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April 18, 2014 9:57 AM Subscribe
How should I spend my week alone in Thailand (or nearby)?
posted by changeling to Travel & Transportation (7 answers total)
I'm doing a bit of backpacking in Southeast Asia next month, hooray! My partner and I will be flying into Singapore, then spending two weeks traveling to Bangkok via Kuala Lumpur, Krabi, etc. He'll fly out of Bangkok on June 1st, but I've extended my stay a week until June 8th. What shall I do?
I have backpacked in Thailand once before on a longer trip years ago, including Koh Chang, Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Phuket and Koh Phi Phi, along with Siem Reap/Angkor Wat in Cambodia. We'll be visiting Koh Lanta and Krabi on this trip. I'd rather see someplace new, although I guess any of those could be a fallback. I was thinking about staying in Chiang Mai, which I've never visited, but right now the heat's around 102-108 F – and with Thai humidity, that's prohibitively hot.
Qualifications: someplace reasonably safe for a solo female traveler; extremely walkable but not too tiny; has cafes or a hostel with a spacious common area where I can write on an iPad for hours; not a predominately early-twenties backpacker party scene (I'm 30). I'm pretty well-traveled, but I don't have extensive solo travel experience abroad, and when I'm alone I can get overwhelmed when infrastructure is hard to figure out (multiple transfers, or a bus station is hard to find).
Other than that, I'm down with villages, islands, beaches, whatever. I like hiking, taking endlessly long walks, meeting friendly people, most things. I'm also not against flying someplace nearby (like Laos?) for the week, since who knows when I'll be in the neighborhood again.