Best Destinations in Southeast Asia for Solo Travelers

Every solo traveler out there knows the same feeling. You’ve got a flight booked for an adventure on the other side of the world, and you keep hearing the same question being asked over and over again, “But you’re going alone?” You might also here something like, “Is that safe?” or “You be careful!” It’s as if the concept of traveling alone is a completely foreign idea to your friends and family members. 

Of course, we can’t blame our mothers for worrying about our upcoming solo trips across the world. But seriously, why do non-solo travelers assume that seeing the world can only be accomplished alongside a buddy, spouse, or partner? Obviously it’s important to practice safe travel habits, especially for solo adventure-loving females. But traveling alone isn’t all that scary. 

Whether you’ve gone on dozens of solo trips or you’re about to embark on your first one, the ultimate place to travel on your own is in Southeast Asia. As you make your way through SE Asia, you’ll meet tons of fellow solo travelers, meaning you don’t have to ever be alone if you don’t want to. 

To start planning the solo trip of a lifetime, add these top destinations in Southeast Asia for exploring on your own. 

Hanoi, Vietnam

There’s no denying that Vietnam is home to some of the tastiest food in the world. Seriously, who doesn’t love a heaping bowl of authentic Vietnamese pho? When you travel to Hanoi, you’ll get to stuff your face with pho every chance you get. But that’s certainly not all you’ll do. 

Some travelers describe the big city of Hanoi as “organized chaos” – this will make complete sense as soon as you step foot here. Everything seems so chaotic at first, but somehow it all just works. You’ll get to hang out with tons of fellow backpackers when you book hostels in Hanoi, some will even be traveling alone just like you. 

Another perk of visiting Hanoi is that it is the perfect central base for seeing other parts of northern Vietnam. You can easily (and cheaply) book your ticket for Halong Bay to Hanoi and vice versa, or book a quick trip to Sapa or Ha Giang. 

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

You should take this advice to visit the Thai island of Koh Phi Phi with a grain of salt. In other words, Koh Phi Phi is amazing for some, and horrendous for others. If you are craving a party scene and just need to get out and socialize, then yes, the Phi Phi islands will be like paradise on Earth for you. 

However, if the whole party scene isn’t something you’re into, you might want to avoid this island. There’s a party every single night of the week, and the island is so tiny (there aren’t even any cars) that you’ll hear everything. Don’t count on getting a good night’s sleep here if that’s what you’re after. If R&R is the name of your game, consider visiting nearby Koh Lanta instead. Koh Lanta is larger and quieter, but you can still find a party going on when you’re in the mood. 

Bali, Indonesia

Bali caters to every type of traveler out there. It’s a great spot for couples wanting some alone time, it’s amazing for group travelers hoping for adventure, and of course, solo travelers will love it here too. Bali is becoming one of the digital nomad capitals of the world. Digital nomads traveling solo often end up stuck in Bali for a while – don’t worry, this is by choice, not by force!

Indonesia is fairly large, consisting of thousands of islands. Bali is just one of them, and it’s a great starting point if you hope to see more Indonesian islands. There’s a high probability that you’ll meet some lifelong travel friends during your time in Bali, and you might even continue together on your journey through Southeast Asia. 

Siquijor, Philippines

Similar to Indonesia, the Philippines is made up of thousands of islands – over 7,000 of them. During your solo time on the road, there will be times when you don’t want to be alone, but luckily there are plenty of opportunities to meet new friends. There will also be times when you do want to be alone, and Siquijor is perfect for that. 

This quiet island is the ultimate spot for relaxation and getting that much-needed quiet time we all crave while on the road. After you’ve gotten the quiet time you need, you’ll be able to hop right back into the social scene. This is the beauty of Siquijor; you can get alone time when you want it, but there are plenty of bars, cafes, and social activities when you’re social butterfly needs to shine. 

Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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