The Best Alternative Destinations in Southeast Asia for Solo Travellers
The number of female solo travellers around the world has gone up a massive 88% since 2015, according to new research from Hostel World. And if you’ve already checked Bali, Bangkok and Singapore off your solo travel list, read on for our advice on the best places to go solo in 2019…
These locations might be slightly out of the way, but they make ideal destinations for solo female travellers. All of them have friendly vibes and an abundance of activities, and offer something a little different to the more popular destinations in South East Asia.
From beautiful beaches in Boracay, to tailor-made clothing on a budget in Hoi An, this guide offers something for every women looking to explore a new corner of the globe.
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Hoi An, Vietnam
The ancient town of Hoi An in Vietnam’s south central coast is known for its historic architecture and tasty local bites. Best part, though? The shopping.
Here you’ll find scores of shops offering tailor-made services for dresses, leather bags, shoes and everything in between. A bespoke dress will set you back around £20-30, while made-to-measure sandals are around £8.
Eat: Vietnam’s iconic bánh mì sandwich can be found in just about every street corner. Emerging in the 19th century during the country’s French colonial period, bánh mì consists of fillings like Vietnamese sausage, chicken, pork pâté and vegetables served in a baguette. Head to Banh Mi Phuong, made famous by a visit from the late Anthony Bourdain on an episode of his No Reservations show in 2009.
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Borneo is unique in the fact that it is divided into sections ruled by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. Mount Kinabalu is located 80 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu, which is in the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island. It’s celebrated for its natural scenery, so if you’re into outdoor pursuits, this is the place to be.
Eat: Malaysian cuisine is a cultural melting pot thanks to its rich history, so it’s a must-try. Kedai Kopi Kim Hing Lee, which opened in the Eighties, is known for its pork noodles in soup.
For exceptional diving experiences and world-class beaches, look no further than Boracay. The island is home to White Beach, which reopened in October after a period of closure due to environmental concerns. You won’t be lonely here: Boracay has a bustling nightlife, with everything from beachside watering holes to all-out bar crawls on offer.
Eat: Go to Real Coffee & Tea Cafe for calamansi muffins. Made with the natively grown citrus fruit, they have a distinct tangy flavour with a hint of honeyed sweetness.
Source : Stylist