The Ultimate Bucketlist for Asia

Having lived in Asia and travelled around Asia for the last 10 years I have created my own southeast Asia bucket list to share with you all the amazing activities that you can do on this continent to hopefully inspire you to travel here. This article has been updated post covid pandemic.

Bucket List South East Asia: Learn to scuba dive

Scuba diving is probably one of my top recommendations for your southeast Asia bucket list. It opens up a whole new underwater world that you probably didn’t know existed. Learning to dive in Asia is much cheaper than in other parts of the world and we have some of the top dive sites in the world. If visiting Thailand, then you can definitely add learning to scuba diving to your bucketlist Thailand as Koh Tao is the best place to learn scuba diving in Asia and likely to be one of the cheapest places in the world for Open Water divers.

Travel Bucket List Asia : See the Taj Mahal

Far from being a cliche, seeing the Taj Mahal in person really moved me as I stood in awe at a building. Usually, I am in awe of nature and seek out many natural places while travelling, however, India is definitely an exception for me as the stunning architecture of the Mughal Empire in Rajasthan. If you’re thinking of travelling India as a solo female traveller then check out my solo female travel India advice.

Asia Travel Bucket List : Snorkel with Manta Rays

These incredible gentle ocean giants are so worth a trip specially to see them. There are two spots where I have been snorkelling with mantas, once in Nusa Lembongan, an island south of Bali and also in the Maldives during rainy season in the famous Hanifaru Bay – you can read more about it here on my Maldives travel blog.

Bucket List Adventure Asia : Wild Elephants

If you have visited South East Asia before then you will definitely be aware of many elephant camps where elephant abuse is rife. One of the best ways to counter this and support wild elephants is to see them in their true home in the jungle, thereby also supporting national parks and the rangers who protect these areas. Thailand has a good chance of spotting wild elephants in Khao Yai National Park. However, Sri Lanka is probably the best place in the world for wild elephants in Udawalawe National Park or the famous Yala National Park.

Bucket List Asia: Celebrate Songkran, the Thai water festival

Thailand has many fun festivals but this has to be everybody’s favourite water festival. To celebrate Thai new year in April, the streets of Thailand turn into one massive water fight with water guns, ice buckets and water balloons everywhere for about 4-5 days. The best place to celebrate Songkran is in Chiang Mai where locals and tourists all can enjoy the water fights, Buddha processions and local markets.

Bucketlist Adventures in Asia : Surf in Bali

I have never met a person who disliked Bali. This island in Indonesia is famous for its beauty and its surf breaks which are great for beginners and experts depending on which area you go to.

Asia bucketlist adventures : Fairytale Waterfalls

Laos is home to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall which has stunning turquoise blue water thanks to the natural minerals in the area. The nearby town of Luang Prabang is fantastic to relax in and soak up the chilled Laos vibes.

Asia Ultimate Bucketlist : Angkor Wat

Stay in Siem Reap and visit the incredible temples of the Angkor Wat complex. Over a thousand years old, these temples are still standing, yet many have been reclaimed by nature with tree roots growing over them. This is the site where Tomb Raider with Lara Croft was filmed and if you’re interested in ancient history you should definitely add Cambodia to your travel bucketlist.

Asia Bucketlist for Adventurers : Komodo Dragons

These dinosaurs are definitely worth a visit to Indonesia and Komodo National Park, the only place in the world to see the famous or infamous Komodo dragons. Yes ,they are really as huge as they look in the photos. This area also has some of the top diving in the world with healthy, colourful coral reefs, manta rays and reef sharks and beautiful pink sand beaches with clear turquoise water.

Bucketlist South East Asia : Visit Buddhist Temples

If you are from a country where there are not any beautiful Buddhist temples then there are more than a few that are definitely worth a visit. As a long time inhabitant of Bangkok I can definitely recommend Wat Pho and Wat Arun during your Bangkok trip. If you are in the North of Thailand then the White Temple, Wat Rong Khun, should be on your Thailand bucketlist.

South East Asia Bucket List : Orangutans

This endangered species will sadly not be around for much longer so take the chance to see them in the wild while it is still possible. One of the best places to see wild orangutans is in Bukit Lawang in Sumatra, Indonesia. They are wild and semi-wild orangutans here as some of them have been rehabilitated after being rescued from the exotic pet trade.

Asia Bucketlist : Caves

Visit huge, very impressive caves in Vietnam. There are many caves and day trips and even overnight trips to choose from. The best ones I visited were visitable when staying in Dong Hoi, Vietnam.

