Is Thailand Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Thailand is generally safe for solo female travelers. However, exercising common sense and staying aware of the surroundings are important. The locals are friendly and helpful, but, as in any place, it's important to be cautious of who to trust. Be careful with belongings and avoid venturing out alone at night, especially in quieter areas. Majority of the people are respectful, friendly and will help if you're in need.

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How safe is Thailand?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Moderate

While Thailand is generally considered a safe destination, night time can bring certain risks particularly in major cities and tourist areas. Cases of petty crime such as pickpocketing and theft are commonplace. Some areas are poorly lit and pedestrians have to be careful. Women, especially, should be cautious about their intake of alcohol and mindful of their belongings and wearing modest clothing to respect local customs. Traveling in groups is advised over walking alone.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Thailand is generally reliable and safe. This includes transportation such as city buses, taxis, tuk-tuks, songthaews, and Bangkok’s BTS Sky Train System and MRT Subway. There's an established culture of respect towards women in public spaces, including on public transportation. However, it's important to use common sense while using public transportation, in particularly crowded or late-night situations. Keep an eye on your belongings at all times, be aware of your surroundings, and try sticking to well-lit areas.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Thailand is generally considered safe and respectful towards solo female travelers. While there might be occasional catcalling or unsolicited comments, it's not a widespread issue. Most locals show great respect towards visitors and are often very helpful. Nonetheless, as anywhere, it's advisable to maintain a level of caution, especially at night in less crowded areas. You may encounter touts trying to sell you something or directing you to shops, which is a common form of annoyance rather than harassment in tourist heavy areas. Thai culture is relatively conservative and dressing modestly can often help reduce unwanted attention.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Moderate

While there is a risk for petty crimes such as pickpocketing or bag-snatching particularly in crowded areas or tourist hotspots, Thailand generally has a relatively safe environment for travelers if precautions are taken. Always keep your belongings secure and be aware of your surroundings to further lower your risks for such incidents.
Tap water:

Tap water:Unsafe

Tap water in Thailand is not generally considered safe to drink straight from the tap. Although it's typically treated and purified in cities, it can still contain bacteria, contaminates or heavy metals. It is recommended to stick to bottled or filtered water during your stay to reduce the risk of illness or infection.

Is Thailand safe to travel?

4.7 /5

Based on 58 experiences

Keren

Keren (33)

France

Solo travel experience

I stayed a few month in Thailand (Bangkok, krabi, chiang mai, koh samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao) and loved every minute! People are amazingly friendly, food and culture is great, I practiced Muay Thai for the whole time in all the places and it is a great way to get into the local traditions and to meet locals. It’s really safe and easy to navigate (transportation, English speaking people, internet…).

Posted: June 28, 2024Experienced: January, 2024
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I did a volunteer in a yoga school and for me was amazing! I meet a lot of people and i learn a lot! The food was incredible!! (No spicy if you aske for it) I feel safe all the time and i always trust destiny!

Posted: June 16, 2024Experienced: May, 2017
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A very easy place to travel to as a solo woman. It feels very safe, you constantly meet fellow travelers, and the locals are super welcoming. Everything is easy and flowing, as Thailand has been accustomed to tourism for a long time now.

Posted: June 9, 2024
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There are a lot of temples in Thailand, I would recommend you to go to a few but don't waste your time visiting 71626732 temples. North Thailand has a nice weather, I stayed in Chiang Mai and in a meditation retreat called Pa Pae, in the way between Chiang Mai and Pai. The last one is also a city you should visit. I felt safe, everything is easy, lots of atms, every place has good food.

Posted: June 7, 2024Experienced: December, 2023
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I feel safe since the day 1 arrived at the Airport. Taxi driver was very kind. I had so much fun at the rooftop bar in Bangkok Had a good time hangout around, walking and tried local food! I booked 5 stars hotel and it was amazing

Posted: May 9, 2024Experienced: November, 2023
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Réka

Réka

Hungary

Solo travel experience

Thailand was amazing for a solo trip (my first)!! Super safe, very cheap, people are friendly and helpful. I stayed in Krabi, Ao Nang in an Airbnb. Stayed for 10 days but it’s worth staying way longer. There are many many things to do, boat trips, lots of restaurants and bars/clubs as well. Weed is legal if you’re into that😂 I never once felt unsafe, maybe except for the one time a bunch of stray dogs appeared around me at night but it ended up being fine hahah. The food is great and very inexpensive. At my fav restaurant there I spent 80 baht for a full meal with a drink (=2.17$). The airbnb/apartment was not the best honestly but it was okay and also affordable, around 250$ for 10 nights. Next time i’d rather choose a hotel though, I just booked too late and everything was full. If you have a license, moving around will be super easy as you can rent a motorcycle for cheap. I don’t, so I mostly walked around but there are also many tuktuks that operate as taxis😁 Very easy to connect with people, many other solo travelers are there and I never once felt alone. 1000% would go back again for longer! Jan-March I think are the best times to go❤️

Posted: May 3, 2024
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I been to Bangkok few times but this time I’m flying solo, nothing different tho. I feel safe just riding BTS as my transportation going to places. As much as possible I do Take BTS as I travel around Bangkok or Book Day Tour on website or hotel itself. Specially the ones that railway can’t go. The body massage in Thailand is the best. Must try if you like body massage. My selection of Hotels are nearby BTS stations. so I could save time and money. As solo traveler I avoid going to bars. However I do go to the bar in the hotel I stay in.

