Solo travel in Thailand

All kinds of thoughts went through my head the moment I decided to brave it and go on my first solo trip to Thailand this summer. One of the biggest challenges once you decide to travel solo is actually booking your flights and planning your trip.

It’s empowering but scary at the same time, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Solo travel also does not mean you will end the trip alone, it just means you decided to start by yourself. There are many other solo travellers throughout the globe, and you’ll undoubtedly make lots of friends as soon as you arrive in your hostel.

So, without further ado… my two week Thailand itinerary!

Bangkok

No matter what you have been told: don’t skip on Bangkok! The bustling modern city is a mix of ancient traditions and the modern world. You’ll find monks with iPhones, delicious street food at any time of the day, and a strong religious presence all come together in one beautiful city.

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What to do:
  • Eat streetfood at all times
  • Bike tour around the chaotic city
  • Watch a muay thai fight at Rajadamnern Stadium
  • Walk around the Grand Palace & Wat Pho
  • Browse around Siam Paragon. It’s not only for shopaholics, it also has a totally worth it gourmet food market
  • Make your way to Chatuchak Weekend Market
  • Visit Jim Thompson’s House
  • Try the pad thai,. The best I had was in Thip Samai
  • Have a Chang while you people watch at Khao San Road
Where to stay:

I stayed at the Once Again hostel. It’s a great place to meet people and discover the city. You can’t miss the views from their rooftop terrace. Plus, it’s less than 3 minutes away from Thip Samai.

Thip Samai

North of Thailand 

After a hectic few days in Bangkok, seeing lush green forests will be paradise. With more than 300 temples and the best cuisine I’ve ever tried, te north of Thailand will blow your expectations.

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What to do:
  • Hang out with elephants at the Elephant jungle sanctuary
  • Try out a thai cooking class
  • Shop at the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
  • Moving around in a songkran (big taxi trucks)
  • Spend the day jumping off cliffs at the Grand Canyon
  • Chill and listen to jazz at the North Gate Jazz Club 
Where to stay:

I stayed at the Coincidence Hostel (the cheapest one of my entire trip), and it was amazing! With complimentary breakfast, this modern hostel was really well situated to move around the city.

Chiang Mai

The islands

If you’re travelling to Thailand you cannot miss the islands. White sand and crystal clear water with lush green surroundings and a buzzing night life.

Party your heart out in Koh Pagnan

Long, beautiful beaches  make this island a wonderful destination, but don’t let it fool you, it’s Crazy with a capital C! Every month the Full Moon Party takes place and the Haad Rin Beach becomes a sandy dance floor filled with people looking to have a great time and dance until sunrise.

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What to do:
  • Rent a scooter and hike up to Phaeng Waterfall
  • Plan your trip around a Full Moon Party, you won’t regret it!
  • Get a Thai massage
  • Visit the beaches in the north of the island
  • Check out Thongsala Pier for good food
Where to stay:

If you’re planning to fit in a Full Moon Party while you’re there you might want to book your hostel beforehand. I stayed in the Haad Rin area (where the party takes place) at the Lazy House Shenanigans hostel. The three people bedroom was a really nice change from the +10 bunkbeds.

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Soak up the sun in Koh Samui

Coming from Koh Pagnan, the island of Koh Samui was just what I needed to end my trip just chilling. This island, only a boat ride away is pure paradise of luxury resorts and fine dining.

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What to do:
  • Book a yoga class and have lunch at Vikasa yoga
  • Have a drink at the Ark bar and dance barefoot on the beach
  • Treat yourself to a delicious (and cheap) dinner
  • Try out a stand up paddle class
  • Swim in the sea at sunset
  • Visit grandfather and grandmother rocks

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2 thoughts on “Solo travel in Thailand

  1. JL

    How much did you spend for your 2-week stay in Bangkok, Thailand? Do you have list of your expenses from your airfare(round trip), hostels you stayed in, street food, etc. I hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.

    • Fit Little Hippie

      Hi,
      Well for my entire trip in Thailand during 2 weeks, where I saw Bangkok among other cities, I spent roughly $1700. That is including airfare (round trip with Turkish Airlines around 550$), hostels and food (which you will find is so cheap, about $5-$8 per day). The more expensive things I found were the day-trips and excursions, like the Elephant Sanctuary, but totally worth it!
      I hope that helped you 🙂 Have a good day.

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