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A Travel Guide for Solo Travellers in Phuket

June 10, 2019
Kalima Resort

Despite what you’ve heard, going on a solo trip to Phuket is not nearly as dangerous as you might think. That being said, when traveling solo, you will have to spend considerably more time preparing, since you will be facing any potential problems on your own. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when going solo! Now, are you ready? Here is our guide on how to travel solo in Phuket:

 

Select the right hotel

It’s always best to choose a hotel by a relatively quiet beach. Better yet, see if you can book a room at one with a private beach. Seeing as you are traveling alone, you will want to enjoy the sand and sea without having to fight for a seat with many other people. Some of the more peaceful beaches with beautiful hotels are Bangtao, Nai Yang, Naithon, and Maikhao. These islands can be quite private, and you will be less disturbed by the tourists. Kamala, Nai Harn, and Bangtao beach are the places that you should go if you want to be somewhere not too quiet nor too crowded. If you want to meet some new friends, perhaps a hotel in areas like Patong, Kata, and Karon will be best for you.

 

Travel from the airport to the hotel

Traveling via taxi alone can be costly and unnecessary. If you travel light, opting for a shared minivan will save you some money and will ensure that you end up right at your hotel. The price should be approximately 250 baht and you will get to share a van with others who are going to the same or nearby area. If you want to pay less and don’t mind longer travel time, the smart bus is always an option as well.

 

Know how to get around Phuket

A rental car will always be the most convenient option. However, it may cost too much for a solo traveler. Fortunately, tuk-tuk and motorbike taxi services are just as convenient because they are available pretty much everywhere. Keep in mind that UBER is not available, but you may download Grab application instead. Grab is great for getting a carpool or private ride to get around the city. That being said, public transportation will save you more money on your travel budget. The Phuket Smart Bus system can take you to different beaches for an affordable price, but the journey will take longer than any of the other choices. If you want to get around quickly without having to deal with using these services, consider renting a motorcycle and riding to wherever you want. Make sure that you are able to drive a motorbike on poor road conditions as you may encounter those in the city. Don’t forget to wear a helmet every time you go on the road!

 

Enjoy the attractions in the area

Traveling alone doesn’t mean you have to be miserable. Phuket has quite a selection of activities that you can enjoy, whether you are on your own or with a group. Some of these things include visiting elephant sanctuaries, ziplining, going on a cruise, and taking cooking classes. If you want to spend more time with yourself, walking around Phuket Town, hiking in the hills, or biking to a viewpoint are also recommended.

 

Make some friends

You may be traveling by yourself, but that doesn’t mean you can’t meet new people. There are bars and clubs at practically every corner in Phuket. Simply make your way to one that suits your preferences and strike up a conversation with a friendly stranger. Who knows? After some discussion about traveling and perhaps a recipe exchange, you may find yourself with a new lifelong friend!

 

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