Posted: April 17, 2024
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I've visited Phuket, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Phi Phi, Ko Tao, Samui, and Phangan within a year. It's the place where I felt 100% safe, particularly when walking at night. I never received any unwanted attention from the locals. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for tourists or foreigners, but still, I was amazed by the place.

Posted: March 31, 2024
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Thailand is a very safe place to travel. People are really nice and they truly love tourists. I would travel to Thailand again if I get the chance. I really recommend you to visit this amazing country whether alone or with your friends and family.

Posted: March 19, 2024
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Nanna

Nanna

Denmark

Solo travel experience

I’ve been solo-travelling in thailand for a total of two months. I’ve felt safe and at home throughout the entire country. One single time did I experience getting catcalled on the street. One single time in two months. People are kind, the food is great. Beautiful landscapes in the north and amazing beaches in the south. Overall my favourite southeast Asian country so far.

Posted: March 17, 2024
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Is Thailand safe for women?

Thailand is very very safe and cosy. Food is great people are friendly, Kohphangan is one of the bet places on earth.you can ask anyone on the street what you are looking for and everywhere is good restaurants and yoga schools

Posted: May 31, 2024
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I lived in Thailand for 5 years and traveled all over the place alone - it's totally safe. Of course, like anywhere, be aware of your surroundings and don't do risky things. Thailand and the Thai people are amazing.

Posted: April 6, 2024
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Is Thailand safe right now?

Before your visit to Thailand, it's essential to check travel advisories for Thailand, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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United States Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The United States Government advises exercising normal precautions in Thailand, though some areas may pose an increased risk. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 24, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian Government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Thailand due to ongoing political tensions and sporadic demonstrations in Bangkok and elsewhere in the country. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 11, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Australian Government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Thailand overall due to security and safety risks. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 23, 2024

Is Thailand worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 58 experiences

Solo travel experience

I visited Bangkok, Phuket, phi phi islands, Ao Nang and Koh Samui ! Favourite place - Bangkok and Krabi Least favourite but still nice - Koh Samui Normal prices for transport , great street food but be careful with water. Friendly people everywhere. Make sure you don’t litter and disturb

Posted: July 10, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Amber

Amber

United Kingdom

Solo travel experience

My first ever solo backpacking trip and it’s been incredible! I’m very much a planner and organiser back home so I have struggled a little bit to not plan too far ahead and go with the flow. I’ve made incredible friends and have made the most of every opportunity and experience

Posted: June 21, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Amaia

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Spaniard living in Bangkok (been living in here for 8 years!). Active and curious about many things, into yoga, breathwork, aerials, acro & more 🤸🏻‍♀️Also loving nature and art. Days don’t have enough hours! 😅 Working teaching Spanish as a foreign language and studying a Bsc in Psychology. I made really good connections through Couchsurfing and would like to give this a go! Happy to host :) You’d have your own room with an airmattress. Just no heavy partying plz! * LGBTIAQ+ & kink friendly and not judging🌈

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Minna

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🩵Hello there! I'm Minna, a 20-year-old Thai student currently studying in the beautiful town of Beppu, Japan🇹🇭🇯🇵. I'm absolutely passionate about exploring new cultures and experiencing all the wonders this world has to offer. Whether it's whipping up a delicious dish in the kitchen🍳, listening to musical theatre playlist🎧, or capturing the perfect shot with my 📷 , I find joy in every moment. My friends often describe me as a "golden retriever" type of person – friendly, outgoing, and always eager for adventure. I'm thrilled at the prospect of embarking on new journeys and creating unforgettable experiences together.✨✨✨

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Amaia

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About me

Spaniard living in Bangkok (been living in here for 8 years!). Active and curious about many things, into yoga, breathwork, aerials, acro & more 🤸🏻‍♀️Also loving nature and art. Days don’t have enough hours! 😅 Working teaching Spanish as a foreign language and studying a Bsc in Psychology. I made really good connections through Couchsurfing and would like to give this a go! Happy to host :) You’d have your own room with an airmattress. Just no heavy partying plz! * LGBTIAQ+ & kink friendly and not judging🌈

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Nuji

Bangkok

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3 days

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Chiara

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Hello! I’m 20 years old and I live in Milan. If I have to described me with few words I surely say cheerful, funny and straightforward. I’m a really determined person and I can adapt to everything! The people who know me best could define me as a non-sporty girl but they wouldn't say I'm a lazy one either. In fact, I'm sportive when I really like the activity I'm doing, otherwise, I can't truly appreciate it. Sometimes I must stay alone but, at the same time, I need to stay with my friends hanging out and laugh with them. I'm generally friendly and curios, for this reason in this my experience I would like to meet new different people and new places. I love talking with people and try to help them, if this happens my sweetness, one of my best qualities, comes out and you can be sure I will always be next to you for every problem and difficulties. I'm always been impressed by art. Every type of it. I'm sure this thing came from my mother and her artistic bent. Unfortunately, I haven't brought from her the skill to can draw and paint, but certainly, I've learned the freedom to be whatever I want. I love travelling and take pictures, I always bring with me my camera. I enjoy adventures and the simplicity. Low cost travel, rich in emotions :)

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Safety in Thailand