So you're tired of nagging people around to accompany you on your trip, and have decided to pack your bags, pick up your camera and leave by yourself? Or perhaps you are a seasoned solo traveler looking for new places to explore?
Either way, there are certain places in Asia that will make any solo traveler feel right at home while exploring new territories.
Best Destinations for Solo Travelers in Asia
1. South Korea
South Korea has garnered a huge rise in tourism in recent years, and with good reason. Home to some of the most helpful and friendly localities in the world, this is one of the best travel destinations for solo travelers.
Although the glittering skyscrapers and the street food scene alone are worth a visit to South Korea, there is so much more that the country has to offer. You can take a hike from the Mt. Gangcheon to the Byeongpung, or explore the endless options of amazing foods it offers like BBQ, bibimbap, kimchi, and the seafood at Busan's Jalgalchi Market, among other things. The subways in Seoul, Busan and Daejon have English announcements and a lot of signs for the ease of international travelers.
An interesting thing about the most visited city of South Korea, Seoul is that you can hire a ‘romantic hero’. This basically means hiring a handsome man to be your tour guide, and take the best Instagram shots of you while making you feel like a K-Drama protagonist. Anything more than that is off the tables. Surprisingly or not, this service is only available for women.
Indonesia is a land filled with adventures and one of the most popular destinations for fellow solo travelers. So whether you want to explore the place by yourself, or make new friends along the way, this is the perfect place to visit.
Best places to visit when solo backpacking in Indonesia include the town of Bali and the islands of Gili Trawangan and Flores. These places offer a multitude of experiences - Bali provides a more relaxing experience whereas Gili Trawangan is known as the party island. While Flores is a more unexplored part of the country that is definitely worth exploring.
Just like South Korea, people here are very friendly and there is a low chance that you’ll come back without making a couple of friends on the trip.
While planning a solo trip, India may not be the first country to cross your mind. Here's why you should change that mindset: India is such a culturally diverse country, that anyone travelling there can have a whole myriad of experiences just by visiting one country.
The place is filled with options to explore, and each destination holds something new and unique for you. Some of the best cities for your solo escapade include Rajasthan, Kerala, Goa, Manali, and Hampi to explore the different rich cultures that have existed there for centuries. India also harbors an endless list of landmarks that you may not be able to visit in a single trip, including the Taj Mahal, which is now listed as one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World.
If you are planning to explore Rajasthan as a solo traveller, take the Palace on Wheels train which gives comfort and royalty onboard the train.
Although you may have to do your research about the danger zones of the country beforehand, as some places here can be unsafe to visit alone, generally people around India are friendly and welcoming.