It cannot be guessed why Thailand is one of the most travel-friendly countries. The tourism infrastructure is easy to use, there is cheap (but insanely tasty) food and the culture is bursting at the seams. This makes Thailand a great country to start your travel career – especially if you want to be a female solo traveler!
Where to go?
Bangkok seems to be an obvious choice as Thailand's capital and largest city – but Bangkok has much more to offer than just the cheapest airfare! With unforgettable night markets with delicious food, cheap food and the city with some of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in the world. Bangkok has it all. Check out this guide to great accommodations for your stay in Bangkok!
If you are looking for an easy day trip from Bangkok, Ayutthaya is the perfect choice. Ayutthaya was once the historical capital of Siam and burst at the seams with ancient temple ruins. An idyllic way to explore this old area is by bike. borrow one from the local shop and go from temple to temple!
Northern Thailand: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Pai
Check out the huge Sunday night market in the center of Chiang Mai's old town, visit the beautiful and enigmatic white temple of Chiang Rai, and enjoy the hippie village of Pai (especially in August – there is a daily evening market in summer) with great food Food and craft jewelry)! There are plenty of activities in northern Thailand – from temple hopping to incredible hikes, hot springs and heights. If you're an animal lover, visit Chiang Mai's Elephant Nature Park, one of the most prestigious elephant sanctuaries in the world, where this all-too-exploited animal is concerned.
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 at a great price and take some time to relax and rejuvenate. Yoga retreats are a great way to develop mindfulness when travel gets hectic, and the many islands and beach towns in southern Thailand offer many options.
A province in southern Thailand that deserves a special mention – Krabi. A visit to Krabi is a must on every trip to Thailand, and not just because of its idyllic landscape. 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 every trip. However, there are a few things to take with you on a trip to Thailand.
Rainwear – The monsoon season in Thailand is not a 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 stores have sunscreens with a bleaching agent for face and body lightening that you should stay away from.
Sarong / Light Harem Pants – These are easily available in Thailand, but make sure you have one. With many temples, they won't let you in if you show too much skin. When you're on the go, it is very helpful to have a light clothing option that completely covers your shoulders and legs.
Insect spray – mosquitoes, spiders and flies eat you alive in Thailand and you want to stay protected.
Water shoes and hiking shoes – I recommend Tevas or Chacos as well as a solid pair of reliable and broken hiking shoes – you will hike 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 business for female travelers in Thailand.
Do not pay more than 60 baht for Pad Thai – you can always find it at a cheaper price.
When you withdraw cash, you take out 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
Only use ATMs from official banks
Don't get lost in a Thai forest – hiking in Thailand is incredible, but find a suitable friend.
In this sense – find friends! There are countless solo travelers in Thailand and they are easy to meet – the backpacker hostel scene is hip in places like Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pai.
Eat more than just Pad Thai – There is so much good in Thailand – try something different than at a typical Thai restaurant at home. Khao Soi is a Northern Thai delicacy made from curry noodles with fried noodles that you won't find anywhere else.
I hope this 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 an ordinary loner. Check out these Thai food guides and some activity recommendations for Northern Thailand here and here to learn more about Thailand.