Thailand Safety for female solo travellers

Date: 26th Sep 2017
Author: Kimberly Austine

Female solo travelers do get worried about their safety while traveling in Asia. You may face unwanted male attention and are sometimes seen as an easy target for touts in the street because some men will see you as easy prey for robbery and rape.

Sometimes you need to be alone to get space to try out all your fantasies without thinking of someone else. Asia is heaven for backpackers. Wherever you go, you will find welcoming and generous people who make traveling more fun for solo travelers. Some of the best places to travel solo as a female in the World are in Asia. Southeast Asia in particular. From the vibrant and welcoming country of Taiwan to bustling Bangkok; from festival filled India to calm and safe Japan; from hospitable Laos to cultural Vietnam; from the himalayan Nepal to surfers’ heaven Thailand, Asia now is much more open to female solo travelers -safe, budget friendly, hygienic and exotic – the perfect combination a solo traveler seeks. As a solo female traveler it is important to remember that your gender does play a part in how you are viewed. It is more challenging than travelling with a group or as a man.

Dangers of traveling to Asia

Female solo travelers do get worried about their safety while traveling in Asia. You may face unwanted male attention and are sometimes seen as an easy target for touts in the street because some men will see you as easy prey for robbery and rape. Some countries in Asia have different attitudes towards women but as far you are a smart traveler there is no danger. You can be a female solo traveler but you just need to avoid the dangers of scammers, tourist exploitation, night movement, traveler traps, and be aware of the local culture to have an amazing holiday alone

Tips

There is no one- fast rule about traveling just like life, constantly assess a situation, make sensible predictions, observe, and act based on those assessments. Be open to positivity and don’t assume everyone is out to get you. Here are some tips for staying safe on the road as a female solo traveler around Asia.

Arrive in new places in the daytime - Arrange to arrive at a new location in the light of day. Not only will you feel more at ease and be able to be more aware of your surroundings but there will also be more people around, giving you a more secure feeling. Arriving new places at night makes you more of a target and transport options may be limited.

Stay in safe accommodation - Stay in places that have high ratings on sites, such as Hostelbookers, TripAdvisor and those that have a reputation for being safe. If the room does not seem secure, don’t stay there.  It’s easy to secure a new accommodation as they are plenty and affordable especially in South East Asia.

Learn the language - It doesn’t matter how much you know, locals will be so proud and happy to hear you utter ‘Thank you‘  in their mother tongue. Many people will give you some respect, when they see you make an effort to speak their language. They may as well believe you have a local husband which might make them go out of their way to be helpful and friendly. Try to make friends with locals who speak English.

Trust Your Gut - Trust your intuition and gut feelings at all times. Politeness is never more important than safety. Stop worrying about what other people think, be nice when it’s warranted, and choose safety when it’s not.” If you need to get out of a situation just lie and make up an excuse.

Understand Local Cultural Norms - The first thing any traveller must understand is the cultural norms of where she is going. Read about your upcoming destinations and locals in that destination. In Buddhist temples, ladies are not allowed to sit next to monks while it’s best to for female to cover head or shoulders and legs in some places. Dressing appropriately or like locals can save you a lot of trouble while travelling alone, research about appropriate clothing for women wherever you go.

Let people know where you are at all times - The more people who recognize you and know where you are going in your hostel, the more likely they are to worry about you if they don’t see you for a while. hopefully they would spread the alarm if something happens to you and you’re not back at night. Always have contact with your family of friends and let them know your locations and how long you will be offline if there is no internet.

Walk with confidence and carry a personal safety alarm - Carrying a safety alarm, such as a safety whistle can make you feel safer when travelling solo.

Stay Aware and Be Less of a Target - Don’t flaunt your valuables too much or wear expensive jewelry such as rings and earring when they travel! Just keep it hidden or at home. Make sure you know of popular scams and problem areas within the city/region where you’re planning to travel. This will make you aware of the place you’re heading to.” Wear your bag over your body to avoid bag snatchers. Sit close to groups while waiting at bus stations.

Know Basic Self Defense - Self-defense training for women is important, not only do you learn reflexive defense skills, but it’s a huge confidence booster. You will likely never have to use the training if you are aware and cautious, having that knowledge make you feel safer while walking around.

The media of the world have hyped some places and make it seem untravellable. There are regions having gender inequality issues but it is not as bad in actuality when you get there. Don't be discouraged by anyone's assumption. Go solo and enjoy Asia.

 

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