Many westerners who come to Thailand are single. Even some of the western guys who seem to always have a Thai girl on their arm don’t always want to be tied down, so prefer being single most of the time. For western women in Thailand, the majority are single – either because they don’t like Thai guys or because the western guys aren’t interested. So, if you’re single and in Thailand, either on vacation or living here, and want to have some fun, where do you go and what do you do?
Take a Weekend Trip to Phuket – One of my favorite places for a weekend trip is Phuket, and it’s a great place for singles in Thailand. Only just over an hour’s flight from Bangkok, Phuket is most people’s favorite Thai island. With pristine beaches, awesome blue ocean, world-class scuba diving and some of the best fresh seafood restaurants in the world, Phuket is a fun place for a single person to have a mini-vacation. Book into a hotel (cheap at around $30 a night), head out to the beach for a swim, grab lunch at a beachside cafe, and relax around the hotel pool in the afternoon with your book. In the evening, either get dinner at a local restaurant or book a ticket for Phuket Fantasea – south east Asia’s biggest dinner and a cultural show venue. All of this can be done as a single but, honestly, you’ll probably make a couple of friends on the way. I always have.
Spend a Day Shopping at Chatuchak Weekend Market – For single guys or girls, Chatuchak Weekend Market is phenomenal. With 15,000 stalls, cool restaurants, live music and even some trendy bars and pubs, Chatuchak is a fun place to spend a few hours. Take the sky train up to Mo Chit station and go where the crowd is going. Do some shopping, pick up some clothes, books, jewelry or household items and then stop for lunch. Try one of the street stalls that sell 35 baht per plate authentic Thai food, or find the Israeli gyros guy and pick up a lamb gyros to chomp on while you walk – amazing. As the afternoon gets hotter, don’t forget to stop off at one of the small bars dotted up and down the market to get a cold beer and listen to some music (great place to meet people too!) before you head home clutching your many purchases.
Dinner, Drinks and Live Music at Saxophone Bar – One of my favorite places to hang for an evening is Saxophone Bar, right next to Victory Monument sky train station. Excellent western and Thai food, a huge array of domestic and imported beers, wines and cocktails and the best live jazz music in Bangkok. Every night, there’s a different band, from classic jazz and reggae to blues and big band – it’s packed every night and a fun time is had by all. You’ll see other single guys and women there too, so you won’t feel so lonely.
Wander Around Suan Lum Night Bazaar – Open from 4pm till midnight, Suan Lum Night Bazaar has tons of stalls, beer gardens, live music and one of the best Thai food courts in Bangkok. At the food court you can order over 500 different types of Thai and western food, at least 50 different kinds of beer, and listen to the live Thai pop music or watch the dancing girls. I’ve always ended up talking to people sitting at tables near me and had a great evening, even if I was sometimes alone.
Take a Trip to Chiang Mai – Another fun place for a quick holiday for singles is Chiang Mai. In northern Thailand, just an hour by plane, Chiang Mai’s small enough to find it easy to get around but large enough there’s boatloads to do. Check into a hotel (I recommend the Empire Hotel – for $30 a night, just gorgeous!), get lunch at one of the trendy restaurants on Nimmanhemin Road and then check out the artsy-fartsy cafes, bookshops, craft stores and galleries. In the evening, eat dinner in the Night Market area, and enjoy the thousands of stalls. The following day, why not take a trip to one of the elephant camps, ride an elephant, see an elephant show and take a ride down the river on a bamboo raft?
Don’t feel you can’t see or do anything if you’re single in Thailand. I know many single people, both men and women, in Thailand and they have just as much fun as those of us who are partnered up. Just talk to folks, take some risks and you’ll be amazed what a great time you’ll have.