03 Jan, 2024
A solo female’s guide to Thailand : Tips, FAQs and more.
Thailand is one of the most popular destinations for travellers, where people from all over the globe fly in to enjoy the rich culture and wide range of experiences. The country literally has it all. From temples and cultural heritage sites to wildlife to expansive islands, there are so many experiences that you can gain here. Despite absorbing a lot of western vibes, the country remains highly cultural. Not only the places you visit but the food that you eat throughout your journey will be like an adventure. A symphony of flavours and zingy fresh local ingredients which varies from region to region, the food in Thailand surprises you the most. So, if you want a solo female’s guide to Thailand with all the hottest places to visit, tips and answers to all your questions, we have compiled it all.
Getting to Thailand
Being a major tourist destination for over 50 years, Thailand is well connected to every major city in the world. If you are travelling from India, there are a lot of flight options. While the quickest non-stop flight is approximately 2 hours 25 minutes from Kolkata’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, the quickest one stop flight is close to 8 hours. Furthermore, some airlines could take as long as 17 hours based on the transit destination and waiting period. Thailand has six main airports but the busiest and one with most connectivity is the Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok. Most tourist prefer this while booking their flights.
The Indian travellers have the option of Visa on Arrival. You don’t have to go through the process of filing and gaining a Visa. From Nov 10, 2023 to May 10, 2024 the Thailand government has also made the visa free for all Indian citizens for a period of 30 days. If these are not reasons enough book your trip to Thailand and read more and know about the country’s attraction. They will definitely push you to go on a women only trip.
Best time to Visit
Thailand’s weather is split in three major seasons, rainy (roughly May–Oct), cool (Nov–Feb) and hot (March–May). Overall, the best time of year to visit Thailand is between November to March. The high season (cool/dry) is from November to March. Temperatures during this time are usually 30°C (86°F) or higher (yes, that is “cool” in Thailand. The islands are much hotter and more humid, though the entire country is very humid during this time.
If you are exploring the northern parts of the country during the cool season, the temperature would drop and it is suggested to bring warmer clothing. While one can explore the country in every seasons, but it is important to know your travel intentions and studying the weather properly before starting your female solo trip.
Must see in Thailand
As a country rich in culture, heritage and natural landscapes, it sometimes gets overwhelming to decide which places to visit on your trip. After our experiences and thorough research we have listed a few places that are a must.
Phi Phi Islands
A group of six islands located on the west coast of Thailand, Phi Phi islands has pristine beaches and beautiful landscapes. One should always go on a island hopping trip of all the 6 island and soak in the beauty of these natural wonders. It’s also worth noting that the iconic Maya Bay has just reopened to tourists after years of being closed.
Khao Sok National Park
It is located in the souther region of the country and has some of the rarest flora and fauna of the world. The nature reserve contains the spectacular man-made Cheow Lan Lake at its heart. It is definitely a place we would recommend in our solo female’s guide to Thailand. There are unconventional ways of exploring this nation park like elephant safari and rafting. You can choose your own adventure.
Being a popular destination for both locals as well as tourists, Krabi is one of the must on your women only trip to Thailand. Home to few of the best white sand beaches, the Krabi island is definitely a beachy paradise. It has beaches that host the wildest parties. It also island where you can visit to relax and rejuvenate.
Being the biggest destination for tourism in Thailand, Phuket. The island is the biggest in the country and boasts a wide range of beaches as well as a vibrant nightlife and large expat scene. We suggest to avoid the Patong Beach due to its overdevelopment and crowded areas. Phuket’s Big Buddha is one of the island’s most important religious spot.
Ao Phang Nga
Covering some four hundred square kilometres of coast between Phuket and Krabi, the mangrove-edged bay is spiked with limestone karst formations up to 300m in height, jungle-clad and craggily profiled. The Ao Phang Nga national park situated along the coast of the province, has a magnificent mangrove forest which is home to a unique habitat for some species.
Getting around in Thailand
Thailand has no problem of connectivity and it is very easy to get around the country if you plan your travel before hand. In this solo female’s guide to Thailand we have listed a few ways, you can get around the country. If you are on a budget trip, the travel can become arduous. You might be sitting in the unforgiving second-class seats with no air con. For travelling between island, long-tail ferry boats are the best option to choose.
Here are few frequently asked questions which might help you in getting around Thailand easily on your solo trip.
What is the currency of Thailand?
The official currency is Baht. 1 Baht = 2.3 INR.
What should I pack for Thailand?
Pack breezy, light and cotton clothes, if you are exploring the beaches. In case you are visiting the Northern part of the country during the cool season, we suggest you to pack warm clothes too. For footwear, flip-flops and a good pair of walking shoes with a dazzling pair of heels would do for the entire trip. While visiting the religious places, remember to wear clothing that covers your knees and arms. Pack a few full shirts with skirt must be packed.
Is it safe to drink tap water in Thailand?
Drinking direct tap water is not suggested. Always buy packaged drinking water to ensure your safet.
Is Thailand a safe country for a solo trip for females?
Yes, Thailand is a particularly safe country to travel. Although you should take some precautions while being there. Getting into drugs and sex tourism is not suggested as it can lead to dangerous outcomes.
With this extended guide, you can easily take a trip to Thailand. But if you are a female and want to take a solo trip but not sure about doing it all on your own, take a trip with Jugni. We have got a great itinerary planned for this solo trip to Thailand. You can book your seat today!