Asia Bucketlist : Sleep on a Houseboat

One of the best ways to explore the backwaters of Kerala is from a houseboat which you can organise while staying in Kochi. Swim in the river, see the local way of life while cruising slowly through the Kerala backwaters.

Bucketlist Adventure Travel Asia : Kayak to Desert Islands

Kayaking to desert islands is possible in many countries in Southeast Asia such as Thailand, the Maldives and the Philippines. A popular option is to find a clear kayak so that you can appreciate the beauty of the reef below you.

Asia Bucketlist : Shark Diving

If you are a diver, or want to become a qualified scuba diver then diving with sharks is likely already to be on your scuba bucketlist asia plan. Asia boasts incredible dive sites for shark diving, from thresher sharks in the Philippines, to bull sharks and tiger sharks in the Maldives to reef sharks in Indonesia.

Southeast Asia Bucketlist : Feed Rescue Elephants

Many tourists want to get up close to elephants but it is very important to find an ethical place to do this. Anywhere can call themselves a ‘sanctuary’ so how do you find one that is actually an ethical elephant experience? The Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand has been rescuing elephants, gibbons and many other animals for years now and have opened the I Love Phants lodge which is an amazing place to experience elephants, feed them by hand and know that your money is going to the right place. Never do anything that involves chains, mahoot hooks, elephant riding or an elephant show or camp.

Asia Bucketlist: Markets

Every country will have an amazing market to visit, whether it’s for souvenirs, street food or unique crafts but few can boast that they are the world’s biggest outdoor weekend market. Chatachak market, also known as JJ market to locals, is a huge, sprawling market in Bangkok. If you are visiting Bangkok on a weekend then add it to your Thailand bucketlist. Please note while many vendors are returning in a post covid world it is still not as huge as it once was before the Covid pandemic.

Bucketlist Asia : Blue Whales

In Sri Lanka you can see the biggest animal in the world, the blue whale. They are present in Sri Lankan waters almost year round depending on which area you visit. Two of the two spots for blue whale spotting are in the south in Mirissa and the north in Trincomalee. Boats must adhere to guidelines and do not approach too close to the blue whales and once the whales dives three times they are required to leave the area to not disturb the whale more than necessary for viewing.

Thailand Bucketlist : Full Moon Party

If you are a party animal then you may have already heard of the infamous Full Moon Party in Thailand which is essentially a huge beach party every month on the day of the full moon on Koh Phangan. For a crazy fun night of drinking and dancing on the beach then read my full article here on advice and guidance for the Full Moon Party Thailand. 

South Asia Bucketlist : Stay on a Paradise Island

The Maldives is home to over a thousand paradise islands, waiting to welcome you onto white sand beaches, and clear, warm Indian Ocean waters. Many potential visitors to the Maldives think that you must always stay at a resort and spend a huge amount of money, however, staying on local islands in the Maldives is a more authentic, affordable experience. Read this article for more information about resort islands and local islands Maldives. 

South East Asia Bucketlist : Street Art

Enjoy walks around the island of Penang in Malaysia while discovering all the street art this charming place has to offer.

 

Ultimate Travel Bucketlist Asia : Trek the Himalayas

Head to Nepal and get involved in an organised trek of the Himalayan mountains. Treks can range from a few days to more and can include treks like Pune Hill, Annapurna Base Camp and Everest Base Camp.

Travel Bucketlist Asia: Wild Tigers

There’s a few places where you have a good chance of seeing wild tigers in Asia. Add Ranthambore National Park to your India travel bucket list as this is the best place there to try and spot these gorgeous creatures. Unfortunately I was not so lucky on my two days safari there but I will try again in the future. Seeing wild tigers is very high up my India bucketlist.

Asia Bucket List Travel : Drink at a Skybar

Many of the huge Asian cities boast glorious sunset and night time views from skyscrapers with sky bars on the top. Bangkok has many incredible skybars such as Above Eleven, Tichuca and Octave. Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi have equally supurb views and possible the best of all is the Helipad bar in Kuala Lumpur which is a working helipad during the day so has completely unblocked views.

Travel Bucket List Asia : Learn about History

There is so much ancient and modern history to be learnt about while travelling in Asia, much of which you will not have learnt at school. Visit museums in Vietnam to fully understand the impact of the American War included human rights abuses and the use of poison Agent Orange. Go to Kanchanaburi in Thailand to visit and understand about the death railway and the prisoners of war that were forced to work there. Explore national museums such as those in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, India and Sri Lanka to understand about the lasting effects of colonisation by European empires.

