universally spoken there.
However, it is always nice to learn a few Thai words and phrases to better connect with the locals. Finally, the most important thing to remember is that, nothing will help you win the locals hearts more than showing respect towards their culture.
With that in mind, always keep your smiles bright, be respectful and learn a traditional Thai greeting or two to win over the locals.
Although the crime rate in Thailand is relatively low, as a female solo traveller it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
- Bag snatching is a frustrating yet common issue in Thailand. Avoid wearing your bag on one shoulder and try to stay away from the busy roadsides as much as possible.
- Sometimes the cheapest option may not be the best option. When it comes to activities like scuba diving or rock climbing it’s always better to spend a few extra bucks and get a higher-quality adventure.
- Most pavements there are uneven, so watch your step unless you want to fall flat on your face.
- Leave your valuables at home.
- Pace yourself when it comes to the party scene. Watch your drinks and don’t leave them unattended.
- Stay away from tap water.
Stock up on bug spray/mosquito repellent and toilet paper.
In general, Thailand is considered a great budget travel destination. Even if you are travelling on a shoestring budget, fear not, as there are many holiday travel packages and cheap flights for you to choose from. When tourist footfall is low, travel agencies offer various discounts and deals on hotels and flights, so do keep an eye out for these special offers.
To sum up, Thailand is definitely one of the most promising destinations for solo female travellers. Whether it is to soak up the sun on a sandy beach, or to explore your inner Zen at a local temple, this is the place to be. Make the best out of your solo holiday travel experience by visiting ‘the land of smiles’. Don’t forget to keep in mind these few tips and tricks and you won’t regret it.