A Solo Traveller’s Guide to Thailand in 2023


Are you thinking of taking a solo trip to Thailand in 2023? Does the sound of sitting on white sand beaches and exploring jungles appeal to you? If the answer is yes, then we’ve got you covered. 

Thailand is a great place to visit for solo travelers, even if it is your first time, with so many amazing destinations directly at your doorstep. However, there are some things you must consider first before making any rash decisions. We’ve come up with a comprehensive guide that includes everything you need to know.

Understand the Entry Requirements

Being aware of how long you’re allowed to stay in Thailand is very important. British passport holders that arrive by land or air are able to enter and stay for 30 days without a visa, also known as a ‘visa exception’.

If you plan to stay longer or work whilst you’re there, you will need to apply for a valid visa before you travel. It is a legal requirement to have a valid passport in Thailand, therefore, you must check whether you need to renew or apply for a new British passport.

To obtain the correct visa, contact the nearest Thai Embassy or Consulate. If you are found to be in breach of the terms of your stay, you can be fined or worse – penalties are strict here.

What to Eat Whilst You’re There

Being alone in Thailand doesn’t necessarily mean eating on your own. The best food can be found at the local night market, where street vendors will sell a selection of dishes, including fried rice, noodles, and fresh juice. The seating here is lively and communal, meaning you’re likely to meet new people.

If you’re staying in a hostel or hotel, there will probably be a cafe or restaurant to have dinner. There will also be fellow travellers in search of a dining companion. There are even food tours, should that be your preferred choice.

Getting Around During Your Travels

When you reach your location, finding your way can be daunting, especially when on your own. To ensure you don’t get overcharged and that you reach your accommodation safely, make sure to book an airport taxi for your arrival and departure.

Once you’re there and ready to explore, a journey by tuk-tuk is an essential Thai experience. More commonly found in Bangkok, these noisy vehicles are commonly used to get around. Always agree on the fare beforehand and ensure you have the right amount before arrival. Do note, the fare is the same regardless of the number of people in the vehicle, so team up with others to save some money!

An even cheaper form of transport, motorcycle taxis seat one passenger – perfect for a solo traveler. These tend to cover all major towns and even off-the-beaten-path destinations.

Meeting New People and Making Friends

One of the best ways to widen your social circle as a solo traveler is to join and participate in organized trips, activities, and excursions. Not only does this mean visiting places you want to during your travels but also doing so in a safe and organized group.

Remember, you’re only strangers because you’ve never properly met before and you already have something in common – you love traveling! Once meeting new friends, you’re then able to head off on your own adventures.

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