Crystal, what you say is true, in principle. It is absolutely unacceptable that women should have to behave differently because the world treats them differently, but I wouldn't risk rape to prove that point. Having always wanted to rebel against the inequality, I learned this through several close calls. As another poster commented, there are risks to solo travel for men as well, but those risks increase when something makes you a target. If your appearance and manner marks you as a foreigner, or your enthusiasm is mistaken for promiscuity, you may find yourself in a bad situation very quickly. There are wonderful people and bad people in all nations of the world, and the way to avoid the bad is to not appear to them as a stray lamb. As I say, this is not just speculation on my part. In Thailand alone, I was groped, offered money for sex, followed to my hotel, enveloped by a group of nine guys who wanted to embrace and be "friends" (rescued by my brother), and a man offered to pay my father to leave me behind to live with him. Once, while I was travelling, two guys actually picked me up and tried to carry me, when I wouldn't go with them. That being said, I would love to go back to Thailand, and do myself intend to one day do a trip quite similar to the one you describe. But I prepare for this by doing a LOT of research, and reading a variety of books on the places I'd like to visit. It is from this that I have heard the advice to connect with other female travellers. At least consider doing research with your mind open to accepting the unfairness of it, for the sake of your own safety. Lonely Planet has a great book called Southeast Asia on a Shoestring, and also a couple books on travel safety. Bon Voyage! almost 5 years ago
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