It is unclear why Thailand is one of the most travel-friendly countries. The tourism infrastructure is easy to use, there are cheap (but delicious) food and culture is bursting at the seams. This makes Thailand a great place to start your travel career – especially if you want to be a female solo traveler!
Where should one go?
Bangkok seems to be a natural choice as Thailand's capital and largest city – but Bangkok has much more to offer than just the cheapest airfare! With memorable night markets with delicious food, cheap food and the city with some of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in the world. Bangkok has everything. Check out this great accommodation guide for your stay in Bangkok!
If you are looking for a simple day trip from Bangkok, Ayutthaya is the perfect choice. Ayutthaya was once the historical capital of Siam and bursting at the seams with ancient temple ruins. An idyllic way to explore this ancient area is by bike. Borrow one from the local shop and go from temple to temple!
Northern Thailand: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Pai
Take a look at the huge Sunday Night Market in the center of Old Chiang Mai, visit the beautiful and enigmatic white temple of Chiang Rai and enjoy the hippy village of Pai (especially in August there is a daily evening market in summer) with great food and handmade jewelry)! In northern Thailand, there are plenty of activities – from temple hopping to incredible hikes, hot springs and highs. If you're an animal lover, visit Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, one of the world's most prestigious elephant sanctuaries, which is an all too often exploited animal.
Southern Thailand: Island Hopping
Thailand's famous beaches in the south are full of tourists for a reason. You can book a room in a stunning beach resort for a reasonable price and take some time to relax and rejuvenate. Yoga vacations are a great way to develop the necessary mindfulness when traveling is hectic, and the many islands and beach towns in southern Thailand offer many opportunities.
A province in the south of Thailand that deserves a special mention – Krabi. A visit to Krabi is a must on any trip to Thailand, not just because of its idyllic scenery. Kayak on the Phi Phi Islands, snorkel on Koh Lanta or just enjoy a day at the beach. The fascinating and unique geological structure of this province offers breathtaking and tranquil views wherever you look.
On this packing list you will find a coherent travel guide for each trip. On a trip to Thailand, however, you should bring along a few things.
- Rainwear – The monsoon season in Thailand is no joke, and you want to be prepared for the heavy rains that can occur in any season.
- Sunscreens – In most Asian countries, especially Thailand, most sunscreen products available in stores have a bleaching agent for lightening the face and body, from which it is easy to stay away.
- Sarong / Lightweight Harem Pants – These are easily available in Thailand, but make sure you have one. At many temples they will not let you in if you show too much skin. When traveling, it is very helpful to have a light clothing option that completely covers your shoulders and legs.
- Insect Repellent – Mosquitoes, spiders and flies eat in Thailand and you want to stay protected.
- Water shoes and walking shoes – I recommend Tevas or Chacos as well as a solid pair of reliable and broken hiking boots – you will be walking a lot in Thailand.
- Use 7-11. 7-11 is everywhere and serves as a useful contact for most of your needs. Tampons, toiletries, chargers, even a SIM card; 7-11 is a dream shop for female travelers in Thailand.
- Do not pay more than 60 Baht for Pad Thai – you can always find it for less.
- If you withdraw cash, you'll withdraw a lot at once – all ATMs charge a fee of 200-220 baht, which is about $ 6. That can really add up.
- Bring copies of your travel insurance, passport, etc. and an additional debit card.
- Use only ATMs issued by official banks.
- Do not get lost in a Thai forest – hiking in Thailand is incredible, but find a buddy to go with.
- In this sense – find friends! There are countless solo travelers in Thailand and they are easy to come by – the backpacker hostel scene is in places like Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pai.
- Eat More Than Pad Thai – There is so much good in Thailand – try something different than a typical Thai restaurant at home. Khao Soi is a northern Thai delicacy made from curry noodles with fried noodles you will not find anywhere else.
I hope that inspires you to come out and start the adventure! Thailand is an incredible country and a great destination for beginners and advanced, whether it's your first solo trip or you're a normal loner. Check here and here these Thai food guides and some activity recommendations for Northern Thailand to learn more about Thailand.