Too many people never live out their travel dreams because they have a fear of traveling solo. For many years I was one of those people. I finally realized that if I wanted to travel and see the world I would need to do it on my own. If you have the dream of traveling to Thailand and don’t have someone to go with you, it is well worth it to muster up the confidence and go it alone.
Solo Travel has it’s good and bad points – but for me, the positives far outweigh the negatives. If I was still waiting for a travel partner I would have missed ten years of amazing travel, experiences, and meeting new friends. You have the ability to travel how you like, see the sights you wish to see, eat when and where you want. You don’t need to worry about waiting for someone else running late and almost missing your plane or that person wanting to sleep in when you want to go out and see the sights. You have the freedom to go where you want and leave the Palace or Temple early when you’ve had enough.
Traveling solo is a freeing experience and one that helps you learn about yourself while you are on the road. Adventuring halfway around the world on your own, figuring things out on your own, and dealing with any issues that come up builds confidence that few people will understand unless they do it themselves. After a few trips under your belt, you may still get those initial butterflies before your trip begins, but you have the certainty that things are going to be just fine traveling on your own.
There are some downsides of traveling without someone. You are on your own trying to figure out directions or guidebooks, where to grab a taxi, or how to find your way back to the hotel if you get lost. You don’t have a ready companion to eat with or go to a show. If things go pear shape you are on your own to figure out a solution. None of these things are insurmountable, and can all be done alone.
Most peoples fear that they will be lonely when they are traveling alone. This really doesn’t have to be the case. People on vacation are typically more friendly and outgoing then they would be at home, and you’d be surprised at the number of solo travelers that are in your same shoes and looking to meet some temporary friends on their vacation.
Some people like to fly under the radar on their vacation, preferring not to meet any new folks and are quite happy with their own company. For the rest of us here are some tips for meeting people in Pattaya while on vacation.
Meeting People in Pattaya
Nightlife is one of the key aspects of why people decide to visit Pattaya. If you want beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise waters or cultural temples and landmarks you will find them in Thailand, just not Pattaya. It’s the nightlife capital of the country and the main tourist draw. It’s also a natural way to meet like-minded travelers on your trip.
Sports bars and beer bars are great places to meet and chat up other travelers. Have a couple beers, start a conversation with a few folks and before you know it you might be out and on your way for a pub crawl. If you tend to frequent the same few bars every night the faces will probably start looking familiar as people tend to travel in small circles.
If the bar has a farang (Westerner) bar owner on location some are quite good to talk to and willing to introduce you to people. Not all of them are, but it is always worth giving it a try and see how you get on.
Go-Go bars, on the other hand, are horrible places to meet people. The music is too loud to start or hold a decent conversation and let’s face it, that really isn’t the reason you are there.
There are many forums on the internet focused on Pattaya travel and nightlife, you can google Pattaya Forums or check out our list of Pattaya Forums. You can get a fair bit of information and connect with people that are going to be around the same time as you. Introduce yourself on the forums, have a good read around, and make a few posts to join in the community. You’ll always have a few a-holes on the forum but most are friendly and willing to help out. If you come during a popular time like November, there are usually lots of people in town willing to introduce you around.
Making a group of temporary friends is quite easy in Pattaya and if you make several trips back they may even turn into lifelong friends. The previous tips may seem simple, and they are. Meeting people is the same no matter where in the world you are, I find that they are more open and receptive when they are on vacation.