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These Are The 5 Trendiest Destinations In The World For Solo Travelers Right Now

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Solo travel is experiencing a real surge in popularity, with more people than ever choosing to pack their bags and explore the world on their own.

But where are they going?

A solo female traveler wearing yellow pants walking along train street in Hanoi, Vietnam.

A new study has analyzed 24 months’ worth of Google data to find the places that solo travelers are searching for.

Based on this information, here are the 5 trendiest destinations in the world for solo travelers right now:

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is a welcoming city with friendly and peaceful people, and it has long held a reputation for being a great place to travel solo.

Based on Google solo travel searches, interest in visiting Hanoi has increased by 946% over the past 12 months.

Perhaps one of the reasons why Hanoi is so attractive to solo travelers is that it is considered a very safe country for international tourists.  

A motorcycle on the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam.

Aside from petty crime, such as minor theft and pickpocketing, crime levels are very low here.

Hanoi is an ancient but bustling city. The Old Quarter is a great place to sit in a café or restaurant and people watch, whilst the city’s many gardens and temples are easy to reach and explore independently.

Vietnam is one of the most backpacker-friendly countries in the world, so if you make Hanoi a part of your solo trip, you’re also sure to find friendly faces and familiar voices here if you want company.

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is a vibrant city in the heart of Southeast Asia. It is bustling, humid, and noisy, which can be overwhelming if you’re new to solo traveling.

But you will quickly find that, beneath the bustle and traffic, Bangkok is a welcoming city with a lot to offer.

It is no doubt for this reason that interest in visiting Bangkok as a solo traveler, based on Google searches, has increased by 816% in the past 12 months.

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An exterior shot of Wat Arun Temple in Bangkok, Thailand.

If you’re backpacking then head to the Khao San Road, which is the central hub in the city for backpackers. You will find tour companies, small hotels and hostels, and like-minded people here.

Bangkok also boasts a wide range of activities that you can enjoy independently, including spa and massage experiences, full and half-day Thai cookery classes, and day trips to historical attractions.

The most famous of these is Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun temples, which are easy for solo travelers to access via Tuk-Tuk.

Taipei, Taiwan

Solo travelers head to Taipei to explore its rich culture, delicious food and abundance of Michelin-starred restaurants, and friendly people.

Taipei is a great place for solo travelers to visit thanks to its friendly and welcoming people, and low crime rate, and it is an incredibly affordable travel destination too.

Taiwan is ranked as the second safest country in the world, behind Japan, making it a great place for female solo travelers to explore.

Modern Skyline Of Taipei, Taiwan During Sunset, Asia

Not only is Taipei a beautiful city in its own right, but many solo travelers are also choosing to use the city as a base for exploring wider Taiwan.

Taiwan boasts incredible natural scenery and is a great place for active solo travelers to enjoy scenic walks or swimming in natural hot spring pools that are open to the public.

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is another incredibly beautiful Asian destination and has seen an increase of 533% solo travel searches in the past 12 months.

Solo travel is less common in Seoul than in other Asian destinations, but it is a safe and exciting place to travel independently.

Old meets new buildings in Seoul

Seoul boasts excellent public transport links, kind and reliable people with a strong sense of community, and is an affordable city too. This makes it an incredibly attractive destination for solo travelers to explore.

The brutal cold of the winter months means that Seoul is best explored by solo travelers during the spring, summer, or fall.

You'll find a wide array of natural attractions, beautiful temples, and delicious restaurants and food markets that are all welcoming to solo travelers as well as those traveling in groups.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh in Cambodia is a fun and easy city to visit as a solo traveler. There is a lot to see and do, and Phnom Penh is an incredibly easy city to navigate.

The best way to get around Phnom Penh as a solo traveler is by bicycle, taxi or Tuk-Tuk.

A Busy Road And Ancient Temples In Phnom Penh, Capital City Of Cambodia, Southeast Asia

Cambodia boasts an abundance of natural beauty, from tropical beaches to dense jungles. Phnom Penh is a great base to explore all that Cambodia has to offer.

English is widely spoken in Phnom Penh, making it easy to communicate and navigate the city without support.

