1. BANGKOK, THAILAND
It’s almost impossible to build this list without a mention of Bangkok, the epicenter of Southeast Asia’s backpacking scene. This is where the usual backpacking trails in the region begin and end. Bangkok is so used to tourists, you can visit sites on your own easily.
“For first time international solo travelers, there’s no other city I would recommend,” says Aleah Taboclaon of Solitary Wanderer. “In Bangkok, everyone’s free to do their own thing. Locals won’t blink at same-sex couples, and if you want to wear your yoga pants while out and about, you won’t get a second look. Of course, Thailand is more than just Bangkok, but for solo travelers just learning their way, I would recommend Bangkok for their first international destination.”