10 Best Destinations in Asia for Solo Female Travellers

Pack your bags and get ready to explore these amazing Asian destinations, women wanderers!

Updated on September 07, 2017 14:09 pm

Stephanie Yee

Best Destinations in Asia for Solo Female Travellers

Travelling solo can be daunting especially for women. But with the right choice of place and the right dose of courage, it may turn out to be a life-changing experience. If you’re a woman looking for a place to explore on your own, Asia just may be the right place for you, with its rich culture, pristine beaches, friendly people, and amazing food.

Here, we list down some of the best Asian travel destinations for every female wanderer:

1. Bali, Indonesia

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Have you read the book-turned-movie, “Eat, Pray, Love”? If yes, then you probably know why Bali is such a famous destination for women travellers. Explore its picturesque beaches from the surfing spot in Kuta, to the secret nooks in Bukit Peninsula. Ubud, the centre of Balinese culture, is also home to quaint coffee shops, art galleries, sacred temples, and yoga and cooking classes. Bali is surely the perfect place for those who want a peaceful escape from a bad breakup or the everyday stresses of life.

No activities yet in Bali? We got a list of 10 best things to do in Bali!

2. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Known as the largest city in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City offers every female traveller a great subject for photo diaries. Check out French-inspired structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Central Post Office. Vietnamese cuisines are also a must-try. Get a taste of authentic spring rolls and banh mi when exploring the streets of Ho Chi Minh.

3. Coron, Palawan, Philippines

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Book a flight to Palawan, named as the best island in the world for consecutive years, and head to the town of Coron in Busuanga. Coron is great for solo travellers, including women, and backpackers looking for an adventure of a lifetime. With its breath taking beaches and rich underwater life, Coron is home to the best snorkelling and scuba diving sites in the Philippines. Philippines is also known for its people’s hospitality and their ability to speak English so asking for people’s help won’t be a problem.

Coron is just one of the many breathtaking islands in this country. Check out the others in our list of 9 must-visit islands in the Philippines!

4. Yangon, Myanmar

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As one of Myanmar’s busiest cities, Yangon has a lot to offer—from historic sites to a flavourful gastronomic experience. Surely, every woman explorer will find it exciting to walk around the city. Make sure to head over to Shwedagon Pagoda which offers every spectator a golden experience, literally. Yangon is also teeming with street food and tea stalls as well as diverse temples, a heaven for most women backpackers who are soul searching.

5. Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Who doesn’t know Lara Croft, the kickass heroine from "Tomb Raider"? Channel your inner Lara Croft when you visit Siem Reap in Cambodia. Put Angkor Wat on top of your must-visit places and drink in Cambodia’s rich history and culture. Other than exploring Cambodia’s temples, you can also attend Khmer cooking classes and try Cambodian meditation.

6. Osaka, Japan

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You saw this coming, right? Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, making it an ideal place for female travellers. Aside from its reliable transport, Japan also has female-only accommodation and transportation options. If you’re looking for a place to visit in Japan other than Tokyo or Kyoto, Osaka is another great choice!

Indulge in famous Japanese dishes such as the fried ball with octopus called takoyaki and the pastry filled with red bean known as kaitenyaki. Don’t forget to visit the popular Sumiyoshi shrine and make a wish at Omokaru-ishi Fortune Telling stone. If you’re visiting Osaka during spring, you will also see cherry blossoms at Sumiyoshi Park.

7. Malacca, Malaysia

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A less popular city than Kuala Lumpur and Penang, Malacca, or Melaka, in Malaysia is actually a historical city with marks of Dutch, Portuguese, and British heritage. Female explorers will enjoy looking at historic landmarks like St.Paul’s Hill, A’Famosa, and Christ Church. If you want a fun and artsy environment, stay in Jonker Street with its lively weekend night bazaars, cafes, bars, antique and souvenir shops, art galleries, and museums.

8. Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Take a break from the busy city of Bangkok and enjoy Chiang Mai’s mountainous scenery instead. Chiang Mai is located in Northern Thailand and known for its many festivals throughout the year. Many women, solo or with friends, head to Chiang Mai in November for the magical Loi Krathong festival.

Other unique offerings of Chiang Mai which draw many women travellers are its night markets with many food stalls and handicraft shops, cooking schools where you can learn how to make authentic Thai dishes, and notable temples such as the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, located on top of the Doi Suthep mountain.

9. Seoul, South Korea

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Master your “annyeong haseyo” when you visit Seoul in South Korea. Despite not being an English-speaking country, Korea has a lot to offer for female explorers. From the lively district of Hongdae to shopaholic’s haven Myeongdong, and the historic Bukchon Hanok Village, there’s a place for every woman's fancy. You can even witness the changing of guards in Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Love Korean dramas? Then you can check out these 12 filming locations every K-Drama fan can visit when in Korea.

10. Luang Prabang, Laos

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Laos may not be as popular as its neighbours Thailand and Cambodia, but it also has something to offer to solo female travellers. Luang Prabang in northern Laos is a feast for the soul with its many wats or temples with intricate designs and golden details. Seeing monks in their coloured robes is also a common sight when you’re roaming the streets. Laotians are also famous for their friendliness and warmth, making the visit more comfortable for solo travellers. Other activities you can try include visiting the beautiful waterfalls of Kuang Si and Tat Sae, and chilling in cafes and restaurants offering local cuisines.

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