Best Solo Travel Destinations in Asia
Traveling alone is the single best gift you can give to yourself. Come to think of it, it could present some challenges, but at the end, it makes you as a stronger person.
Sometimes you need to see the world from a different perspective to appreciate life. The same goes for traveling; you need to get out of your comfort zone and try something new, like traveling alone. The Asian continent offers a unique, exotic and rarely seen destinations that are worth exploring. We selected five best and safe places in Asia that are perfect for traveling alone. Yogyakarta Yogyakarta (often called “Jogja”) is a city on the Indonesian island of Java known for its traditional arts and cultural heritage. There are several cities in Indonesia that are nice for traveling alone, and Yogyakarta is on top of the list. It’s very easy to reach the city; you can travel by plane, train or bus from within Indonesia. The ticket prices are economical, depending on what season of the year you plan to visit. There are many reasons why Yogyakarta is a part of our list. First, it is a low budget destination. There is a wide selection of good and affordable accommodations for solo travelers. There are many and a variety of street food spots within the city and many unique cafes and restaurants that serve traditional as well as international foods and menus. Among the many places to see are the Keraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat, Taman Sari, Benteng Vredeburg and Pasar Beringharjo, all located near the downtown, a walking distance if you stay around Malioboro street, which is the most popular street in the city. Some of the temples outside the center area could be reached by Trans Jogja (local bus) or rented motorcycles if you can drive one. The Borobudur Temple in Magelang is another spot most tourists to Jogja visit. It is about an hour and a half minivan ride from the city center. Yogyakarta is an artistic and historical city. Walking around the city presents an ambient learning experience. It’s very safe to walk in Jogja by oneself whilehuntingphotosorculinaryfromthestreets.You can also join Jogja Walking Tour (@joggoodguide), which is a free walking tour program with local guides that allows one to visit and absorb more about the culture and ever interesting stories about Yogyakarta. The other option is to join a bicycle tour (http://discoveryourindonesia.com/jogja-cyclingtour/), it’s fun, affordable, and dares you to explore the city from another angle. For more information about Yogyakarta, please visit www.yogyes.com.
Singapore For Indonesians, Singapore is a very near and a friendly destination. Yes, it could be medium to high budget, in terms of cost of living, but Singapore has a high standard of accommodation, transportation, and attraction. As one of leading countries in Asia, it has many lists of international hotels chains. For solo travelers, it could be a safety option to stay in recommended hotels. But for a low budget traveler, don’t worry. The City-state also has a wide selection of hostels and dormitories that are spread out in the tourist hotspots such as Chinatown, Bugis Street, and Little India. Now about transportation. The MRT transportation system is very helpful for travelers. It’s quite economical and eases reach to and from the main attractions. The MRT operates from early in the morning until midnight. If you love to walk, Singapore is also a clean and safe city to walk around in just to figure out the looks, ambiances, and the vibes. As a small city, it’s not that hard to explore through and through. There are plenty of things to do when traveling alone in Singapore. The first is to visit the museums, which I have always found amazing each time. Many of them display very artistic and creative artworks, good facilities and information about the collections. A little bit pricey, but totally worth the visit. Another idea is to visit the parks and many of the public areas Singapore teems with. These open spaces offer relaxing environment to sit, relax, and contemplate. Ifyouneedmorethanjustanordinarypark,avisit to Singapore Botanic Garden and Garden by the Bay is an excellent idea, because a walk through these enclosures reveals wonderful, unique, and innovative garden concepts. If Museums, parks, and gardens aren’t your thing, simply head to the one and only Orchard Road to shop until you drop. For more information about Singapore, please visit www.visitsingapore.com.
