5 Tips for Solo Female Travelers in Thailand

 

Thailand has got to be one of the safest, most peaceful countries you can go to as a solo female traveler. It’s already stressful as it is traveling solo, but traveling alone as a female carries with it a ton of extra safety precautions (having to worry about sexual assault and other crimes solo men don’t really have to think about). Thailand is a luxury destination filled with tantalizing aromas, tempestuous islands, and jaw dropping sunsets. It’s the perfect mixture of modern and traditional, and the quintessential country to plan a safe and relaxing trip.

1) Be Careful of the Pink Taxis and Tuk Tuk Rides

 

As a solo female traveler, you need to always be aware when accepting rides from tuk tuks and pink taxis. The main thing you should be looking for if you take a taxi is what’s called a metered taxi, where you’ll be able to see what price the taxi starts and the cost per kilometer for a ride. If you get in the taxi and driver doesn’t display the meter right away, you should ask them to stop the ride and get out of the ride to find another taxi.

Taxis and tuk tuk drivers in Thailand are notorious for overcharging foreigners or “farangi” as the locals call outsiders. Always check the average cost of a taxi per kilometer and go by that, not by what the taxi driver is telling you. It’s also good to not even bother taking the tuk tuk rides (Unless you just want to get the the experience), since most of the ones I’ve taken rides from are not willing to negotiate or bargain the price in any way and you’ll almost always be ripped off.

 

 

2) Always Present Yourself With A Calm Demeaner and Smile

 

The Thai are a pretty smiley peaceful bunch, until you display any aggressive emotions or anger (then shit will hit the fan). The locals will be angry if you start to get impatient or angry with them for any reason, whether it’s because you’re waiting on them in a checkout line or trying to pass them in traffic. Thai people consider it extremely rude and disrespectful to show any signs of anger or frustration, so it’s best to keep those emotions to yourself whenever you interact with any Thai person.

Just maintain a positive attitude, smile, be patient, and you’ll eventually get what you need. But showing any anger or raising your voice towards any local will get you nowhere except shunned by the rest of the locals and kicked out of wherever you are (a store, bar etc).

Bangkok is full of gold
Check out Chiang Mai for rich culture and hundreds of amazing temples!

 

 

3) Keep This in Mind When You Rent a Motorbike

 

Most people rent a motorbike when they get to Thailand, since it’s much easier and cheaper to get around than taking a tax or a tuk tuk. I recommend renting a bike in smaller cities (Such as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, etc) rather than Bangkok, since it’s not easy riding a motorbike in a big city.

Renting a bike shouldn’t cost more than $5 per day, and if anyone tries to tell you any differently they are overcharging you. You should also NEVER hand over your original passport or driver’s license if they ask for it. Always say you will only give them a photocopy, and if they don’t accept that then move on to the next bike rental shop. Also the Thai drive on the left side of the road, so if you’re from a country where people drive on the right side (Like coming from the US) it’ll take some time to adjust to driving on the other side of the road. Luckily there are lots of roundabouts and it’s generally pretty easy to navigate around cities there and go with the flow of traffic.

 

Renting a motorbike in Pai is one of the best experiences you’ll ever have in your life!

 

4) Try Speaking Some Thai

Many of the locals do not speak any English. So if you try and speak their local language, they will be impressed and will show more respect to you. Try introducing yourself with a smile and a “Sawadee-kaa”(When talking to a female) or “Sawadee-krap” (when talking to a male). This is is the main greeting/hello in Thailand and will get you pretty far when introducing yourself to locals. Also try saying “Kaap khun ka/krap” to say thank you and show appreciation.

Click here for some useful phrases to learn when going to Thailand for the first time.

 

Fresh Thai cuisine straight off the boat

 

Glistening temples in Bangkok

 

 

5) Go Off the Beaten Track

Thailand has always been flooded with thousands of tourists pouring past its borders every day. However, there are still some relatively untouched gems in which there are true only locals hangouts that Western tourists can explore. One place I recommend is Koh Lanta, a relatively unvisited island still untouched by all the modernities of other Thai islands. There are lots of neat little local watering holes where I found the local people to be much more friendly than the main touristy cities (Pattaya, Bangkok, Chiang Mai etc).

 

Purple sunset in Koh Lanta, an off the beaten track island where you can find true locals

 

Sunset at Koh Lanta (No filter)

 

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There’s a reason why they have full moon parties in Thailand, with sunsets like this who wouldn’t want to laze on Thai beaches for days on end?

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