Asia’s safest places for solo women travelers
TRAVELING SOLO can be daunting for the first-timer, but nevertheless, it can be quite an enriching experience.
And this year, more women are predicted to take on solo travel.
Pinterest, a web and mobile application that displays inspirational pins of recipes, style, travel, interior design, do-it-yourself (DIY) ideas and many more, has released its latest Pinsight of travel trends.
And according to the report, travelers are seeking to break out of the mold, with an increase of 593 percent of Pinterest users seeking more solo adventures.
Integrated travel marketing company MMGY Global’s Portrait of American Travelers, a survey of 2,300 people, proves this seems to be true. Roughly one in four people say they will travel solo this year.
Intrepid Travel agrees, suggesting that traveling solo will be the top travel trend of 2018. The website wrote, “With Google searches for ‘solo travel’ and ‘travel alone’ on the rise, travel companies are now building products to accommodate people traveling alone.”
The adventure travel company has been buckling up and promoting solo tours in Bali, India, and Vietnam after seeing a 40 percent increase in solo passengers on group trips over the past five years.
Travelers have also become smarter, with an increase of 90 percent of its users incorporating sightseeing stopovers into their itineraries during their business and leisure trips. But it’s not just the city destinations alone. They’re also looking beyond big cities to discover hidden gems such as small-town destinations and secret spots off the beaten path.
Even more surprisingly, a majority of solo travelers are women. According to Solo Traveler 2017 survey, the gender split is 85.7 percent women.
If you’re planning on traveling solo to Asia, here are the safest places to travel alone for females, according to Trekeffect:
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Safer, quieter and greener than the country’s bustling capital Bangkok, Chiang Mai is located in northern Thailand.
The mountainous city is home to a lush countryside and over 300 Buddhist temples so you can be sure to get a good, large dosage of zen while you’re there.
Chiang Mai also has a significant expatriate population, and there’s even a website to help connect them with each other.
When a destination has healthy backpacker arrival numbers and culture, you can probably be rest assured that it’s safe.
Indonesia’s highly popular Bali island boasts picturesque beaches, magnificent centuries-old temples, and a range of accommodation types.
The island does have a reputation for being inundated with wild partygoers so just do like you would anywhere else in the world: don’t accept lifts from strangers and watch your drink always.
“Let me start by saying, nay, declaring that Hong Kong is one of the safest places in the world. The crime rate is one of the lowest in the world and most of that involves petty crime,” wrote Yoga, Wine & Travel.
One of the world’s biggest and busiest cities, Hong Kong has a plethora of attractions and experiences to offer solo travelers so you’ll never have a dull moment.
It’s easy to get in and around, often bursting at seams with events, and people are generally helpful and friendly.
When on the subject of solo travel for women, we can’t go without mentioning Southeast Asia’s economic hub, Singapore.
The island city-state off southern Malaysia is one of the best places for solo travel for women because it’s supremely clean and extremely safe.
It has a good mix of old and modern, incredible shopping opportunities, a melting pot of cultures, and top-class cuisines.
According to the Global Peace Index, Japan is the safest country in Asia and one of the safest in the world.
If you’re planning on going to Japan, you absolutely have to spend a couple of days in Kyoto. Once the capital of Japan, Kyoto is famous for its traditional wooden villas, Buddhist temples, gardens, imperial palaces, and Shinto shrines.
The best part is that the Japanese are such warm people, they will do everything that they can to ensure tourists feel welcome, even going out of their way to help if needed.
Palawan, the Philippines
Nevermind Boracay island, the Philippines’ new darling Palawan is the place to be for women who are traveling solo.
A tropical hub with beautiful blue and emerald green water, jungle filled mountains, towering limestone cliffs, the Puerto Princesa Underground River, small fishing villages, Coron Islands, and Kayangan Lake, Palawan will help you unplug and recharge.
The people in Palawan are also very friendly and approachable, so don’t be shy to make a few new friends while you’re there.
Taiwan’s tourism arrivals have been picking up of late, receiving 10.73 million tourists in 2017. So the numbers speak for itself.
It was also voted the most welcoming country in Asia for expats recently, and expats have said that they’re likely to stay forever.
Enjoy Taiwan’s popular night markets, historic buildings, and its fascinating natural wonders of lush forests, volcanic mountains, and numerous hot springs.