The famous UNESCO World Heritage listed temple, Angkor Wat, is not in the city, but it is easy to access via public transport or as part of a guided tour as a solo traveler.

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Josh Crawford

Wednesday 5th of July 2023

I spent five weeks solo traveling in SE Asia last Spring, between Thailand (Phuket, Chang Mai, Bangkok), Cambodia (Phnom Penh and Siem Reap/Angkor Wat) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Haiphong, Cat Ba Island and Hanoi).

I enjoyed it all. Every place has its good and its bad, of course, but a little research and preparation goes a long way. To me this highlights were 1) friendly people everywhere, 2) the food, 3) the temples, 4) the natural beauty, and 5) the crazy cities.

My top five: 1) Hoi An 2) Chang Mai 3) Cat Ba Island 4) Hanoi 5) Bangkok Angkor Wat gets an honorable mention, but the actual town (Siem Reap) is nice, but not top 5, IMHO...

MELISSA

Monday 26th of June 2023

Angkor Wat is a 6 hour bus ride from Phnom Penh. It's a cheap trip and there are many options, but the article implies it's very close. Siem Reap, Cambodia would make more sense (also the description here fits Siem Reap more than Phnom Penh!)

Viet Lao

Friday 4th of August 2023

@Jean Palumbo, And what the Fxx.k were those us killers doing there? Good thing they filled up the Arlington cemetery.,

Jean Palumbo

Tuesday 27th of June 2023

@MELISSA, brain play drove down to Hell I wouldn't travel to any of those countries Vietnam Cambodia Thailand Etc after what they did to the American boys I wouldn't put a foot on any of their country

MTH

Sunday 25th of June 2023

I'm conflicted. Taiwan is the best kept secret, yet I love it so much. So if it's becoming more popular, I'm cautiously happy.

Taipei is the launching point, but the entire country is within a day trip. Hualien in the summer, and Kaohsiung all year. These are places you'd like to stay a few dayas to launch into some beautiful day trips to mountains, beaches, monkeys, and whatever else. I went in vacation, and ended up staying 5 years!

Before you think that summer and winter doesn't matter between Hualien and Kaohsiung, just know the island is pretty much a mountain, and when it's raining a lot in Taipei and in the east coast (Hualien and a lot of other places), Kaohsiung is dry and perfect.

Japan might be "safer", but Taiwan is just as safe and has a much more welcoming culture. I'm signed up to go back after a 10 year hiatus to get my PhD. It's my home away from home, and it's wonderful.

Sophia

Saturday 24th of June 2023

Hanoi and Bangkok?! No thanks. I've traveled the world solo for decades and I've been in both of those cities and especially Hanoi I found to be miserable. Incredibly chaotic and noisy with horns tooting constantly, dirty cluttered streets, dark alleys that taxis can't get to for your hotel or Airbnb apartment, few people speaking English and not as nice as Thai folks. So much traffic and people it's a hazard to cross the street.

I like Bangkok better but suggesting these mega cities for a Solo traveler, especially if you are not very experienced, is not a great idea. Danang and Hoian, Vietnam would have been much more appropriate choices, for example.

Josh Crawford

Wednesday 5th of July 2023

@Sophia, I thoroughly enjoyed both Bangkok and Hanoi as a solo traveler last year. Both are definitely crazy places but if you know what you're getting in to I think it's fine. Definitely takes some getting used to ( especially all the beeping. Took me a while to realize the aren't angry/aggressive beeps, just "Hey, I'm here" beeps. Still pretty annoying though). Not sure I could live in either place (for long), but I feel the same way about most cities, even in America. Love to visit, but wouldn't want to live there...

Robert

Saturday 1st of July 2023

@Sophia, I lived in Bangkok for 2 years. It's sprawling, hot,polluted and chaotic I can't see a solo traveller enjoying this city.

Doro A

Sunday 18th of June 2023

Seoul is a CITY, not a country

Boots

Friday 23rd of June 2023

@Doro A, The article says it is a city. ???

Bryce

Monday 19th of June 2023

@Doro A, you'd be what I like to call correct!