Solo Female Travellers Guide: Phuket to Chiang Mai in Thailand

“Staycation” - “bleisure” - "glamping" have all become buzz phrases the travel game. However, there is one interesting trend that has been flying under the radar involving just solo female adventure travel. If you are thinking about soul-searching holidays, then you are wrong. These getaways are more than just leisure travel and most significantly, the women who participate just want to do them alone.

More and more women are becoming interested in solo traveling. In fact, there are over 100,000,000 searches of “female solo travel” and other related keywords at the start of this year. Additionally, Pinterest reported that there had been a 350% increase in pins related to this kind of adventure travel since 2014.

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Right now, you will find several destinations for solo female travelers, and one of them is Thailand. The country once regarded as the quintessential backpacker location. There are secluded sands, beautifully cascading waterfalls, green rainforests, and tranquil temples all over the islands and beaches surrounding the country.

Must-See Places: Phuket and Chiang Mai

When talking Thailand, it is quite common to think that Bangkok, its capital, is the best way to enjoy the country. After all, it is where neon lights and lively market stalls are found. However, the capital is not the only place where you can go solo and have an amazing solo adventure. One of the best Thailand travel spots that you should definitely visit is Phang Nga, Phuket.

Phuket has more than 30 beaches and is considered the largest island in the country. It attracts so many tourists many times each year, which is why some people express their sentiments about it being a little too crowded and touristy. However, if you know which part of the island and the time of the year to visit, you can avoid crowds and even enjoy a peaceful holiday.

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For instance, Patong is one of the most famous beaches in Phuket, and it welcomes numerous visitors almost all year round. However, if you want a more peaceful beach, Nai Harn is a great choice in the southern tip. It is not as busy and is still a local favorite. Plus, there are few restaurants along the beachside. You can also find a temple nearby, and there is a big lake that you can explore. The lake is actually a popular spot for running advocates.

If you are in the northern part of Phuket near the airport, you should check out Nai Yang. This beach is a brilliant place for kiteboarding, and you do not have to worry about throngs of swimmers or check out Natai Beach offers all the beauty of better known hot spots but much more. The beach lies along the shore of Andaman Sea on the west coast of Thailand. Its coral reefs are considered some of the best preserved in the world. Just ten minutes north of Phuket, Natai is more than quiet and peaceful, you can literally walks for hours without seeing anyone. It is a ten kilometer strip of pristine beach, whose government protection ensures that it will retain its isolation from the hustle and bustle of Phuket. You’re never going to see a 300 room leviathan rising up from the white sands of Natai. And while Thai law has severely limited the development that will ever be allowed at Natai Beach, you can still enjoy a number of world class facilities that won’t fail to impress.

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When you are done with your sand and surf adventure, do not forget to visit Old Phuket Town. This area is the heart of Phuket and offers a captivating experience, particularly during the Vegetarian Festival. It is where you can find loads of Chinese temples and historical museums as well. It is smaller than what you may imagine, especially because there are many famous beaches around the town.

Speaking of temples, Chiang Mai is the perfect spot to go to if you are into experiencing the spirituality of the nation. Located in the northern part of Thailand, Chiang Mai is surrounded by temples. If you are in Bangkok, you can take an overnight train or a bus for a little under 12-hours total travel time to the city of Chiang Mai.

This particular location in Thailand has many remarkable temples. An example is Temple Naga, which is typically fenced by candles. During the Visakha Bucha holiday, there are guards around the temple for the ceremonial event. Another place to visit in the city is Wat Chedi Luang, which was actually built in the 15th century. Although some portions of the structure were destroyed by an earthquake, it is still an inspiring hotspot, especially because the stupa behind it was the home of the world-famous Emerald Buddha.

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One of the best times to visit Chiang Mai is during the 13th to the 15th of April. It is when Thailand’s spirits become alive because of Songkran, which is their own New Year. Chiang Mai is usually a quiet city, but during this time of the year, it erupts with water wars that last for three days. Everybody can participate – even those who are not willing to join. Nothing is off limits during these water wars.

How to Have a Stress-Free Solo Travel

Whether you are planning a solo trip to Phuket or Chiang Mai or even both, you surely want to make sure that your journey is safe and free from stress. The right beach resort will help you achieve this. In Phuket, you can never go wrong with the Akyra Beach Club located on the beach of Natai in Phang Nga. Meanwhile, if you are in Chiang Mai, you can relax at the Akyra Manor.

The five-star hotels offer great luxury and a holiday package for solo female travelers. Akyra understands that there is a huge rise in the number of women traveling on their own. With the Deluxe Doyenne Delights, solo female travelers can enjoy a holiday package for four days and three nights with unforgettable and relaxing services designed exclusively for women:

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Upon arriving, women are treated with a calming scent in the room, along with refreshments and healthy snacks.

There is an Art of Hospitality course where women can learn how to be a better party host. The course also includes floral art lessons from an expert florist, as well as lessons on how to make special drinks.

For the third day, surfing, boarding, and even DJing are among the activities offered.

Finally, solo female travelers can go home, feeling invigorated, especially with their newly honed abilities.

 

Whether it is your first time to travel alone or your first time to visit at all, Akyra Beach Club in Phuket and Akyra Manor in Chiang Mai will give you the five-star experience that you will never forget.

 

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