I am a solo male traveller aged 61 and I am thinking of holidaying in Thailand and would appreciate some advice.
I do not fancy somewhere like Pattaya or similar that is overrun with people partying 24/7 but at the same time do not want to be too secluded, something inbetween and popular with the more mature traveller would be nice.
I would like to visit one or more of the Islands and also spend some time on the mainland, maybe Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai or any other scenic areas and would welcome any suggestions.
Your plans sound pretty exciting. Thailand caters for all travellers, I'm sure you will find something. Depending on your interests, there is quite a lot to do in Thailand.
The National Parks in the north are home to some amazing villages where Hill tribes welcome you to spend time with them. There are also some great animals sanctuaries however I would advise you do some research before parting with money.
There are some beautiful temples where you could spend hours wandering and exploring. Wat Phra Puttha Pha Nam comes to mind, a peaceful temple in the middle of the jungle where not too many tourists go. You have to climb over 400 steps to get there (so take plenty of water), and the effort is worth it!
There are so many smaller islands in Thailand, it won’t be difficult to find a peaceful place away from drunken tourists. If you like scuba diving, the islands of Cora and Raya might interest you. They’re not too noisy and have some beautiful reefs to explore. Ko Adang is another one of the “quieter islands” where you can trek around for hours. Consider your fitness levels before heading there as the humidity is quite high.
Enjoy your amazing holiday!
Lisa almost 3 years ago
Hi Graham, My partner & I in our 50's have been holidaying on Koh Samui the past couple of years. You can hire a car & be in the middle of it all in Chaweng or in quieter spots down south. The Bophut markets Friday night make for a social night out. Day trips to the National marine parks are also worthwhile. The north of Koh Phangan is a quite spot also. We love Chiang Mai & the nightly markets & cultural history- would recommend a few nights at least in the north. almost 3 years agoAnswered by Sandy & G via WorldNomads.com
I am a 64 yo female, traveling solo in Thailand. My first stint was 2 mo, before going to Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. I am now in my third month being in Thailand.
I would strongly recommend visiting Chiang Mai. It would be an easy introduction to Thailand, as many there speak or understand English. Near there is the ELEPHANT NATURE PARK, about 45 min drive. elephantnaturepark.org their volunteer program is so interesting --and FUN! I was there 2 wks volunteering with the elephants, then 2 weeks volunteering with the rescued dogs.
From Chiang Mai one can easily visit Chiang Rai, and also Pai.
Close to Bangkok is Kanchanaburi, perhaps the 'richest' site re World War 2 events: The Bridge over the River Kwai, Hell Fire Pass Museum, The Railway Museum, and its associated Cemetery: this is also included in the movie, The Railway Man. Also close is a great, informal, natural hot springs: Hin Dat Hot Springs. Also near are some beautiful waterfalls, the Erawan Waterfalls, as well as others.
I had chosen to avoid Bangkok except for the airport, until an acquaintance introduced me to an area close to Khao San Rd, and now it is one of my favorite places to stay! I found much pleasure in using the Chao Phraya River Ferry system, in tandem with the train and metro lines of Metro Bangkok.
I even gave in to my pledge to stay away from Phuket and its crowds, as it had the best diving choices. Check out this site for the best areas, weather-wise: asiadivesite.com
And I went to Pattaya in order to experience the Thai Medical Massage of a Wat-Po- trained couple in Na Klua. Pattaya can be good, even for a 64yo female!
As you can see, there is more than plenty for an older traveler!
You are as old as you feel! almost 3 years ago
An area that is missed is Nan over to the east of Chang Mai. We'll worth a visit, now a World Heritage site and is how Thailand was before the Vietnam War. Another area that gets missed off the tourist map is the North East there are some very interesting cities there and National Parks worth visiting. almost 3 years agoAnswered by Martin via WorldNomads.com