What else is on yours?

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How to Travel Around Thailand

Many people often ask me about how to travel around Thailand Bangkok, also known as the gateway to South East Asia, has amazing connections to almost everywhere in the country and indeed the rest of Asia. Flights, buses, trains and minivans connect this big bad city to the world beyond Bangkok. Read on to find out the lowdown about each type of transport around Thailand, where to catch them from, how to get there and approximate prices:

Travel Around Thailand by: Trains

Travelling by train is of my favourite ways to travel in Thailand. Super slow, extremely noisy but lots of fun, sociable and a more local way. You can take the night train all the way up to Chiang Mai (12 hours +) and down to Chumpon/Surathani (for islands in the Gulf). The night trains usually cost around 500-800 baht. You get given a seat and later in the evening a helpful Thai guy comes around and converts your seat into a bed! You get a sheet, a light blanket and a pillow in Second Class sleeper – air-con is cold so take warmer clothes! I recommend booking lower berths for a better night’s sleep and take advantage of the food lady bringing you a cuppa in the morning. Be warned, trains are often delayed and arrive late so only bother if you are ready for a slow pace of life (and you save on accommodation). Other options are taking a day trip to Ayutthaya or Kanchanaburi both a couple of hours from Bangkok. Travelling 3rd class is about 20 baht and you must book at the station if you don’t want agency fees tacked on. Go straight to the ticket office window and ignore the touts who approach you! You can now get boat and train tickets combined to the Gulf islands. Hualampong Station is near Chinatown, not far from Khao San.

Check out this website for every trip you book you get more of a discount and if there are more people the fares get cheaper too! Most buses from here depart from Khao San area which saves on travel and traffic time of getting to Bangkok’s bus stations that are further out.

 

Travel Around Thailand by: Night buses

A really handy and useful way to travel around, night buses depart from 4 main areas in Bangkok. Mochit 2 (in the north), Ekkamai (in the east and on the BTS skytrain line), Sai tai mai (southern bus terminal) slightly further out and across the river and Khao San Tourist Buses.  VIP and First class buses have slightly unpleasant smelling toilets, fairly comfy reclining seats and you are handed a blanket, water and bread bun on climbing into the bus. I often use night buses to head to places like Krabi/Phuket/Khao Lak as the train line doesn’t extend to the Andaman side. Some buses will play LOUD Thai TV so take ear plugs, an eye mask and socks if you get cold sitting in aircon. Read my essential South East Asia backpacking list here for more useful items for travelling…

Travel Around Thailand by: Minivans

The fast and furious version of Thai travel. These minivans head to the nearby provinces around Bangkok (2-5 hours away) generally speaking. They are cheap and the fastest way to get to places close to Bangkok and slightly further away. I use them for heading to Bangkok’s nearby islands and national parks. Fees normally cost between 180-220 baht. They stop regularly for toilet and snack breaks and when at a gas station everyone  is expected to get out and stretch their legs while refuelling. Up until recently all vans went from Victory Monument but now they have been re-routed to go from different areas of Bangkok depending on their final destination. To go North, most go from Mochit 2, East from Ekkamai Bus Terminal, South from Sai Tai Mai Southern Bus Terminal and some do still go from Victory. Try to avoid the seats in the back as these are the least comfortable.

Travel Around Thailand by: Flights

You can find dirt cheap flights to places if you book slightly in advance. I rarely pay more than 1000 baht for a flight and there are promo deals for 700 baht with Nok Air and Airasia to airports such as Phuket/Krabi/Surathani/Chiang Mai. If you are heading to the Andaman islands I’d suggest flying to Krabi just to avoid the expensive taxis in Phuket as there is a reasonably priced airport bus to Ao Nang (Krabi’s beach) and for the piers to the islands to get to Koh Phi Phi/ Koh Lanta. For the Gulf Islands like Koh Tao, Koh Phangan or Koh Samui if you would like to keep things cheap then I suggest flying to Surat thani and taking the ferry as flying to the airport on Koh Samui is generally much more expensive.

Most cheap flights go from Don Mueang airport which is served by various buses:

from Victory Monument or Mochit/Chatachak you can take the A1/A2 bus for 30 baht

for Khao San take the A4 bus.

