As a woman, holidaying solo (or even with friends) overseas can be a bit daunting at first – but from the moment you step off the plane, you’ll notice that Thailand is a wonderful place for women travellers. A wide range of tailored products and services – specially identified by TAT – from accommodation, to transport to shopping (and everything in between) is on hand, so that when you wave goodbye to the ‘Land of Smiles’, it’s really a ‘see you again soon’.
Here are some tips to get the most out of your stay:
Make the most of the female-friendly travel resources available that will help make your stay a memorable one, like the TAT’s ‘Women’s Journey Thailand’ app available on the App Store or Google Play. More information is also available at https://womensjourney.tourismthailand.org.
Be street smart
Carry what you need, so you don’t have to rely on others – and remember that even in the smartphone age, batteries can easily run flat. So, while they may seem old-fashioned, it’s still good to carry hardcopy back-ups, like a small amount of cash, a map, a few useful phrases and telephone numbers, and the address of your hotel in Thai.
Above all else, a little vigilance and common sense goes a long way – just like when you’re at home, be aware of your surroundings and keep to well-lit areas. If you do venture into new areas, introduce yourself to the locals so that if anything unexpected were to happen, you have friendly faces to turn to.
Know where you’re heading and how to get there
Getting around in Thailand is generally quite easy, but it pays to plan a bit in advance, and ask local advice before you set off. There’s lots of English on street signs and public transport, while Bangkok and other key tourist destinations have extensive security camera networks. Friendly staff at every BTS Skytrain or MRT underground station are on hand during all operating hours, and can help you with any queries or advice.
When in Rome (or even in Bangkok)
It’s a tried and trusted mantra for travellers: “Do as the locals do”. Thailand is a Buddhist country, so it’s respectful to be aware of things that might be considered less than appropriate. Whether you’re a man or a woman, remember that Thais value modest dress and good manners, and public displays of affection are generally kept to a minimum. And remember, a genuine smile will go a long, long way.
If you find yourself in a tough spot…
Even the best laid plans sometimes come up with surprises, so tourists are encouraged to be vigilant when it comes to their surroundings. Thankfully – if something does happen – specially trained and trusted Tourist Police units are on hand for travellers nationwide, so whether you find yourself in Bangkok, Phuket, Ko Samui, Chiang Mai, or anywhere else, don’t hesitate to give them a call any time by dialling 1155.
Equipped with these tips, women can be assured that wherever they choose to travel nationwide, they will have access to products and services that are tailored for them, and will make their visit both convenient and enjoyable.