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Lone Female Traveler Heading to Bangkok and SW Feb 18th- March 8th

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Lone Female Traveler Heading to Bangkok and SW Feb 18th- March 8th and general questions
3 years ago, February 2nd 2011 No: 1 Msg: #127996  
Cheers! I\'m flying to Bangkok, and would like to head down to the Southwest soon after arrival. I would like to find another female or group of girls to meet up with. A few questions I have:

- So many islands/beaches to choose from, I would like to stay away from too touristy, but keep it safe?
- Hostel recommendations for Bangkok and SW?
- Any day group tours and are worth the money?
- Advice on food......what not to eat? And if I get sick, is it going to be expensive?

Thank you so much!
Amy
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3 years ago, February 8th 2011 No: 2 Msg: #128458  
Hi Amy, I am travelling alone also however I have already been that way. If your going to Bangkok a lot of back packers hang out Khao San road (sorry if I have spelt that wrong). You can virtually just walk around and look for a place. Most of them are pretty cheap and the best thing about walking around and looking is you can see for yourself inside and out. Loved the area and you will bump into many travellors.
How long are you travelling for? I have landed in Vietnam and am spending a few months here. Reply to this

3 years ago, February 14th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #129078  
Hi, is anyone travelling alone with a child? I'm soon about leaving to thailand and have difficulties to find anyone telling me what to avoid. my friend told me her stuff was stolen in the middle of the night from her bungalow while sleeping with her children. And yes, i'm already panicing if some one would be able to kidnap my child. I know this might sound ridiculous, but still... i would appreciate to hear from someone who has travelled alone with a child. I've used to travell around the world of my one and with my daughter but now when she is already 3 years old and runs around had made me think, if...
Can't wait to hear your experiences.

Thank you in advance, Annaliina Reply to this

3 years ago, February 14th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #129085  
Sorry, Annalilna, I've never been so I have no advice for you. Safe travels, though! Listen to your gut, wherever you go!

Michellou, thank you so much for replying! Reply to this

3 years ago, February 15th 2011 No: 5 Msg: #129099  
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"Hi, is anyone travelling alone with a child? I'm soon about leaving to thailand and have difficulties to find anyone telling me what to avoid. my friend told me her stuff was stolen in the middle of the night from her bungalow while sleeping with her children. And yes, i'm already panicing if some one would be able to kidnap my child. I know this might sound ridiculous, but still... i would appreciate to hear from someone who has travelled alone with a child. I've used to travell around the world of my one and with my daughter but now when she is already 3 years old and runs around had made me think, if..."

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I can give you some general information but nothing specific on tourists with kids. Before you leave home you might want to introduce your kid to some simple Asian foods, in particular fried rice. Fried rice is cheap and always prepared fresh. I wouldn't stuff a lot of strange street food in the kid either. It is one thing for you to get sick from bad food but a kid would be more serious. Pin a hotel card or hand written card in the kids pocket with your name and a way to reach you if the kid is found separate from you. Maybe an email address and cell phone number. Have some recent photos of your kid with you for identification.

As far as accommodations go you might consider not staying in the cheapest fan only places with screens on the windows. It might be safer to choose a room that has A/C so you can keep windows shut and locked! Fans on windows don't keep people out! Just you no problem but you decided to bring a kid with you so you have to pay a little more for safety!

As an adult I don't choose hotel rooms that are on the ground floor because I don't want anyone climbing in the window. All alone you can stay in the most remote locations without other tourists around but probably it would be better to be in an area with more people around for safety with the kid. I wouldn't choose any dorm or guest house with shared toilets unless you intend to be with the kid when she is using it.

If your kid runs off here and there put a leash (harness) on her! Someone always complains that she is not a dog but we don't let dogs run out in traffic why would a kid be less important? If you are on boats a harness would be a very safe thing to use! One careless moment of inattention and your kid could be run over by truck or fall overboard! And I don't have to tell you how risky it would be for you to have a guy you just meet spend the night with you with your kid around! Party time with a kid around will never be the same! Getting drunk as a skunk and doing stupid things is okay when it is just you but with the kid you have to put the brakes on!

I haven't heard of any foreign children being kidnapped in Thailand! They do get sick sometimes eating crappy food from time to time. There are modern supermarkets where you can buy bread and fixings for sandwiches, snacks, soda and milk. Thailand has some good hospitals but if you intend to be in the most remote areas you might not have close hospitals nearby.

Google up "traveling with kids in Thailand" and you will get lots of info.





As far as someone sneaking in your hotel room with you asleep - well double check that the door is locked! If you put a chair against the door knob you might sleep a little better. One trick that some travelers use is placing a Coke can with a few small coins or pebbles in it balanced on the door knob. Someone turns the knob to get in the can falls and rolls making a racket. You can bring a wood wedge to stick in the crack under the door making it hard to open the door.


Have a nice holiday.



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3 years ago, February 18th 2011 No: 6 Msg: #129405  

Hi Amy,

I visited Thailand and LOVED it. I stayed on Khao San road at a hostel, can't remember the name, but there were lots. I wish I could remember the name - I'll dig through old journals and try to find it.

Anyway, our hostel offered a 'Floating Market' tour - it was SO amazing! Highly recommended. My friend and I had landed in Thailand the day the airport was being shutdown because of protests. (this was Late November 2008 I believe)

I remember, I thought I was being so clever because I kept trying to negotiate with the taxi drivers, but they all gave me high prices I had read were not normal, so I kept saying no. Finally a Thai man came up to us and started to speak Thai to us. Seeing our blank expressions, he said "big boom" and made a cutting motion across his neck....that's when we knew we should probably leave. We jumped into the nearest cab and took off. This explained the lack of negotiating - everyone was fleeing the airport.
It was so crazy to ride into the city and see protesters jamming the road going toward the airport, screaming and singing. We were nervous, but the protests were totally peaceful and there was never any danger to us. But our friends due to fly in the next day never made it - we were so lucky!

Aha, sorry, back on track.

Anyway, the floating market tour was so incredible. You get into these little canoe-like boats and someone rows you around these floating markets stalls that are laid out on the edge of the canals. It was so fun, and everything was so colorful. Then we were taken on a motorboat through these waterways (outside the city?), that went along people's homes. Also included in the tour was a snake show, where these snake tamers had snakes slithering all over the place, the guys were grabbing the snakes with their mouths....incredible!

I'm getting carried away, sorry, I just had such a great time there. I wish I could go back with you!

Eat lots of Pad Thai, ride the Tuk Tuks like there's no tomorrow, check out the amazing temples, and get up early to watch the monks going to temple.

Also, if you like Thai food, consider a Thai cooking class. I really enjoyed mine. Most of the stuff we did while in Thailand I got from trip advisor. It's a great resource, check it out.

I'll try to dig up some photos and post them for you!

Have a blast! Reply to this

3 years ago, February 18th 2011 No: 7 Msg: #129409  
Here are some photos if you're interested!

http://www.travelblog.org/Asia/Thailand/blog-579589.html Reply to this

3 years ago, February 19th 2011 No: 8 Msg: #129450  
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Hey Amy,

How are you - Hope your travel is going well - i will be in BKK on the 20th and 21th and have been there couple of times...I will be in the Sukumvit area...but surely we could catch up.....Khao San Road surely is great to meet other people and hang out and then there are some great retraunts etc.....

Let me know what your plans are and would love to help and or catch up....Enjoy your travels !!!

Ciao
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