 

Airasia and Nok Air are generally the cheapest domestic airlines in my experience. Thai smile can also offer great deals. Nok Air are more recently appearing on skyscanner – I always use this website to compare the most recent prices.


 

Travel Around Thailand by: Taxis

Taking taxis is Thailand can differ massively depending on the area you are staying in.

Taxis in Bangkok

Bangkok has the cheapest taxis when they will travel by meter. It is technically illegal for taxi drivers to charge otherwise but many will try because they know we are tourists and they earn very little and have been refused multiple pay rises in the past by the Thai government. Meter taxis in Bangkok start at 35 baht and go up incredible slowly. For most places in Bangkok you should never need to pay more than 200-300 baht and if you want the fastest route ask for the ‘highway’ which are the toll roads – the passenger is expected to pay. Both airports have a taxi surcharge of 50 baht which the passenger will pay on top of the meter.

Taxis Outside of Bangkok

Taxis outside of Bangkok will rarely go on the meter (never for me in 3 years of living here anyway!). In places like Phuket, taxis can be very expensive so I recommend using minivan shuttle services or buses to keep transport cheaper.

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The view from my window, multicoloured taxis in Bangkok
Travel Around Thailand by: Tuktuk

Tuktuks are fun, noisy and many see travelling in them as a tourist attraction. This means that their prices are often very steep so bargain hard if you are in a tourist area and don’t expect to get anywhere particularly fast. I strongly recommend avoiding at rush hour times as sitting in traffic is bearable if you are in a A/C taxi but not so much in hot and sticky tuktuk surrounded by traffic fumes.

 

Travel Around Thailand by: Motorcycle Taxis

Motorcycle taxis are generally not for the faint-hearted, my sister has still never forgiven me for making her go on one. They drive extremely fast, occasionally on the other side of the road, and will rarely, if ever, give you a helmet. Having said that, they are a very efficient way of getting from A-B and avoiding being stuck in traffic and can be cheaper than taxis in places like Bangkok for short journeys. Check the price before getting on one, most places in Bangkok have fixed prices anyway.

Travel Around Thailand by: Motorcycle Hire

Another hair-raising idea for some, hiring motorcycles is a fantastic way of getting around quieter areas of Thailand, whether it’s the North, National Parks or certain islands. It’s cheap, easy and gives you a lot of freedom. Beware motorcycle scams, incompetent drivers and drunk/drug drivers when on party islands such as Koh Phi Phi or Koh Phangan.

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How to Travel Around Thailand by: Boat

There are various types of boat in Thailand and if you’re here visiting for a while you will probably get on a few of them. There are the noisy, wooden, long tail boats which are often use for island hopping day trips as well as slightly more expensive speed boats (which in my opinion are not always comfier!). For travel from the mainland to the islands there are a range of ferries, car ferries and even small flat boats mainly holding motorcycles. The Lomprayah service is usually the fastest for getting to the islands in the Gulf of Thailand (Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui). Most ferries take a couple of hours and cost anywhere between 300-500 baht. Book your buses and ferries together for a smoother experience,  through this website for great discounts…

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The pier on Koh Phi Phi for ferries and longtail boats

Top Activities to Do in Bangkok, Thailand by a local!

I am not quite a local but three years here isn’t nothing! I also love tourist time and have lots of visitors passing through (you suddenly become very popular when you live in Thailand!) So I am always looking for activities to do here that isn’t the Grand Palace yet again…

Bangkok…gateway to hell or Southeast Asia or whatever Dicaprio says in The Beach! Crazy, overwhelming, polluted, noisy, hot, sticky, smelly, crowded, this is the place that I have called home for the last 3 years.

If limited on time, visit:

  • Temple Time – Wat Pho with the reclining Buddha is my favourite and only 100 baht entry. Get the river boat to Tha Thien.

Bangkok Thailand

  • Party on Khao San road – you haven’t been to Khao san if you haven’t drunk a bucket. Check out Golf Bar and then Da Club for dancing. They do charge entry but are open late so you can keep boozing until 5am.
  • Massage – if you’re brave enough to get a Thai massage, do it. But don’t say I didn’t warn you… Soi Rambuttri has lots of shops near Khao San that offer relaxing oil massages instead 😉
  • Jim Thompson’s House Museum – Visit the house belonging to former CIA agent who revived the Thai silk industry, small but worth doing. Near MBK. 100 baht entry. BTS National Stadium or short walk from Siam BTS.Bangkok Thailand
  • Chatachak Weekend Market – Everything you could possible want to buy and more. You’ll need an extra suitcase (you can buy that here too!). BTS Mochit/MRT Chatachak
  • A bike tour – Get a guided tour around Chinatown on a bicycle, see the flower market and cycle along the Chao Praya river. CoVanKessel company are your guys. Depart: Chinatown

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  • A skybar – my personal favs are Octave and Vertigo. Lebua from the Hangover 2 movie has a fantastic view too but prices to match. Above 11 on Soi 11 near Nana BTS is also a good shout.

Bangkok Thailand

  • Street food – Pad Thai, Noodles, Spring Rolls and fresh fruit or smoothies from the street and the ultimate dessert Mango Sticky Rice.
  • Rent bicycles and cycle around Bang Krachao/Prapadaeng. Take a small wooden boat across the river, rent your bikes and head into one of Bangkok’s last green areas, known as the Green Lung. Narrow elevated paths snake through the jungle and even on the main roads there are very few cars around. Avoid Mondays as most things are closed.

If here for longer and can explore more:

  • Wat Pra Kaew or the Grand Palace. 500 baht entry but it also includes the Ananta Throne Hall with a lot of gold and bling inside!
  • A manicure&pedicure for 300 baht on Soi Rambuttri
  • Vimanmek Mansion – museum, an interesting insight into how the Royals lived. Near Victory Monument
  • Lumpini Park – a green area of Bangkok and great place for spotting the impressive Monitor Lizards that roam around…don’t get too close!
  • Chinatown – large main street to stroll down, avoid the shark fin restaurants and go for some ‘sala pao’ buns by the side of the road!
  • Party like a local at RCA (Royal City Avenue) where a collection of bars and Thai clubs are. Route 66 is a popular one!
  • Explore Asiatique. Take the free boat from Saphan Taksin and eat at fancy restaurants, shop and go on Bangkok’s wheel!

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  • Drink at a fancy interior designed bar such as Maggie Choos or Iron Fairies. Not backpacker prices but this is where you can find the hi-so’s of Bangkok.
  • Shop at MBK if you can’t make Chatachak’s weekend market. Similar idea with reasonable prices if you haggle! Great for technology but be warned of the fakes! BTS National Stadium or walk from Siam.
  • Try Muay Thai boxing. Take classes at RSM and be prepared to get sweaty! BTS Asok
  • Go wakeboarding at Thai Wake Park at Lake Taco. BTS Bang Na then a taxi

Any activities or places you think are missing from my list?

For exploring beyond Bangkok if you have longer and fancy a day trip or weekend getaway, check out beaches and national parks here

For the Ultimate List of 50 Things to Do in Bangkok, read more here

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15 Tips for Solo Female Travel in India

Some small parts of wisdom to impart if you are thinking of travelling India (and you should!). I have visited India twice, both times are a solo female traveller and I encourage everyone to visit this incredible, welcoming, beautiful country and to not be put off by the media, by scare tactics but talk to women who have actually travelled as a solo female traveller in India for first hand experience.

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Solo Trips for Women in India : Tip #1

Consider joining an organised tour : My first tip if you are feeling nervous about solo trips for women in India is to book on an organised tour. The first time I visited India I joined the India on a Shoestring 20 day tour with G adventures (but booked through STA Travel as they were having a sale). I 100% recommend them, our tour group was 14 people ages 18-31 of a mix of nationalities and we travelled to so many places and it included so many activities in India. The accommodation was great, in a couple of places it was luxury and midrange accommodation. It was very easy, convenient and took the shock out of travelling in India for me. After the tour ended, I then spent a further 10 days as a solo female traveller in India, exploring alone. I visited for the second time as a solo female traveller in India for 2.5 weeks, staying in Mumbai and then travelling Kerala.

Colourful street markets while wandering around as a solo female traveller in India

Solo female travel in India : Tip #2

Avoid busy, large crowds as I was aware this is where some unpleasant behaviour such as sexual assault can occur, like bum-grabbing can occur. I simply waited for crowds to disperse at train stations before heading to where I wanted to go.

Solo Travel India : Tip #3

Be prepared for the stares. I have never been stared at so much in my life as when I was travelling in India, alone or in a group. Once I realised that many of the stares were from all generations, kids and the elderly included, I relaxed a little bit. You will be stared at as a foreigner, especially if you are on a solo trip for women in India, and my best advice is to relax, smile and wave and to act like it does not affect you.

Incredible India and visiting Rajasthan as a solo female traveller in India

India Solo Travel : Tip #4

Cover up. Not only to be respectful but also out of safety. I completely agree that in an ideal world women should be able to wear whatever we like, but we can’t and your safety is more important than your (and mine!) feminist views. It seemed to be more important to cover your legs than your shoulders in most places I went. As a foreigner, you will draw attention to yourself but you can lessen ‘sticking out of the crowd’ quite so much by not showing much skin. Trust me, it will help to avoid some creeps as well.

Solo Travelling India : Tip #5

Photographs. People will want to take your photograph all the time. Sometimes they may ask your permission and, more often than not, they won’t. This can feel quite scary and like a big invasion of your privacy.  Sometimes the photographers level of English was too low to actually ask, but if they could speak English then I would always stop and say – please ask me for a photo first. Then I would say yes. This is, of course, a personal preference and you may dislike being photographed without your knowledge. I would often ask to take a photo back so I have some photos of women in lovely saris posing for me – who also have a photo of me!

Every day life in India as a solo female traveller

Solo Travel in India for Girls : Tip #6

If you feel unsure, LOOK confident. Pretend you know where you are going and head somewhere. If you look lost, you always appear more vulnerable which can attract people who want to take advantage of you.  Download an offline version of Google Maps if you don’t have data. I recommend buying a travel Sim while in India for added safety.

Solo Female Travel India : Tip #7

Talk to people. Many people will try to engage you in conversation and chatting to a big group of people may help you to feel safer. I remember introducing myself to the women next to me on the train, turns out she was in a big group of nurses who were travelling in my carriage which made me feel right at ease.

Solo Travel India Blog : Tip #8

Consider where to visit. The best places for solo female travel in India are going to be tourist areas which are used to a lot of foreigners. These destinations will be well set up for solo travel to India so there will be people who speak English, other travellers (foreigners and Indians), transport links, a range of hotels and hostels.

Best Places to Travel Alone Female in India : Tip #9

The following areas are the safest places for a single women to travel in India – I recommend Rishikesh, Mumbai, Delhi, Udaipur, Goa, Kochi, Munnar and Varkala are all areas that I travelled to and recommend as solo female travel destinations in India. There will be many more as I would like to discover in the future!

Solo Female Travel India : Tip #10

Hostels are one of the best places for solo female travel in India because there will always be other people around you, they often organise trips and activities for you, they will help you to organise outgoing transport. This can be very helpful especially for booking trains as I found trying to book my own train as an individial very challenging! The best place I stayed at was Zostel,  an up and coming chain of hostels that are amazing value for money and offer free activities. They were also full of foreign and local tourists which I loved and I made many friends there, friends who I still am in contact with many years later.

Travelling India Solo : Tip #11

Cross body bags. My recommendation is always to make sure that you don’t have a handbag that could be easily snatched away by a passerby so I always choose bags that go across the body.

Solo Travel to India : Tip #12

Do activities where you will meet other travellers. During my time in Rishikesh (which I felt one was of the safest places in India for solo female travellers) I did white water rafting, bungee jumping, yoga classes and all of these meant that I met even more people than the ones at the hostel where I stayed at.

Visiting stunning palaces built during the Mughal Empire in India

Solo Travelling in India : Tip #13

Consider the location of your hostel or accommodation before booking. The best destinations for solo female travellers in India is going to be a central location. I always look on Agoda reviews for comments regarding the location and how easy or safe it is to get back to, particularly if it’s the evening. While backpacking South East Asia as a solo female traveller I would sometimes not book accommodation in advance and just show up, I always recommend booking hotels or hostels in advance so that you know where you’re going and feel more confident on arrival in a new place.

Solo Trips for Women in India : Tip #14

If you are in an area where you are finding it difficult to meet people then I recommend using the internet. There are many websites dedicated to solo travellers, including facebook groups and I would also consider Bumble BFF as a way to meet people in your local area that you’re visiting.

Travelling India Solo : Tip #15

My final tip for solo female travellers in India is to organise activities and ongoing trips with the people that you meet. For example, while I was in Kochi in a hostel I met many other solo travellers in India and we all organised to spend two days on a houseboat, one of the famous and best activities to do in Kerala! This was exactly what I was hoping for as I wanted to stay on a houseboat, but obviously not alone in India!

And here’s some advice about solo female travel in India that I didn’t take and got pretty mad about!

What are your solo female travel in India tips? Have you ever been?

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