Chances are, you probably won’t have problems traveling solo through South East Asia. That being said, these seven tips will help you to have a safe and memorable journey through Southeast Asia.
Dress Conservatively: Don’t draw too much attention to yourself with the outfits you choose while walking down the street or drinking at bars. Now, this doesn’t mean that you should wear a frock and hide yourself. Just choose to wear comfortable and simple clothing that isn’t flashy or revealing.
Be Prepared: When travelling overseas, carry your IDs and some cash, but we always recommend to leave your passport in the hotel’s safe. Carrying enough cash and proper identification can avoid problems with local authorities, and it’s always a good idea to know where the nearest embassy is, just in case.
Stay sober: While there is nothing wrong with having a drink or two, if you’re traveling alone, try not to overdo it. Don’t leave your drink unattended, be aware of your surroundings and know where you are, and the best way to get home, at all times.
Speak the Language: In bigger cities, you’re less likely to have a problem with the language barrier since more people will speak English. However, in smaller towns in the countryside, you may have to speak the native language. Now, no one is going to expect you to speak the local tongue fluently, but it helps to know a few basic phrases and words as you might be able to avoid problems and maybe make a few new friends down the road.
Find a friend: While you can absolutely travel solo and stay safe, it helps sometimes if you can find a travelling partner who shares your interests, especially if you’re going out at night.
Follow Your Instincts: Being on the road might make you do things you probably wouldn’t do at home, and that’s okay: so long as you remain true to yourself and follow your gut instincts. If something feels weird, it probably is. Listen to yourself!
Customs: As a foreigner, you may not understand, or even agree with, some of the customs or festivals in Southeast Asia. But, to avoid uncomfortable situations, try your best to learn a few of the essential local customs and do some research about few of their popular festivals. They’re lots of fun! Plus, you may be able to make a new friend (either a traveler or a local) with your newfound “in-the-know” knowledge!
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By understanding how to act and what to avoid, you’ll have an awesome time in this beautiful part of the world.