Penang I have visited Penang twice, and it never gets boring. The city mesmerized me through its ambiance and vintage nuances. For sure this city is highly recommended for solo travelers. You can enjoy the main attractions, culinary, and all of the other fascinations by yourself. The city can accommodate all types of travelers. Penang has an international airport that connects to several direct flights from Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. It is also accessible by train from Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. Penang famously known spot is its UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site, the “George Town,” an authentic town situated in the heart of Penang. A direct bus from the airport will take you straight to this vintage area. The best way to explore George Town is by renting a bicycle from are several Bike Rental shops around the town. Some hotels also provide these services. It only costs approximately 10 Malaysia Ringgit (about 70 cents (U.S.)) for a whole day. Ask for a map that comes handy to help you find the trademark buildings and sites; some of which are Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Kuan Yin Temple, Penang Peranakan Mansion, St. George’s Church, and many more. The other thing that makes Penang fascinating is its street art. Thanks to Ernest Zacharevic, a Lithuanian artist, who left his mark with a beautiful painting in the town. His artworks are funny, fascinating and grab the attention of many visitors. After exploring some sites of interest in George Town, you don’t want to miss the street art that spreads out in several locations. The famous one is the “Little Children on a Bicycle” that is situated in Armenian Street and also, the “Boy on a Bike” mural on Ah Quee Street. You can easily get a map from your hotel or just download it from the internet. More information about Penang, please visit www.visitpenang.gov.my.
Hanoi Some people arestill a bit hesitant about Vietnam citing safety concerns. Is the country safe enough for one to travel alone there? Of course, it is safe and also fun. In general, Vietnam is a wonderful country. I found that the people are exceptionally friendly.Forsolofemaletravelers,thereareplenty of areas where women can explore, indulge and relax throughout the country. So, nothing should stop you from visiting Vietnam because most of the concerns are misunderstandings hinged on wrong assumptions. Among the favorite cities to visit in Vietnam, Hanoi remains tops. It is the capital city of Vietnam and is quite laid-back compared to the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). It is safe to say that Hanoi gets these credits because of the ambiance and nuance it offers. You can relax and turn down the intensity in Hanoi unlike HCMC, where everything seems to be in a rush. For solo travelers, Hanoi offers many activities that include history, art, and shopping. I spent a couple of days in Hanoi and truly enjoyed myself. Sitting on any of the benches along the Hoan Kim Lake is especially rejuvenating. It could easily be one of the most peaceful spots in town. You can fully enjoy spending time there while reading your favorite book or just sit and enjoy everyday things that go on around you. After having some ‘me’ time, you can visit the Jade Mountai Temple, located near the lake or go straight to the weekend night market in the Old Quarters area. About the Old Quarters, the area is like a maze, because too many streets and alleys that gets one confused and lost. But this is considered Hanoi’s gem. You can literally find everything in this area. Absolutely, it is the best place for buying souvenirs, beautiful scarfs, exploring a bunch of food stalls, restaurants and bars. Oh, this is a heaven for tourists. I spent a half day walking around the Old Quarters. I got the itinerary and direction from the internet. You can also discover churches, temples, pagodas, and other historical buildings around the Old Quarters. For a better experience, you may take a walking tour; there are several options that easy to find on the internet. For more information about Hanoi, please visit www.vietnamtourism.com.
Macao The last but not least is Macao. This city kinda draws less attention because most of the tourists prefer exploring Hong Kong. Disneyland and a myriad of shopping attractions are more appealing to holiday makers and solo travelers than exploring a city famous for casinos and famously dubbed the “Vegas of China.” However, one thing you must know about Macao is that it one of the cities in Asia that has specific vibes and nuances from the confluence of western and eastern cultures. That fusion of Portugal and China is what makes Macao one-of-a-kind city in Asia, and it is an absolutely perfect destination for those looking to travel abroad with no company. Macao was administered by the Portuguese empire and its inheritor states from the mid 16th century until late 1999 when it was handed over to China. The Macao Peninsula holds the old city center, where colonial ruins sit next to arty new boutiques. Further south are the conjoined islands of Taipa (has gloriously preserved Macanese architecture), Cotai (a home to the new mega-casinos) and Coloane (is lined with colonial villages and pretty beaches). Macao has very interesting history to explore. I found it safe for a first-time solo traveler. It has a wellestablished public transport network. The bus guides, schedules, and routes are visibly posted at the bus stops, and they are very easy to understand. As a history admirer, I spent a good time in Macao. This territory has plenty of historical areas and buildings, the chief of which is Taipa area. I was mesmerized by the so many vintage and beautiful buildings and artistic details in the Old Town. You can choose between walking along the streets and renting a bicycle. This area would be a little heaven for photography enthusiasts because there are so many spots to capture there. More information about Macao, please visit www.macaotourism.gov.mo.