Asia Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 http://advisorwellness.com/hyprshred/
  2. 2 Himachal Pradesh
  3. 3 Phuket Beaches
  4. 4 India itinerary critique please
  5. 5 Japan Itinerary!
  6. 6 Cancelling trip to Burma; seeking advice for outskirts of Bangkok
  7. 7 Trip Report A short trip report of Vietnam, Dec 2016
  8. 8 Feedback on Kyushu itinerary
  9. 9 cross from Ketapang in Java to Gilimanuk in Bali
  10. 10 Trip Report India for Softies : A slow comfortable tour around some of Northern India
  11. 11 Trip Report Magical India
  12. 12 Best location for snorkelling/ beach/ quiet resort/ great Thai food
  13. 13 Need for promethium sprayed mosquito nets for SEAsia travel
  14. 14 Vientiane and ??
  15. 15 JFK to BKK sale on Qatar
  16. 16 Possible itinerary - 4 days in Georgia
  17. 17 16 days in Japan--how to divide time?
  18. 18 Wild China vs Travel Guide China (or the like)
  19. 19 Luggage size China ?
  20. 20 New Vietnam eVisa service
  21. 21 Thai Elephants
  22. 22 Is it safe to travel Hong Kong in Oct?
  23. 23 Myanmar in Five days - Advice please!
  24. 24 Trip Report Sri Lanka in August
  25. 25 Self-drive in Thailand?
View next 25 » Back to the top

Solo female first-timer: Thailand

I am a young woman traveling solo to Thailand for two weeks in January 2016, and am seeking advice on three things:

1. Suggested place to stay in Railay OR other recommended beach for solo female? Within the limited lodging options in Railay, reviews are mixed regarding safety of walking back to Railay Garden View bungalows in East Railay at night (best value relative to location I've researched so far). Ideally I'd like something a bit nicer than a sparse backpacker futon, but would like to keep costs less than $50/night if possible. If Railay isn't recommended, any other advice for a more natural/peaceful place (not party central but still safe/not desolate)? I've heard Phuket, Ko Phi Phi, Ko Samui are touristy/crowded/not as nice these days.

2. Advice on a private tour guide (university student?) or reputable tour company in Chiang Mai. I'm not a "tour" person, but understand this is a good way to see things here; the more in-depth, off-the-beaten-path, genuine the better. I'd love to go bamboo rafting, biking in rice paddies, trekking, visit hill tribe villages and cook dinner/stay overnight with a family if possible and truly helpful to the family's livelihood. I'd prefer to go with other strangers in a group, since it seems strange to be adventuring alone with a (potentially male) tour guide; but as of yet, haven't found a pre-arranged tour that does all of these things together! And if it's custom, I understand I would be going alone with the guide.

3. I would love to bathe/feed elephants but only if it is truly harmless/humane. Elephant Nature Center seems kind, but also seems rather superficial/less interactive than I'd like. Chai Lai Orchid tours seem to be what I'm looking for, but are more expensive. Advice welcome!

Thank you VERY much for your help!

No Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement