Is Asia Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Asiain general, has both very safe and considerably less safe areas. Countries like Japan, Singapore, South Korea tend to be incredibly safe for solo female travelers due to their strict laws and low crime rates. On the other hand, there are regions where extra precautions are necessary due to cultural differences, stricter societies or higher crime rates. It's crucial to research both the cultural customs and latest travel advisories of your specific destinations before embarking on your journey.

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How safe is Asia?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Moderate

Safety in Asia at night can vary greatly depending on the region and city. While certain areas are generally safe with well-lit streets, busy night markets, and continuous police presence, others may be more secluded, with poorly lit streets, which can increase potential risks. As a solo female traveler, it is always crucial to research your specific location's neighborhood and follow local safety advice. Remain alert, aware of your surroundings, and avoid getting isolated especially during late hours.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Asia tends to be reliable and somewhat comfortable to travel in for solo female travelers. In most cities and populated areas, the system is organized, efficient, and regular in service. Buses, trains, subways, and ferries are mostly safe, well maintained, and surveyed through CCTV cameras. However, it is still advisable to stay cautious, especially during late hours or in less crowded areas. Some problems could arise from cultural misunderstandings or language barriers, but overall, traveling through public transport should not pose a significant problem.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Moderate

The level of street harassment in Asia often varies by country and can fluctuate between regions within those countries. Some areas are quite respectful and you'll rarely experience any form of harassment at all, while in others you might encounter mild to moderate cases of stares or unwelcome comments. Additionally, cultural norms and societal attitudes towards women differ widely across this large and diverse continent. However, the majority of these experiences are non-threatening and easily avoided by maintaining awareness of your surroundings, avoiding less crowded places at night, and dressing modestly in respect of local customs.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Moderate

Asia is vast and its crime rate varies from country to country. Petty crimes like pickpocketing or purse-snatching are not uncommon especially in crowded tourist areas. However, most parts of Asia are generally safe if you are cautious and follow travel advisories and local laws. It's advisable to keep your belongings secured and be aware of your surroundings. Use common sense when at markets, crowded places or while using public transport.
Tap water:

Tap water:Unsafe

Tap water safety varies quite considerably across Asia. While it may be fine in some more developed areas, most regions, particularly rural ones, tend not to have safe tap water for consumption. It's recommended to use bottled or purified water to avoid any potential harm from poor water quality. Even in cities, avoid drinking tap water unless it's been treated or confirmed safe. This doesn't just go for drinking, but also for brushing your teeth or washing fruits and vegetables. Remember, food safety should always be a top priority when traveling.

Is Asia safe to travel?

4.2 /5

Based on 6 experiences

Group travel experience

I just returned after 2.5 months in Southeast Asia (Thailand -> Cambodia -> Vietnam -> Bali -> Thailand), which is practically what you are doing. I can initially say that it was absolutely amazing and I felt very safe the whole time (an 18-year-old solo female), although I spent a lot of time on organised group tours, which greatly facilitated the entire experience.

Posted: November 12, 2022
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Is Asia worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 6 experiences

Solo travel experience

I spent a solitary 4.5 months traveling around Southeast Asia and visited Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bali, and I enjoyed them all. I would definitely recommend Cambodia. Especially the Koh Rong islands - they are geographically close to the popular Thai islands, but they are much less spoiled and amazing thanks to sections of white beaches and crystal blue ocean!

Posted: November 19, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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I loved Vietnam (my favorites are the Mekong Delta, Hoi An and Ha Long Bay (you can live on the islands there)) and Sumatra (check out Lake Maninjau and the orangutan sanctuary in Bukit Lawang). Don't book too far in advance, that way you can stay longer in the places you will love and vice versa.

Posted: November 11, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Gayle

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Hello everyone! I’m Gayle, 23. I am graduating from uni in June (yay) so I plan to just travel for a while after that. I’ve already been doing some traveling since January and have been to Thailand, Japan and just got back from Bali last week. I’m already set to backpack across SEA on October starting in Vietnam and just see where the journey leads me! Hoping to meet some friends along the way :)

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Mal

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Im a travel lover. Also, a foodie. Been to 63 provinces in Vietnam and 16 countries. Hope i can be of your help!

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Ho Chi Minh City

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Im a travel lover. Also, a foodie. Been to 63 provinces in Vietnam and 16 countries. Hope i can be of your help!

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Taipei City

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1 day

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Hello, I am Emily from Taiwan, I am 25 and will study in Finland in August. I am easy going, kind, clean and polite. I would like to meet people and new cultures around the world. I can bring handmade pottery for you, which is created by my mother.

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Safety in Asia