(Closed) Have You Ever Traveled In Asia Alone?

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yes I would totally do it and you can too, don’t worry!  I haven’t been to Thailand alone, but I know a few people who have.  I have travelled to South Africa and Brazil alone and it was totally fine.  I was kind of nervous going to Brazil and getting from the airport to the hotel by myself, (i was meeting my SO there, similar to you) so I found a taxi company online that I could pay for in advance that would pick me up as soon as I left customs at the airport, waiting for me holding a sign with my name on. Took me straight to the hotel, so there was no fuss, no worrying about if I would be asked to pay more or something as I’d already paid online for it.  That by far made the whole journey so much less hassle knowing in advance that I had that sorted out. I checked online for reviews of the taxi company to make sure it was reliable.

Definitely get yourself there a few hours early, enjoy the time relaxing in the hotel and have a nap, shower or bath, maybe go for a walk (or not, if you don’t feel brave enough! that’s ok!) and prepare yourself to meet up with your honey looking and feeling your best 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I wouldn’t feel comfortable for myself, but I’m a wimp. I have a good friend who has traveled in Asia by herself. She was in China doing mai tai fighting and flew over there and got to her hotel on her own. I would just do whatever you are most comfortable with!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I spent three weeks in Thailand.  Bangkok is a zoo, but you just have to be careful.  Everyone will try and scam you, but just be strong and say no.  Also, watch your belongings.  I would say spend the 12 hours alone, and hit up Backpackers Street, Khao San Road.  It is very entertaining.  There are a lot of really good restaurants, shops, and street food.  There are also a ton of other foreigners around that area, so you could always meet people while waiting.  The locals are super friendly too!    

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oops. Double post.  I hope you can travel around other areas of Thailand too. Northern Thailand is AMAZING!  

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Go early and save the money (and the extra time in planes/airports).  I travelled all over SE Asia by myself for a 3 month summer in college.  I also spent a few days in Malaysia by myself this past March.

It is really easy to get around and people are friendly.  Plus, if you are getting in late in the evening, you are likely just going to go to your hotel and rest/relax so what is there really to worry about.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper

Bangkok is supposed to be a really easy city. Just grab a cab into the city and hit up the floating market – an easy way to kill several hours! There are definitely some parts of Asia where you wouldn’t have an easy time of it unless you speak the language, but Bangkok isn’t one of those places; all the cab drivers will speak enough English to get you around, as will food vendors and shop clerks.

Will you be staying in Bangkok, or just meeting there? If meeting there (and then going on somewhere else together), there are quite a few nice, western style hotels near Suvarnabhumi (pronounced soo-wana-poom, if my memory serves) where you could ditch your stuff, and there might even be shuttles into town instead of doing cabs.

Asian hospitality is phenomenal across the board, in my experience – I say go for it!

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@Oneeleven:  Phuket is beautiful.  We spent 8 days there, and loved every minute.  We were at the Kamala Beach Resort, 20 feet from the ocean.  We did the Phi Phi Island tour, which involved lots of snorkeling and touring pretty beaches, and we also did the James Bond Canoeing tour.  That was really neat because we got to canoe in and out of really cool caves and rocks.  Lunch was homemade and delicious.  You’re going to fall in love with Thailand.  I can’t wait to go back!  

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i lived and travelled in China by myself and it was easy – i never felt unsafe. you just have to educate yourself on what scams to expect and how to avoid them. i spoke the language so it made things a LOT easier but with technology what it is today and things like google translate readily available on your phone, i think you can get by with a lot less.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I say go on your own and arrive early.  You can get a cab straight to the hotel and at worse just wait there for him, or explore a few near by streets.  I’ve spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and people are really friendly and yes, taxis and street vendor may try to rip you off.. but once you take the currency exchange into account.. they’re maybe only trying to rip you off by 3-4 bucks a taxi ride or whatever.  Not that I’m trying to justify it, but at the end of the day, its not too bad…

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’ve done it (in Malaysia) while waiting for friends to meet me.  And again when my friends left before me (in Bangkok).  Totally doable.  And so mcuh you can do on your own but still be safe!  I did one of the weekend markets and got a massage.  It was nice and relaxing.  I just stayed close to my hotel late at night.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Oneeleven: even though i think google translate is internet-based, you can “star” certain things and go back to them when you’re offline. so if you look up all of your key phrases beforehand and then save them (where is the bathroom, how much money?, too expensive!, etc) you can still get to them without having to whip out a translation book or try to memorize them :]

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