Solo traveling can seem daunting for the first time. If you're an avid traveller, you might find it hard to find a partner every time you travel. So why not travel alone? If you're thinking where to visit, make Southeast Asia your top choice. While it is relatively safe to travel alone in Southeast Asia, another reason to visit is the affordable cost of living. Don't worry about being alone, book a hostel and meet other travellers from all over the world. You'll be able to visit historic attractions, enjoy tons of activities and feast to good food with your newfound friends!
From a city backpacking trip to visiting historical sites, here's our guide to five friendly destinations in Southeast Asia you should visit. Book that YOLO solo trip and get that unique experience of a lifetime!
Cambodia is a cheap country to travel to. With great value guest houses and hostels varying from $2 to $10 USD depending on the location and type of accommodation, we managed to stay in a really comfortable guest house at just $10 USD per night. It has everything we needed from hot water, food to buy whenever we are hungry and of course, not missing out free Wi-Fi! When visiting this beautiful country, it is good to learn about their history. If you're travelling to Phnom Penh, be sure to visit the Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and know more about the Khmer Rouge.
There's something about Cambodia that draws you into its country. Its tragic past, good food and friendly people will definitely leave a mark on your heart. With little children running around in villages, Phnom Penh is definitely one of the country we enjoy. While you're in Cambodia, head to the city of Siam Reap and spend a few days exploring Angkor Wat - a UNESCO World Heritage Site you must visit!
While the people here is warm and friendly, do take extra care when travelling alone as you'll never know who you might meet. Make some friends in your guesthouse and hostel, travel in a group and have lots of fun visiting temples, museums and markets!
While Vietnam can be overwhelming with its country full of motorbikes and everything seems to be rushing by you when you first arrive, the country is filled with welcoming and warm-hearted locals!
Famous for its long coastline and amazing spots to relax, Vietnam has many beautiful bays, beaches and nature reserves. Located in the North of Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is one of the must visit in Vietnam. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ha Long Bay is a scatter of islands, dotted with thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes. Popular among travellers and tourists, Ha Long Bay is a truly unique experience. Book your stay on a Vietnamese junk boat cruise and sail through its beautiful limestone islands.
If you're into knowing more about its history and rich culture of Vietnam, explore historical relic sites, craft villages and enjoy its traditional festivals. Take a day trip to the Cu Chi tunnels and learn about what happened during the Vietnam war and how the tunnel was used as. While you're in Vietnam be immersed in their culture, visit their traditional floating markets and enjoy Vietnamese cuisine at the various markets! Definitely don't miss out the hustle and bustle of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and also the welcoming and traditional Hoi An. With both historical and cosmopolitan areas in Vietnam, there's so much to explore!
We recommend booking a homestay if you're travelling to Sapa, Vietnam - a town northwest of Vietnam. Popular among trekkers it overlooks the terraced rice fields of Muong Hoa Valley which brings a magnificent view. You'll be able to stay with the local families and learn to cook traditional meals. Alternatively hostels are available all around Vietnam for $6 to $15 USD per night.
Thailand is the quintessential backpacker's destination. From neon cities to delicious cuisine and white pristine beaches, this country literally has it all. Whether you are looking for a great bargain of shopping, love to visit temples, night markets and floating markets, the Land of Smiles will definitely not disappoint.
If you're visiting Thailand for the first time, we highly recommend going to Bangkok, its capital city. Indulge in their Thai street food, miggle with the friendly locals and visit markets for cheap bargains! This city doesn't sleep! During night time street stalls and night markets will open till almost 12 midnight! Once you are done with the shopping and eating, simply head down to the massage parlour and get your feet rejuvenated with an hour of foot massage or simply opt for a full body massage! During the weekends, be sure to visit Chatuchak Weekend market - the largest market in Thailand which has more than 8000 stalls and 27 sections and sells typically anything! From clothing and accessories to handicrafts to furniture to plants and even pets and other items, this market will set you spending the whole day conquering Chatuchak! However, while in Bangkok, do be wary for tuk tuks drivers on the lookout of ripping you off your trip fare or taxi drivers not wanting to on their meters.
Travel north of Thailand to its cultural and historical city of Chang Mai and discover its distinctive charm. If you're looking to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, Chang Mai is the perfect place to visit! With a more temperate climate as compared to the city of Bangkok, Chang Mai's northern location and moderate elevation results in a cooler temperature. For the beach lovers, simply visit the many beaches of Phuket, Ko Samui and Krabi and spend the days island-hopping! This country has so much more to explore you can actually spend a month in Thailand by visiting the various cities!
Bangkok accommodation is relatively affordable, check out their hostels and airbnb for great deals and make some friends while you're in Thailand! You're definitely in for a time of great adventure!
Recently hot on the list of travel destinations, Myanmar lately opened its doors to tourism. Travel from Yangon to Bagan to Mandalay and enjoy a new perspective of the country and culture.
Home to bustling markets, numerous parks, lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon remains the largest and most commerically important city. Visit its famous Shwedagon Pagoda - a dazzling Buddhist temple that attract pilgrims from all over the world. If you're in for some temple and pagoda hopping, Bagan is a city you can't miss. To avoid the crowds, get out for early in the morning to avoid getting the touts. The air is also cooler and light is great for magical photos! Sunset is also a great timing to visit the temples and pagodas to get that gorgeous oranged hued rays. To get a beautiful view over Bagan, fly over in its hot air balloon and you'll be astounded and amazed by the beauty and diversity of temples and stupas below you. Not forgetting its cultural capital, Mandalay is good for a day trip for visiting the palaces, temples and markets.
Myanmar is relatively safe to travel alone and budget accommodations are available for below $10 USD per night. When travelling alone, don't be afraid of speaking to the locals. The Burmese are friendly and love to interact with travellers. Every conversation you've will definitely leave you with a smile on your face!
Deemed as one of the safest countries to travel and live in, Singapore has top its list for being the most expensive country to live in! Its easy to get around in Singapore, getting lost is not a problem. Well if you are most people in Singapore speak English and are happy to help you out. However, with the high cost of living in Singapore, shopping in this city is a tad expensive. Singapore is also well known for its delicious hawker food available in affordable prices. Visit its cultural areas namely Little India, Chinatown and Kampong Glam to learn about its history and traditions.
There is also a wide range of choice in accommodation including hostels where you can easily meet travellers from many different countries.
It doesn't matter if you are a seasoned solo traveller or a first timer. A solo trip is always an opportunity for self-discovery! What's more, you will never need to suit to the wants of your travel partner. If you've never been on that solo trip, this is the time to plan and book that air ticket. You'll never know, your solo trip may turn out to be that once-in-a-lifetime adventure you've been dreaming about!
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